BCDA Collective | Issue 3 2018



is a quarterly publication of the

Bases Conversion and Development Authority.

Table of Contents














Gregorio D. Garcia III


Vivencio B. Dizon

President and CEO

Clark: It works. Like a Dream.

By the Numbers: Clark

We Win As One: PH begins countdown to 30th SEA Games


Enhancing mobility in Clark through bike sharing

Fast Talk with the New CIAC Chief

Eat, Sleep, Relax, Repeat: A guide to Clark's best hotels


Happy workers behind Hansa's plush toys

Snapshots of BCDA Events

Freeports and Ecozones

A Diner's Digest: Cheap eats at Clark's newest food park

Icon: Fort Stotsenburg

Editor-in-Chief: Leilani Barlongay-Macasaet

Executive Editor: Maricar Gay Savella-Villamil

Managing Editor: Kathrina Charmaine Alvarez

Art Director: Ana Trina Sulit

Associate Editor: Patricia Ruth Cailao

Writers: Michelle San Juan-De Vera, Lanquin Seyer Gacusan

Photographers: Samuel Luke Galivo, Garry Cativo,

Lanquin Seyer Gacusan, Dennis Borja Meneses


Clark Development Corporation

Clark International Airport Corporation

John Hay Management Corporation

Poro Point Management Corporation

Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority

Subic-Clark Alliance for Development Council


Take off: The Bases Conversion and

Development Authority unveils its

vision for Clark through a new brand

"Clark: It works. Like a dream."

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Renders/Photos: Budji + Royal Architecture + Design

Illustrations: Philippines SEA Games Organizing Committee

Circulation: Mareynel Toquero


Everyone wants to move to the big city.

It offers good money, good jobs.

It’s a place to be productive.

But the paradox is that cities don’t work for

people, even though they’re full of them.

It’s a pressure cooker of congestion, pollution

and rent you can’t afford.

Clark is different.

Because it was built from scratch,

crafted to be built for people.

It has the vibrancy of a city without the pressure of city life

and the energy of a culture that is happy and inclusive.

Clark is a city that works.

It’s amazing

what you can do

when you’re in the

right place.

Welcome to Clark.



It works.

Like a Dream.


FFrom a former US military base, Clark has

successfully transformed into a showcase of a

modern Philippines.

And to better tell this story of transformation, the

Bases Conversion and Development Authority

(BCDA) and Clark Development Corporation

(CDC) launched Clark’s new brand “Clark: It

works. Like a dream.”

Last December, guests were given a VIP flight

experience as they headed for a new Clark, a

business hub, a travel and lifestyle destination,

and a vision for modernity all rolled into one.

The new Clark brand integrates the four

districts—Clark Freeport Zone, a major growth

driver in Central Luzon; Clark Global City, the

next business hub in the country; the Clark

International Airport, envisioned to be an

alternative premier gateway to Asia; and New

Clark City, the first smart, green, sustainable, and

resilient metropolis.

Held at the Clark Convention Center and attended

by Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea,

Cabinet officials, investors, and BCDA partners

and locators, the brand launch showcased the

past of Clark and the vision for its future.

Imagine a city with efficient and accessible

public transportation, massive parks and open

spaces, high-speed connection, and pedestrian

and bike-friendly lanes—a place to do business

and raise a family. With big-ticket projects

lined up for Clark under the Build Build Build

infrastructure program, all of these are set to

become reality in the near future.






This is what we want the

Clark brand to be– the

access to live the quality

of life that we all deserve.


President and CEO, BCDA

“In the next few years, Clark will transform

completely because of the game-changing

projects under the Build Build Build program,”

BCDA President and CEO Vivencio Dizon says in

an interview.

“It is the dream of every Filipino to live and work

in a city that provides the quality of life that we

only see now abroad, that unfortunately we do

not yet see in the Philippines. And this is what we

want the Clark brand to be—a brand that gives

the Filipinos, whether you’re rich or poor, young

and old, the access to live the quality of life that

we all deserve,” says Dizon.

For CDC President and CEO Noel Manankil, the

new brand relays the message that Clark was

built for people.

“Clark is a city without the hustle and bustle of a

typical city life. And while it develops faster than

before, it still upholds culture and tradition. I

think that makes Clark much more appealing to

investors and with the new Clark brand, it radiates

its identity with just one glance,” says Manankil.

CDC, which manages the Clark Freeport Zone,

has made Clark an attractive destination to both

the local and global markets not only because of

the endless investment opportunities, but the

ease of doing business.

“The Clark brand encapsulates CDC’s vision for

the Clark Freeport Zone, a synergy of business

and leisure,” Manankil adds.

Jaime Melo, president and chief executive officer

of the Clark International Airport Corporation

(CIAC), says that “what was once relegated as just

a dream for Clark airport is now working in full


In partnership with the Department of

Transportation (DOTr), BCDA is constructing the

new terminal building of the Clark International

Airport. Passenger capacity is expected to

increase to 80 million yearly at full development.

Aside from improving connectivity, BCDA is

also building New Clark City. The country’s next

big metropolis, New Clark City is envisioned to

decongest Metro Manila as government agencies

transfer their headquarters and satellite offices,

as well as further propel economic growth in the


Clark is more than just duty-free shops, hot

air balloon festivals, and good food; it’s a place

where people mean business but makes sure

that life is always well-lived.

It’s amazing what you can do when you’re in the

right place. Welcome to Clark.


Provinces: Pampanga and Tarlac

Cities/Municipalities: Porac, Angeles City, Mabalacat City, Bamban, Capas

Hub for business, industry, aviation, education, and tourism in the Philippines

Size: 33,000 hectares

An hour-away from Balintawak via North Luzon Expressway (NLEX)

Exits: Clark South Interchange and Clark North Interchange

Districts: Clark Freeport Zone, Clark Global City, New Clark City, Clark International Airport

Located at the heart of Central Luzon









Main Zone is located within the cities of

Angeles and Mabalacat

26,000 hectares

Fully integrated logistics, tourism,

manufacturing, & agro-industrial


Inside the Clark Freeport Zone

(Quick access via SCTEX Clark

South Interchange)

177 hectares

KEY FEATURES Mixed-use central business

district development


10-year development spread

out in eight phases











Capas, Tarlac

9,450 hectares

smart, green, sustainable,

resilient, world-class

1.02 million

Inside Clark Freeport Zone

2,367-hectare Civil Aviation Complex

Hosts 656 flights per week (454 Domestic

flights, 202 International flights)

First airport in the Philippines to be

ISO 9001:2015 certified for its International

and Domestic passenger facilitation process



PH begins countdown

to 30th SEA Games


A“At age 14 years old, I only wanted one thing in my

life and nothing more. It’s to become a national

athlete. And 10 years later, in 2015, I became the

first Filipino triathlete to win the gold medal in

the South East Asian (SEA) Games triathlon.”

