The History Of Subic Bay

With its white sand, blue waters and amenities, Subic Bay are one of the most famous beaches in the Philippines. However, before the place became a magnet for travellers and tourists, it first served as a witness to the country’s historical events. Here are more details:

Before the Spaniards Came

Some people believe that Zambales was barren before a Spanish conquistador discovered it, but during the pre-colonial times, the place has even respective barangays and chieftains. Although they have no names, the natives already established their own way of government system and territories.

Early Inhabitants

The first people to live in Subic are the Aetas. They have dark to brown skin tone, small frame, curly hair and small stature. Aetas of Zambales are proven to occupy the town of Botolan before they were pushed to stay in the mountains.


Subic Bay was the naval port and recreation facility of the Spanish and United States Navy. Aside from that, the place plays a crucial role in the Dutch and British war, During American and Spaniard’s War, World War II, Gulf War and in the defence of Bataan and Corregidor.


Since Subic Bay serves a naval facility. There’s a list of shipwrecks around its diving site. Some of these include The USS New York (ACR-2), El Capitan (USS Majaba) that was built in 1919, Tank Landing Ship (LST) and San Quentin (aka ‘Sunken Tin’). These warships and the history of Subic Bay contribute to the place’s popularity.

The 1991 Subic Treaty

On September 16, 1991, the government decided to stop the US military operation in Subic Bay. It was also in the same year that Mount Pinatubo erupted. This resulted in the withdrawal of US Military over the course of 1992. Vast quantities of equipment and facilities were moved out to other US Navy installations such as Japan and Singapore.

New Beginnings

After 90 years as an American facility, Subic is now under Philippine’s government. Its economy eventually boomed. It also opened employment opportunities and attracted foreign and local investments. To invest in one of the properties, call us today.