Officially known as the city of Olongapo or Lungsod ng Olongapo in tagalog, Olongapo is a first class and highly urbanized city that can be found in the province of Zambales. According to a census that was taken at 2010 the city of Olongapo has a population of 221,178 people. The city has a rich and captivating history like how the city was named after a decapitated head of an old man, stories about the wars and different country using the city but during the American occupation of the country they realized the remarkable importance of Olongapo as a naval facility. There are a lot of interesting places to see while you’re in the city and if you ever got bored you can always head to Subic.
This is a towering statue and a marker to the city that is located at the rotonda in Bajac-Bajac. A lot of tourists likes to see the head of the apo and this statue glorify the legend of the city name, according to legends there are two warring tribes that won’t stop fighting and then came a wise old man known as “apo” pushing for peace between the warring tribes. Some were opposed to his idea and the old man was assassinated. After a long search, the old man’s body was found, but with the head missing the tribesmen can’t find it but a boy found it and shout “Olo nin apo! Olo nin apo!” which means the head of apo hence the word Olongapo.
Photo Credits (Wikimedia CC): Olongapo by RamonFVelasquez
A shrine that is dedicated to Capt. Masanobu Miyazaki who died in battle at the Zig Zag, the statue is also a peace monument dedicated to the Filipinos, Americans and Japanese whose lives were lost in that battle. The monument can be seen at the junction of the national highway and the road into New Cabalan.
The old lighthouse can be found along the national highway going north. The lighthouse also overlooks the Subic Bay Freeport area, and a good place to see for its ambience and the beauty of the sceneries that can be seen on the horizon. Also a good place for picture taking.
Photo Credits (Flickr CC): Lighthouse by JeffreyPioquinto
The original Library was located near the City Hall but now it was relocated at Hospital Road, East Tapinac. Libraries are always a good place to visit to start learning more about a city’s culture and history.
The museum was opened to the public in 2003, the museum houses artifacts, dioramas, and paintings about the history of the city and at the entrance you’ll be greeted with a rotating Ulo ng Apo statue (A reoccurring them of the city.)
This Park is one of the earliest parks in the city and it has become famous for locals and tourists alike in its time. But still a great place to see though.
Photo Credits (Wikimedia CC): Marikit Park by DaryllMalicsi
More known as OCCC or OCC the place has been the site of many events in the city. Popular place to go to if the city is hosting a public event.