Nikko Huelgas proves that dreams do come

true. It was in 2015 when the then 23-year-old

triathlete finished the men’s triathlon just 1:03

ahead of the silver medalist.

“That’s what sports does. That’s what the South

East Asian Games does. It gives us dreams. It

gives us the purpose to do something…So keep

dreaming big. The bigger you dream, the farther

you get.”

Huelgas, chairman of the Athletes Commission,

made a passionate speech during the launch

of the SEA Games Countdown Clock at the

Bayanihan Park in Clark, Pampanga.

At exactly 7:00 p.m. on November 30, the

clock—patterned after the SEA Games logo—was

unveiled and activated.

Ten, Nine, Eight, Seven, Six, Five, We, Win, As, One!

Hundreds of national athletes, SEA Games

Federation members, dignitaries from the other

10 participating nations, and the Philippine SEA

Games Organizing Committee (PHISGOC) led by

its chairman, former Foreign Affairs Secretary

Alan Peter Cayetano, gathered for the countdown


The countdown, a time-honored tradition of

international games, signals the start of a series

of activities, functions and gatherings leading

up to the opening of the 30th SEA Games in

November 30, 2019.

“As we count down the days to the 30th SEA

Games, we remain steadfast in our dream for



Render from: Budji + Royal

gold. Some may call us the underdogs but as

Filipinos, we have always been up to a challenge.

We love it. We relish it. The resilience to overcome

adversaries has become the hallmark not just

of Filipino athletes but of every Filipino,” says

Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) President

Ricky Vargas.

Vargas recalls that in 2005, when the Philippines

last hosted the SEA Games, it won 113 golds, 84

silvers, and 94 bronze medals.

For next year’s SEA Games, there are 56 sports

to be played by nearly 10,000 athletes from

11 countries. The 11 countries are Brunei

Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos,

Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore,

Thailand, Timor-Leste, and Vietnam.

Clark will serve as the main hub of the 30th SEA

Games in 2019, with the construction of worldclass

sports facilities in the New Clark City Sports

Village, which includes the Aquatics Center, the

Athletics Stadium, and the Athletes’ Village.

“With these facilities and more in the works, it will

only be a matter of time that we are once again at

the top of the medal tally,” says Philippine Sports

Commission (PSC) Chairman William “Butch”


“To our national athletes and to those aspiring

to represent our country, believe in yourselves

because we believe in you. Together, we can make

great things happen,” he says.

PHISGOC Chairman Cayetano says the SEA Games

is an opportunity for the region to be inspired by

athletes and to “stand together and do great things.”

“As we bring our athletes to the spotlight, we see in

them the spirit of a true ambassador. We see in them

what is best. We see in them commitment, passion,

sacrifice, and the spirit of one who does not look

at what’s possible or not. The athlete is there to get

things done.”

The opening ceremony will be held at the Philippine

Arena on November 30, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.






gets O&M

for Clark airport

TThe Bases Conversion and Development

Authority (BCDA), in partnership with the

Department of Transportation (DOTr), has

awarded the operations and maintenance (O&M)

contract for the Clark International Airport

to a consortium led by Changi Airport Group,

operator of the number one airport in the world.

The National Economic and Development

Authority Investment Coordination Committee

(NEDA-ICC) confirmed the award in December


The bid was awarded after the Special Bids and

Awards Committee conducted a stringent and

very transparent process with the International

Finance Corporation of the World Bank (IFC-WB)

as its transaction adviser, and the Public-Private

Partnership Center (PPPC).

The winning four-member North Luzon Airport

Consortium (NLAC) includes Changi Airports

Philippines Pte. Ltd., a 100%-owned subsidiary of

Changi Airports International Pte. Ltd., operator

of Changi Airport in Singapore. The other three

members are Filinvest Development Corporation,

JG Summit Holdings, Inc. and the Philippine

Airport Ground Support Solutions, Inc.

NLAC’s financial bid offer of 18.25% annual

gross revenue percentage share is almost twice

the minimum rate set at 10% as approved by the

NEDA Board.

All the requirements and provisions in the 25-

year Concession Agreement will protect not only

the interest of the present government but also

future governments from undue and contingent

risks and liabilities.

The expansion of the Clark International Airport

and the development of the entire Clark Freeport

and Special Economic Zones are among the

centerpiece projects under President Rodrigo

Duterte’s Build Build Build program.

To further accelerate growth in Central Luzon

and nearby areas, the government is also

building New Clark City, envisioned to be the first

green, smart, and sustainable metropolis in the

country; the Subic-Clark Railway, a 70-kilometer

cargo railway connecting Subic Bay Freeport

Zone and Clark Freeport Zone; and the Manila to

Clark commuter railway.




200k jobs eyed with New

Clark City Industrial Park


500-hectare parcel of land in New Clark

City will soon be developed into a mixed-use

industrial park that is expected to generate

around 200,000 jobs in the country.

This $2-billion dollar development will

be explored by the Bases Conversion and

Development Authority (BCDA), and the China

Gezhouba Group Company (CGGC), Ltd., a

registered company in the People’s Republic

of China involved in the development of water

conservancy, hydropower, thermal power, power

transmission and transformation, highways,

railways, among others.

Last November, BCDA signed a framework of

cooperation with CGGC signifying the beginning

of collaboration of the two parties for the project.

