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Zambales Tourist Spots and Localities...ü

The one of the attractive tourists spot in subic Zambales is the house of the President Magsasay in Castellejos Zambales. And one of the memorable stories of Pres. Magsaysay in his house. When he came back from Malacañang palace to his house in Castellejos relative of the house keeper that time of Pres. Magsaysay to fetch his family or his son and to eat his favorite food “talbos ng kasoy” and he put w/ bagoong and he ate his favorite food with his hand only.

 

Also the place we are talking are haven there own museum inside the SBMA Clark in Olongapo to seek the progress of the city.

You can also visit the Olongapo museum for field trip memory lane, discover how the Olongapo and the voluntarisms of the people gave birth on the bare love City after the day of touring and exploring the City of Olongapo, its time to have some fun and enjoy the night life, dine in the finest restaurants show and dance to latest groove. And you wave to choice for a new places and new clubs await you here at new subic and Olongapo. All this is in one destination.

 

You can surf or hiking in the PUNDAKIT beach in North Zambales.

(Photo Taken by Von Christoper D. Pador)

This is Olongapo City color coated jeepnies greet pines and public markets with local products of new by provinces or the walis-tambo of Bataan and the home-made seashells decoration from Zambales. Check out the new shopping malls

 

Olongapo is also home of the biggest convention center in the area.

 

Subic your vacation having your next door.

 

Your wonder in balik-bayans or some foreigners that’s love to staying here. After 43 yrs. of living in the United States Mr. Antonio Penincia chairman of the “Abukay” multipurpose cooperative to returning to his home land help his kababayan in the “kasabuyan center”

 

“I would like to congrats and to come home and to god bless. This is a very peaceful country. And I am glad to tell you that this is so very very beautiful than other country.

 

 

 

I presented to you some of the attractive location and destination in Zambales.

 

The Freeport of the SBMA territory:

(Photos Taken by Von Christoper D. Pador)

If you are from southern part of Luzon (e.g. Baguio, Manila, Qeuzon or some part at the south part of the Zambales). The route that you should take is the North Luzon Expressway (NLE) or some alternate road that going to Zambales then if you want to use the shortcut way, use the Entering way to SBMA if you don’t, straight ahead to Olongapo.

So many people saying that these part of the SBMA Expressway “The Tunnel” is the part that so very memorable, why? I don’t know too, I have read a story about this part. They said that this part is having a white lady every night I don’t know if it’s true. we don’t want to leave any conclusion but it is in you if you want to.

And then after 5 minutes traveling from the tunnel you can see the yatch of some tourist. There owned boat was park there…

At the Olongapo outside of the SBMA there a center of all worship service of Iglesia Ni Cristo. this is the main for all locals of iglesia in all part of Zambales. this local are establish at part in Kalaklan in Olongapo. but this place is not the first where started the church , the church was started at the part of Subic.

(Photo Taken by Von Christoper D. Pador)

 

Ang Zambales ay nasa kaliwang bahagi ng pilipinas sa may tabi ng dagat nasa malapit sa “china sea” kaya ang karamihang hanap – buhay dito ay ang pangingisda sa dagat. Meron ding nagsasaka ngunit nasa may gitna na un, medyo malayo ng kaunte sa dagat. Marami ring nagsasaka dito dahil malalawak ang mga lote nila sa Zambales, sa mga bandang subic, Castellejos at sa mga karatig bayan nito ay dito ang mga karamihan ang mga nagsasaka dahil malayo na ito sa dagat.

(Photo Taken by Von Christoper D. Pador)

And also there’s a place that popular and nice to go with…

Some place that enters to the list of Tourists destination.

 

STA. CRUZ, Zambales

Sunset

the last town in Zambales, leads to Pangasinan, where you can get your last glimpse of more than the usual sea, sand, sun, and fun. The abandoned jade mines are now picnic grounds, while caving is also a good activity.

The Sagrada Familia Cave has an enigmatic topography lurking inside: waterfalls, swimming ponds, and various rock formations will astound anybody. The local delicacy, nipa wine, made from the local nipa (leaves usually used to make roofs) is a great beverage.

Driving through the town will take you years back to the colonial era, as roads become narrower, and the architecture of houses lining the streets are true to the hacienda-style (plantaion house), and because of the Spanish population that inhabited San Felipe before, the natives are mestiza, in the true Espanol sense.


(Photo Taken by Gigi Cayabyab-Paler)

 

MASINLOC, Zambales

Coto Kids Pool

Masinloc’s zigzagging roads are flanked by densely forested mountains and the ocean, on which centuries-old mangrove trees are rooted.

