Once a Stronghold
During the height of the American bases in the Philippines, Subic Bay was developed as an international strategic army outpost. Nowadays, this state-of-the-art facility has been a tourist attraction (noted for beach resorts) and an industrial and commercial region known as the Subic Bay Freeport Zone. The place is under the administration of SBMA or Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority.
Subic Bay’s Shipwrecks
During the late 1800’s and 1940’s, Subic Bay had been the venue or the battle ground between the warring American army against Spanish military and the Japanese militia (First and Second World War). These destructive events in history had resulted casualties that had been literally embedded in its seafloor as shipwrecks. Here are some distinguished sea wreckages that could be found in Subic Bay. During the span of the Spanish-American War, naval ships like the San Quentin and El Capitan of the navy unit of Spain suffered heavy blows from the American offensive attacks. Oryoku Maru (dubbed as Hell Ship) was submerged by intense firepower from American fighters.
The ship sank with more than 1500 British and American prisoners of war. LST or the Landing Ship Tank, the old United States Ship New York or USS New York (ACR-2, but was renamed as USS Rochester or CA-2) and Seian Maru were also the casualties during the Second World War. Nonetheless, the present day Subic Bay has emerged to be a symbol of progress rising up from its dreaded past.
The Best of Subic Bay
Visiting the Subic Bay area is just an hour and a half away from the busy streets of Metropolitan Manila. The SBMA has an international airport that serves international tourists and visitors. Upon the completion of the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway, land access would be more available from Clarkfield, Pampanga (within thirty minutes drive away) where another international airport is located (Diosdado Macapagal International Airport).
The hassle of some travel technicalities would be shouldered by these following travel agencies: Freeport Services Corporation (Bldg.710, Subic Bay Freeport Zone), Winstar Transport Services (Bldg.1124 Argonaut Highway, Subic Bay Freeport Zone), Jang-Gu Travel Agency, Inc. (Bldg. H-8811, Rizal Highway (Subic Korean Restaurant), MGfnd (Subic), Inc (Lot P-1m SBIP Phase 1, Rizal Highway corner Perimeter Road) and Taikang Travel and Tours, Inc. (ITTI). There are a lot of travel agencies that give vacation packages for Subic Bay getaway. Searching the internet is strongly suggested for updated information regarding these travel and tours agencies.