Under the framework, CGGC shall share its

expertise with BCDA in the fields of overall

planning, design, development, engineering,

construction, utilities development, investments,

operation and all other relevant developments

for the proposed industrial park in the New

Clark City. CGGC will also submit a proposal for

the development of the property which should

adhere to the New Clark City’s Comprehensive

Master Development Plan (CMDP), the vision

of the NCC and should strictly comply with all

pertinent government standards.

Through the agreement, CGGC solidifies its

interest to invest in and develop the said project.

BCDA for its part will designate a 500-hectare

parcel of land in New Clark City for the project,

provide CGGC with New Clark City’s CMDP and

extend assistance to CGGC .

“We want to emphasize the importance of this

cooperation in strengthening the economy and

strengthening the relationship between China

and the Philippines. This industrial park in New

Clark City will be the first of its kind,” said BCDA

President and CEO Vince Dizon. Signing for

CGGC is their Chairman, Wang Jianping.

This is a government to government type of

development aimed at contributing to the

Philippine economy and strengthening bilateral

trade and investment promotions between


This development is anchored on the

Program for Cooperation on Industrial Parks

Development entered into by the Philippines’

Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the

Ministry of Commerce of the People’s Republic of

China (MOFCOM) in 2017, as a vital contribution

to the Philippine-China Six Year Development

Program (SYDP) for Economic Development


The program is one of the 29 exchanged

agreements witnessed by President Rodrigo

Duterte and Chinese President Xi Jinping during

the latter’s visit in 2018.



Clark is PH’s first 5G city

CClark, a major economic hub in Asia, was

launched as the first 5G city in the Philippines.

The Clark Development Corporation (CDC)

signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU)

with telecom company PLDT and its wireless

subsidiary Smart Communications Inc. to

launch Clark Freeport Zone as the country’s first

Smart 5G City. CDC is a subsidiary of the Bases

Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA).

The 5G technology allows ultra-fast connectivity

in a wide range of applications like traffic

management, enhanced passenger experience

at the Clark International Airport, and in

manufacturing, logistics, and retail, among


BCDA President and CEO Vivencio Dizon said

5G technology “will really change the way we

connect with each other.”

“It’s not just about the speed, the bandwidth,

or the low latency, it’s about the immense

opportunities that 5G provides; opportunities

that are not even here yet like the IOT or the

Internet of Things where you can shut off your

aircon wherever you are or watch your child

sleeping even if you are a thousand miles away

on a business trip,” said Dizon.

The 5G’s capabilities will also improve the

mobility experience in Clark, said Dizon, citing

for instance its use in the bike-sharing program

that will soon be launched at the Freeport Zone.

Under the MoU, PLDT and Smart, together with

technology partner Ericsson, will fire up the first

5G cell site this month.

“With Clark at the helm of our 5G deployment,

we are opening immeasurable opportunities

to build the homes and enterprises of the

future,” said Juan Victor Hernandez, Senior Vice

President and head of enterprise for PLDT and


“5G ushers in a new era of intelligent services

to power smart cities of tomorrow,” Hernandez


Aside from ultra-high speeds, the key

features of 5G include enhanced mobile

broadband services, massive machine type

communications, and ultra-reliable and lowlatency


PLDT Chief Revenue Officer Ernesto Alberto

said Clark is an ideal area because of the vision

behind it.

“They have a vision of a smart city, if not a smart

environment, not only for business investors

but people who are actually locating there as

they’re really encouraging a smart lifestyle of

connecting everything, from connected vehicles

to connected devices, to IOT, connected homes

and all that sort,” Alberto said.



Enhancing mobility in Clark

through bike sharing


BBike sharing in the Philippines will no longer

be just a concept as the Bases Conversion and

Development Authority (BCDA) and Clark

Development Corporation (CDC) start efforts to

launch the program soon in Clark.

In a bike-sharing program, stations are set up

wherein people can rent a bike, use it for a certain

time frame, and return it at a different station.

“Clark Freeport Zone is a sprawling city with a

lot of areas inaccessible to public transport. Bike

sharing will address the mobility gap that is now

experienced in the zone,” CDC Vice President for

Engineering Services Alveen Tabag points out.

According to Tabag, most people in Clark rely on

jeepneys when travelling from home to work.

Jeepneys however operate within limited routes.

“With the rapid development inside Clark, the

number of jeepneys inside the zone might not be

able to meet the demands for having more public

transportation,” says Tabag.

Some areas in the Zone cannot even be accessed

through commute, like the newly-renovated

Clark Convention Center where big events in

Clark are being held.

BCDA and CDC are planning to test the program

through a pilot run this year at the Philexcel

Business Park in M.A. Roxas Highway.

“The bicycle racks are now stationed in the

Philexcel Business Park, and CDC plans to run

the project with 50 bicycles,” Tabag says. He adds

that the Philexcel Business Park is an ideal venue

for bike sharing because the park is gated and a

secured place.

Upon full development of the program, more

bicycle racks will be designated in Clark for the

program to eliminate sidewalk obstruction while

increasing available space for the bicycles, and

ensure driver visibility.

BCDA and CDC also aim to run the bikesharing

program through a mobile application,

temporarily called as “ePadyak” for easy access

among users and to better monitor the use of the


Cities like Beijing and Los Angeles have adopted

bike sharing to fight pollution and traffic

congestion but in running the bike-sharing

program, BCDA and CDC see prevention as key

so said urban problems won’t arise in Clark.

Aside from the environmental benefits of bike

sharing, cycling encourages people to choose

active transportation, especially for short trips,

which is a health benefit as well. It’s a great

chance for commuters to exercise while saving

on money.



Fast talk with the

PH’s own new CIAC Chief


‘Rungis’ food market

The Clark International Airport Corporation’s

(CIAC) Corporate Communications Office gets

up close and personal with President

and Chief Executive Officer

Jaime Alberto Melo.

Date of Appointment: October 15, 2018

What is it that you are

passionate about?

J. Melo: I consider myself a nationalist, maybe

a passionate Filipino, if I stretch it. That’s why I

lasted 31 years with the flag carrier. Pinoy to the


What’s the best book you’ve

read this year?

J. Melo: Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. It’s

a biographical action horror mash-up novel by

Seth Grahame-Smith; an exciting read on one of

the greatest historical figures from 19th-century

America who turns quite comical as the central

character of an original vampire tale.

