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31 January 2020

SBMA Statement on the Wuhan Virus Protocol in Subic Bay Freeport

As the Subic Bay Freeport Zone is an international port of entry, the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority is taking the threat of the 2019 novel coronavirus seriously.

In this view, I have asked the members of the SBMA Board of Directors for their approval of the following measures:


1. Temporary ban on entry of travelers, Chinese or otherwise, from Wuhan City and Hubei Province, China;

2. Mandatory 14-day isolation for travelers from China; and

3. Encouraged 3-day voluntary isolation for international travelers arriving in Subic.

I have also asked POGO (Philippine Online Gambling Operation) operators in Subic to cease recruitment of personnel from China as part of precautionary measures to be required in the Subic Bay Freeport, and they have committed as of yesterday to stop flying in employees, executives, and supervisors from China until further notice.

Moreover, we will be instituting controls at Tipo, Rizal, Magsaysay, 14th and Kalaklan gates with the Bureau of Quarantine (BOQ) and Regional Epidimiological Surveillance Unit (RESU) as lead agencies.

All foreign nationals will be subject to temperature check and physical observation for cough or colds. All who are positive for high temperature, cough or colds will be sent back and not allowed entry.

As always, the health and safety of our stakeholders is paramount.

We expect the cooperation of everyone in this regard.

WILMA T. EISMA
SBMA Chairman and Administrator

29 January 2020

No more cruise ships to dock in Subic in next two months, says SBMA

The Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) said that no more cruise ships will dock in Subic in the next two months following the spread of novel coronavirus.

“Right now there’s no need to ban them because there’s nobody coming. They have already cancelled, all the ship liners have already given us feedback that they are not coming from February until March,” said SBMA chairperson and administrator Wilma Eisma on CNN Philippines Newsroom.


The statement came after the mayor of Olongapo City appealed to SBMA to temporarily stop accepting cruise ships until the virus is contained.

Earlier, the Philippine Coast Guard cleared the World Dream Cruise Ship from Hong Kong, which carried over 700 passengers and was supposed to proceed to a trip to Zambales tonight.

Another ship declared safe, “MV Ligulao” from Lianyungang, Jiangsu in China arrived on Monday and was set to leave Tuesday afternoon.

Eisma said that the World Dream Cruise Ship will go back to Hong Kong instead after a meeting with government officials and the Genting Cruise Lines, the company that owns the said ship.

“ [The World Dream] Cruise Ship decided it would be best for everybody to go back to Hong Kong instead of heading to Subic,” she said.

There are no confirmed cases yet of the coronavirus in the country. (CNN Philippines Staff)

PHOTO:

Passengers disembarked from World Dream during the cruise ship's visit to the Subic Bay Freeport on Dec. 11. (file photo)

https://www.cnnphilippines.com/news/2020/1/28/No-more-cruise-ships-until-March-SBMA-.html

28 January 2020

SBMA Statement on Cancelled Cruise Ship Visit

It is my duty to inform all stakeholders in the Subic Bay Freeport Zone that the scheduled port call of the cruise ship MV World Dream in Subic on Wednesday, January 29, has been cancelled by Genting Cruise Lines, the operator of the cruise liner, in face of the circumstances on the ground.

It has been two days of tedious representations with concerned government offices and negotiations with other interested parties, but now the Subic Bay Freeport community can breathe a sigh of relief in the outcome that, we hope, is acceptable and satisfactory to all.


I would like to reiterate here the continuing trust of the SBMA on the Department of Health and its Bureau of Quarantine, which has put in place various measures in order to assure the safety and security of Subic and other host communities that cruise ships visit.

We should also thank the vigilance and sobriety of the Subic Bay Freeport community in face of the hysteria caused by the novel coronavirus outbreak in other Asian countries, and for the malasakit of the people to decide and act for the common good.

Again, we have shown that together, we are stronger and that the seemingly impossible takes only a bit longer to accomplish. Maraming salamat po sa pagmamalasakit sa Subic!

