SUBIC BAY HISTORY

Origin of the name

Posted 6 months ago

Earlier historians say the name “Subic” has evolved over time, influenced by the different populations that have settled in the area.

Subic Bay Arial

Aerial shot of the Bay

Most generally believe the name Subic was derived from the native word “hubek” which means “head of a plow.” The name appears to have persisted, with the spelling and pronunciation changing over the passing of time. Spanish colonizers seem to have interpreted it as “Subiq,” while the first batch of American settlers here changing it to “Subig” and finally to its modern pronunciation “Subic.”

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