I mentioned before that my favorite place in the Subic Bay Freeport Zone is a place we called The Parking Lot. A few meters from The Parking Lot you’ll find the Old West Gate. I believe it is the oldest structure inside this famous zone that is still standing up to this day.
It’s a nice place to take pictures and have a photo-shoot because of old cannons, benches, flowers and the massive walls of the Old West Gate. Unfortunately, when I visited this famous gate, it was during the Onslaught of Habagat. Nevertheless, I enjoyed taking pictures of the Old West Gate and the whole Subic Bay Freeport in general.
The Old West Gate is located near the Yellow Cab store inside SBFZ along Samson Road. It’s definitely a must-see place when you’re in Olongapo and Subic.
The marker reads:
Old West Gate
This gate was the entrance to the original Spanish Naval Station established in Subic Bay in 1885. The principal Spanish construction lay to the east along what is now Rivera Point and consisted of an arsenal, several warehouses, and a number of shop buildings.
The base at Subic-Olongapo was used by the Spanish Navy to provide repair, supply, ammunition and medical support for ships. The post was commanded by the second commandancia of the base at Cavite and was considered a subsidiary of that command.
The Spanish Garrison remained in possession of the Subic-Olongapo base until June of 1898 at which time they were driven out by Filipino forces. The area was formally occupied by the U.S. Navy in September of 1899.