AMY T. EISMA
SBMA Chairman and Administrator

23 January 2020

PH Navy eyes Hanjin's Subic shipyard as submarine base

MANILA -- The Philippine Navy (PN) plans to construct the base of its proposed submarine arm inside the facility of the cash-strapped Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction (HHIC-Phils) in Subic Bay, Zambales.

Vice Admiral Robert Empedrad, PN flag-officer-in-command, made this remark when asked on possible locations that can house the Navy's submarines once the acquisition of these vessels goes into high gear.

"Once there's a contract, the buyout is completed, then we will (use part of the site of) Hanjin to provide housing for our submarines. We can construct finger pier(s) for our submarines (to tie-up) and the (depth of) water there (is sufficient) to accommodate our submarines," Empedrad said in Filipino.

The PN is looking to acquire two diesel-electric submarine units as part of its efforts to modernize its fleet.

The Scorpene, which is being constructed by French defense manufacturer, Naval Group, is said to be high on the list of preferred submarine platforms of the country and was evaluated by naval and defense officials last year.

"We will also develop Sangley Point (in Cavite City) for alternate housing of our submarines," the PN chief added.

Earlier, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said the government could use the Hanjin facilities to house and repair large Philippine Navy ships while waiting for interested parties or partners from the shipbuilding sector.

HHIC-Phils earlier revealed that it has a total of USD1.3 billion outstanding loans -- USD400 million from Philippine banks and USD900 million from South Korean lenders.

The Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) said HHIC-Phil filed on Jan. 8, 2019, a petition at the Regional Trial Court in Olongapo City "to initiate voluntary rehabilitation under Republic Act 10142, otherwise known as An Act Providing for the Rehabilitation or Liquidation of Financially Distressed Enterprises and Individuals".

The shipbuilder has sought help from the government to find investors that can take over the operation of its shipyard in Subic, as well as to help its employees, who have taken the brunt of the company's financial woes.

In December 2018, the company laid off more than 7,000 workers. (Priam Nepomuceno, PNA)

PHOTO:

Philippine Navy flag-officer-in-command, Vice Adm. Robert Empedrad. (File photo)


https://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1091472

21 January 2020

Japan, Philippines to cooperate on development plan for Subic Bay

Japan will help the Philippines redevelop the former U.S. naval base at Subic Bay, Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has announced.

Philippines Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez and Japanese Minister for Foreign Affairs Toshimitsu Motegi confirmed the plans after they met in Manila on Thursday (January 9). The pair agreed to cooperate in “drawing up a master plan, which would bring out potential for economic development in the Subic Bay area,” according to a Japanese government statement.


Subic Bay was once home to thousands of U.S. sailors and their families before the Navy vacated its bases there in 1992. It’s still a regular port call for U.S. warships and for Marines who practice beach landings nearby in Zambales province.

The strategic harbor’s importance has grown amid Chinese efforts to build military facilities on artificial islands and claim sovereignty over territory to the west in the South China Sea.

Last June, the U.S. Navy announced it was “exploring the viability of a shipyard in Subic Bay for use as a potential repair and maintenance facility.”

The shipyard’s owner, Hanjin Philippines, declared bankruptcy earlier in 2019 owing $900 million to South Korean creditors. A pair of Chinese firms subsequently expressed an interest in buying the facility, sparking alarm in some quarters.

The Japan International Cooperation Agency will help develop the Subic Bay plan, which aims to develop knowledge-based industries, logistics terminals, public utilities and roads to grow the local economy, Bloomberg reported Jan. 9. (Seth Robson, Stars and Stripes)

https://www.stripes.com/news/pacific/japan-philippines-to-cooperate-on-development-plan-for-us-navy-s-former-home-at-subic-bay-1.614696

19 January 2020

Italian cruise ship makes maiden voyage to Subic

Another cruise ship operated by the Italian firm Costa Crociere made its maiden port call in Subic Bay on Friday (Jan. 17), becoming the second cruise ship to arrive here this month as the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) predicted a surge of tourist vessels in Subic this year.

The 57,000-ton MV Costa neoRomantica followed in the wake of Asia’s biggest cruise ship, the Spectrum of the Seas, which docked in Subic on January 7 following its maiden trip here last December 27.


