U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt ordered the establishment of Fort Stotsenberg in Angeles City, which would later become part of the more expansive Clark Air Base. Fields Avenue, a road near the military base, was considered the prime entertainment strip servicing the American GI’s posted in Clark.
On June 15, 1991, the eruption of nearby Mt. Pinatubo resulted in the evacuation of the U.S. military from Clark Air Base. The abandoned base went through a period of neglect, then of cleaning and rapid development, before re-emerging as Clark Special Economic Zone. Clark Freeport Zone, as it is known today, is one of the world’s top investment destinations (FDI Magazine). It is also enjoying rapid developments in tourism infrastructure, from golf parks to world-class hotels to some of the best leisure resorts in the country.