Subic Bay Area News as of 2022-01-01

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Zf470. 211230 up Mt. PLDT, down to Sta. Rita Rv., Old Cabalan 06. This is a panorama view of Subic Bay from the PLDT Mountain. We see New Cabalan that is where the 12 days infamous (hard fighting and many casualties) Zig-Zag Pass Battle was carried out in 1945.

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PLDT Mt. to Sta. Rita River Hike, 2021-12-30

Views of the Subic Bay area

Walked up this about 600 meter high hill again, 30th Dec. 2021, but came down at the Sta. Rita River. It was a beautiful day and I got good views from the top and on the way down to the Sta. Rita River Valley. Parked at the SN Mall Central in Olongapo, parking was open and took public transportation to the starting point in Barrio Roosevelt and returned from Old Cabalan. PLDT Mt. is the hill with all the communication towers at your right when you come to Olongapo; PLDT stands for Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co.  Because the authorities are running a new high voltage line across the hill from east to west, there exists now a service road, used to built this power line. This time I used it to descend to the Sta. Rita River but came up using the original PLDT service road.

The original 103 images of this walk have been posted in Photobucket in low resolution, click here: 

A short version of 17 images are uploaded in high resolution into this Flickr album, click here:

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For this notification I chose these 3 images:

Zf471. 211230 up Mt. PLDT, down to Sta. Rita Rv., Old Cabalan 08. This is a rare view from the old PLDT Service Road because the road, now a trail, has thick woods standing on both sides of trail/road. This picture shows us that several extensive projects are being constructed next the Subic Bay Freeport Zone (SBFZ) Tipo Security Gate.

Zf472. 211230 up Mt. PLDT, down to Sta. Rita Rv., Old Cabalan 12a. This is a view of descending into the Sta. Rita River Valley from the PLDT Mountain. I used the service/building road of the new High Voltage Power Line. Notice the power line continues, crossing the Sta. Rita River Valley, then the Kalaklan Mountain. After that it crosses the Gordon Height Valley and then Kalaklan Ridge, not in view, etc.

Zf470. 211230 up Mt. PLDT, down to Sta. Rita Rv., Old Cabalan 06. This is a panorama view of Subic Bay from the PLDT Mountain. We see New Cabalan that is where the 12 days infamous (hard fighting and many casualties) Zig-Zag Pass Battle was carried out in 1945.

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George Dewey High School area in SBFZ, update 2022-01-18

Made a short visit to the school and took pictures and noted some observations:

At least three companies are active at this former school ground:

-The Subic Holiday Villas, they occupy most of the former open sports fields. A friend of mine had a place there, was not happy and got rid of it.

-Absolute Service Inc. seems to be a web page company. It seems to be a US company, branched out to the Philippines.

-The Manila Times College is running a college and also some basic education. Right now the large Sports Hall is being modified to classrooms inside.

The present management seems to like the old school globe and the 2016 Memorialized Plaque and indeed they make a fine historical landmark.

The new and recently widened to 4 lanes Subic-Tipo expressway runs around the former school and cuts the former road to the Kalayaan Housing Road and one has to pass under two twin bridges to get to here.

There were not any students, but I guess that is because of the virus.

The other icon, the missile in the sports field is long gone, perhaps because of the Holyday Villas project.

This is an album of 56 images, shot Jan. 2022, of the former George Dewey High School (GDHS) area in the Subic Bay Freeport Zone (SBFZ), the former US Naval Base Subic Bay. These pictures are uploaded in low resolution, are not edited and have received descriptions as groups of images, click here.

Four sample images are presented here:

Zf505. This is the George Dewey High School Globe standing in front of the school buildings complex, 2022-01-18.

Zf506. This is Google Earth image of the former George Dewey High School area in SBFZ, 2022-01-18. Note the new Subic Tipo Express Way going around the school. I marked in the location of the former Navy Exchange and Commissary Building for your orientation. So much has been added, built or changed from our Navy days.

Zf507. This is the 2016 dedicated Memorialized Plaque, standing in front of the GDHS Globe. It is available in high resolution with this URL, click here:

Zf508. This is the entrance to the former GDHS grounds; the new education boss is the Manila Times College.

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