Costa neoRomantica is a sister ship of MV Costa Atlantica, a frequent Subic visitor, which is also operated by Costa Crociere.

The neoRomantica left the tropical port of Hainan, China on Tuesday (Jan. 14) with 1,500 passengers and 650 crew members on board and set sail for a Manila-Subic tour. The ship is expected to return to Hainan on Sunday.

As a tradition, SBMA employees and Subic Freeport residents welcomed the newly-disembarked ship passengers with a cultural show—a preview of the sights and sounds they would encounter during the Subic tour.

At the Alava Wharf where the cruise ship docked, the performing artist group Banda Kawayan also played ethnic music and Chinese songs using native instruments, while the Olongapo Drum Beaters kept up a frenetic tempo and the SBMA Brass Band played marching tunes.


Earlier, SBMA Chairman and Administrator Wilma T. Eisma announced that 38 cruise ship arrivals have already been confirmed this year.

These arrivals, Eisma noted, will provide additional income to the Subic community, as well as neighboring areas that cruise passengers visit. Among the frequented destinations are Ocean Adventure, Pamulaklakin Ayta Village, and Zoobic Safari in the Subic Bay area, as well as other cultural attractions in Olongapo City and the neighboring provinces of Zambales, Bataan, and Pampanga.

In 2019, Eisma said the SBMA counted 15 cruise ship arrivals from January to October, bringing a total of 38,985 visitors that spent millions of pesos for tour buses and taxis, entertainment, food, souvenirs, and entrance fees to theme parks and resorts.

The Costa neoRomantica was formerly known as the Costa Romantica, which was built for Costa Crociere in 1993 as a sister ship to Costa neoClassica. Her public rooms are decorated with rare wood, Carrara marble, and millions of dollars in original works of art. Nine of its 11 decks were named for well-known European cities: Monte Carlo, Madrid, Vienna, Verona, Paris, London, Copenhagen, and Amsterdam.

Completely renovated in 2012, Costa neoRomantica was outfitted with 111 luxurious Samsara cabins located on the highest decks. In 2017, the vessel arrived in Hong Kong to operate cruises in the Asian market, including the Philippines. (MPD-SBMA)

PHOTOS:

[2] Well-wishers line up Alava Wharf in the Subic Bay Freeport to welcome the arrival of MV Costa neoRomantica on Friday, Jan. 17.

[1] MV Costa neoRomantica steams toward Alava Wharf on Friday, Jan. 17, on its maiden trip to the Subic Bay Freeport.

13 January 2020

Subic cruise ship tourism shifts to high gear

Brighter prospects for Subic’s cruise tourism greeted the year 2020 with the arrival here on Tuesday of the colossal MV Spectrum of the Seas for its second visit in just the last two weeks.

Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) Chairman and Administrator Wilma T. Eisma said the ship’s return trip “presages greater opportunities” for Subic and neighboring areas, as the agency ushers in the third year of its highly successful cruise tourism program, which kicked off in February 2018.


The MV Spectrum of the Seas is the first Quantum-Ultra-class cruise ship built for Royal Caribbean International, the world’s largest cruise line in terms of revenue and second largest by passenger count.

With a maximum capacity of 4,905 passengers, the ship is the biggest and the most expensive cruise ship to sail in Asia. The 348-meter, 170-ton vessel features Royal Caribbean’s first private enclave for suite guests, new stateroom categories and innovative dining concepts on top of amenities like outdoor and indoor pools, body and mind spa, fitness centre, rock-climbing wall, sports court, Splash-away bay, and an outdoor movie screen.

Eisma said that the arrival of Royal Caribbean’s top cruise liner marks the start of the second phase in Subic’s cruise ship tourism program.

“We are definitely shifting to higher gear this year” Eisma said, pointing out that the SBMA has already confirmed 38 cruise ship arrivals and two tentative bookings for 2020, as well as four confirmed arrivals and one tentative booking for 2021.


