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The province of Zambales is located at the Western part of Luzon. It is 210 kilometers and approximately 3 hours drive away from Manila. Zambales is known to be a province of easy access. Philippines and is accessible by land, water and air transport. It is located at 15 coordinates latitude and 12 longitudes in the Island of Luzon. It shares common boundaries with Pangasinan in the North, Tarlac and Pampanga on the East, Bataan on the South and China Sea in the West. Zambales is the host province of Subic bay Freeport Zone, which has premier international airport and seaport, thereby, making the province accessible to the rest of Asia.

The Zambales road is also known to be one of the Philippine’s best scenic highways.
Zambales’ coastline is most famous for its white sandy beaches (sometimes brown…lol!) and deep blue-sea (that’s the truth), rich with coral reefs. One of which is Potipot Island. Romantics may relish the drama of spending a day at Capones Island (I’ve seen this place… nice place), peering through the lighthouse’s solitary window, and reflecting on the Luzon vista. Not to miss the breathtaking views of the panoramic surroundings of Pundaquit while waiting for the sunset in Silanguin Bay.

Zambales, with vast productive development opportunity lands, is envisioned to be an industrialized province through the establishment of economic zones and development of tourist spots within a peaceful sustainable economy and politically stable environment.

The capital town of Zambales is Iba, which is located at the center of the province. Iba is about 210 kilometers away from Manila and 144 kilometers from San Fernando, Pampanga, and the seat of the regional center. Olongapo City, its chartered city, is located at the southernmost part Zambales.

The province is the second largest in the six provinces of Central Luzon.

The topography of Zambales has varied terrain ranging from flat, rugged to mountainous. It is noted for its high mountain ranges and fertile valleys, which generally situated at its northeastern side.

For adventure seekers, Sagrada Familia Cave is the best spot! It has an enigmatic topography lurking inside: waterfalls, swimming ponds, and various rock formations that will astound anybody.

The world-renowned Mt. Pinatubo can be found at the vicinity of the province. It has created a crater-lake and brought about a vast region of awe-inspiring lahar formations.

Your sojourn will not be complete without attending the annual Mango Festival that features street dancing (its a tradition in every province that they have this kind of dancing or parade), float parade, mango picking, and one-week all night long party. Other festivals are the Domorokdok Festival and Subic Ay! The Ina Poonbato pilgrimage is also celebrated during the 24th day of January.

Zambales is historical. The ancestral house of the most loved former president, President Ramon Magsaysay is situated at Castillejos, bringing back fond memories of great service and leadership.
Zambales mangoes are found to be the sweetest mangoes all over the world (that’s right…yummy…you should try it) good enough reasons why it is also exported abroad. The sweet tooth should not miss the pastilles, candy made fresh carabao milk. The companion of mangoes are the best suman sa ibos (made of rice) and bibingka. Other product of Zambales is the Pinatubo Ash ware, the prolific creativity that transformed lahar into decorative items.

Exotic flora can still be found in the untouched mountaintops of the Zambales mountain ranges.

Whether by landline or mobile phone, Zambales can be reached anytime in the world.

Zambales is perfect suited for visitors, seeking authentic Philippines’ view without going far away from manila. Zambaleños have ready smiles, no matter what time of the day. Mabiyay (mabuhay!) ka Zambaleños! .

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    Apr 24, 2006 at 12:45 PM

    Real nice Zambales page. Love the infos. That goes pretty much to all of your travel pages.


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