SUBIC which used to be an American Naval Base now opens as a Freeport Zone that serves as a break from the concrete jungle of Metro Manila. Roughly an hour and half from Manila is a mixed-match of industrial parks, exquisite resorts, duty-free shopping centres, beaches and eco-wildlife attractions.

Few of the famous attractions in Subic is the country’s only tiger safari, Zoobic Safari which provides a “Safari Jeepney” ride bringing you closer to the wild animals of its forest. Ocean Adventure, features the only open-water marine park in Southeast Asia with whales, dolphins and, sea lions, and other sea creatures in their natural environment. For the more adventurous type, Subic Tree Top will take you up high as you do the “superman ride” from trees to trees. A walk or trek to the canopy is all it would take for you to connect with nature again.

For the water lovers, jetski, parasailing, boating, kayaking and scuba diving are just among the things that you can do.

At night, reward yourself with good food and music as you explore its bars, restaurants and live bands. If this is not enough, try your luck at its popular casinos.

If you’re coming from Manila, the easiest way to get here is through private vehicle the North Luzon Expressway and on to the Subic Bay Freeport Expressway. You’ll pass through Dau to get to the Expressway, which is in Tipo Road, Bataan. The ride is 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take the Victory Liner from Edsa, Pasay and Caloocan that head for Zambales or Olongapo.