“As I have said before, this is great news for the SBMA and for the tourism stakeholders in Subic and neighboring areas. At the outset we have called for inclusivity in this undertaking, and I hope that things are really looking good for everyone now,” she added.

On Tuesday, some of the mostly Chinese and European passengers of MV Spectrum of the Seas were whisked off by buses to various local tourist attractions — from the marine and jungle theme parks in Subic Freeport o a hot spring and sand spa in Angeles City, Pampanga.

Others chose to tour Subic’s Central Business District on foot.

Eisma said the SBMA hopes to sustain this momentum with bigger ships that would bring in more income to Subic and nearby areas.
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She said that MS Spectrum of the Seas will come back for another visit on January 20, to be followed by the arrival of its sister ship MS Quantum of the Seas on February 28.

According to SBMA records, Subic received a total of 19 cruise ship visits in 2018 and 18 arrivals in 2019.

While the cruise ship tourism program has yielded less than P10 million each year in direct revenue for the SBMA Seaport Department, the indirect income earned by all the tourism stakeholders in Subic and neighboring communities were estimated to be around P83 million in 2018 and P124 million in 2019.

“If only for these, we intend to do better this year to provide better opportunities for all stakeholders involved in the Subic cruise tourism program,” Eisma said.

She added that the SBMA is in the process of upgrading maritime facilities and tourism accommodations in Subic in order to take in more cruise ships and make their visit here more economically productive to local stakeholders. (JRR/MPD-SBMA)

PHOTOS:

[1] MV Spectrum of the Seas arrives for the second time in the Subic Bay Freeport on Tuesday, Jan. 7.

[2] SBMA employees and local artists give disembarking passengers of MV Spectrum of the Seas a warm welcome to the Subic Bay Freeport

Gov’t seeks bidders for ₱45-B Subic-Clark rail project

The government is seeking bidders for the ₱45.361 billion worth of EPC (engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning) contract for the Subic-Clark Railway Project (SCRP), which will be funded through loans from the People’s Republic of China.

In an invitation to bid for the SCRP posted on the Bases Conversion Development Authority (BCDA) website, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) through the Procurement Service of the Department of Budget and Management (PS-DBM) stated that any bids received in excess of the approved budget for the contract of ₱45,361,366,040.29 shall be automatically rejected at bid opening. The project is intended for completion 42 months from the commencement date of the contract.


It also said that the government of China will shortlist the bidders and only those shortlisted may obtain further information from the Special Bids and Awards Committee.

The SCRP spans approximately 71-kiometer rail freight connection between Subic Bay Freeport Zone and Clark Freeport Zone with three freight terminals containers handling and one depot at Clark Freeport Zone for maintenance and stabling of rolling stocks.

To qualify, bidders should have completed within 10 years a similar contract with the SCRP. The contract shall be awarded to the Lowest Calculated Responsive Bidder which was determined as such during the post-qualification in accordance with 2916 Revised Implementing Rules and Regulations of Republic Act (RA) No. 9184 otherwise known as the “Government Procurement Reform Act.”

For the detailed evaluation of the proposals, a two-step procedure shall be adopted by the Special Bids and Awards Committee. Only bids that passed the technical proposals criteria shall be subjected to the second step of evaluation or the opening of financial proposals.

A pre-bidding conference for the SCRP is scheduled on Friday, January 10 this year at 10 a.m. at the Procurement Service Conference Room of the Department of Budget and Management in Paco, Manila.

Deadline of submission and receipt of bids is set on February 6, 2020 at 10 a.m. at the same venue to be followed immediately by the opening of bids for both eligibility and technical documents.

Bids will be opened in the presence of bidders’ representatives.

The DOTr through the PS reserves the right to accept or reject any bid, to annul the bidding process and to reject all bids at any time prior to contract award, in accordance with Section 41 of RA No. 9184 and its IRR, without thereby any liability to the affected bidder or bidders. (Bernie Cahiles-Magkilat, Manila Bulletin)

https://business.mb.com.ph/2020/01/06/govt-seeks-bidders-for-%E2%82%B145-b-subic-clark-rail-project/

28 December 2019

Asia’s biggest cruise ship makes maiden call in Subic Freeport

MV Spectrum of the Seas, known as the largest cruise ship operating in Asia today, made its maiden port call here on Friday, capping Subic Bay Freeport’s stellar performance this year as the region’s emerging cruise ship destination.

Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) Chairman and Administrator Wilma T. Eisma who personally welcomed the disembarking passengers said that almost 5,000 foreign tourists arrived on the ship.


“More than 20 tourist buses were fielded for our guests, who would be touring various attractions in Subic and in the nearby communities,” Eisma pointed out.

“This is great news for the SBMA, which has been marketing Subic as a must-see destination for cruise liners, and this is also great news for tourism stakeholders in Central Luzon,” she added.

The MV Spectrum of the Seas is the first Quantum-Ultra-class cruise ship built for Royal Caribbean International, the world’s largest cruise line in terms of revenue and second largest by passenger count.

The ship is the biggest and the most expensive cruise ship to sail in Asia and features Royal Caribbean’s first private enclave for suite guests, new stateroom categories and innovative dining concepts on top of amenities like outdoor and indoor pools, body and mind spa, fitness centre, rock-climbing wall, sports court, Splash-away bay, and an outdoor movie screen.


Spectrum of the Seas can accommodate 5,622 passengers, as well as 1,551 crew members.

Eisma said that the arrival of Royal Caribbean’s top cruise liner marks the start of the second phase in Subic’s cruise ship tourism program.

"Beginning January next year, we shall be seeing more and bigger cruise ships in Subic. The MS Spectrum of the Seas will come back for another visit on January 20, to be followed its sister ship MS Quantum of the Seas, another behemoth that will arrive here on February 28,” she said.

Eisma added that with the arrival of bigger ships, the SBMA expects to receive bigger financial windfall for Subic and the neighboring areas of Olongapo City, Zambales, Bataan and Pampanga.

According to SBMA records, Subic received a total of 19 cruise ship in 2018, which marked the start of the agency’s cruise tourism program. The arrivals yielded a total of 38,205 visitors, and earned the SBMA Seaport Department P8.4 million in direct revenue.

This year, the 15 cruise ship arrivals from January to October generated 38,985 visitors and an income of P8.07 million for the SBMA Seaport.

Eisma said the actual income earned by all the tourism players in Subic and neighboring communities would be bigger since this would include money earned by tour buses and taxis, entertainment groups, restaurants and shops, tiangge vendors, theme parks and resorts, as well as malls in Subic and nearby areas. (MPD-SBMA)

PHOTOS:

[1] MS Spectrum of the Seas, the biggest cruise liner operating in Asia, docks at the Alava Wharf in the Subic Bay Freeport on Friday, Dec. 27.

[2-3] SBMA Chairman and Administrator Wilma T. Eisma personally welcomes cruise ship passengers with lei, as SBMA employees cheer on the disembarking passengers.

18 December 2019

More and bigger cruise ships expected in Subic next year

More cruise ships are expected to arrive in this premier trade and tourism port next year, as the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) continues to upgrade maritime facilities to increase cruise tourism traffic.

SBMA Chairman and Administrator Wilma T. Eisma said the Subic agency has already listed 38 confirmed cruise ship arrivals and two tentative bookings next year.


On top of that, four confirmed arrivals and one tentative booking have been posted for 2021, she said.

“Beginning January next year, we shall be seeing more and bigger cruise ships in Subic. This includes MS Spectrum of the Seas, which will dock here on December 27 and then come back for another visit on January 20,” Eisma said.

“Then on February 28, its sister ship, the MS Quantum of the Seas, will be arriving in Subic,” she added.

The two ships, which are owned and operated by Royal Caribbean International (RCI), the world’s largest cruise line by revenue and second largest by passenger counts, are among the world’s largest cruise ships in operation today.


MS Spectrum of the Seas is set to arrive with 4,819 passengers, while MS Quantum of the Seas will bring in 4,905 passengers.

“These arrivals will also serve to provide additional income to the Subic community, as well as neighboring areas that cruise passengers visit upon arrival here,” Eisma said.

