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Friday, September 29, 2006

Subic Bay offers variety of choices

People have different wants when on vacation. Some may prefer the excitement of water sports, others may opt for shopping and partying, while some may choose to commune with nature. It’s tough to enjoy these things in one place, unless of course your destination is Subic in Olongapo, which offers visitors a vacation that is both fun and complete.

Olongapo Vice Mayor Rolen Paulino said Subic has everything for vacationers to enjoy. "Subic offers complete and world-class facilities, exotic dive sites, well-maintained nature trails, exciting theme parks, glitzy hotels, fancy restaurants and bustling shopping centers, to make your stay very memorable and complete," he said.

Benny Triguero, Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) tourism department manager said Subic is very accessible. It is merely 110 km north of Manila and has first-class airport and seaport. With low crime rate, Triguero said vacationers can enjoy their stay in Subic in utmost safety.

Paulino said that given the proper sports marketing, Subic is also poised to become the Asian sports hub with its excellent sports facilities. This has allowed Subic to host a number of prestigious sporting events, which include last year’s Southeast Asian Games, the Philippine Kayak Competition and the recent Subic elimination leg of the 30th National MILO Marathon, which was graced by Sen. Pia Cayetano, SBMA chair Phil Salonga, SBMA administrator Arman Arezza, SBMA deputy administrator Ferdie Hernandez, and Olongapo mayor James Gordon.

Paulino said the National Milo Marathon plays a significant role in the development of Subic’s youth. He enthuses that leading an active lifestyle helps children with their health and they learn character-forming values to aid them in life. "When you expose kids early in sports, this can in fact be good for the government because they are taught about discipline and how to behave during triumph or defeat," said Paulino, who admits that sports helped him become who he is today.

It’s no wonder that the National Milo Marathon continues to attract thousands of participants. During the Subic race, more than 11,000 participants consisting of running enthusiasts, students and family members took part in the races, making the event a top draw for everyone— tourists included.
By RONNIEL C. DE GUZMAN - Manila Bulletin


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