Subic Bay Freeport and SBMA

Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) is the organization that took over the Subic Bay Naval Station in 1992, after the US 7th Fleet left the Subic Bay Naval Station and turned it over to the Philippines. The old navy base is now called the Subic Bay Freeport.

From the SBMA Website:

The Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) is the operating and implementing arm of the Government of the Philippines for the development the 262 square mile (670 square kilometer) area of Subic Bay Freeport (SBF) or what was the former US Naval facility in Subic Bay into a self-sustaining tourism, industrial, commercial, financial, and investment center to generate employment opportunities.

For people living in the Subic area, the Freeport is still often called “the base”, and it is the closest location to find products that we are used to having back in the United States.

The base has several large stores, including Pure Gold, Royal Center, the Freeport Exchange, and quite a few smaller stores and shops. The three aforementioned stores are quite large, and are somewhat similar to a Walmart in the US.

In addition to shopping, the Freeport offers many restaurants, ranging from fast food to upscale dining. Numerous high-end hotels can be found. Nightclubs abound, from Video Karaoke bars to live performance venues. They even have gambling casinos. You can find service stations for your car, barbershops, travel agencies, banks, health and wellness facilities, museums & art galleries, and much more.

I’ll be adding articles about many of these places in the next few weeks. For the moment, hop over to the SMBA web site and browse around. The site is quite outdated, but it’s still a valuable resource.

You can also check out the Subic Bay Freeport Zone entry on Wikipedia for the history of the conversion from United States Naval Station to the Freeport.



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