What motivates you to get out

of bed in the morning?

J. Melo: Contributing positively in my small

area—which is CIAC. Either the thought of

working on the gains I achieved the previous day

or the thought of improving oneself.

If somebody tells you it can’t

be done, how do you get it


J. Melo: Can’t be done? We just delve into reasons

it can’t be done. Solve all reasons one by one and,

most often than not, it can be done, indeed.

What are you most proud of?

J. Melo: My children.

Which leader would you love

to chat with at a conference?

What’s the one question you’d

ask him or her?

J. Melo: Dr. Jose Rizal. How would you address the

issue of corruption in the Philippines?

Prior to his appointment as President and CEO,

Mr. Melo served as CIAC Vice President for Airport

Operations. He was also VP for Business Development.

Melo holds an Economics degree from the University

of Santo Tomas, and a Masters degree in Business

Administration at the De La Salle University.

He was a longtime executive of Philippine Airlines

having worked for the flag carrier for 31 years. He

takes over CIAC at the most opportune time when the

Build Build Build flagship program of the Duterte

administration, including the Clark airport expansion

project, is in full throttle.



Eat, Sleep, Relax, Repeat:

A guide to Clark’s

best hotels



FFrom the expansion of the Clark International

Airport and the construction of New Clark City

to attracting more investments and increasing

tourist arrivals, Clark has rapidly become the

‘it’ city of the country today. But more than

the infrastructure developments, Clark is also

becoming the go-to destination of both local and

foreign tourists who are looking for a quick break

from the fast-paced city life.

If you are planning to visit Clark and still don’t

know where to stay, here’s a list of hotels where

you can book your vacation:

Clark Marriott Hotel

From the international hotel chain brand, Clark

Marriott Hotel opened its second hotel in the

country right inside the Clark Freeport Zone last


Known for its world-class customer service, this

17-storey hotel structure is the highest within

the zone giving its guests the most scenic view

of the growing business district in Central Luzon

as well as the Zambales mountain range. It has

260 spacious rooms, a grand ballroom that can

accommodate almost 400 guests, five restaurants

and bars, and amenities such as swimming pool,

fitness center, kids club, and a spa that can soothe

those aching muscles from the stress of work.

Clark Marriott Hotel is located beside Widus Hotel and

Casino and is the first 5-star luxury hotel in the area. For

reservations, call (045) 598 5000

Widus Hotel and Casino

One of the pioneer hotels inside Clark, Widus Hotel

and Casino has been at the top of the most favourite

places to stay in Pampanga by both local and

foreign tourists. The hotel boasts of its spacious

rooms which are spread out into Tower One which

houses the 119 suite rooms—all stylishly designed

and equipped with modern amenities, and Tower

Two which houses the hotel’s 114 tropical-inspired

rooms overlooking the swimming pool.



Guests can also look forward to their signature

breakfast buffet at Salt Restaurant; and for those

who are looking for entertainment, the Prism

Lounge is the perfect spot to unwind and have a

few drinks while listening to live performances

from the best bands in town. With everything

that it has to offer, Widus, pronounced as “with

us”, is definitely one of the best there is in Clark.

So the next time you are in Pampanga, make

sure to sleep, dine and unwind at Widus along

Manuel A. Roxas Highway.

For reservations, call (045) 499 1000

The Mansion

Also one of the newest addition to the list of mustcheck-in

hotels inside Clark is The Mansion—a

boutique hotel inspired by the United States of

America’s majestic estates and Europe’s serene


This quaint hotel is composed of 28 rooms which

makes it perfect for guests who want to have

privacy and relaxation. Dining is not a problem

with the Mansion Bar & Grill offering all-day

dining at the hotel’s lobby lounge. The hotel is

also perfect for family bonding as it offers an

extensive jogging and bike paths, two swimming

pools for both adults and kids, a playground, and

a playroom. You can even use their bikes and

pool inflatable floaters for free!

The Mansion is located inside The Villages, a secluded

community within Clark Freeport Zone and is home

to the Clark International Sports Complex. For

reservations, call (045) 499 8098

Quest Plus Hotel and

Conference Center Clark

Formerly known as Holiday Inn, Quest Plus Hotel

and Conference Center Clark or simply Quest, is

one of the top hotels for businessmen as it offers

comfort and technology—perfect for those who

want to juggle work and leisure.

Aside from its well-maintained rooms, Quest

also offers high speed internet and venues for

small meetings making it an ideal working

environment while enjoying the services of





Clark photo from: HikersBay



a luxury hotel. For those who are looking for

physical activities, the Mimosa Golf Course and

eQuinox fitness center are the suitable places

for you. Guests and diners can fill their bellies

with great food at the hotel’s all-day dining

restaurant—Mequeni Live, which brags of its

nine interactive live stations.

Quest is quietly tucked inside the Filinvest Mimosa+

Leisure City also along Manuel A. Roxas Highway. For

reservations, call (045) 599 8000

Royce Hotel and Casino

Known as one of the top entertainment

destinations in Central Luzon, Royce Hotel and

Casino is not only popular for its casino but also

for the regular band and comedy performances it

hosts daily. With its elegant theme of brown and

gold, the guests are given that royal feeling upon

entering the hotel’s sprawling lobby. The hotel

offers 202 modern and classy rooms equipped

with all the much needed amenities for its guests

to enjoy. Families and big groups who want to

spend a night or two at the hotel can also enjoy

the Empire Bar and Lounge which regularly

features live bands and performers for night of

fun, laughter, and great music. And to complete

your stay at Royce, dine in at the famous Italian

restaurant Amare by Chef Chris which offers the

signature Rolliza (also know as Panizza), various

pasta and salads—the same name behind the

popular C’s Italian Dining.

Royce Hotel and Casino is located at corner Manuel

A. Roxas Highway corner Ninoy Aquino Avenue. For

reservations, call (045) 499 3238

With its strategic location in Central Luzon plus

its own airport right at the heart of the zone, Clark

is sure to be accommodating more and more

tourists from Metro Manila, Northern Luzon and

nearby Asian countries. So the next time you plan

a staycation, make sure to put Clark in your priority

list and experience what this place has to offer.



