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HISTORY OF BATAAN
 
The mention of Bataan rings a memorable chord in the heart of every Filipino. It is today a symbol of democracy and freedom having been the last fortress of Filipino-American soldiers against the Japanese forces until it felt captive on April 09, 1942. 

Obscure and relatively unknown before World War II, Bataan was founded in 1754 by Governor General Pedro Manuel Arandia. Before this the region was divided into two parts, The Corregimiento of Mariveles composed of Bagac, Morong and Maragondon, Cavite which was under the jurisdiction of the Recollect Order of the Roman Catholic Church while The Province of Pampanga included the towns of Orion, Pilar, City of Balanga, Abucay, Samal, Orani, Llana Hermosa and San Juan de Dinalupihan was under the charge of the Dominican Order.

For now, Bataan is divided politically into two (2) districts, District 1 and 2, composed of 11 municipalities and 1 city namely Dinalupihan, Hermosa, Orani, Samal, Abucay, Morong (District 1) and Pilar, Orion, Limay, Bagac, Mariveles and the City of Balanga which is the capital of Bataan.
 
 
 
 

HISTORICAL LANDMARKS:

 

SHRINE OF VALOR (DAMBANA NG KAGITINGAN)  
POPULARLY KNOWN AS MT. SAMAT
LOCATION: MT. SAMAT IN DIWA, PILAR

 
 
 
The "DAMBANA NG KAGITINGAN", as completed and inaugurated in 1970, consists of the Colonnade and the huge memorial cross.

The Memorial Cross is a towering structure of steel and reinforced concrete with an elevator and viewing gallery (arms of the cross).
The exterior finish of the cross at the base up to an 11-meter level is capped with "NABIAG NGA BATO" sculptural slabs and sculptural bas-reliefs depicting significant battles and historical events.
 
The monument also immortalizes the agony of Filipino and American soldiers in their struggle for freedom and independence against the Japanese forces during World War II.
 
 
 
FIRST LINE OF DEFENSE MARKER
LOCATION: ROTUNDA, LAYAC  IN DINALUPIHAN

 
 
 
It marks the first strong line of defense commbined Philippines USAFFE Troops against Japanese invasion during World War II.

This monument in the center of Rotunda in Layac is symbolic of the tragedy that befell Bataan and the gallantry of Filipino and American Heroes who restored our country and people to a government of free nation.

 
DIWA NG BATAAN
(FORMER SURRENDER SITE MARKER)
 

 
It is a life sized monument built as a marker where Major General Edward P. King  signed the tragic instrument of surrender under a mango tree at the back of the Balanga Elementary School on April 9, 1942.
 
 
ZERO KILOMETER DEATH MARCH MARKER
LOCATION: POBLACION IN MARIVELES

 
Marked the start of the "March of Death" or " Death March" of the American and Filipino Soldiers in 1942, going to Camp O' Donnell in Capas,Tarlac.
 
 
ZERO KILOMETER DEATH MARCH MARKER
LOCATION: BAGUMBAYAN IN BAGAC

 
This is another site to mark the start of the death march. Unveiled in 1968, it has the same structure as that in Mariveles where in a bayonet was thrust to the ground with a soldier's helmet symbolically slung over the riffle butt.

 
FLAMING SWORD
LOCATION: PANILAO, PILAR
 

It is a symbol of the Filipino courage and gallantry in the face of external trails to the nation's democracy and peace.
 
 
PHILIPPINE-JAPANESE FRIENDSHIP TOWER
LOCATION: ATILANO RICARDO, BAGAC
 

 
This tower symbolizes the fact that after the war, there is a period of reconcillation, peace and friendship.
 
 
 
TOURIST DESTINATIONS:
 
 
 
BATAAN TOURISM CENTER
LOCATION: ROMAN HIGHWAY, CITY OF BALANGA
(BESIDE BATAAN NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL POPULARLY KNOWN AS ARELLANO HIGH SCHOOL)

 
Pasalubong Center
 
BATAAN WORLD WAR II DIORAMA
 
It was constructed through the efforts during the term of Gov. Enrique T. Garcia Jr., Congressman Albert S. Garcia, Bataan Tourism Council Foundation Inc. and the Philippine Tourism Authority.
 
The Bataan Tourism Center houses the Provincial Tourism Office, Exhibit Hall, Audio Visual Room and Pasalubong Center showcasing the finest products, souvenirs, handicrafts and delicacies.
 
 
CONTACT DETAILS:
BATAAN TOURISM OFFICE
TEL: (047) 237-4785/ 237-4476
EMAIL ADDRESS: bataan_tourism@yahoo.com
WEBSITE: bataan.gov.ph / 1bataan.com

BCDA MANAGEMENT HOLDINGS INC.
(FORMER BATAAN TECHNOLOGY PARK INC.)
LOCATION: SABANG, MORONG
 
 
 
 

 
 
The BCDA MANAGEMENT HOLDINGS INC. is a 365 hectares of land along the rolling hills of the Morong Special Economic Zone.
This is also the former site of the United Nations Philippine Refugee Processing Center and overlooking the South China Sea.
 
