The Weather in the Philippines

We all know there are four seasons of weather (spring, summer, winter, and fall), right? In tropical countries like the Philippines, the four seasons aren’t even recognized. Officially or unofficially, it really doesn’t matter. What matters is what the people living in the Philippines recognize. The one thing that bothers me the most about the … Read more

Gold and the Island of Luzon

Although gold deposits have been found in all parts of the Philippines, Chinese traders in the 3rd century referred to the island of Luzon as the “Isle of Gold”. Metro Manila and Olongapo City are located on the island of Luzon. Gold mines in the Philippines yield more than 30 metric tons per year, nearly … Read more

The Subic Bay Freeport Zone and Olongapo City

The Subic Bay Freeport Zone is part of the Subic Special Economic and Freeport Zone and formerly U.S. Naval Base Subic Bay. It became the freeport zone after the last Americans left in 1992. It’s separated from Olongapo City on the north side by a drainage canal and on the east side by the Santa … Read more