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Zambales' Coastline, Islands, Mountains & Sea

The rugged shoreline of Zambales features many beautiful coves and inlets, and has about 173 kilometers of beaches. Many explore the beaches and the sea not only to swim. Divers explore the beautiful coral reef & marine life, as well as shipwreck spots; surfers go to their favorite surfing areas; photo enthusiasts go to any & all places that offer interesting subjects. And now, more and more islands and coves are discovered and developed as tourist spots.

Zambales' enormous mountain range is a sight to behold. Almost everywhere you go, whether on the road or at a cove or beach resort, you will see the imposing mountains.

Zambales, Home of M. Pinatubo Crater Lake

Mount Pinatubo is an active volcano at the intersection of the borders of the provinces of Zambales, Tarlac, and Pampanga. In a milestone decision, ownership of Mt. Pinatubo was granted to the Aetas. 15,998 hectares including Mt. Pinatubo has been registered at the Registry of Deeds in Zambales as a Certificate of Ancestral Domain Title. The Aetas of Pampanga,Tarlac and Zambales have reportedly reached an understanding that Pinatubo is on the Botolan, Zambales side and the lands there belong to Botolan Aetas.

Background Information

Zambales lies between the Zambales Mountains and the South China Sea, and is geographically part of the western shores of Central Luzon. It is the 2nd largest of the 7 provinces in Central Luzon, having a total land area of 3,700 kilometers, of which, 60% is occupied by its mountain range in the eastern side.

It is bounded on the north by the province of Pangasinan, Tarlac and Pampanga on the east, and Bataan on the South.

The province's name came from the word "zambal", a Hispanized term for Sambali. Zambal is the language spoken by the early Austronesian inhabitants of the place. Another version says that the name was derived from the word "samba", meaning worship, because the Spanish supposedly found the native inhabitants to be highly superstitious; worshiping the spirits of their ancestors. (Zambales was first explored by the Spanish in 1572, led by Juan de Salcedo.)

The Aetas of Mount Pinatubo were the earliest inhabitants of Zambales, but they were later displaced by the Sambals, an Austronesian people after whom the province is named. The Sambals, Tagalogs, Ilocanos, and Kapampangans today constitute the four largest ethnic groups in Zambales. Today, most of the people of southern Zambales are migrants from different parts of the country, as a result of job opportunities brought on by the U.S Subic Naval Base then, and the Subic Freeport Zone today.

  • Last visit to Province of Zambales: Apr 2009
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  • cachaseiro's Profile Photo
    Apr 20, 2009 at 11:21 PM

    that looks absolutely wonderful. i would love to visit that place on my next trip to the phillippines.

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