I never served in the Philippines Pong, but l have visited many times. My wife is Filipino, and we will be returning to her home land to live next year. we own property on Cebu island, and a family business in Ormoc.
I was on the Yorktown in the early 60's. Was TAD for two weeks at the Naval Station waiting for her to return from Hong Kong. I went into Olongopo once. Never went off base, or ship in P.I. again. Years later I worked in the States with a Phillipino who sent his father a banner for his running for mayor there, when he got the package it was full of rocks and dirt. Sorry, but that's what I saw.
I lived there in 1952 until 1957 My Late father was a aviation machinist mate worked on P-5M Marlins at Sangley Point. When we got sent state side I enlisted in the Navy in 1958. subic Bay was my first home port we were there until 1969 on the U.S.S. OXFORD AGTR-1 got decommisioned at yukuska Japan. LOLlllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll the life and times we had at Alongapo across Sh--------------------T river was a adventure to behold.
Did an extended port call in Subic Bay while our aircraft were beached at Cubi Point NAS. Kitty Hawk was being worked on: Winter-Spring 1973. Visited Baguio and Manilla. Went into the Indian Ocean and did a port call at Mombasa. Came out of the IO and transfered by helo-hoist to a USS Bronstein DE-1037 where my buddy and I stood bridge watches, watch-on-watch and hot-bunking (Grunge heaven) on our return to Subic to see our wives. Went back with West Coast VP in 1982-83 and EVERYTHING seemed changed. No longer the Vietnam War excitement but Cubi become kind of an ops backwater. Visited Corregidor and did RONs at Pattaya Beach, Thailand and Osan, Korea. all maritime patrol work essentially no ASW.