Jul 23 2015

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Nightlife in Angeles City, Pampanga

There is a small part of Angeles City that is famous for its Nightlife – Fields Avenue

Fields Avenue and Walking Street are located in Balibago, a locality in Angeles City, Pampanga. This is situated very near to the the Clark Freeport Zone, where the old US Airforce base was. It is about 1 or 2 hours north of Manila by the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX).

Fields Avenue and Walking Street in Balibago are home to many Bars and Hotels that cater for many International Tourists, with many arriving from Korea, America, Japan and Australia.

Many reports refer to these tourists as “Sex Tourists”, a very apt name, as there are many girls working in these bars who need to earn money, to send back home to their families in the Provinces. These are often very poor families who live on very low incomes.

A girl in these bars may be paid about 200 pesos for an 8 hour shift, but will also get a bonus for every drink that a customer buys them. many girls are happy to chat to customers and drink with them, and can earn another 500 or 600 per night just doing that. Some bars pay about 100 pesos per drink to the girl. So, if she can get 5 drinks, then she earns 700 pesos for the night.

Some other girls go further and can earn another 1,000 pesos or more by being “barfined” or “getting an early work release” [EWR]. This entails the customer paying the bar for the girl to leave early, and go with the customer. Where she goes, or what she does, is of no real concern to the bar management. Some girls just want to go bar hopping, but most customers expect more, and some offer breakfast the next morning.

A website that discusses this in detail is: Philippines Nightlife Travel Forum. This can be very detailed, and not for everyone.

The part of Angeles City that is really considered the “Entertainment area” is shown below, in the small rectangle:

Angeles City map with Fields Insert included

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