Sta. Cruz

Santa Cruz is a 2nd class municipality located on the northern edge of the province of Zambales, Philippines. According to the latest census, it has a population of 52,202 people in 9,754 households.

The town has both public and private schools, including those run by religious organizations, foundations and individuals. The Ramon Magsaysay Polytechnic University (RMTU) - Sta. Cruz Campus is part of the RMTU SYstem operating in the whole Zambales Province, offering undergraduate and graduate degrees in Educational Teaching and other courses. Columban College - Sta. Cruz campus is part of the Columban College System controlled by the Roman CatholicDiocese of Iba, headed by the Bishop of Diocese of Iba. Sta. Cruz Academy is a parochial secondary school operated and controlled by St. Michael the Archangel Parish of Sta. Cruz. The Sta. Cruz High School is operated by the local government and there are Lipay High School and Guisguis National High School.


At the beginning of the 17th century, in the year 1612, the town of “Sigayan”, now Sta. Cruz, was found in the Sitio of Tambobong, which is now within the jurisdiction of the municipality of Dasol, Pangasinan. It is said that when the first Spanish missionaries arrived at the Sitio, they asked the natives the name of the place, but the latter, thinking that the strangers were asking for the name of the shells that were found in abundance on the seashore, answered “Sigayan”. Hence the name. The Catholics of the town later built a church which was placed under the charge of Fr. Alonzo de San Agustin. One day, many years later, a Negrito by the name of Ytahat killed the priest whose sermon on the church’s pulpit was mistaken for insults directed at the natives. This incident forced the founders of the town to transfer the town sitio to another place, the sitio of “Salasa “, which is now within the jurisdiction of the barrio of Bayto, perhaps because they feared of further depredations by the savage Negritoes. This town was named “Alinsaog”, found at the beginning of the 18th century, whose ruins could still be seen up to the present. The town site remained in this place until the later part of the 19th century when it was abandoned by the natives because of the overflowing of the Bayto River which brought death and destruction to the inhabitants. The natives had to move to another townsite, the present location of the municipality. Years later, the people of this town found the image of St. Michael, from among the debris carried by the floodwaters of the Bayto River years back. They forthwith place a cross on the spot where they found the Holy image on which they built the present church and named the town Santa Cruz.


Church of Sta. Cruz, Zambales.

Scenic places

Hermana Mayor Island

Tingson Beach Resort

Maniwaya Beach (Boracay of the future)















Lucapon North

Lucapon South





Poblacion North

Poblacion South


San Fernando


Tubotubo North

Tubotubo South

Masinloc, Zambales Songs

The Province's Music Video

Subic Bay Freeport Zone




     Regional Science High School III has a very conducive and probably the most beautiful environment of all schools in Olongapo City. It is located in one of the few remaining natural rainforests in the Philippines in Subic Bay Freeport Zone.The school buildings are abundantly surrrouded by grass, rocks, shrubs and trees, over the school fence is an off-limits forest.

     Also, herbal and ornamental gardens were constructed by the by science students.

     Other school facilities include a pavilion or "The Math Garden" which is a WiFi hotspot, a computer laboratory which contains more or less 40 computers and a multimedia room used for conducting classes and lectures with the aid of computer presentations.

     The buildings used for the school were still the same structures as it was used as an elementary school during the American Regime, only some were modified for the better use of the school body.






Subic Bay International Airport serves as a secondary airport and a main diversion airport of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport. It is also the airport serving the immediate area of the subic Bay Freeport Zone and the general area of Olongapo City in the Philippines. This airport used to be the Naval Air Station Cubi Point of the United States Navy. Its airport terminal has 2 gates.

     In January 2010, Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority Administrator and CEO Armand C. Arreza expressed interest in closing Subic Bay International Airport in favor of converting the area to a logistics hub. This was due to the closure of FedEx's delivery hub, which is located within the airport complex, and the planned expansion of the nearby Diosdadao Macapagal International Airport

     Spirit of Manila Airlines expressed that it will start operations at Subic Bay International Airport to start by August or September 2011 providing flights between Subic and Macau.


     "Subic Port", or the "Port of Subic" or "Subic Bay Port" is one of the Philippines and South East Asia's Major Seaport's, and also one of the Philippine's Most Developed and busiest ports. The Port area is located within the area known as the Subic Bay Freeport Zone (SBFZ), which is known simply as Subic Bay. Subic Bay, the Philippines' first free port, continues to be one of the country's major economic engines with more than 700 investment projects, including the 4th largest shipbuilding facility in the world (Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction HHIC). Currently upgrading its port facilities through the Subic Bay Port Development Project and forging ties with the Clark Special Economic Zone in Angeles City, Pampanga to form the Subic-Clark Corridor via the 45-kilometer Subic-Clark Toll Road.