When the enemy

is no longer the enemy


In "Heroes," BCDA tells the stories of ordinary

Filipino soldiers doing extraordinary duties

for love of country.

I“I spent the prime of my youth in Samar.”

It was in 1988 when the young lieutenant

Arnulfo Marcelo Burgos Jr., went up the

mountains of Samar—his first assignment

right after graduating from the Philippine

Military Academy (PMA) Maringal Class of


In those remote areas, he saw what he

thought and described as the “the last

bastion of Communist insurgency in the

Philippines” noting the extreme poverty

of fellow Filipinos. The young Burgos

recalled that the only sign of progress then

was the national highway. In one of the

most interior villages he was assigned, 35

percent of the female population suffered

from goiter, a condition caused by the lack

of iodine—a manifestation of malnutrition.

There was no trace of a government that

could help them. They had no choice but to

support the New People’s Army (NPA), who

were there with them.

“In many far-flung barangays that

we’ve been, we were the only agents of

government who have reached those

areas. We assumed the roles of doctors,

priests, pastors and counselors. Yung mga

gamot kong natitira for combat operations

binibigay ko na lang sa kanila upon leaving.

‘May adda ba kayong bulong?’ they would

ask. ‘Bulong’ means medicine.”

He stayed in Samar for five years, where he

experienced more combat encounters and

skirmishes with NPA terrorists.

An encounter he could not forget was in

1989 during his first assignment as platoon

leader, when his troops overran an NPA


After a successful takeover of an NPA

encampment in the mountains, those left

behind in the seized community were

women and children. With them is a

wounded male combatant.



“Walang gagalawin! (No one is to be


As the leader, he made sure that his unit

extended all the help they can give to the

NPA families, despite being the hostile

audience. To get help and rescue them from

the clutches of NPA terrorists, the unit had

to bring them down the mountains.

The way down the mountains took

them days. The troops provided the

families temporary shelter. Immediately,

government agencies began to arrive

according them health care and proper

nutrition. News on the attention and the

aid given to the rebels’ families spread out

quickly. Pleas and testimonials of the saved

families were heard over the radio. Soon

enough, their NPA relatives in hiding, found

their way down the mountains to surrender.

“Insurgency is not for the military alone

to solve. The root causes of insurgency

are poverty, lack of education, injustice,

malgovernance, etc. They (rebels) were

misinformed and coerced and even

brainwashed by their leaders to believe that

they will be killed by government forces if

they give up their firearms and return to

government fold. They are all victims.”

He stressed: “Paano na sila kapag lisanin

namin ang lugar?”

He saw that the “whole of government” or

the “whole of nation” approach was the


Indeed, this experience in Samar had the

greatest impact in his life and equipped the

young Burgos to seek a holistic approach

in ending insurgency in the countryside.

Addressing insurgency requires the

convergence of efforts of all stakeholders

and enhanced inter-agency coordination.

The climb

Fast forward to today, that lieutenant is now

a household name in the Armed Forces of

the Philippines (AFP).

Brigadier General Burgos, was the

former AFP Public Affairs Chief and AFP

Spokesperson, holding post on March

10, 2010. He held this position for more

than three years—serving the longest and

spanning five AFP Chiefs of Staff. After

this, he commanded the Civil Military

Operations (CMO) Group of the Philippine

Army and later on, became the Army’s

Assistant Chief of Staff for CMO, G7.

Now, he is the Commander of the 202nd

Infantry (Unifier) Brigade, 2nd Infantry

(Jungle Fighter) Division of the Philippine

Army. The Unifier Brigade, while

under his helm, was recognized for two

consecutive years as the Best Infantry

Brigade in Southern Tagalog and Infantry

Brigade of the Year in Southern Luzon.

They are tasked to secure the vast area of

CALABARZON (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas,

Rizal and Quezon).

Back in 2008, he also commanded the 80th

Infantry Batallion at Occidental Mindoro,

where he ably led the unit to be adjudged

as the best maneuver battalion in Southern


He asserts: “In any given situation, in any

position that you hold, you can always make

a difference. Everything you do must be

driven by a purpose.”

BGen Burgos shares his principle in life-

-summarized in “three Ps”: Passion,

Patience and Perseverance.

“I always innovate. I desire for continuous

improvement and progressive changes. I

make it a point to uplift standards. It should

be beyond than the usual. Positive and

meaningful change. Hindi paurong.”

World-class Filipino

In his military career, BGen Burgos has

served the United Nations (UN) as Executive

Assistant to the Force Commander in East

Timor in 2000 and as Military Adviser to the



UN Chief of Mission in South Sudan, Africa

in 2006 and 2007.

“Doon ko nakita na world-class tayong mga

Filipinos. May mga Filipino peacekeepers

doon and staff ng UN. In the international

arena, Filipinos excel among other

nationalities of the world. Ang galing ng

Pinoy. I’m really proud to be Filipino.”

It was in South Sudan, Africa where he

worked as a military observer and at the

same time, a UN Staff. Working for the UN

was truly rewarding as the then younger

Burgos was able to make a meaningful

contribution to the United Nations.

BGen Burgos cited his expertise in internal

security operations as key to being selected

to handle this vital position. His exposure

to the problem of insurgency in the country

prepared him for such a task. Crucial to

this assignment was our English-speaking

abilities and people skills.

Bayanihan is key

“Pinakamahirap mamatayan ng sundalo.

Una, kasamahan mo yan. Pangalawa, di

ko matanggap kasi kapwa Pilipino ang


He deeply laments this and finds it

unacceptable—prompting him to choose

his field.

“Communication is where I see the


He emphasizes: “You can never go wrong

with bayanihan! We need networking

with civilians, the local government units

(LGUs), the non-government units (NGOs).

We need to communicate, cooperate and

collaborate early on. Di yan matatatapos

kapag nakapatay ka ng kalaban. May family

yan eh. You are not presenting a solution to

the problem but aggravating it further.”

He stresses that soldiers desire for peace

more than anyone. They are the first

casualties of war, after all. They want peace

so that they can focus on external defense.