According to SBMA records, the 19 cruise ship visits in 2018 yielded a total of 38,205 visitors and direct revenue of P8.4 million for the SBMA Seaport Department.

This year, the 15 cruise ship arrivals from January to October generated 38,985 visitors and an income of P8.07 million for SBMA Seaport.

Eisma pointed out that the actual income earned by all the tourism players in Subic and neighboring communities would be bigger since this would include money earned by tour buses and taxis, entertainment groups, restaurants and shops, tiangge vendors, theme parks and resorts, as well as malls in Subic and nearby areas.

Eisma said the SBMA aims to generate more cruise ship traffic by retrofitting the Alava, Bravo, and Rivera wharves in the Subic Freeport to accommodate more arrivals.

“We’re also upgrading the Subic Bay International Airport to attract passengers who may opt for the sea-air connection available in Subic,” she said.

Eisma said that another measure the SBMA would look into is the issuance of implementing rules and regulations for Executive Order 72, which governs the admission and stay of foreign nationals in Subic as temporary visitors.

The latest cruise ship to arrive in Subic was MS World Dream, which arrived on December 11.

World Dream, which has a capacity of 3,376 passengers, was designed for the Asian cruise market and is now operated by the Dream Cruises line of the global entertainment and leisure firm Genting Hong Kong. (MPD-SBMA)

PHOTOS:

Passengers of World Dream buy local food products and souvenir shirts at kiosks set up by local traders near the Alava Wharf in the Subic Bay Freeport on Dec. 11.

16 December 2019

Oryoku Maru Hellship Commemoration Ceremony held in Subic Bay (In Photos)

[1] The American and Philippine flags were on display at the Subic Hellship Memorial marker during a remembrance ceremony on Sunday, Dec. 15, to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the sinking of the hellship MV Oryoku Maru.


The vessel carrying nearly 300 American prisoners of war was accidentally sunk by American fighter planes on Subic Bay, Philippines on December 15, 1944.


[2] Members of the Fleet Reserve Association perform a solemn sailors’ bell ritual during a remembrance ceremony on Sunday, Dec. 15, to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the sinking of the hellship MV Oryoku Maru.


[3] Tracey Betts, a representative from the United States Embassy in Manila, lays a wreath at the wreck site of the MV Oryoku Maru during a remembrance ceremony on Sunday, Dec. 15, to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the sinking of the hellship. Oryoku Maru, carrying nearly 300 American prisoners of war, was accidentally sunk by American fighter planes on Subic Bay, Philippines on December 15, 1944.


Photos & captions by the SBMA Media Production Department

09 December 2019

TRAP SHOOTING / SAILING - The 30th SEA Games in Subic Bay (In Photos)

Day 8 of the 30th Southeast Asian Games, December 9, 2019.


[1] Filipino marksman Carl Carag takes aim during the Trap Shooting event on Dec. 9 at the at the EOD Firing Range in the Subic Bay Freeport.


[2] Competitors line up for the Trap Shooting event on Dec. 9 at the at the EOD Firing Range in the Subic Bay Freeport.


[3] Former Sen. Bongbong Marcos meets SBMA Chairman and Administrator Wilma T. Eisma during the Trap Shooting event on Dec. 9 at the at the EOD Firing Range in the Subic Bay Freeport.


[4] Sailboats take advantage of fair winds during the sailing event in the 30th Southeast Asian Games on Dec. 9 at the Subic Bay Freeport.


Photos & captions by the SBMA Media Production Department/Richard Johnson/Jonas Reyes

08 December 2019

TRADITIONAL BOAT RACE / MUAY THAI - The 30th SEA Games in Subic Bay (In Photos)

Day 7 of the 30th Southeast Asian Games, December 8, 2019, Subic Bay Cluster.


[1] Filipino rower Melcah Jen Caballero paddles her way to win the Lightweight Women’s Single Scull in the rowing competition of the 30th Southeast Asian Games at the Acea Resort in the Subic Bay Freeport on Sunday, Dec. 8.


