Media Category: Barrio Barretto

Barrio Barretto was the sleepy beach area of Olongapo City but now it has developed in important international tourist area.

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Zo956. The Philippines was the host country in for the 2019 South East Asia Games. The games were conducted in several different venues including Subic Bay. This Subic Gym building is located along the Aguinaldo St., our sailor’s former Liberty Route to the main gate. It was built by the new Management, the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) after the Subic Bal Naval Base was returned to the Philippine Authority. This building is located on the Remy Sports Field and was renovated for these 2019 Games.

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Zo954. Last year, perhaps Sep. or October 2019 Shoe Mart Malls (SM) opened a new and large mall next to the Marikit Park. That is the location of the old Olongapo Hospital which was several post WWII Quonset Buildings. It was also the sight of the Olongapo City Convention Center. It is about 1 block towards the former U.S. Naval Base from the Olongapo City APO Circle.

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Zo853. Barrio Barretto has now a Highrise, maybe 10 floors. It is called Central Park Reef Hotel. This is the bottom floor, Lobby, Bar, Restaurant and Pool Floor. It opened in 2019; because of the China Virus, it may be temporarily closed right now.

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Zo952. (#3) This is the intersection of Del Pilar St., going off to the right towards the former Marmot Hotel in Barretto and the National Highway. The project here is to put large culverts in, under and across the National Highway from the inland side to the bay side, that must be part of the highway widening project. That is about time, rain and flood drainage has become a problem here, at this intersection, in the last few year.
Apparently, the new hotel Denito sign is being moved, maybe just temporarily because of the widening and drainage project. That building at right is the new Rico’s Restaurant; it seems to be popular with local and tourists alike.
Across the street in 1990 at that corner used to be the Pirate Coves Bar and next to it the Iron Butterfly Bar, very personal memories there. This corner has changed a lot since those days.

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Zo951. (#2) This is the intersection of Jolo St. (where I live but on the other end it is higher there), and Riza Street in Barretto. We are looking up Rizal St. towards the bay. This is a city project. Better drainage ditches are going to be installed and the road is going to be raised apparently. What will that do to the house at right? This intersection has been flooded frequently at heavy rain, maybe 2 feet high or deep. That high building at left is new and is an addition the Olongapo City jail that has been there forever. The vendor stalls that were on either side of Rizal St. there are gone now and maybe forever.
For your orientation, about 100 feet to the right of the photographer, up the Jolo St. was the house Alan Yu had rented for a few years, we had the Hashers home there a few times.
Ahead, at left, about 60 feet is a sign that says Talipapa; to you SRF Divers, that is where Rick Crane had rented his house and we had a few parties there in the 1988-91 days. The owner had built a building there to attract venders but nobody came. But apparently some came now and this sign was erected. Talipapa, if I translate it right, means a small village market that what the area on Rizal St. was called when all the vendors where there.

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Zo950. (#1) This picture is front of the Johansson, that used to be the Midnight Rambler on the inland side of the National Highway. They been working on widening the National Highway for about 2 years. The project also includes drainage ditches. The problem is the city did not take the actual width of the highway in consideration when they approved building permits. Many buildings had to modify and access by customers in the future may be difficult.

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Zc750. This image is the 3rd of 6 from the USS John D. Ford DD-228 and the original description said that the crew is on the Subic Bay Rifle Range in 1937. It is the first time I seen them and they were sent to me by Bert Caloud. Gunners Mates instructing the sailors on the firing line.

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Zc749. This image is the 2nd of 6 from the USS John D. Ford DD-228 and the original description said that the crew is on the Subic Bay Rifle Range in 1937. It is the first time I seen them and they were sent to me by Bert Caloud. The first sailor is on the firing line.

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Zc748. This image is the 1st of 6 from the USS John D. Ford DD-228 and the original description said that the crew is on the Subic Bay Rifle Range in 1937. It is the first time I seen them and they were sent to me by Bert Caloud. The targets look like those at a real rifle range but I see no hills.

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Zc753. This image is the 6th of 6 from the USS John D. Ford DD-228 and the original description said that the crew is on the Subic Bay Rifle Range in 1937. It is the first time I seen them and they were sent to me by Bert Caloud. It looks like that the DD Sailors are set-up in tents; maybe this was a field exercise for the ships landing party. And I see hills and the Maquinaya area was used for that purpose.

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