     The Port is operated and managed by the  SBMA. It covers the fenced area of the former U.S. Naval Base located in the southwest of Luzon Island in the Philippines surrounded by the municipality of Subic and Olongapo City in Zambales, and Hermosa and Morong in Bataan in concurrence of their Sangguniang Bayan pursuant to Section 12 of RA 7227. The harbor is facing the Zambales Mountain Range in the west and the Subic Bay opening up to the South China Sea. It is northwest of the Bataan Peninsula and southwest of the Zambales Province. Subic Bay Freeport is 110 kilometers north of Manila. Manila Bay and the Bataan Peninsula separate SBF from Manila. The mountain ranges around the Subic Bay area and the deep natural harbor provide excellent and protected anchorage. In addition, these features make the Port of Subic naturally sheltered from typhoons as well as from the effects of the eruption of Mt. Pinatubo

     Subic Seaport has a natural harbor of up to 13.7 meters covering a total area of 41 hectares. It has a total of 12 operational piers and wharves. It presently has three characteristic container terminals, a fertilizer terminal at the Boton Wharf, a grains bulk terminal at the Leyte Wharf and a general containerized cargo terminal (Marine Terminal) at the Sattler Pier.

     A new container terminal with two berths is now being constructed through the Subic Bay Port Development Project (SBPDP). The two new berths has a total capacity of 300,000 TEUs each, enough to accommodate all types of sea vessels- from small crafts, commercial yachts, ferry boats to container vessels, cargo ships, oil tankers and aircraft carriers, even the Panamax and post-Panamax class container vessels.


     Standing proud and impeccably built in 1998 is the premier yacht club in the Philippines. This facility actually has a beach around the huge swimming pool that sports imported sand from Australia. Built at a cost of P2-billion, this club exemplifies luxury and style at every turn. This club is a major attraction for high-end living of both Filipino and international guests.

     For the water enthusiasts, the club rents yachts, jet boats, speedboats, pontoon boats, platus and equipment for many varieties of water sports. There is escorted wreck diving available guided by professionals in the diving business.




















Now you can treat your family to the excitement of full-sized Siberian tigers roaming about your vehicle. Riding along with you are safari guides who will give you an idea of the power and ferociousness of these animals as they feed them just inches from your face. See the amazingly-long and sharp tiger-canine teeth so close to you that you actually feel the fear and excitement of these ferocious hunters. Thrill as a 400 pound tiger easily jumps on top of your safari vehicle while he eats a whole chicken.

The Clark Subic Marketing team was treated to an unexpected surprise. After our safari, when the time came for us to exit the park, it seemed as though one of the tigers was still hungry and decided to follow us to the main gate. This guy wouldn’t allow our driver to exit the gate. The safari vehicle driver attempted to loose him with evasive maneuvers, only to be outsmarted as he continued to stalk us, cut us off and actually run alongside the vehicle; great fun! Finally, the driver managed to shake our still-hungry giant feline as we made our exit from the secure safari area. This experience was one that will not be forgotten for years to come.


     Join us here on the edge of the rain forest at Ilanin Bay in the sun-kissed Philippines. Ocean Adventure is Southeast Asia's only open-water marine park. Here our animals live and play in a natural setting of clear water teeming with marine life, coral reefs, and a lovely white sand beach. Experience our whales, dolphins, sea lions, rescued forest animals, and a host of fish and sea creatures in a variety of exciting and intimate ways! Our covered walkways, sheltered stadiums, and indoor facilities insure you'll have a comfortable experience, rain or shine.


     Tree-top type adventures and adventure tourism in general are gaining tremendous popularity worldwide. The Tree Top Adventure Park at Subic Bay is patterned after the canopy tour or zip-line tour originally developed in Costa Rica. Situated in the incredible Upper Cubi, deeply-forested jungle-area of Subic is Treetop Adventure; a facility delivering some of the most exciting experiences available in the entire Philippines.

      Embark on adventure tourism 100 feet above the ground, as expansive vistas entrench and bathe you in the lush wonder of the Subic rainforest. Experience jungle trails, not of the ordinary variety at all; no, these trails are situated 100 feet above the ground, consisting of platforms, suspension bridges and a motorized treetop canopy system; the world’s first such wilderness-ride.

     This is nature’s sanctuary, enveloped in the realm of overgrown trees and jungle-foliage of various types. Subic Bay’s tropical rainforest is home to 3,000 types of trees and 10,000 varieties of plants as well as over one-thousand animal species, including bats, monkeys and wild pigs.

