Picture this: A gathering of fabulous Titas from all over the country, armed with their signature oversized totes and killer style, converging upon the Subic Bay Freeport Zone. It’s a celebration of a dear friend’s birthday, and the stage is set for a weekend of adventure, delectable feasts, and unforgettable memories.
Join me – your friendly Tita Jellybeans – as I recount my escapades outside of the City in this playful travelogue that showcases the most fun things to do in Subic for Titas like us!
Chapter 1: Destination Subic Bay Freeport Zone
Our Tita Adventure began with an invitation to the birthday bash of a close friend, Mama Rhods, who gathered forty of her beloved family, cherished friends, and fabulous co-workers, for an epic celebration.
This shindig took place in the Subic Bay Freeport Zone — home of fantastic beaches, stunning sunsets, foodie and shopping adventures — a perfect destination for Titas seeking thrilling experiences without compromising comfort and style.
Chapter 2: Go on a Food Trip
No Tita adventure is complete without indulging in mouthwatering delights.
Together with two of my fellow Titas, my first stop was MeatPlus Cafe, where we seize the opportunity to savor their irresistible Steak Treats for Two offer. Juicy US rib-eye end cut steaks paired with a medley of veggies, bottomless drinks, and unlimited rice refills—it’s a gastronomic feast that satisfies our discerning palates (and craving for steaks!), all for just Php1,700.
MeatPlus Cafe is located at 65 Sampson Rd, Subic Bay Freeport Zone, Subic Bay Freeport Zone, Olongapo, open Mondays to Saturdays from 9am to 4pm. (Follow it on Facebook).
And as self-proclaimed coffee connoisseurs, we made a detour to 727 Coffee & Co – a thriving coffeehouse with a distinct minimalist and modern feel (ran by Millenials and Gen Zs!) – for handcrafted coffee and jumbo cookies. Because, you know, a Tita needs her caffeine and sugar fix!
727 Coffee & Co is located at Building 727 Manila Avenue corner Dewey Avenue, Subic Bay Freeport Zone, Olongapo, open Mondays to Thursdays from 7am to 9pm and Fridays to Sundays from 7am to 10pm. (Follow it on Facebook).
Chapter 3: Go on a Sunset Dinner Cruise
As the sun started its descent, we embarked on a sunset yacht cruise, courtesy of La Banca Travel & Tours. Aboard the vessel, we were treated to three hours of blissfully sailing through calm waters as we grooved and sang to lively party music. The golden sunset we were looking forward to may have been covered by an overcast sky, but the cooling breezes lifted our spirits and whet our appetites.
The dinner buffet tantalized our taste buds with street food skewers, mouthwatering pan-grilled steaks, succulent grilled fish and shrimp, and a delightful veggie salad. We definitely reveled in the experience, toasting to friendship and life’s sweet moments.
La Banca Travel & Tours is located at Watercraft Ventures, Building 1031, Subic Bay Freeport Zone, Olongapo. (Follow it on Facebook).
Chapter 4: Party All Night at the Beach
By the time the dinner cruise ended, the night iwas still young, and we were ready to unleash our inner party animals. Our next stop? Samba Blue Water Resort—a paradise where the waves meet our dance moves.
With overflowing drinks and a street food buffet spread out by the celebrant, we embraced the “pa-morning-an” spirit and danced the night away. A live singer, as well as gifted songstresses from our group, serenaded us, adding rhythm to our vibrant celebration. As you can see, these Titas know how to keep the party going!
(I don’t have a lot of pics for this party because, supposedly, what happens in Subic, stays in Subic! And I was too busy partying to take pictures, sorry!)
When I recovered from our pa-morning-an party, I was able to explore Samba Blue Water Resort the following morning before checking out. It is a family-friendly destination which offers affordable accommodations and fun beach activities such as island hopping tours and various water sports. Unfortunately, as I was only in Subic for the weekend, I will have to discover them on my next visit.
Samba Blue Water Resort is located at RH 6 National Highway, Lower Kalaklan, Olongapo, Zambales. (Follow it on Facebook)
Chapter 5: Duty-Free Shopping Spree
No Tita adventure is complete without some retail therapy. The two Royal Duty Free outlets became our destination for duty-free shopping, where we got out our credit cards and eco bags and shopped for imported chocolates, delectable food items, and self-care products.
Our shopping bags overflowed with indulgence and a touch of luxury—perfect additions to our sophisticated Tita lifestyles. I was especially excited with my haul of four Tim Tam variants, seven Milka variants, two each of Betty Crocker Pound Cake Mix and Cream Cheese Frosting and a trio of Ox & Palm Corned Beef cans.
(Here’s a piece of trivia: Back in the day, these were referred to as “PX goods.” When the US military bases were still situated in Subic and Clark, stores that sell these products to US army personnel and their dependents were marked “PX,” short for “post exchange.” I bet you young’uns don’t hear that term much nowadays, do you?).
One of these Royal Duty Free outlets is located at 1109 Palm Street while the other is located at corner Manila Avenue and Canal Road, both within the Subic Bay Freeport Zone, Olongapo. (Follow it on Facebook).
Subic Bay Freeport Zone, with its irresistible charm and vibrant offerings, truly captivated us Titas seeking adventure without compromising our comfort and style.
From savoring sumptuous food, going all-out on retail therapy, to embarking on unforgettable cruises and dancing the night away on sandy beaches, we found Subic to be a haven of excitement tailored to Titas like us and will forever be etched in the annals of Tita history.
Many thanks to Rhods and family for this epic Subic celebration!
How about you, fellow Titas? What are you planning for your Subic adventure?
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Wow! Everything looks amazing!