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Angeles City established in the Spanish era in 1796 by the the Gobernadorcillo of San Fernando - Don Ángel Pantaleón de Miranda. On March 17, 1899, Angeles became the seat of the Philippine government under General Emilio Aguinaldo, and it was here that the first anniversary of Philippine Independence was celebrated. It then grew around the US 7th Cavalry's Fort Stotsenberg, which later became USAF Clark Airbase. During the Japanese occupation in the 2nd World War it became a base for Kamikaze pilots. It was a major staging base during the Vietnam conflict. It was to be closed by the eruption of Mt. Pinatubo in 1991. The GIs left but the entertainment strip along Perimeter Road, and centered on Fields Avenue continued. Clark re-opened as a special economic zone, and the runways became Clark International Airport. Billed as the entertainment center of Asia, Angeles and Clark are booming, and have become one of the Philippines' major international tourist destinations Angeles City
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