His expertise in engagement and civil

military operations did not escape

recognition. Among his awards are four

Distinguished Service Star Medals; three

Outstanding Achievement Medals; a Bronze

Cross Medal; two Meritorious Achievement

Medals; and dozens of Military Merit and

Commendation Medals.



History would celebrate battles won by the

barrel of a gun. But there are more battles

won through bayanihan. Behind these

encounters, is a Filipino soldier working for

peace and constantly desiring for the enemy

to no longer be the enemy.

“I owe my success to the support that I get

from my family. From them, I draw my

strength and inspiration,” he beams.

A generous heart

The young Burgos always wanted to be a

doctor. But the opportunity to study for free

was more inviting.

The only son and youngest of four siblings,

BGen Burgos chose to join the Philippine

Military Academy (PMA). For this, he

passed up the opportunity to study in

universities where he qualified—University

of the Philippines and the University of Sto.


Through the years, BGen Burgos, who was

fondly called Boyet by family and friends,

was known for having a big heart.

Among his personal advocacies are his

life-long commitment to support the Pinoy

Batang Bayani Program of the Philippine

Army in partnership with Tuloy Foundation

Inc (TFI), which General Burgos and Father

Marciano “Rocky” Evangelista of TFI

started in 2013. It is a program geared at

supporting youth rehabilitation—ensuring

that they grow up embracing discipline,

patriotism and nationalism. The program,

which is still ongoing is being facilitated

by highly trained army soldiers for street

children of TFI, every Tuesdays and

Thursdays of the week.

By building key partnerships with public

and private enterprises, BGen Burgos

has succeeded in building meaningful

relationships that transcend boundaries.

Beyond building rapport, they are able to

realize their shared advocacies.

“We have to go beyond our reach. We have

to think out of the box. If you keep doing

the same thing over and over, then do not

expect a different result.”

For General Burgos, being a soldier is a

profession where one commits to sacrifice

his life for the country.

For this, he is grateful to the present

administration for the recognition given to

the military who is “put in the pedestal.”

BGen Burgos expressed his gratitude for

the trust given and attributes this to their

capability to “get the job done.”

BGen Burgos describes the Filipino soldier:

“The soldier is a role model for patriotism

and nationalism. He is a significant

contributor to nation-building. A soldier

loves the country so much that he or she

is willing to offer the ultimate sacrifice—in

exchange of freedom, and independence of

our citizens and for the protection of our

communities and in securing our land.”

History would celebrate battles won by the

barrel of a gun. But there are more battles

won through bayanihan. Behind these

encounters, is a Filipino soldier working

for peace and constantly desiring for the

enemy to no longer be the enemy.



Happy workers behind

Hansa’s plush toys


RRuel Mamitag has been with Hansa Creation for

30 years and it has been quite a journey for the

master machine cutter.

Hansa, based in Clark, Pampanga, has been

creating plush toys and hand-sculptured animal

reproductions for the young and young at heart

since 1972.

“Everybody loves animals around the world.

Kids love animals. Adults love animals. We just

produce them in a plush,” says Hansa Founder

Hans Axthelm.

Behind these toys are the hands of Hansa’s

dedicated workforce, who have found family and

home in the company.

Mamitag, 58, and one of the pioneer employees

at Hansa from its original headquarters in Pasig

City, shares why he loves what he does and what

has made him stay for a very long time.

“Maganda yung pagtrato ng Hansa sa mga tao

nila. Kasi kung hindi maayos ang paghawak ng

kumpanya sa mga tao nila hindi ka magtatagal.

Maayos yung pakikisama ng management sa

manggagawa. Hindi iba yung turing nila sa amin,

parang isang pamilya.”

Mamitag also recalls when his only son was still

alive but suffering from cancer. He needed a

huge amount to finance his son’s medication

and operation, and when he approached the

management, he did not go home emptyhanded.

“Everytime na lumalapit ako sa management,

tumutulong sila. Kapag kailangan ko sila,

nando’n sila para sa akin. Labis labis yung

pasasalamat ko sa Hansa kaya sinusuklian ko

rin ang kumpanya sa pamamagitan ng mas lalo

ko pang pagsisikap sa trabaho.”

He says he values the work he does for Hansa.

“Lahat ng mga laruan at project na dumaan

sa’kin hindi ko malilimutan. Sobrang paborito

ko yung ginagawa ko dito bilang machine cutter.”

The goodwill that Hansa creates in the workplace

is reciprocated with hard work and love the

workers put in every toy.

“Pangarap namin na umasenso pa lalo ang

Hansa para yung mga empleyado umasenso

din,” says Mamitag.

Management support fuels

passion, hard work

American businesswoman Mary Kay Ash once

said, “We treat our people like royalty. If you

honor and serve the people who work for you,

they will honor and serve you.”



The same principle is what drives Hansa

management. Their staff is their primary

concern. They do not look at their employees’

educational attainment; rather, the management

looks at their workforce’s passion, dedication

and will to do the work.

“To us, having a college diploma is not what’s

important, it’s the willingness of the person to

learn and be passionate about the work that we

do in Hansa,” Human Resource Officer Mariah

Malig says.

There are still, however, a few difficulties in the

workplace; one of which is maintaining low to

zero tardiness.

Malig recalls the experience they had when

Mamitag was at his lowest point. He needed to

take a leave from work several times to take care

of his son. It was not easy for Hansa to allow long

absenteeism but as soon as Mamitag returned

to work again, Hansa did not hesitate. They

welcomed him with open arms.

“In general, it’s not okay. We’re very strict when

it comes to attendance. As much as possible, the

allowable leave is only five days, especially when

it’s not health reasons. Pero we’re still humans at

bukod sa hindi biro yung pinagdaanan ni Ruel,

matagal na siya dito. Pamilya na namin siya dito,”

says Malig.

Mamitag is not an isolated case. Hansa has other

employees, too, who will suddenly not report to

work because of minor reasons, like waking up

late or not being able to catch a public transport

at the Clark Freeport Zone gates. But Hansa

extends its patience and understanding as much

as they could to encourage their employees to

become better and work harder.

“They would look at you hindi kung ano yung

mali mo but kung ano yung natutunan mo sa

Hansa. They would look at you kung ano yung

maitutulong mo sa kumpanya. That’s how we

are here,” says Malig.

