Photographer's Note

This was taken from Subic Bay. I thought the boats were like being bathe by the sun rays while it was setting.

Subic Bay is surrounded by Olongapo City, and the town of Subic, both in the province of Zambales. Also in the bay are Grande Island, once home to Fort Wint, and was later turned into a rest and recreation island for the U.S. Seventh Fleet. Development of Olongapo City was largely tied to the presence of the United States Navy base at Subic Bay, once the largest U.S. military base in Asia. An arsenal and ship-repair facility was established at Subic Bay in 1885 by the then colonial power, Spain. Following the Spanish-American war, Subic Bay became a U.S. Navy and Marine base, and grew to be a major facility. Until 1991, it was the base of the United States 7th Fleet.

In 1991, the Philippine Senate rejected terms for renewal of the lease of the base. The last ship, the USS Belleau Wood (LHA-3) left on November 24, 1992. Some 8,000 residents of nearby Olongapo City, under the leadership of their mayor, Richard Gordon, volunteered to protect and preserve $8 Billion worth of facilities and property from looting and destruction. Subic Bay was later transformed into a commercial zone under the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority.

Subic has since been transformed and became a model for bases conversion into commercial use after the Cold War with blue chip companies pumping in over $3 billion of investments creating 70,000 jobs in the free port's first four years. It was host to the 4th APEC Leaders' Summit on November 24, 1996. FedEx's Asia-Pacific hub, Asia-One, was also located in Subic Bay for almost ten years..

In addition to commercial use, Subic Bay is also a popular destination for weekend visitors from Metro Manila. Attractions include several beaches, an underwater aquarium, jungle survival tours, racing and duty-free shopping centers.


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