Puerto Asinan, a resort by the highway is a definite tourist destination, primarily because of its location, and because of its vernacular architecture: it is a restaurant on stilts, rooted in the sea’s sand.

Fishing, swimming, or simply taking in the view while savoring grilled sea food may be enjoyed here. Further North, the Masinloc Coal Plant offers the best view of the stars and the moon—a definite place to add to your honeymoon agenda! Clear waters, white sands, marine sanctuaries with large manta rays, 10 feet in diameter, and diving sites are also accessible.

(Photo Taken by Gigi Cayabyab-Paler)

 

PALAUIG, Zambales

Mt. Tapulao

Serious mango indulgence starts here! Palauig is world-famous for its mango stations. These golden yellow fruits are succelent, sweet, smooth, and fiber-free unlike its various counterparts, in other mango-growing parts of the world, owing to the fact that the Zambales soil is best for mango-growing.

European buyers and other foreign Philippine mango importers pile in their annual orders even before the mango-growing season. Thus, the local adage, "Di pa bulaklak, bili na," meaning that the mangoes are bought even before they become mango blossoms. Taste what all the rave is about the Philippine national fruit, and do it a la fruit connoisseur.

Palauig is your best bet! You will also love a Little Tapulao trek. Simply catch a bus or a jeep at Barrio Salasa, and trek to little Tapulao, called after the native word for the unusual pine trees that grow on the mountains. An abundance of wild foliage and flora grows on Tapulao. It is all worth a look-moss-covered century-old bonsai trees (naturally-dwarfed by the altitude) is one of the come-ons.

 


IBA, Zambales

Iba's Magnificent Beach

Hometown of the Philippines’ First Lady, Madame Dra. Luisa “Loi” Pimentel Ejercito, Iba is most famous for its beaches. It is the summer beach destination, sans the traffic and pot holes.

A 4hr. drive from Manila will be worth the effort as it offers a row of reaorta. Take your pick. After all, there is only one main Zambales Road that takes all travelers to their destination of choice. The sweet tooth should not miss the pastillas, cansy made of fresh carabao milk.

(Photo Taken by Gigi Cayabyab-Paler)

 

BOTOLAN, Zambales

Sta. Monica Church

More beaches, anyone? If burnt to a crisp, head for Botolan’s coral churches, architectural marvels, wrought of those delicate sea formations and egg yolk.

The religious faithful visit Barangay Loob Bunga Resettlement, site of the Ina Poon Bato hut, a future cathedral. Here, miracles are not merely old wives tales.

The Ina Poon Bato was discovered by the Aetas in the 17th century, way before Spanish colonizers who they thought were pagans into Roman Catholics. To this day, Aetas still worship the image of the Virgin, and miracles still happen.

(Photo Taken by Gigi Cayabyab-Paler)


CABANGAN, Zambales

Cabangan Water Sport

Incurable shopaholics who can’t stand a simple trekking experience, or haven’t satiated their buying appetite at SBMA can go to Cabangan to purchase products imaginatively fashioned of lahar.

Product choices are numerous: frames, candy dishes, candlesticks, napkin holders, etc. the prolific creativity that transformed lahar into decorative items has been notices by many, and given citations and awards from European professional institutions.

Whether gold- leafed in the European Baroque taste, or Zen-like, lahar takes on various incarnations, all available here. Talent scouts, be on the look out! Cabangan is famous for its female beauties, as it is home to the Barretto sisters of Filipino showbiz.

 

SAN FELIPE, Zambales

San Felipe Road

If you care for the crunchiest bagnet (deep-fired pork), this is the place to get it! The market also sells the best suman sa ibos, the ultimate companion for Palauig mangoes. This place is very Ilocano, as it has the greatest population of Ilocano migrants. But, litter mongers, smokers and vandals, this is not the place for you. It is the cleanest and greenest town in Zambales, and aspires to remain so. Law violators are subject to fines.

SAN NARCISO, Zambales

Surfing at Crystal Beach

Zambales' roster of beaches starts here. of note, are Crystal Beach and San Sabino Beach Resort. The San NarcisoTourism Council offers a tour package that includes meals, accomodations, ground transporations, and a courtesy call to the town mayor.


(Photo Taken by Dodo Ramos)

 

SAN ANTONIO, Zambales

Casa San Miguel

The Victory Liner bus tagged "Iba," from the Olongapo terminal can get one to San Antonio, where insatiable history and culture junkies get their regular doze of contemporary Filipino art, classical misic, and architecture.

