What It's Like in the Philippines

Olongapo City

I've been coming here every year since 2000. Olongapo is a great little city with lots of history, but is little known except to those that were stationed here when the US Navy occupied Subic Naval Base. It's a great place to visit and prefer being here than in Manila.

What I hope to do is to show through photos what life here is like. The people here are very industrious and business oriented. Families are close and tend to spend time with each other more.

There is much activity throughout the city at almost every hour of the day and the night life is quite active with the many clubs offering live entertainment and karaoke. Shopping in Olongapo is quite varied in that there are many kinds of shopping facilities which includes a Mall built around 2004 and the many vendors located in the Public Market.

Of course there are also the many businesses that line the streets of Olongapo where you will find almost anything you would need from grocery items to electronics. Unlike public transportation in the US or many other countries, getting around the city is made possible by the elaborate system of tricycles (motorcycles with a side car) and jeepney's.

Photos Around Olongapo City

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This canal was originally dug over 100 hundred years ago by the Spanish to create an island for better defense of what is now SBMA. Taken from Kalaklan bridge.Homes along the canal near Kalaklan bridgeBanka(boats)along the canal off the Kalaklan bridgeLone boater on the canalAnother boater with a bit more modern bankaNew Public market in OlongapoA vendor selling mangos and tomatoes as her son takes a snack.A customer packs his purchasesA young vegetable vendor at the New Public MarketSome nicely displayed fruits and vegetableA vendor at her stand waiting for customersA fish vendor selling tilapia. We passed on this one. His prices were too highMore fish on displayFinally bought some tilapia from this vendor, they were more fresh.A vendor selling fried banana-que, camote-que as in BBQ also in the lower left there is Turon - bananas wrapped in lumpia wrapper then fried.Another vendor frying and selling vegetable lumpiaFruit stand selling fruits you may be familiar with. Notice the Longgan fruit. The numbers you see is the price - 30 pesos for 1/4 kilo
This canal was originally dug over 100 hundred years ago by the Spanish to create an island for better defense of what is now SBMA. Taken from Kalaklan bridge.
This canal was originally dug over 100 hundred years ago by the Spanish to create an island for better defense of what is now SBMA. Taken from Kalaklan bridge.
Homes along the canal near Kalaklan bridge
Homes along the canal near Kalaklan bridge
Banka(boats)along the canal off the Kalaklan bridge
Banka(boats)along the canal off the Kalaklan bridge
Lone boater on the canal
Lone boater on the canal
Another boater with a bit more modern banka
Another boater with a bit more modern banka
New Public market in Olongapo
New Public market in Olongapo
A vendor selling mangos and tomatoes as her son takes a snack.
A vendor selling mangos and tomatoes as her son takes a snack.
A customer packs his purchases
A customer packs his purchases
A young vegetable vendor at the New Public Market
A young vegetable vendor at the New Public Market
Some nicely displayed fruits and vegetable
Some nicely displayed fruits and vegetable
A vendor at her stand waiting for customers
A vendor at her stand waiting for customers
A fish vendor selling tilapia. We passed on this one. His prices were too high
A fish vendor selling tilapia. We passed on this one. His prices were too high
More fish on display
More fish on display
Finally bought some tilapia from this vendor, they were more fresh.
Finally bought some tilapia from this vendor, they were more fresh.
A vendor selling fried banana-que, camote-que as in BBQ also in the lower left there is Turon - bananas wrapped in lumpia wrapper then fried.
A vendor selling fried banana-que, camote-que as in BBQ also in the lower left there is Turon - bananas wrapped in lumpia wrapper then fried.
Another vendor frying and selling vegetable lumpia
Another vendor frying and selling vegetable lumpia
Fruit stand selling fruits you may be familiar with. Notice the Longgan fruit. The numbers you see is the price - 30 pesos for 1/4 kilo
Fruit stand selling fruits you may be familiar with. Notice the Longgan fruit. The numbers you see is the price - 30 pesos for 1/4 kilo

Baliwag to San Roque via tricycle

Mabayuan Barangay Fish Vendor

The Coffee Shop

This is "The Coffee Shop" located in Barretto. It was one of the few places untouched when Mt Pinatubo erupted.
This is "The Coffee Shop" located in Barretto. It was one of the few places untouched when Mt Pinatubo erupted.

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ronny2005 4 years ago from HubPages

Philippines is such a great country! Really beautiful environment in Olongapo City! Voted Up!

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