[2] Filipino rower Melcah Jen Caballero wins the gold medal for Lightweight Women’s Single Scull in the rowing competition of the 30th Southeast Asian Games at the Acea Resort in the Subic Bay Freeport on Sunday, Dec. 8.


[3] Gold medal winner Melcah Jen Caballero proudly flies the Philippine flag in the conclusion of the rowing competition of the 30th Southeast Asian Games at the Acea Resort in the Subic Bay Freeport on Sunday, Dec. 8.


[4] Members of Team Indonesia gesture triumphantly after crossing the finish line first in the 22-seater 1,000-meter traditional boat race on Sunday, Dec. 8 at the Malawaan Park in the Subic Bay Freeport.


[5] The action-packed Muay Thai bouts on Sunday, Dec. 8, at the Subic Bay Exhibition and Convention Center.


[6] SBMA Chairman and Administrator Wilma T. Eisma (2nd, right) joins games officials during the awarding of medals to winners in Muay Thai on Sunday, Dec. 8, at the Subic Bay Exhibition and Convention Center.

Photos & captions by the SBMA Media Production Department/Jun Dumaguing/Jonas Reyes

07 December 2019

TRADITIONAL BOAT RACE - The 30th SEA Games in Subic Bay (In Photos)

Day 6 of the 30th Southeast Asian Games, December 7, 2019, Subic Bay Cluster.


[1] Dragon boat teams race to the rhythm of drums during the traditional boat race at the Malawaan Park, Subic Bay Freeport on Dec. 7.


[2] Competitors furiously paddle their canoe as the race to the finish line during the traditional boat race at the Malawaan Park, Subic Bay Freeport on Dec. 7.


[3] Boat racers make their way past ships anchored at the NSD Marine Terminal during the traditional boat race at the Malawaan Park, Subic Bay Freeport on Dec. 7.


[4] A supporter of Team Philippines waves the Philippine tricolor, as she cheers for local athletes at the Malawaan Park, Subic Bay Freeport during the traditional boat race on Dec. 7.


[5] A venue staff at Malawaan Park, Subic Bay Freeport proudly shows his collection of souvenir pins from the 30th Southeast Asian Games 2019.

Photos & captions by the SBMA Media Production Department/Jonas Reyes/Robin Tuazon

06 December 2019

WOMEN'S BEACH VOLLEYBALL - The 30th SEA Games in Subic Bay (In Photos)

Day 5 of the 30th Southeast Asian Games, December 6, 2019, Subic Bay Cluster.


[1] The Philippines’ Dzi Gervacio and Dij Rodriquez take on Singapore’s Eliza Chong and Gladys Lee during their last round-robin match at the Subic Sand Court on Friday, Dec. 6. The Philippine duo won at 21-18, 21-16


[2] SBMA Chairman and Administrator Amy Eisma waves the Philippine colors as she cheers with her staff for the Philippine women’s volleyball team during their match against Singapore at the Subic Sand Court on Friday, Dec. 6


[3] Bronze medalists Dij Rodriquez, Dzi Gervacio, Sisi Rondina and Bernadeth Pons pose triumphantly after beating Singapore and winning the bronze medal in women’s beach volleyball at the Subic Sand Court on Friday, Dec. 6


[4] Sisi Rondina and Bernadeth Pons


[5] Dzi Gervacio and Dij Rodriquez

Photos & captions by the SBMA Media Production Department/Jonas Reyes/Robin Tuazon

05 December 2019

DUATHLON MIXED RELAY - The 30th SEA Games in Subic Bay (In Photos)

Day 4 of the 30th Southeast Asian Games, December 5, 2019, Subic Bay Cluster.


[1] Thailand’s Arthit Soda crosses the finish line first during the duathlon mixed relay at Subic’s Waterfront Road on Thursday, Dec. 5 to win gold medal for his team. The other members of Thailand’s team are: Parreya Sonsem, Nattawut Srinate, and Siriwan Kuncharin.


[2] The Philippines’ Emmanuel Comendador falls after suffering from muscle cramps upon crossing the finish line during the duathlon mixed relay at Subic’s Waterfront Road on Thursday, Dec. 5.


