Zambales is a province of the Philippines located in the Central Luzon region. Its capital is Iba.
Zambales borders Pangasinan to the north, Tarlac and Pampanga to the east, and Bataan to the south. The province lies between the South China Sea and the Zambales Mountains. With a land area of 3,700 km, Zambales is the second largest among the seven provinces of Central Luzon. It has a population density of 170 people per square kilometerÂ², one of the lowest in the country. The province is noted for its mangoes, which are abundant from January to April.
Zambales is subdivided into 13 municipalities and 1 city namely Olongapo City, Subic, Castillejos, San Marcelino, San Antonio, San Narciso, San Felipe, Cabangan, Botolan, Iba, Palauig, Masinloc, Candelaria, Sta. Cruz. Olongapo City is a highly urbanized city and administers itself autonomously from the province.
Language / Dialect
Sambal, Tagalog, and Ilocano are the three main languages of Zambales.
Zambales is basically an agriculture province. The chief products are rice, corn, vegetables and rootcrops. Major industries include farming, fishing and mining. The province’s mineral resources include gold, copper and chromite. Olongapo, once the site of the biggest US naval base in Asia, is fast developing into an industrial and tourism zone under the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority.