MANILA, JUNE 14, 2007
(MALAYA) Subic is like an old friend. Nice to visit again and again. Another upper is that after the Americans left their former naval base, it has always been a pleasure to see a once restricted place.

Last week we revisited Subic.

There are so many changes now at the Freeport. It is booming and the once desolate duty-free enclaves are slowly restocking.

The central business district is likewise sprucing up and restaurants have sprouted.

A revelation in Subic is the All Hands Beach. Located at the Morong side of the Freeport, the beach is very clean, with excellent amenities and not so crowded. Maybe it also helped that we were there on a weekday.

Cottages at nearly P4,000 per night good for 10 people are available.

It is a fun place to be in and families can really enjoy themselves. The cottages are a few yards away from the shoreline.

We also passed by the Dungaree beach, it looked fine enough, save for an old handís comment that this is the place where the servicemen used to take their dogs for a swim.

Or if you prefer Grande Island, you can reserve for a slot., for P800 per head inclusive of boat ride and lunch, you can enjoy the island for a day.

Overnight accommodation is also possible at Grande Island but the room rates are hotel rates.

For our accommodations we chose Subic Homes in Binictican. There are many houses for rent. The Greenhills houses with three bedrooms and fully furnished, let for close to P5,000 overnight. Those with four bedrooms and nearer the swimming pool lease for P8,500 per night. The houses are spacious and ideal for groups.

Book yourselves on weekdays, you can avoid the weekend crowd and enjoy a leisurely stay in a prime vacation area. It is soo quiet.

When you visit Subic, go beyond the Zoobic and the whale show, but of course if you have kids with you, these will still be a treat for them. Visit the JEST camp where the butterfly farm and the aviary are located.

You can also go for the thrilling "slide for life".

New restaurants abound. The newest restaurant block is the Aristocrat, Cocoline, Bread Talk complex. There is also the Subic Yacht Club where buffet is available.

There is also Jollibee and ChowKing if your kids prefer them. There are also Japanese and of course Korean restaurants, in case you havenít heard, the Koreans are in Subic town. (Rosario T. Galang)

Chief News Editor: Sol Jose Vanzi

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