     Breathtaking, is a word best used to describe the experience of riding canopies, walking cable bridges, and cable-sliding from one treetop to another while marveling at the vast array of surrounding flora, fauna and animal species. The keyword here is adventure; make sure you take friends and family members with you who are dear to your heart as you will long remember this bonding experience for a lifetime.





     Ayala Land signed last October 2009 an agreement with the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA), for the development of a 7.5-hectare property along Rizal Highway within the Subic Bay Freeport Zone, straddling the boundary between the Subic Bay Freeport Zone and Olongapo City near the free port's main gate. ALI envisions the development of an integrated mixed-use master-planned community which will include a shopping mall, Business Process Outsourcing office building, and hotel that will rise in the heart of Subic 's Central Business District. This development is part of the company's strategy to establish mixed-use master-planned growth centers in various parts of the country.

     Part of the masterplan is the construction of Harbor Point, the pioneer Ayala Mall in Subic Bay Freeport Zone.

     More than 400 local and international companies wishing to locate at the Ayala Harbor Point mall were Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA)here by conducting a one-day, one-stop business processing designed to fast-track the accreditation of the new business locators.



     On March 13, 1992, Philippine Congress passed Republic Act 7227 known as the Bases Conversion and Development Act of 1992, creating the Subic Bay Freeport in anticipation of the pullout of the US naval base facilities. Section 13 of RA 7227 created the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) and freeport incentives that was lobbied for by Richard Gordon and inserted as an amendment during the bicameral committee hearings. Pursuant to such, Gordon, then the mayor of Olongapo, became the first SBMA chairman.

     Mayor Gordon with 8,000 volunteers took over the facility to preserve and protect US$8 billion worth of property and facilities from looting when the last U.S. Navy helicopter carrier USS Belleau sailed out of Subic Bay on November 24, 1992 and started the military base conversion into a freeport like Hong Kong and Singapore. During its fourth anniversary on November 24, 1996, Subic Bay hosted the leaders of 18 economies during the 4th APEC Leaders' Summit who were all impressed with the emerging investment haven with companies like FedEx Express, Enron, Coastal Petroleum now El Paso Corporation, Taiwan computer giant Acer, and France telecoms company Thomson SA.

      Richard Gordon was SBMA chairman until June 1998 when newly elected president, Joseph Estrada, issued Administrative Order No. replacing him with a political ally, former Bataan Representative and Harvard-trained Felicito C. Payumo. In 2004, Payumo was replaced by Francisco Licuanan as Chairman and Alfredo C. Antonio as Administrator. In 2006, President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo appointed Commodore Feliciano G. Salonga as Chairman/Head of Agency, and Armand Arreza as Administrator/CEO of the SBMA. Exports had averaged a billion dollars since 1997, jobs generated reached more than 60,000 which was twice the highest number of jobs available when Subic Bay was still a US naval base. In June 2006, Hanjin Shipping opened over the weekend a P40-million modern training center in the Subic Bay Freeport. Hanjin's facility in Subic covers 349 hectares with total investments of US$1 billion. The project expects to generate at least 15,000 new jobs in Subic.

Masinloc, Zambales

Masinloc Municipal Hall




It is one of the cultural heritage churches in the Philippines because of a polychrome portal leading to the choir loft. It was built with coral stones by Augustinian Recollects in the 18th century and is approximately 400 years old. It is the oldest church in the Diocese of Iba and it has a stood intact until it was damage by an earthquake in the early 1990’s.



Masinloc Power Plant

In April 2008, AES Philippines purchased the Masinloc coal-fired power plant in Zambales Province in the Luzon region. Originally constructed in 1998 as a two-unit, 600-MW plant, the facility uses coal from a variety of sources in the Pacific Rim. After AES finished overhauling much of its equipment, the expanded 660-MW (gross) plant’s availability increased from 48% to 74%, which enabled net electricity production to jump by 129% by 2010.



Masinloc Binabayani Festival

"Binabayani" is a war dance that portrays the battle between the Christian and the Aetas in the town of Masinloc. It is a Sambal word that means "bravery". It is usually featured at the town plaza on the 30th day of November for the public to witness.

"Let's Share It"

Kids Pool Mountain Resort, Coto Mines, Masinloc, Zambales

Coto Mines 

It is known as the nation’s biggest deposit of refractory ore in the world. It is 27 kms of well paved and winding gravel road from Barangay Baloganon to the camp site and commuted through a transportation concessionaire plying the route Coto-Baloganon at government controlled fare. Baloganon is about 3 kms from the main national highway. Victory liner has buses on that route from manila (about 5 hrs bus ride). From baloganon, it's more than an hour before you reach the kidz swimming pools (coto mines) right at the foot of the forest. It's in the town called masinloc (2 hrs from olongapo).



