The Philippines has always been on the radar of foreign retirees when looking for low cost English speaking destinations to retire. Many of those visiting in the country tend to fall in love with the Philippines and its people as well, so they decide to transfer residency here.
There are many reasons retirees are attracted to the country, including the low cost of living that makes their retirement and pension funds go further. The low cost of living allows for a more comfortable, if not lavish lifestyle that they just can’t afford in their home countries. Most locals know the English language which makes communication possible and easy. In fact, English is the official language of the Philippines which means all legal documents are written in English. The fact that English is almost universally spoken cannot be stressed enough as a benefit to retirees. And most of all, Filipinos are known for their own brand of hospitality, which makes foreigners feel more at home.
As of the latest statistics (2012), the Philippines has attracted more than 25,000 foreign retirees since 1985. In Angeles City alone, there are more or less 1,200 retirees living in the city, which makes it one of the top cities for foreigners living here in the country.
Here some of the reasons why they choose Angeles City as their permanent residence:
Clark International Airport
Angeles City shares the land of Clark Freeport Zone (CFZ) with its neighbor Mabalacat City. CFZ houses the international gateway of the North which is the Clark International Airport (CIA). This airport has local and international flights coming in and out daily so there’s no need to drive down to Metro Manila to catch a flight. For anyone who knows Manila traffic this is more than welcome.
Retirees living in the city can enjoy the rest of the beautiful islands of the Philippines by just hopping on one of the planes flying out of CIA. The accessibility to and from the Philippines that the airport provides local retirees is a key differentiator to other locations, especially since many of today’s retirees lead an active lifestyle.
The city is at the heart of the major highways of the island of Luzon. Angeles City sits conveniently beside the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) which is a major thoroughfare going to the provinces of the North or Metro Manila. NLEX is connected to the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX) which cuts down the time travelling to major points of Luzon. The soon to open Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway will also reduce travel times to Bagiuo and other northern tourist destinations significantly. Between the airport and high speed expressways you can come and go as you please.
World-Class Medical Facilities
Angeles City is home to world-class hospitals that have superior medical facilities. It has a medical center that is accredited for medical and wellness tourism, as well as newly built hospitals that offer the latest in medical technology.
One thing to look forward to is the on-going construction of one of the country’s top medical service providers at the Global Gateway Logistics City inside the Clark Freeport Zone.
The Medical City is a state-of-the-art tertiary hospital facility with 1,500 medical staff, complemented by a workforce of over 2,700. The hospital will be operational in the 4th quarter of 2014 and will be The Medical City’s flagship project for Central and Northern Luzon.
Residential Units Built for Expats and Retirees
Having thousands of retirees living in the area has led to developers who are accustomed to the specific needs and tastes of foreign nationals. Residential options range from condominiums to single family homes, many of which are all designed and built to international standards.
Beautiful Surroundings and Cleaner Air
Angeles City may be a little busy for retirees, but it is nearby the Clark Freeport Zone which is an area surrounded by mountains and beautiful trees. Retirees can enjoy a morning or afternoon walk along the well-maintained parks in CFZ. The area is very green unlike other metro areas in the country. Additionally, it is a short drive to the beautiful beaches of Zambales and Subic where you can find an endless array of aquatic activities.
World-Class Educational Institutions
Over the years a number of international schools have been established in Angeles City to cater specifically to the children of expats and retirees living in the area. There are several international schools located both inside and outside of the Freeport zone which teach internationally accredited programs. Additionally, there are many English language training centers which cater to both the young and old.
Angeles City offers world-class shopping centers such as SM City Clark, Marquee Mall by Ayala, Robinson’s Mall Balibago and duty free shopping centers inside the CFZ.
Also, golf courses and resorts for recreation are found in the city and CFZ.
Other recreational destinations/activities include:
- Pinatubo Trekking
- Paradise Ranch
- Nayong Pilipino sa Clark
- Zoobic Safari (Subic Freeport Zone)
- Ocean Adventure (Subic Freeport Zone)
- Treetop Adventure (Subic Freeport Zone)
Angeles City offers a wide variety of quality international dining options. Italian, Mexican, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese, Chinese, Swiss and German are just a few. No matter what your palate you will find great options which provide clean and quality food.
Some of these include:
- Piccolo Padre (Italian specialty dishes)
- Dos Mestizos (Spanish cuisine)
- Iguana’s Cantina Mexicana (Mexican Cuisine)
- Tequila Reef (Mexican and Cajun specialty dishes)
- Purple Pad Thai (Thai cuisine)