Triboa Bay Mangrove Park is a two hectares mangrove re-forestation project area that features different attractions that a lot of tourists in the area enjoy.
This destination is easy to find so even those who are new to the place will not experience difficulties situating it. The park is now managed by the same group who maintains the Subic Treetop Adventures.
Upon arriving at the park , the group was initially met by the tour guides and quickly brief the group on the history and importance of the place . There are signage which tell the importance of these mangrove areas.
The mangrove areas is also a perfect habitat for fingerlings , mud crabs, mud skippers and we even saw butete or puffer fish .
Mr. Jun Bagat our guide at the Triboa Mangrove Park
We were greeted by Mr. Jun Bagat – an aeta guide . He also told our group that there are two aeta group classification from the Zambales region which is divided into Amianan group which is from the northern part of Zambales and Ambala group which comes the southern area and may even extent to the Tarlac and Pampanga .
Ficus nota in fruits
He also told the importance of the Ficus nota which they could extract water . The local name of the tree is Tibig / Tebey as pronounced in their local Zambales aeta dialect .
Mangrove tree saplings and a scenic nipa hut
The forest Ecosystem meets the marine ecosystem at this point. The mangroves of Triboa also contains tannin compounds that can be extracted from the barks. Tannin is a soluble substances used in tanning hides and skins that are used in manufacturing leather crafts.
The mangroves re-planting project was just started sometime in 2008 . In this part of the bay, mangroves saplings are still young and being revitalized.
gravel filled pathways are planted with bird of the paradise hybrids
There are already erected bamboo catwalks and decks for you to enjoy the interesting growth patterns of these high tide-low tide species.
Their aerial roots grow submersed in brackish water, establishing weird root networks. Mr. Bonifacio Pasion and our tour guide , said that the mangrove species is predominantly Bakawang babae / female mangrove or Rhizophora macrunota.
This is locally called Nipa , Sasa ,Pawid, Anipa . The nipa palm is considered one of the most important economic crops that strive in the wetlands or brackish water condition . The leaves of the palm is use for thatching nipa huts, leaflets are used for making hats , baskets, raincoats , wrappings for suman, the midribs of the leaves are used for making walis tingting ( stick brooms), the petioles are used for firewood while its fruits/ flower are process into wine or vinegar .
Situated at Ilanin Forest Area in Subic Bay Freeport Zone, Tourists who will be coming from Manila and Pasay City can ride in buses bound to Zambales or the City of Olongapo to reach the place.
From these destinations, there are a lot of taxis and jeepneys that can transport them directly to the Subic sightseeing spot.
Barringtonia acutangula with inflorescence
The Himbabalod or Putat tree is known to have curative and folkloric value . The bark to this tree is used of poisoning or baiting the fish .
Barringtonia acutangula flowers or Putad -Tagalog , Putat – Tagalog, Pampango and Bikol dialect
variegated or mutant ( Calophyllum inophyllum )
This mutant variety if locally known as Bitaog or Bitaoy known to be indigenous from East Africa, Southern coast of India, Malesia to Australasia . This tree is also called ball nut tree. Now widespread in tropical regions of the world. In some areas, the tree is used for construction of small boats.
Meanwhile, for individuals who will travel in private vehicles should take the San Fernando exit along North Luzon Expressway. From the exit, they will pass thru several towns in the province of Pampanga and Bataan before they reach Subic Bay Freeport Zone Expressway. From the expressways exit, there are signs that instruct people on how to reach the mangrove park.
Contact: (047)- 252-42-42 /252-41-23 /252-40-32
Entrance Fees: Php 250.00 per head inclusive of guided tour / group discount may be availed