[3] The Philippine team composed of Emmanuel Comendador, Monica Torres, Pawie Fornea, and Ephraim Iñigo wave the colors after clinching bronze in the duathlon mixed relay at Subic’s Waterfront Road on Thursday, Dec. 5.


[4] Participants in the duathlon mixed relay race run along Subic’s Waterfront Road on Thursday, Dec. 5, as security personnel man areas at the competition site to assure the safety of SEA Games events.

Photos & captions by the SBMA Media Production Department/Jun Dumaguing/Robin Tuazon/Jonas Reyes

04 December 2019

MEN'S BEACH VOLLEYBALL / MUAY THAI - The 30th SEA Games in Subic Bay (In Photos)

Day 3 of the 30th Southeast Asian Games, December 4, 2019, Subic Bay Cluster.


[1] The men’s beach volleyball game between Malaysia and Cambodia at the Subic Sand Court on Dec. 4.


[2] SBMA Chairman and Administrator Wilma T. Eisma watches the men’s beach volleyball game between Malaysia and Cambodia and leads in cheering for the foreign athletes.


[3] Filipino muay thai duo Jerome Calica and Joemar Gallaza carry a dazzling performance to win the gold medal in the Male Waikru & Mai Muay event at the Subic Bay and Exhibition Center on Wednesday, Dec. 4.


[4] Thailand women’s duo Thanawan Thongduang and Ruchira Wongsriwo spar for a gold-medal finish in the Waikru & Mai Muay Thai event at the Subic Bay and Exhibition Center on Wednesday, Dec. 4.


[5] SBMA Chairman and Administrator Wilma T. Eisma with Muay Thai silver medalists Irendin Lepatan (left) and Rusha Mae Bayacsan who won in the Waikru Mai Muay Thai women’s competition at the Subic Bay Exhibition and Convention Center on Dec. 4 with 9.45 points.


[6] SBMA Chairman and Administrator Wilma T. Eisma congratulates Philippine Muay Thai athletes Jerchen Calica and Joemar Gallaza after winning the gold for men’s Waikru at the Subic Bay Exhibition and Convention Center on Dec. 4.


[7]Employees of the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA)clean up portions of the triathlon venue along Subic’s Waterfront Road on Dec. 4 after rains and winds from Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ affected SEA Games venues in the Subic Bay Freeport.

Photos & captions by the SBMA Media Production Department/Roderick Cerezo/Carrie T. Aspa/Dong Andres

03 December 2019

PENCAK SILAT / CHESS - The 30th SEA Games in Subic Bay (In Photos)

Day 2 of the 30th Southeast Asian Games, December 3, 2019, Subic Bay Cluster


[1] Singaporean trio Nuwaid Hasif Bin Zainal Abidin, Muhammad Nazrul Bin Moho Kamal and Hamillan Arash Bin Juffrie perform to win the gold in the men’s Seni Regu finals of pencak silat at the Subic Bay Exhibition and Convention Center in the Subic Bay Freeport on Dec. 3.


[2] Malaysian duo Mohd Taqiyuddin Bin Hamid and Sazzlan Bin Yuga demonstrate their routine to win the gold in the men’s Seni Ganda finals of pencak silat at the Subic Bay Exhibition and Convention Center in the Subic Bay Freeport on Dec. 3.


[3] Indonesian Puspa Arum Sari shows her best form to win the gold medal in the women’s Seni Tunggal event of pencak silat at the Subic Bay Exhibition and Convention Center in the Subic Bay Freeport on Dec. 3.


[4] Eugene Torre, the first Filipino grandmaster, sees action in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games chess competition at the Subic Bay Exhibition and Convention Center in the Subic Bay Freeport on Dec. 3


[5] Philippines’ woman grandmaster Janelle Mae Frayna meets Vietnamese woman grandmaster Hoang Thi Bao Tram in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games chess competition at the Subic Bay Exhibition and Convention Center in the Subic Bay Freeport on Dec. 3.


Photos & captions by the SBMA Media Production Department/ Jun Dumaguing/Robin Tuazon