Take part in an experience that will introduce you to one of the Philippines’ historical and cultural destinations – Bataan – a land that’s bursting of beauty and valor. Established as a province in 1754, Bataan currently has 11 municipalities and a capital city known as Balanga. Bataan can be reached in less than two hours land travel from Manila.
Also located in Bagac is the Japan-Philippines Friendship Tower. It was built by the Risho Kosei Kai Group in 1975. The monument stands as a symbol of Japanese and Filipinos reconciliation, peace, and friendship.
By: Ling Gomez
Among the many highlights of the province include the infamous Bataan Death March. It occurred during the World War II after the American and Filipino soldiers failed to defend the land of Bataan against Japanese invaders. They were then forced to march for more than 100 kilometers from Bataan to the province of Tarlac. It was a dark and tragic incident yet full of courage and unity among Americans and Filipinos.
Today, apart from being a prominent historical destination, the province of Bataan also strives to become both extensive commercial center and a haven to tourists. Having surrounded by lush mountains and sea, and blessed with various natural and cultural attractions, Bataan is not far away from becoming one.
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Located in the town of Bagac, the Zero Kilometre Death March Marker is among the prominent landmarks of Bataan. It serves as a memento of the tragic and historic death march during the World War II. It was when American and Filipino soldiers were forced to march by Japanese invaders from Bataan to Tarlac, approximately 100 kilometers in distance.
Japan-Philippines Friendship Tower
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For those who are into adventure, head to Morong, Bataan’s Kairukan Falls – where an array of spectacular activities such as trekking, camping, and swimming can be enjoyed. A 150 feet high water falls will surely get visitors in the mood for swimming, or if they’re feeling extra adventurous, take a shower beneath the cascade of rapidly falling water.
First Abucay Catholic Church
Built in the early 1600s by Father Geronimo de Belen, the First Abucay Catholic Church is one of the oldest churches in the Philippines. It is among the most notable and historic Pilgrimage sites in Bataan along with San Pedro de Varona Church in Hermosa, Church of Orani, St. Catherine of Siena in Samal, St. Joseph Cathedral in Balanga City, Our Lady of the Pillar in Pilar, and St. Michael de Arcanghel in Orion. It was destroyed by fire and was rebuilt in 1870 by Father Jose Diego Pelaez. The church can be reached in 15 minutes from Balanga City via land travel.
Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar
Known for its one-of-a-kind profound beauty that brings together historical structures in one magnificent place, Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar is full of historical surprises for everyone to see and experience. It is where you will remember and witness the richness and fullness of Filipino cultures and traditions. This majestic place will take into a journey exposing the history of the Filipino people. Located in Bagac, Bataan, an just about three to four hours drive from Manila.
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By: Ling Gomez