Friday, September 29, 2006

Subic: Where vacations are fun and complete

Holidaymakers 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 is proud of the fact that 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,” enthuses Paulino. He adds: “At Subic, families can enjoy doing many things in an elegant setting, at a relatively inexpensive cost.”

Expounding on Subic’s other advantages, Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority tourism department manager Benny Triguero says Subic is merely 110 km north of Manila. It also has its own airport and seaport, making Subic easily accessible. Triguero is also proud of the fact that Subic has a low crime rate, ensuring that vacationers can enjoy their downtime in utmost safety.

Paulino says that given the proper sports marketing, Subic is poised to become the Asian sports hub given that it has excellent sports facilities. This has allowed Subic to host a number of prestigious sporting events, which include the 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 Senator Pia Cayetano, SBMA chairman Phil Salonga, SBMA Administrator Arman Arezza, SBMA Deputy Administrator Ferdie Hernandez and Olongapo Mayor James Gordon.

Paulino says 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 help them in life. “When you expose kids early in sports, this can in fact be good for the government because they are taught early on about discipline and how to behave when you’ve won or lost,” says 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.

So for a complete vacation that’s fun for all, look no further than Subic, which offers you everything exciting in sports and recreation, assuring you of holidays that are definitely memorable and worthwhile.

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