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Olongapo City in Zambales is the site of Subic Bay Freeport Zone, a tourism showcase converted from the former Subic Naval Base of the US Navy. The Freeport boasts of rainforests, beaches and dive sites as well as an international airport, luxury hotels, resorts, marinas, golf/syacht clubs, duty free shops and casinos. Attractions include Subic Bay Yacht Club, Pamulaklakin Forest Trail, Jungle Environmental Survival Training (JEST) Camp, Miracle and Dungaree Beaches, Spanish Gate, Fisherman’s Wharf and Triboa Country Club. Offshore are the beaches of Grande Island and the sunken wrecks of several warships. Outside Subic are the beaches of Barrio Barretto and Olongapo’s colorful nightspots. At Triboa Bay are the luxury are the villa built to house US president Bill Clinton and other heads of state during the APEC Summit which was held in Subic a few years ago. A current attraction at Subic is Ocean Adventure, which showcases false killer whales and sea lions in their natural habitat. Going north to the capital of Iba is Casa San Miguel in Pundaguit, where classical concerts are held; the ancestral house of President Ramon Magsaysay at Castillejos, and the old church of Botolan. North of Iba are fine beaches in Palauig.

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