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.