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|Thursday, 26 June 2008 15:41|
" The History "
Subic Bay Freeport Zone. In 1991, the Philippine Senate made the momentous decision not to extend the Military Bases Agreement (MBA), which had regulated the lease of the bases since the end of World War II.
Since being converted into the Subic Bay Freeport after the US Navy withdrew, hotels, restaurants, mega stores, mountain and marine attraction and various historical landmarks have been drawing tourists to this place.
The City of Olongapo
Parallel to the development of the US Naval Complex, Olongapo City grew from the simple fishing village into a bustling metropolis. It became the First Highly Urbanized City in Central Luzon and was given independence from its mother province, Zambales in December 1984.
The eruption of Mt. Pinatubo in June 1991 and the exit of the US Naval Operations in 1992 affected the city’s economy. Through volunteerism, the people lobbied for the free port in Congress, and people led the conversion of the base into a free port. Together, they gave of themselves to protect and preserve the Subic Bay Area and today, Olongapo City is home to one of the most exciting growth areas in the Philippines.
From 1572 to 1903, a period of 331 years, the Northern portion of Zambales included the towns of Alaminos, Bolinao, San Isidro, Infanta, Anda, Bani and Agno, all of which now belong to Pangasinan due to physical difficulties at that time. Among the earliest municipalities are Masinloc, organized in 1607 and was the first Provincial Capital; Iba, which was the present Provincial Capital, organized in 1611; and Sta. Cruz which was located in the Northern tip was formed a year later.
Bataan was established in 1754 by Governor General Pedro Manuel Arandia.
Long before the outbreak of Word War II, Bataan already earned herself a secure place in the history of the Philippines. The prince of Filipino printers, Tomas Pinpin, a native of Abucay, who either authored or co-authored some of the oldest books in the Philippines and printed them himself between 1610 to 1639 in the printing press located inside the Abucay Catholic Church. In 1647, the plundering Dutch Naval forces were resisted in Bataan, the defenders ultimately chose the glory of death to the ignominy of surrender.
When the Pacific War broke out in 1941, the selection of the peninsula as the locale of the last defensive stand by the USAFFE against the invading Japanese forces brought fame and infamy to Bataan. The loss of life and property cannot be estimated. Bataan then became the symbol of valor and tenacity in its hopeless stand against the much superior invading Japanese Imperial Forces. Today, a national landmark called the Shrine of Valor (Dambana ng Kagitingan) stands majestically on top of the Mt. Samat in Pilar as testimony to the gallantry and sacrifices of the men and women who with their blood, tears, and sweat made the grounds of Bataan hallow.
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