Start at the Bolipata Brothers' Casa San Miguel, proclaimed as "Filipino Shakers" in architecture parlance. Beneath its warm brick facade is the Bolipatas' auditorium in which concerts are performed.

Tully a cultural feat, Casa San Miguel's walls are painted with colorful, whimsical murals by Elmer Borlongan. Workshops and lectures are held for developing Filipino talent. At Capones Island is Faro de Isla Capones, a lighthouse built in the 19th century, the lone remembrance of the Spanish colonial legacy, but is now a solar-powered, working lighthouse.

Romantics will relish the drama of spending a day at Capones Island, peering through the lighthouse's solitary window, and reflecting on the Luzon vista. Scuba diving in this area may afford you celadon ceramics from old Chinese dynasties. in the 1970s, divers found a Chinese junk of sunh treasures in this vicinity. A boat ride may be taken to neighnoring islands where tropical wild life is present. Here, monkeys freely climb trees, and the rain forest is unharmed.

Boatmen take their dayis catch here during sunset, and the freshest sea food may be purchased for dinner. San Antonio used to be home to the US Naval Base, and is now the Philippine Navy's training school.

 

(Photo Taken by Gigi Cayabyab-Paler)

SAN MARCELINO, Zambales

Singkamas Festival

A lahar trek on a 4x4 is the most natural thing to do when you are in the Mt. Pinatubo vicinity. Forget that you are in a tropical rain forest, and indulge in nature’s other benefits: the lahar transforms the landscape into an ashen vista.

Watch the sunset morph crimson hues into shades of lavender and pick in this lahar country. Further, the view reveals mountain-like, iceberg formations of lahar. The juicy singkamas (water chestnut or turnips) variety available here are exceptionally big-great calorie-free, thirst-quenching snacks, meticulously scrubbed clean by the locals.

For their size and their benefits to your health, they are dirt cheap. Enjoy them while viewing the most arresting vista of Mt. Pinatubo from this location.

(Photo Taken by Roger Bound)

 

CASTILLEJOS, Zambales

Ramon Magsaysay Ancestral House

A place out of a Garcia Marquez or an Allende novel, Castillejos bred plenty of character: from Filipino history, the late President Ramon Magsaysay, a senator, a congressman, and a governor; from Filipino kitschy pop, Blackdyak, the Filipino/Jamaican Reggae sensation, plus a roster of cultist, espiritistas (faith healers), and a variety of religious fanatics.

No wonder the president was tagged as “the man of the masses.” His Castillejos upbringing introduced him to the various assets and eccentricities of the Filipino masses. A pity to miss is the Semana Santa festivity during the Holy Week where penitents would indulge in self-flagellation to repent for their sins.

With covered faces, their heads are crowned with thorns, while the sounds of bamboo slivers whipping their unclothed backs provide the rhythm and the beat for the ritual.

The governor’s “White House” is located a stone’s throw away from the Ramon Magsaysay ancestral house in Barrio Magsaysay. Castillejos Farms, a pioneer in developing Filipino gourmet jams, and condiments calls Castillejos home.

An industrial estate is in the developing process at Looc. While you are here, do not miss out on the Castillejos longaniza, from Tiya Teresa’s, a local variation of the sausage, available in the town’s market. The tudok-tudoks (sweet rice fritters), and the suman sa ibos are the consummate matches for the longaniza and the Zambales mangoes.

 

(Photo Taken by Von Christoper D. Pador)

 

SUBIC, Zambales

 

Mingle with Manilas newly-moneyed set at SBMA (Subic Metropolitan Authority). Through Filipino business savvy. SBMA, once the American base, has become a family free-for-all. This is where Manila's nouveau back in the sunlight, stroll along Vic-Vic Villavicencio's watermelon-colored yacht club, and sail their spartan yachts, a la Capri, but on a Filipino budget.

Shopping is also an attraction. It is a tax-free come on at the Subic royal mall where you can grab Gap, J. Crew, and depending our our luck, Miu Miu labels, slashed ¼ of its original price. Nature-oriented activities like hiking in a virgin rain forest trail, guided by Aetas are also an option, while horseback riding at forest hills is always a good activity in which to indulge the kids while Mom goes shopping.

Outside SBMA, taste the biggest, and the best tacos in the Philippines at the coffee shop where the serving sizes are good for two. The Subic beach in Bgy. Calapacuan, in Calapandayan, where the best views of the Pamana Island and the sunset can also be visited.

Article headline: Some Attractive tourists spots in Zambales and it's Localities...ü

Date: 01/19/07