It is northwest of the Bataan Peninsula and southwest of the Zambales Province. SBF is kilometers north of Manila. The mountain ranges around the Subic Bay area and the deep natural harbor provide excellent and protected anchorage. In addition, these features make SBF naturally sheltered from typhoons as well as from the effects of the eruption of Mt.
Zambal refers to the native language spoken by the early Austronesian inhabitants of the place. A contending version states that the name was derived from the word samba, meaning worship, because the Spanish supposedly found the native inhabitants to be highly superstitious; worshipping the spirits of their ancestors.
The province is home to the Aetasthe aboriginal people of the Philippines who share Afro-ethnic similarities. History[ edit ] Zambales map in Prior to colonization, the Aeta people became the first human population who inhabited what is now Zambales.
Due to Malay migration waves, the Tagalog people displaced the Sambal people in southern Luzon, which led to the arrival of the Sambal people into present-day Zambales.
The Spanish first explored the area inled by Juan de Salcedo. When the Philippines was granted independence in the 19th century and 20th century, Scarborough Shoal was passed by the colonial governments to the sovereign Republic of the Philippines.
However, the capital was moved among the last three towns above during its history before finally settling in Iba, due to its strategic location. During the dictatorship of Ferdinand Marcos, Zambales was one of the most militarized areas in the Philippines as majority of the people were against martial rule.
Due to this, the economy of the province weakened for some time, but regained vitality a few years after the government ordered the revitalization of the province and established growth in its southern towns, which later became an significant economic zone in the country by Its shoreline is rugged and features many coves and inlets.
Subic Bayat the southern end of the province, provides a natural harbor, and was the location of the U. Naval Base Subic Bay until its closure in The former summit of the volcano was obliterated by the massive eruption and replaced by a 2.
A vast portion of the Zambales province acquired desert-like features in after being buried by more than 20 feet 6.This picture was taken in June when I spent time with the Aeta in Sitio Gala, the name of their resettlement area.
The lady is Sharon Flores, my first Aeta friend. I was honored when she asked me to be Godmother (Nenang) to her newborn, Baby Joy. Mt Pinatubo Volcano | John Seach. Luzon, Philippines. N, E summit elevation m stratovolcano. The Mt Pinatubo eruption of was the second largest eruption of the 20th century.
The Aeta people in the Philippines are Australo-Melanesians. Today other groups of Australo-Melanesians are the Aborigines in Australia, Papuans and the Melanesians of the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Fiji, New Caledonia etc. Welcome to Subic, Olongapo!
Subic Bay Freeport (SBF) is located southwest of the Luzon Island in the Philippines. The harbor is sandwiched by the Zambales Mountain Range at the east and the Subic Bay at the west and opens up to the South China Sea. Aetas are found in Zambales, Tarlac, Pampanga, Angeles, Olongapo, Panay, Bataan and Nueva Ecija.
But because of the Mount Pinatubo eruption, some of them moved to resettlement areas in . The Aetas of Mount Pinatubo were the earliest inhabitants of what is now the province of Zambales. They were later displaced  by the Sambal, an Austronesian people after whom the province is named.