March 29, 2009

Subic Bay

I wasn't able to post a photo last Thursday because I went with my sister and nieces to Subic Bay, a couple of provinces north of Metro Manila. Subic is an excellent, natural harbor surrounded by hills covered with thick woods, and is located between the provinces of Bataan and Zambales. It used to be the location of the largest American naval base in the Pacific before the Philippine government asked the U.S. government to close it in 1991. Now, it is the Subic Bay Freeport Zone. Aside from its obvious industrial and commercial use, Subic Bay is a popular weekend destination for Manila residents because of its eco-tourism theme parks, beaches and duty-free shopping. This is just a small portion of the bay. In the foreground is the old base's airport, now the Subic Bay International Airport, which was FedEx's Asia-Pacific hub before they closed it in February 2009 to transfer the operations to Guangzhou in Southern China.

Subic Bay

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22 comments:

Lois said...

It's lovely Hilda. I love the mountains in the background!

Cezar and Léia said...

Great shot Hilda! Congratulations!
Very interesting to know about this place!Thanks!
Léia :-)

Ken Mac said...

In some old movies you can hear US sailors talking about Subic bay. It sure is pretty now!

Reena said...

hi! so, nag out of town ka pala ha...:)

i'm not sure about the american naval base history, but i think the american's 75 year lease on the land expired in 1991. and the phil gov't chose not to "renew" the lease. hmmm.. i think this needs further research though. hehe. shucks, i was only 11 that time. :)

Jacob said...

That's a perfect photo, Hilda...I was too young for WWII, but I have some photos of the Navy base there during that time...some of them taken from the air...this picture looks very familiar.

Marc said...

It looks quite desolate now. Maybe they can turn it into a racing track or something useful :-)

Vogon Poet said...

I knew Subic Bay only from movies, it seems strange to see that is a really beautiful place. Really "scenic"!

m_m said...

It looks like a very nice place. Mountains and water is always a great mix:)

Tink *~*~* said...

The hills look very mysterious in the mist. :)
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E. Floyd said...

Very interesting background to this bay. Nice photo

Photo Cache said...

Very nice shot of the bay. I have not been there yet.

skywind said...

Subic Bay is a very beautiful Harbor.
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Kitty said...

Great photo - it's those misty mountains in the distance that are the best bit!

Thanks for stopping by earlier and for your kind comment :D

Tamera said...

I have many fond memories of Subic! We went there all the time! Thanks for posting this :o)

Babooshka said...

Interesting to see how many have heard of this place. It is a smaller world than we imagine.

Hilda said...

Reena:
You are so much younger than me then because I remember Subic when it was still an American naval base. Got to go to Olongapo on a weekend when the sailors were on furlough — both exciting and scary! Lots of good-looking men, especially the Latinos ;)

Jacob:
You were here? When and for how long? Now I want to interview you!

the donG said...

the airport there is perfect for drag racing and go carts.

George said...

Thanks for sharing Subic Bay with us. It was good to get an update on what has become of the area since the base closed.

gogouci said...

Beautiful horizon.

Zsolt said...

ohh so this is an airport. For the first sight I thought it was a place for car racing:)

Corker2 said...

For the first time in over 40 yrs, I have now gotten a glimpse back in time. I was in Subic Bay while in the US Navy a number of times. I remember a city there called Olongopo city? A very dirty place. Now, all that is probably gone. Was also in Manila, but allot has changed since then.

Nice to see and meet you. Stay well over there.

Vietnam Vet - USS Carpenter DD-825

Corker2 said...

An up-date -

I forgot to say that while over in Subic Bay, I also got the chance to see the Memorial that is just outside Manila that has many of the people that were killed during WWII. It's a real beautiful Cemetery. I do have some pictures that exist to this day of the place.

While in Subic Bay, I enjoyed being there. It was the first time in my Life that I had visited a different Country. I started to realize that there is a whole wide world out there.