SUBIC BAY FREEPORT — The Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) is enjoining the public to visit the Subic Bay Freeport in September to enjoy a month-long celebration that features the unique sounds and colors of Subic Bay.
SBMA Chairman Roberto Garcia said the Subic agency has lined up various activities, showcasing the best of the region’s most visited tourism destination in line with this year’s theme, “Tourism for All, Promoting Universal Accessibility”, of the National Tourism Month.
Garcia said that next month’s celebration will highlight the sound of entertainment and excitement unique to Subic, as well as the colors that invigorate the sights and adventures that visitors and locals enjoy in the Freeport.
“This will not be another ordinary month in Subic. We have prepared various tourism-related competitions, which will give you a chance to win prizes, or you can simply enjoy your stay in the Freeport as spectators,” he continued.
SBMA Tourism Department head Mary Jamelle Camba added that the month-long tourism celebration here will officially kick off on September 5 with a motorcade, followed by a trade and photo exhibit, and a job fair.
The monthlong trade and photo exhibits, which will be held at the Harbor Point Mall, will feature photographs taken from favorite tourist destinations in Subic, as well as various produce from Zambales and Bataan.
Meanwhile, the two-day job fair to be organized by the SBMA Labor Department will make available at least a thousand jobs to applicants. This will be held at the Subic Gym on September 5 and 6.
The celebration will also feature youth and sports-oriented events like the TRAP Aquathlon Championships at the Remy Field on and the Subic Bay Ultimate Community Frisbee Tournament at the Remy Field on September 4; the National Athletic Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (NAASCU) Basketball Tournament at the Subic Gym on September 8 and 17; and the SBMA Body Painting Contest on September 30.
The Subic celebration will also include exciting competitions like the Central Luzon-wide Professionals Flair-tending/Bartending Competitions on September 13; the Tourism Quiz Challenge in the Subic Got Talent- School Category on September 15; and the Subic Got Talent- Open Category on September 22, all at the Harbor Point Activity Center here.
The SBMA has also scheduled the Subic Bay Freeport Familiarization Tour, a free rolling tour around selected tourist attractions and parks for SBMA employees and students on September 7, 14, and 21; and for persons with disability on September 28.
SBMA officials are also inviting the public to take a glimpse of unique offerings from other provinces in the region through a special Central Luzon Province Show and the launching of the Festival of Festivals, which will cap the Subic celebration on September 9 and 30, respectively, at Harbor Point.
The Department of Tourism (DoT) regional office has named Subic Bay Freeport as the most visited tourist destination in Central Luzon since 2013, based on reports submitted by accommodation establishments in all the seven provinces and three economic zones in the region.
Subic was also named “Number 1 Tourist Destination in Region III” for two consecutive years and continues to live up to its title as “Premier Convention Capital of Central Luzon,” which the DoT bestowed in 2012.
“Subic has everything,” Chairman Garcia said. “We have the facilities and the access by land, by water, and by air. And of course, we have year-round activities to make your stay in Subic memorable.”
“We invite you now to see the upcoming Tourism Month activities here and experience for yourself why people say that ‘It’s more fun-tastic in Subic’,” Garcia added. (30)