SUBIC BAY HISTORY

A community of contrasts

Posted 4 months ago

Olongapo is a community of contrasts.  Behind the modern lifestyle brought by the American military, its core remains predominantly provincial.  Along its main highways new commercial establishments–strategically deployed to take in as much trade as possible–stand side by side with residential houses, which seem to ignore all the business and the town’s traffic.  In spite of the thriving bars and nightclubs, Olongapo remains, relatively, a quiet town.

Olongapo Fishing Community

Olongapo Fishing Town

The Reservation is also perhaps the most unique community in the country as it is the only place where the American and Philippine flags are flown in front of public buildings. It is also the only place where a driver needs two and in some cases, three driver’s licenses.