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Subic

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Subic is a first class municipality in the province of Zambales, located along the northern coast of Subic Bay in the Philippines. According to the census of May 2010, it has a population of 89,724 and a 1st class Income classification.Like Iba, the provincial capital, and neighboring Olongapo City, Subic is also a fast-growing municipality/town and is expected to become a component city, or a highly-urbanized city if population increases to 200,000 or more in the future, as well as increase in income. It is a former home of one of the largest US military facilities outside of the US mainland, the Subic Bay Naval Base.EtymologyThe native Zambales inhabitants called the area Hubek, which means "head of a plough"; Spanish missionary priests mispronounced the name as Subiq. By the time of the American Occupation, "Subiq" was mispronounced as Subig. Eventually, the name reverted to "Subiq", but the letter 'q' was replaced with letter 'c'.BarangaysSubic is politically subdivided into 16 barangays.HistoryIn 1572, Juan de Salcedo, the Spanish conquistador and grandson of Miguel Lopez de Legazpi, founded Subic during his exploration of northern Luzon.Spanish periodIn September 1762, the British invaded the Philippines and took over the Spanish main naval base in Manila Bay. This prompted the Spanish military to scout for the next promising naval station. The expedition returned with the good news for the naval command - a natural bounty and deep waters at Subic Bay. King Alfonso XII issued a decree in 1884 that declared Subic as "a naval port and the property appertaining thereto set aside for naval purposes." Construction of an arsenal and ship repair yard ensued March 8 the following year, as ordered by the new settlers' Naval Commission. Subic Bay's potential as naval station was realized by the Americans. Commodore George Dewey and his men engaged in a battle that destroyed the Spanish Army in 1898, and the Americans took over Subic Bay in December 10, 1899.
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