Explore Olongapo

According to folklore told by our elders, the origin of the city’s name “Olongapo” came from a story about a wise old warrior called “apo” that belongs to a group of warring tribes. He extended great attempt to unite and resolve the conflict between tribes, a decision that did not sit well to some of his fellowmen. One day, the wise old warrior disappeared without a trace.

Ending a long search they came across the wise old man’s body missing its head, execution by beheading is considered an assassination act for tribes in conflict. The search was eventually called off after their efforts came to a dead end.

A young man, however, promised that he would search for the elder’s head. He embarked on a quest to find it, high and low, week after week, until one day he came across what seem to be the old warrior’s head hooked on top of a bamboo pole. The young man ran quickly back to their village shouting, “Olo nin apo!, hysterically, Olo nin apo!”. The expression stuck and soon after was adopted and evolved into what the city is now called, Olongapo.

Of course it’s just a myth; the origin of Olongapo is much more specific and complicated. For most Olongapenos this city is more than just a city, abundant in culture that upholds unity, respect, and companionship. Olongapo is the first city you will ever visit before you travel your way to the outmost northern part of Zambales. Most often visited during the Mardigras, Festivals, and other social gatherings that bring locals and visitors together.

Olongapo City Public Market
The Public Market of Olongapo located in Rizal Avenue East Bajac Bajac is the go to place for souvenirs and other knick-knacks that you can take home as “pasalubong”. They have native crafts made by the locals, delicacies and “kakanin” to tickle your taste buds, and other bargains to choose from.

Marikit Park
Located at the center of the City of Olongapo, Marikit Park is the perfect place to loosen up and slack. The main entrance of the park is marked by a concrete mural commemorating the Filipino workers and an R-A5 Vigilante. A playground is accessible for children and young at heart and other facilities for students to hang out, families where they can enjoy their “merienda”.

Ulo ng Apo Monument
A soaring and magnificent statue located at the center separating Rotonda and Bajac-Bajac. A distinguished shrine in honor to the legend of the city and a perceptible tourist attraction.


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