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About Subic

Subic is a municipality in the province of Zambales, located along the northern coast of Subic Bay in the Philippines. According to the census of May 2010, it has a population of 89,724[3] and a 1st class Income classification.[2]

Like Iba, the provincial capital, and neighboring Olongapo City, Subic is also a fast growing municipality and expected to become a component city. It is a former home of one of the largest US military facilities outside of the US mainland, the Subic Bay Naval Base.

Skyline of Subic



In 1572, Juan de Salcedo, the Spanish conquistador and grandson of Miguel Lopez de Legazpi, founded Subic during his exploration of northern Luzon.[4]


Subic Bay boardwalk beach
Subic Bay sunset

There is a great deal of confusion in the tourism industry and in peoples' minds in general concerning Subic, Zambales.

  • Subic town sits at the north end of Subic Bay and is located about 10 km north of the Subic Bay Freeport Zone. Subic town has few beach resorts and currently no casinos.
  • The Subic Bay Freeport Zone is on the former site of the US Subic Naval Base, and is host to many tourist attractions which include casinos, beaches, diving/snorkeling, parks, beachside huts and cottages and historical artifacts. The Freeport is right next to Olongapo City (which was administered by the US Naval Base commander back in the 1950s), separated only by a moat constructed by the US Navy.
  • Many locals confusingly call the Freeport as "SBMA," short for Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority, which is the administrative body of the Freeport.
  • Beside the Freeport, Olongapo City, formerly a part of Subic municipality, is directly accessible to and from the Freeport - unlike Subic town which is 25 minutes away by motor vehicle. Still, visitors usually confuse "Subic" town with "Subic" Freeport.


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