Situated on the western coast of Central Luzon, Olongapo City is bounded on the north by the town of
Subic, Zambales, on the east by Bataan province, and on the south by
Subic Bay Freeport Zone, and on the west by
Subic Bay. It has a total land area of 185 square kilometers. Terrain is defined by rugged mountains dominated by Kalakhan Ridge.
There is a narrow river valley east of the ridge where the city center is located. This valley is drained by Kalakhan River
which flows from the north of the city and empties into Subic bay. There is also a small coastal plain west of the ridge
called Barretto where most of the beaches are located.
Olongapo City Hall.
Olongapo is 110 kilometers northwest of Manila. It is accessible by land, air and sea. Travel by air
and by sea is through the airport and seaport of Subic Bay Freeport Zone. Main access road is the National Highway that traverse the city and leads all the way to
Iba, the capital of Zambales Province. Commercial establishments are mostly concentrated along Rizal and Magsaysay avenues which are also the gateways
to the freeport.
Olongapo is a cosmopolitan City. Majority of the people however are the Ilocanos, Tagalogs, and Kapampangans. Roman Catholics outnumber
the members of other religions.
The city's economy is by and large dependent on the freeport as it was dependent on the American Military Base
before the base was abandoned by the Americans. Olongapo can be considered the residential and commercial district of the
freeport. With its many attractions, tourism is a thriving industry especially in Barretto District where many resorts are located.
Considering the continued development of the Subic Bay Freeport especially with the completion of the Subic-Clark-Tarlac
Expressway, there is no doubt that Olongapo City offers a lot of opportunities for entrepreneurs. Two areas of investment can be the
priority namely: tourism and real estate. Hotels, resorts, commercial and residential buildings would be in great demand as more and more
tourists and businessmen descend on the freeport. For small and medium enterprises, the production of items needed by the visitors
are encouraged. Jewelry, garments, fashion accessories, furniture and fixtures, souvenir items, and giftwares are some businesses
to be engaged in.
Places of Interest / Tourist Attractions in Olongapo City
- Subic Bay Freeport Zone
- Baretto Beaches
- Baloy Beach
- Marikit Park
- Rizal Park
A beach in Olongapo
View of Barangay Baretto
Barangay Barreto is home to many bars, night clubs, resorts, and restaurants
Rizal Triangle Park
Olongapo Riverside Development
Olongapo City Center
view of Downtown Olongapo
St. Joseph Parish Church
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