Olongapo is a highly urbanized city in the Philippines, located in a lowland area near the head of Subic Bay. It was heavily damaged during World War II. Olongapo became a municipality in 1959 and a chartered city in 1966. The Philippines gained independence after WWII, but Olongapo was governed as a part of the United States naval reservation. The United States evacuated the base and turned it over to the Philippines in 1992.
The city thrived and grew rapidly in the 1980s, the government provided modern color-coded transport to the citizens, integrated Solid Waste Management system, crime rates were declined and the city became a ‘Model City’ from ‘Sin City’.
Here below are some stunning color photos that show what Olongapo looked like in the 1970s. These photographs were take by Edgar Lawrence.