Encouraging the employees to report to

work daily and achieve perfect attendance

is a challenge to Hansa, and for this, they

continuously develop HR programs that would

boost good work ethics among its workforce.

About a year ago, Hansa launched its free meal

program that aims to help employees lessen

their meal expenses by providing free lunch

every Thursday. A year after, the results have

been very positive. Before, about 50 employees

absent themselves from work per day, but the

free meal program helped decrease this number

to 20.

In the same year, Hansa also began its perfect

attendance incentive program that gives an

additional Php300.00 to Php400.00 increase for

any one who can maintain a perfect attendance

record in a month.

Hansa knows it still has a long way to go to

maintain a happy workplace, but what’s

important is that it has the heart to start


Doing their part for the


Not only does Hansa care for its people but it is

also mindful of the environment.

Hansa’s stuffed animals are filled with fiber

made from recycled polyethylene bottles. All

Hansa toys undergo strict and tedious planning,

making sure that materials used for each

creation is eco-friendly.

Hansa also does its part in educating children

about animal protection, and the effects of

global warming and irresponsible destruction of

forests to animals.

The toy maker partnered with museums,

conservation organizations and educational

institutions, and opened its headquarters in

Clark for educational tours for students to learn

about the habitat and behavior of animals.

The next time you see a plush toy with a Hansa

tag, remember that so much love was put into it

so you too can share that feeling with someone

else. –With Michelle San Juan-De Vera




A round-up of BCDA's milestones in the past quarter.

November 5 - Clark launched as first 5G city

The Clark Development Corporation inks agreement with PLDT and Smart Communications

Inc. to launch Clark Freeport Zone as the country's first 5G city.

November 18 - Bank of China and China

Telecom visit Clark

BCDA and Udenna welcome Bank of China and

China Telecom Group during their visit in Clark, a

premier investment destination.

November 21 - Seminar on Smart Cities

BCDA and Japan External Trade Organization hold

a seminar to enhance the Philippines and Japan's

partnership in developing smart cities.

November 23 - Athletes’ inspection

of new sports facilities

National athletes are given a glimpse of the Athletes'

Village units being built at the New Clark City

sports complex.

November 27 - Inauguration of BCDA office

Former President and House Speaker Gloria

Macapagal-Arroyo and US Ambassador Sung

Kim lead the ribbon-cutting ceremony at the new

BCDA office in Clark.

December 7 - NEDA visit in New Clark City

A 60-member delegation led by Socioeconomic

Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia holds a site visit

in New Clark City.

December 17 - Signing of JVA on

water, wastewater project

BCDA inks joint venture deal with the PrimeWater

consortium for the lowest water rate in the country.





Clark can trace its roots to 1912, when the Philippine Air School was established with one aircraft. This would

evolve into having a first runway at Fort Stotsenburg in 1919, with buildings, barracks, golf courses, and other

military installations after World War II. The end of the Cold War marked the scaling back of men and equipment;

the US turned over Clark to the Philippine government. These days, Clark is a business and lifestyle

destination. Everything can be found inside its 4,400-hectares; schools, an international airport, industrial

parks, tourist destinations, places of worship, and recreation, all within reach in seven to 10 minutes.


Located in the heart of the Philippines' Central Luzon region, Clark is part of the Pampanga province, bounded

on the north by Tarlac and Nueva Ecija, Bulacan on the east, Bataan on the South and on the west by Zambales.

It is a natural entry point to the Asia-Pacific region, with only three and a half hours flying time away

from Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Japan, Korea, and other key points in Asia.


1 - Nayo

2 - Clar


3 - ON

4 - Pun



5 - Clar


6 - Clar

7 - Air

8 - Dec

9 - Clar

10 - Mim

11 - Clar

12 - Aq

13 - Din

14 - FA




Nayong Pilipino

- Clark Museum


- ON Spa & Massage

- Puning Hot Spring &



- Clark International Sports


- Clark International Speedway

- Air Force City Golf Course

- Deca Wake Park

- Clark Sunvalley Country Club

- Mimosa Golf & Country Club

- Clark Safari and Adventure Park

- Aqua Planet

- Dinosaurs Island

- FA Korea Country Club


15 - Hilton Hotel

16 - Widus Hotel and Casino

17 - Quest Hotel and Conference Center

18 - Midori Clark Hotel and Casino

19 - Xenia Hotel

20 - Royce Hotel and Casino

21 - Clark Marriott Hotel

22 - Fontana Hot Springs and Leisure Park


23 - Amare by Chef Chris

24 - Choi Garden

25 - Binulo

26 - Seafood Shack

27 - House of Chops

28 - Soo Hyang Restaurant and Cafe

29 - Meat Plus Cafe (Northwalk Clark)

30 - BBQ & Co.

31 - Grill Seoul Korean BBQ Restaurant

32 - Cafe Mesa


33 - Peppers 21

34 - Salt and Crab

35 - Wooden Table

36 - Kokoburi

37 - Matam-ih

38 - Chiba


39 - DECO Central

40 - Hansa Creations

41 - Classic Speed Incorporated


Wondering what else to do in

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Saving the lost man


Clark Development Corporation

Honesty is what matters most.

God knows what we do and He will always

return it a thousand fold.



I“I am very hungry. My friend, can you help me?”

“Those were his first words when he first

approached us,” said Patricio Gutierrez as he

described their first encounter with the man who

had been missing for 33 hours, roaming around

and searching for his way out of the mountain.

“Patrick” as he is fondly called by many, was just

having a normal day bonding with his friends in

their area in Sapang Bato when a tall white man

with clothes covered in mud emerged before


The man was Scott Alan Washburn whose name

was all over the news as a massive search for him

was conducted.

“If I remember it correctly, it was a Tuesday

when he was reported missing. Now that I think

about it, I thought that day was also a blessing

in disguise for me and Rafael Pan. Maybe he

was also sent by God to give us grace, only in a

peculiar way,” said Patrick as he recalled how

Washburn met them.