Masinloc was among the native settlements visited by Juan de Salcedo in his exploration of Zambales in 1572. The first village is what is now called San Andres in the Barrio of Bani. Thirty five years later, the town was founded on the southern mouth of the river across the bay from the island of Salvia or San Salvador. However, the first convent was built on the east shore of Salvia, while the first town site, now covered by the sea, was just in front of the stone church. Actually, the town is now behind the church (San Andres Church) and is growing inland across the river towards Collat, Lipay and Baloganon to the North.

Organized in 1607, the first town in the province of Zambales, Masinloc has come to play an important role in every phase of provincial development. Masinloc was the first capital of the then extensive province of Zambales that extended from Cape Bolinao to Olongapo, until Sta. Cruz, Botolan and Iba, all came from Masinloc. Masinloc in the early days have only flat section on its area occupied by people. Food crops and animals particularly fish are abundant in the lower section. The San Andres Church was constructed in 1607 and at present facing to the west towards Masinloc bay.

Masinloc is a coastal town situated between the Zambales Mountain in the east and South China Sea on the west. It is composed of 13 barangays.

1. Baloganon                                                         7. San Lorenzo

2. Bamban                                                             8. San Salvador

3. Bani                                                                   9. Santa Rita

4. Collat                                                                10. Santo Rosario

5. Inhobol                                                              11. South Poblacion

6. North Poblacion                                                 12. Taltal  

                13. Tapuac 

Candelaria, Zambales

Iba, Steering Iba Into the Future

Iba,Zambales Official Seal

Zambales Capitol

Good Office of
Hon. Governor Edejer Ebdane



The Ramon Magsaysay Technological University is a government-funded higher education institution in Zambales established in 1910 and converted into a state university in 1998. The main campus of the university is located in the Municipality of Iba, Province of Zambales. The university is named after the province's greatest son and former president of the Republic of the Philippines, Ramon Magsaysay. It has satellite campuses in the municipalities of Sta. Cruz, Candelaria, Masinloc, Botolan, San Marcelino, Castillejos all in the province of Zambales


St. Augustin Cathedral, Iba Zambales

The faith flourished in the region until the troubled days of the Revolution of 1896. Leaving ruined churches and convents in its wake the revolution, rendered the region practically unattended; only some time later did secular priests took over the some of the vacated parishes. In this state of things the territory became a fertile ground for the Aglipayan schism to gain a foothold and prosper, so much so that almost the whole length and breadth of the province came under Aglipayan influence.
Upon the invitation of the Archbishop of Manila, Michael J. O’Dohery, the divine Would Fathers took over the spiritual care of Zambales sometime in 1928. Starting their missionary activities in Iba and San Narciso, they gradually took over towns and localities, concentrating their work in rebuilding ruined churches, building new ones, establishing more parishes, erecting schools and conducting catechism centers whereby they hoped to regain much lost group through the young.




The Zambales Electric Cooperative, Inc. (ZAMECO) was established in June 30, 1972 by the National Electrification Administration (NEA) under Presidential Decree No. 269. After Twelve (12) years of operation, the cooperative was divided into Two (2) Independent Institutions namely: Zambales I Electric Cooperative, Inc. (ZAMECO I) covering the areas of Botolan up to Santa Cruz: and Zambales II Electric Cooperative, Inc. (ZAMECO II) which covers its Franchise Areas from Subic all the way to Cabangan. In October 14, 1984, this cooperative was organized as one of the Two Electric Cooperatives in the Province of Zambales by virtue of Republic Act No. 6038 as mended by Presidential Decree No. 269.

With the enactment of RA 9136, otherwise known as the “Electric Power Industry Reform Act of 2001” (EPIRA), into law and the effectivity of its Implementing Rules and Regulations, ZAMECO II, together with other Electric Cooperatives in the country, is now gearing up towards its grand vision called “GLOBAL COMPETITIVENESS”.

In the year 1984 until 1986, we were classified as Category-C level equivalent to a Medium Cooperative, on which this perhaps an effect from the division into Two independent institutions. Since then the cooperative was classified as medium coop until 1999. In the year 2000, ZAMECO II was classified as Large Cooperative due to its fast growing number of consumers and the expansion of lines up to date to meet its customary demands.




Thousands of foreign and local tourists have joined Zambalenos in the annual celebration of the Mango Festival which kicked off on Thursday at the provincial capitol ground, this municipality.

Governor Hermogenes Ebdane Jr. and Vice Governor Ramon Lacbain led government officials and guests during the opening of the four-day festivities.

