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.

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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

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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.