Seventeen years ago, in the month of June,

Lieutenant Scott Alan Washburn from Celina,

Ohio, was part of a group of US Navy hiking

along the slopes of Mount Pinatubo when they

were unexpectedly attacked by a heavily armed

communist group. During the attack, Washburn

got separated from his group while his other

team members were able to return to their base.

Emerging from his hiding place when the rain

started, Washburn was determined to find his

way home and the thunderstorm did not stop

him. He followed the path of a river and walked

for more than three hours until he found an area

occupied by the Aeta in Sapang Bato.

As he reached the area, he encountered Patrick

and Rafael Pan who helped him and brought him

to the Clark Security Office and later be reunited

with his family.

“When we saw him, we were startled. I was

hesitant to offer him any food because we were

only eating cassava. The others were also afraid

to take him because they thought if we helped

him, we might be accused of kidnapping him.

But I told them we should help him and bring

him to the authorities, and guide him back

home,” Patrick said.

Patrick, along with Pan, took the courage of

guiding the foreigner. It created a mark which

would later change their lives.

“After taking him to the Clark Security Office we

were offered reward money, but I said we don’t

need the money. I said that more than anything,

we want him to return to the U.S., and for him to

tell his countrymen that we, especially our tribe,

are a group of good people,” Patrick narrated.

Recognizing their effort, Patrick Gutierrez and

Rafael Pan were given formal jobs at Clark

Development Corporation (CDC).

“The opportunity of being part of CDC was

probably more than enough to change not only

my life but also the life of my family. I was only a

worker earning P150 a day which is not enough

to make ends meet. But being here at CDC, I have

been able to provide the needs of my family. More

importantly, we are able to show others that we,

as Aetas, can also do it and live the life we want.”

When asked what he would want to say if he

were given a chance to meet Washburn again

he said, “His mom’s last words to me when they

were about to board were ‘thank you’, so I’ll also

say those same words to him. I will say ‘thank

you’ so much for coming into our life. Because

of you, we were able to be in this position, and

you are a person sent by God to change our lives

forever. We saved him but I think, in a way, he

also saved us.”

Before we ended the interview, Patrick summed

up his philosophy back when he helped the lost

man. “Honesty is what matters most. Whoever

we are, whatever we do, as long as we don’t step

on other people, let us help those other people in

need because God knows what we do and He will

always return it a thousand fold.”



Therapy in the woods


John Hay Management Corporation

DDo you need a break from your stressful life? Are

you looking for a place to relax? Moving slowly in

this fast-paced life may sound strange for some,

but believe us when we say that spending quiet

time with nature may just be the best vitamin

you’ll ever need. This is called “Forest Bathing.”

Forest bathing or “Shinrin-yoku,” a form of

nature therapy, was developed in Japan in the

1980s. “Shinrin” means forest and “yoku” means

bath. Shinrin-yoku simply means bathing in the

forest or taking in the forest atmosphere.

Studies show that visiting a park helps one relax

and rejuvenate. Some of the benefits of “Shinrinyoku”

include reduced stress and blood pressure

level, improved mood and sleep patterns,

increased ability to focus, positive energy level,

and accelerated recovery from surgery or illness.

To achieve these benefits, however, you must

fully commit to being one with nature. The first

rule? Turn off your phone. This will allow you to

completely focus on yourself and the stillness

of your surroundings. If you come with family

or friends, agree to remain silent until after the

walk when you can share your thoughts and


Up north, Camp John Hay offers a forest bathing

zone for local and foreign tourists. It has a twokilometer

stretch passing through the Yellow

Trail, Blue Trail and the U.S. Embassy Gate.

Various art installations like bamboo wind

chimes and towering stones are randomly

found along the path giving tourists a more

relaxing vibe. These artistic crafts are made by

local artists. A few meters from the entrance, an

energy rock can be found. It is believed to release

positive energy when you touch it.

The next time you feel the need to disconnect or

just want to be alone with your thoughts, recharge

through forest bathing at Camp John Hay.



Cheap eats at Clark’s

newest food park


IIf you want to eat out and try a variety of dishes,

food parks are the best choice. And when in Clark,

Comercio Central offers the most affordable and

fun dining experience.

Aside from showcasing delicious food, Comercio

Central has been dubbed as a “lifestyle market”

as some booths sell organic products, clothes,

and accessories. It reopened in November 2018

with additional concessionaires to draw in more

tourists during the holiday season.

Visitors are entertained by live band

performances. A mini playground was also set

up at the Clark Parade Grounds for kids to enjoy.

When stopping by at Comercio, be sure not to

miss out these food stalls:

Panlasang Pinoy

Not surprisingly, this stall always has the longest

line of customers because Filipinos love grilled

food or inihaw. Pinoy favorites like sisig, liempo,

isaw, pork and chicken barbecue range from P20

to P120. The prices of their combo meals range

from P60 to P100.

K Street Food

Delight in spicy Korean street food with dishes

like Tteokbokki, Kimbap, Odeng, Korean Corn

Dog, Korean Fried Chicken, Fried Crab Stick, and

Kimari (fried laver roll). Their food costs between

P50 to P100.

Johnny’s Grill

This stall serves grilled German and Hungarian

sausages, and chicken wings with rice, potato

wedges, or French fries. Prices range from P100

to P200.

House of Waffles

Delicious big waffles are served here in different

flavors such as Nutella, Mango Cheesecake, and

Oreo. Satisfy your sweet cravings with less than


Frappe Aholic

Who says you can’t enjoy coffee at night? Their

ice-blended drinks can be mixed with fruity

flavors. Drinks cost P60 to P70.

Kampay Bar

Groups of friends can also have a light drinking

session at this stall which serves local beers,

cocktails, and soju. Drinks are below P200.

Comercio Central is located at the Clark Parade

Grounds and is open from Friday to Sunday, 4

p.m. onwards.

Expect more promising quick eats and

Instagram-worthy stalls as the Clark

Development Corporation will soon launch

another food park in the area.



This historical landmark served as the entrance pillars to Fort Stotsenburg during the

Japanese occupation in Clark Air Base. Found intact in 1965, it was transferred to the Old

Base Operations Building and in 1984 was moved to the southern boundary of the Parade

Grounds as part of the overall plan to showcase the Clark Air Base's long and rich history.

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