Sibit Sibit is an annual festival that depicts Olongapo’s rich and colorful heritage.
Held around the last week of May in Barrio Barreto, ‘sibit sibit’ refers to the small paddle banca (native boat) used in the ancient fishing villages from which Olongapo was ultimately born.
During olden fiestas, fishermen held banca races using traditional sibit sibit driven by paddles.
Today, the traditional fiesta is transformmed into a colorful and enthralling beach festival bringing together Olongapo’s past, its thriving present, and the promising future.
Aside from the boat races, the festival boasts of sun and sand competitions, aqua sports activities, fabulous food showcases, bar and club activities, entertainment sprees and talent showdowns.
The El Kabayo Equestrian Center and Riding Stables in the Binictican area of Subic Bay Freeport offers a wide range of horse related activities.
The center offers recreational as well as competitive riding lessons using standardbreds, saddlebreds, quarter horses, and even a few thoroughbreds from Argentina, Australia and the US.
The center also offers traditional trail rides, the most popular being an hour ride into the jungle to Kabayo Falls and back. No experience is required for these rides, as a guide will walk along side for those who may need it.
The last time I was there (December 2009), the trail rides cost Php 750 per hour per person.
Even if learning the art of riding, pacing, sprinting and trotting is not on your agenda, the place is well worth a visit if only to admire the magnificent horses amidst the lush forest of Binictican.
I love watching sunset and laying on the sand while waiting to get dark, there in Baloy Beach is the best sunset here in Olongapo. you can lay on the sand and watch the sun goes down....or you can just start swimming..
Ok here's some flowers i found there in San Lorenzo its pretty cute with pink and yellow color look lovely. Looking around to find something's new here except mountain views. They have flowers on street where you can take a look and take a picture of course. At this month its too muddy around coz its a rainy season.
Going to the place where the mudslides happen here in Saint Bernard is the thing your heart feels like someone squeezes it. I really cant explain what I felt when I visit this place with my sisters and friends. You’ll see this tall cross beside the river where you will go to across it before walking the huge area of the town that buried the whole place. But before entering the area you need to sign your name first at the Army book for incase. Because of the disaster where the entire place buried this cross represent that many people died in this area. From here you need to walk like 5 minutes to the main area of the place.
stuck in the jungle, and all you have is a big ass knife and some bamboo... check out the Jungle Extreme Survial Training course. the instructor explained how to make a soup bowl and stand, spoon, a rice maker and fire, all out of bamboo. too bad i live in the states where bamboo is kinda slim. but it was a fun place to check out. i think it was 150 pesos to get in. there is also a mini zoo with some animals and a butterfly garden.
Philippines are getting warmer again as summer is imminent. As we filipinos love shakes, cold drinks, etc.. that makes us feel not thirsty from being under the sun and feel warm that makes you thrisy and want to jump over into the cold water. Here in Olongapo we have this sweet fruit shakes that makes you sit in the corner and enjoy drinking. You can choose what kind of fruits you want and mix it whit other fruit. From mango to Avocado etc..
After watching the parade and uploading my photos in the computer I noticed that the skies show nice color and getting dark. I run to go down stair holding my camera and asked the owner of the apartment if I can climb the roof to take a picture of the sunset. Was in hurry though sooner it will gone. Thanks that I don’t need to look some other way how to click. There’s a strengthen stair up. Its worth climbing in the roof to take pictures though the result is fantastic I might do this every afternoon hahahaha kidding. Well, why not!
Cubi Point Zoo This mini-zoo is located at the Upper MAU camp and is an environmental education centre. The zoo features monkeys, a gigantic python, some smaller snakes like Bamboo Vipers, wild pigs, turtles and large eagles. The Negrito’s who maintain the area put on educational seminars dealing with jungle survival skills.
Friendship Park Adjacent to the main gate of the Subic Bay Freeport, this long, narrow park stretches along the Perimeter Road. A mini-children's park lies at the northern side. The Olongapo Bremerton Sisterhood Marker, symbolizing the sister city relationship between Olongapo City and Bremerton City can also be found here.
Gordon Memorial Park is where the late Mayor James L. Gordon, dubbed as the "Father of Olongapo City" was interred. From its location at the edge of the Kalaklan bridge (near the public cemetery), the beautiful and breathtaking Subic Bay can be viewed.
Mangrove Graveyard These dead trees are remnants of the Mt. Pinatubo eruption. Unable to stand the high sulfur content spewed by the volcano, the Apitong graveyard bears witness to one of the worst calamities to hit the country.
Ocean Adventure has whale viewing and whale encounters. Using 'False Killer Whales' which are slightly larger than dolphins (7-8 meters) they put on a show for the general public…an activity that kids will love. Also on site is an aquarium with many species of fish native to the area including sea lions, sharks and dolphins. For more information call the park directly on 47-252-9000.
Rizal Park is the oldest park in the city and is the frequent site of various programs and public gatherings. It is a haven for relaxation with its numerous shady trees and benches and is a perfect spot to let children stretch their legs.
Triboa Bay, Mangrove Park Drive through Subic's low-lying forest and visit the mangroves, via a boardwalk to the Triboa Bay Marine Park. This bay is home to a nursery and breeding site for birds, fowl and fish.
Aquarium There is an ocean ‘aquarium’ where you can view tropical fish in their natural setting. This is a must do activity for those that don’t fancy getting wet themselves. Ask at your hotel for details.
Bat Kingdom Be mesmerized at Subic's Bamboo Bats and Flying Foxes. Over 10,000 fruit bats, the biggest of its kind in the world roost in the protected forest reserve of Subic along with the Bamboo bats, which are the smallest in the Philippines.
Butterfly Garden Contained inside the Cubi Point Zoo by high netting through the upper trees an enclosure boasts hundreds if not thousands of butterflies in every imaginable species and colour. Walk along rock trails across miniature bridges with babbling brooks flowing quietly alongside, amid landscaping with gorgeous plants and flowers.
Waterfront Boardwalk Watch the majestic rising and setting of the sun, as it unfolds over Subic Bay. Complementing the grandeur of the mountains of the Redondo Peninsula, it is truly a sight to behold.
Spanish Gate This main entrance to the fortified Spanish naval settlement that was Olongapo, still stands today inside the US Naval Base. It has been retouched but the basic architecture is preserved as a symbol of Spanish right over Subic Bay just before the turn of the century.
Vasco's Helm is the perfect place to unwind after a busy day of diving.
Well maintained airconditioned rooms sitting right on the water offers beautiful sunsets and relaxing atmosphere to finish the day.
With it's pub like atmosphere, the restaurant offers a well planned and diverse menu.
If you still have the energy after diving, the exciting Night Life and Shopping in Subic Bay and Olongapo are only a few minutes from the hotel!
Located just 160km north of Manila, travel to Subic is very easy.
We can arrange a private car to pick you up in Manila or any other location in Luzon. The fare, depending on number in party and type of vehicle requested (passenger car or van) the rate is approximately $50 for the whole party.
The bus service is also very nice and practical. When in Manila you can take a taxi to the Victory Liner Bus Terminal and get a bus to Olongapo (they run every hour). From Olongapo you can take a taxi or jeepney to Magellans Landing. Total cost is approximately $10 per person.
A sea plane is also available to fly you from Manila to Subic Bay. Please contact us to arrange this transportation option. The cost is approximately $200 per person.
Bamboos grow in fits and starts. For much of the year nothing much appears to be happening, and then in one brief season they explode with growth. In general, the first year or two after transplanting, you will not see tremendous above-ground growth, as the plant is putting most of its energy into its root system. During the summer and fall, most species manufacture and store sugars in their rhizomes. Rhizomes produce the roots, top growth, and new rhizomes. Then in spring and sometimes fall, they pump the accumulated energy into new shoots (culms), which grow to full size in about 30-60 days. The branches and leaves develop in another 30-60 days. Shoots of some species have actually been clocked growing 4 feet in one 24 hour period! As the plant's rhizome system expands, its ability increases to produce larger, taller, and more numerous culms annually. Thus, each year’s “crop” of shoots is larger than the last, until the mature size for the species is reached and new culms continue to come up at the mature size.
An educational tour to the rainforest of Subic Bay Freeport with Aeta guides providing an outdoor orientation on basic mountaineering, fire building, trap making, wildlife identification, and other wilderness survival techniques. Tour Inclusions: guided tour of the JEST Forest Trails, rolling tour of Subic Bay Freeport, duty free shopping.
Mt. Pinatubo, made famous by its catastrophic eruption in 1991, is now a source of travel and study for tourists and travelers visiting Central Luzon.
Baloy Long Beach, Barrio Barretto, Olongapo, Philippines
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Rizal cor. Sta. Rita Road, Subic Bay Freeport Zone, Olongapo, 2200, Philippines
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Baloy Long Beach, Barrio Barretto, Olongapo, 2200, Philippines
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