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ANGELES CITY

Angeles City became a chartered city in 1964. Much of its economy then depended on trade and services that catered to U.S. Air Force personnel based in Clark Field. Today local commerce, culture, and cuisine color life in Angeles City. It now hosts first class hotels, recreational establishments, restaurants, food processing businesses, furniture and manufacturing factories, shopping malls, financial institutions, and schools of higher learning.

Legend & History

For many years, Angeles City was known as 'Culiat,' after the vines that were abundant in the area when Don Angel Pantaleon de Miranda and his wife Dona Rosalia de Jesus started clearing the woodland and cultivated it for rice and sugar in 1796. Culiat remained a barrio of San Fernando for 33 years. It was through the initiative of Don Angel and the perseverance of his son-in-law, Dr. Mariano Henson, that this barrio became an independent town in December 8, 1829. It was renamed as Angeles in honor of Don Angel, its founder, and Los Santos Custudios, its titular patron.
On May 7, 1899, Angeles became the seat of the First Philippine Republic under Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo. It also hosted the celebration of the first anniversary of Philippine independence in June 12, 1899. The Pamintuan residence, (now transformed into the Central Bank Clearing Office) became the Presidential Palace.
American presence in Angeles began in January 1, 1900. In October of 1902, the U.S Army established their camp next to the railroad station in Talimundoc (now Lourdes Sur). After several years of foreign occupation, Angeles was finally hailed as a chartered city on January 1, 1964 under Republic Act No. 3700.
In June 15, 1991, the city was ravaged by the Mt. Pinatubo eruption. Despite the calamity, Angeles City managed to rise from the ashes to become one of the strongest and fastest growing cities in the country that it is today.

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