The opening day celebration was highlighted with activities that include a photo contest, art exhibits, ultimate dance craze, street parade and street dancing competition.

On the second day, among the activities that are lined-up include ZAMBA boxing competition, search for "Talentadong Empleyado" 2011, "Huli Mo Biik Mo!", "Agri-Karera ng Kalabaw", dog show, the regular mango forum and “PINAKA” LGU booth competition.

On the third day, the organizers will highlight the mango carving and mango eating contests, and “PINAKA competition” featuring the battle of the bands and judging entries on the photo contest.

Closing the four-day event are activities such as the Zambales songwriting competition, “Ginoo at Binibining Zambales” 2011 grand pageant night and the awarding ceremony for the photo contest.

Surrounding the plaza are stalls and booths with different varieties of mango fruits, the native delicacies and food products, handicrafts and mango seedlings. (PNA)



Victory Liner, Inc. Iba, Zambales Terminal

Iba Airport,

Iba Airport (Filipino: Paliparan ng Iba) (ICAO: RPUI) is an airport serving the general area of Iba, located in the province of Zambales in the Philippines. It is one of the five airports in Zambales. 

It is classified as a feeder airport by the Air Transportation Office, a body of the Department of Transportation and Communications that is responsible for the operations of not only this airport but also of all other airports in the Philippines except the major international airports. Iba Airport serves as a training area for the Philippine Air Force and today, most of the traffic that goes in Iba Airport are general aviation.







Ramon F. Magsaysay Memorial Hospital

"Lets Share It"

Twin Falls, Iba


Mt. Tapulao Project

The project involves the construction of five-star hotels, casinos, concert halls, condominiums, villas, as well as an 18-hole golf course and other leisure facilities. The $2-billion project will be patterned after "Genting Highlands in Malaysia", "Yeosu Hwayang tourism Complex" and "Gampo Complex in Gyeeonju City" both in Korea.

Zambales Philippines: Bakasyunan sa Baybay Dagat in Iba
Bakasyunan sa Baybay Dagat 

At Bakasyunan sa Baybay Dagat calls guests to enjoy sunny days and starlit nights at their resort because the fun never stops at the resort at sundown. The resort is situated on a 3- hectare land at the Tranquil seaside gardens.

Bakasyunan sa Baybay Dagat offers guests a choice of their luxurious accommodations. The accommodation choices are VIP rooms, deluxe rooms, executive rooms, private rooms, beachfront rooms, family rooms, native townhouse, family beachfront cottage, tree house and dormitory type rooms. All of the rooms are air-conditioned except for kamagong, duplex nipa hut and bahay kubo.

Tampisaw Beach Resort

Palmera Garden Hotel and Beach Resort

Located at the 208 km road marker North of Iba, Palmera Garden Hotel and Beach Resort Philippines is the only three star Philippine Resort in Iba, Zambales. Since it’s opening in 1996, Palmera Garden Beach Resort Philippines has been widely praised by discerning travelers for it’s clean, comfortable, affordable accommodations, personalized service, and relaxing tropical garden setting edged by the beautiful beach with fine silver sand gently sloping into the crystal clear water of the South China Sea.

Located about 206 kms. north of Manila in Iba, Zambales, Philippines, we cater to couples, families, groups and companies looking for a place to relax and unwind away from the bustling noise of the city. Guests have several choices in accommodations...from a three-bedroom bungalow to a cozy airconditioned room.

Guests are free to bring in or cook their own food (in selected cottages) or they may avail of our "paluto" service for a minimal fee. The resort also accepts in-house catering service.

Herra Beach Resort

Villa Veneranda Resort

Tammy's Beach Resort
Beach ni Chabengs Resort

White Castle Beach Resort

Located in brgy. Dingin, Iba,Zambales, with fine sand beach and crystal clear waters, clean and safe.

Lindamar By The Sea

Located in Bangantalinga, offers furnished rooms, restaurant and billiards.

Regent Beach Resort
Located in Lipay-Dingin Panibuatan, beside the Iba Airport. Attractions include leisure sports flying and a flying inflatable boat with flights to the Mt. Pinatubo area that offers a unique seascape view from the mountain slopes.



          The town of Iba, originally known as Paynauen, was established in by priests from the order of Augustinian recollect who arrived in 1611. The name of the town is believed to have originated from the Iba Plant which used to grow abundantly in the area. Though the Recollects were the first Spanish Missionaries to arrive in the province of Zambales - which was originally called Playa Honda - The Dominicans, who arrived in 1679, were the ones who founded the parish of Iba and dedicated the chruch to San Agustin of Hippo in 1681.