Added Photo Gallery: Magsaysay Drive, Olongapo

While I was researching my trip to the Philippines, I was wondering if Olongapo had changed much.

Back in the 80’s, Magsaysay Drive, the main road extending from the main gate of Subic Bay Naval Station, across the river (which we affectionately termed “shit river”), was lined with hundreds of bars, clubs, discos, resturants, hotels, and lots of little shops selling everything from custom-designed t-shirt to hand-formed metal watch bands to all kinds of clothing and knick knacks.

I was curious what Magsaysay Drive looked like today, so I grabbed my camera and took a few snapshots.

I’m really not very happy with the results. When I go back next time, I’ll actually document Magsaysay, with step by step photos from the gate to Rizal Avenue.

Philippine Photo Gallery: Magsaysay Drive, Olongapo

4 thoughts on “Added Photo Gallery: Magsaysay Drive, Olongapo”

  1. Nice pic’s by the way! Good job. There is still some bars and action on the back streets (where I matured back in the day). That one of a kind smell of the street and the place in general is still there, wish I could bottle it. I was just there this April and May to close on my property.. etc…and will be retiring there soon. Was stationed there in 86-88 in Bco Marines as well. Been back about 20 times and have a life time of pictures of “The Po” showing how it has changed in 20+ yrs. Take care, Ciao.

    1. Hoo Rah! Thanks for taking the time to comment. I’d love to see your photos – have you put them on Flickr.com or anywhere else? I plan to move there in January – can’t wait.

  2. I visited Olongapo in 1985 and 1986. Actually I visited my brother who was a civilian at Subic, but I was off the Base more then I was on it. I hung out in the Oak Barrel Bar on the same side of the street as Cindy’s Plaza. Do you know if the bar is still there? I had a most excellent time in that bar! I loved everything about visiting Olongapo, Baloy Beach, Clark Air Base, Bagio, just to name a few places, and riding the jeepneys and the Victory Liners, etc. I had a girlfriend that was stationed at Subic in the Navy and she lived out in town. Her maid and I had a blast all around town. Something I’ll never forget.

  3. Is it true that Americans wanting to move to pi must have 75,000 dollars in the bank, before they’ll issue any Visas ? If so, why so much ?
    Thank you,
    Ronnie Pierce

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