BMHI became home to refugees coming from Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia before they found their place in USA, Australia, Europe and etc.
 
 
CONTACT DETAILS:
CONTACT PERSON: MS. DAISY FERNANDO
CELL PHONE NO: (0939) 887-3585
 
 
PAWIKAN CONSERVATION CENTER
LOCATION: NAGBALAYONG

 
It is a site of a community-based Pawikan Conservation Program devoted to the preservation and propagation of endangered marine turtles aptly called Olive Ridley.

Manned by former poachers and turtle egg collectors who turned into conservation advocates, the program's mission is to secure the eggs laid during the nesting season between September and January.

CONTACT DETAILS:
CONTACT PERSON: MR. MANOLO IBIAS
CELL PHONE NO: (0921) 630-2842
 
CITY OF BALANGA WETLAND AND NATURE PARK
LOCATION:BRGY, TORTUGAS IN THE CITY OF BALANGA
 

 
It is conceived as a natural outdoor museum, showcasing the magnificence of a well-diversified bionetwork.
 
It was significantly recognized by the Deparment of Tourism as one of the newest birdwatching sites in the Philippines indicated by influx of rare endemic and migratory birds.The site is not only an alley but haven for these creatures...

Officially launched on December 10, 2010 and reinforced by the initial celebration of the City's very own local bird festival (Ibong Dayo Festival), the City of Balanga Wetland ad Nature Park was endeavoured to foster profound concern and appreciation of the environment. 

CONTACT DETAILS:
CITY OF BALANGA TOURISM OFFICE
TEL: (047) 791-4008
FAX NO. (047) 237-2969
EMAIL ADDRESS: tourism@cityofbalanga.gov.ph
WEBSITE: cityofbalanga.gov.ph
 
SIBUL NATURE RESORT
LOCATION:DOMINICAN HILLS,
               GABON-HACIENDA ROAD, ABUCAY

 
 
It is a tourist haven with sulfuric swimming pool and has a wide area for outdoor recreaction. Its main attraction if the Sibul Spring believed to have a therapeutic benefit to relieve muscle pain. 
 
CONTACT DETAILS:
(047) 237-5766
EMAIL ADDRESS: sibulnatureresort@yahoo.com
 
 
MT. SAMAT ZIPLINE 
LOCATION: DIWA, PILAR
 


The longest zipline in Central Luzon at 540 meters.

FEE: Php 430.00

INCLUSIONS:
ENTRANCE FEE, GEAR, HARNESS, BRIEFING AND A ZIPLINE RIDE
ROUND TRIP SHUTTLE SERVICE
ENTRANCE TO DUNSULAN PARK

TREE HOPPING ADVENTURE
 
 
Be high with nature for only Php 300.00
Inclusions:
Free entrance to Dunsulan Park, Briefing, Gear, Harness and the six-stage Tree Hopping Adventure.
 
CONTACT DETAILS:
(047) 237-2768 LOCAL 101/104
EMAIL ADDRESS: pilarbataan@ymail.com
 

WATERFALLS:

 

KAIRUKAN FALLS
LOCATION: BRGY. BINARITAN, MORONG

 
It is located in one of the two upper tributaries of Kairukan River, it drains the northwest plank of Mt. Silangan. The 150 feet falls descends into a deep plunge pool about 30 feet in diameter.
 
 
DUNSULAN FALLS
LOCATION: BRGY LIYANG, PILAR

 
It is approximately five (5) meters in height with a deep plunge pool.  It is ideal for swimming and camping.

LIMUTAN FALLS
LOCATION: BRGY BINUKAWAN, BAGAC

 
It takes an approximately 45-minute ride on a mountain buggy to traverse the seven-kilometer distance from the National Highway and then a 45 minute walk on moderate to steep terrain to reach the falls.

TIKIP FALLS

 
It is one of the natural wonders of Limay located at the heart of Mount Cayapo in Upper Tundol.
 
 

VILLA CARMEN FALLS
 
 
 
 
MORE TO DISCOVER...
 
PILIS FALLS
PASUKULAN FALLS
BIGA FALLS
TAMBANGAN FALLS
TUKAL FALLS
SLLAJ FALLS

PILGRIMAGE OF FAITH:

CHURCHES:
 
 
SAINT JOSEPH CATHEDRAL
LOCATION: POBLACION, CITY OF BALANGA
 

 
Balanga used to be a visita (chapel) of Abucay, where the early Dominicans (of the Holy Rosary Province) first set up their mission. On April 21, 1714, the Province established Balanga as mission territory and on April 18, 1839 declared it a vicariate with SAINT JOSEPH as the patron saint. 
 
SAINT PETER OF VERONA
LOCATION: BRGY. BURGOS, HERMOSA TOWN PROPER
 
 
The name of the sixth town established and evangelized by Spanish Dominicans on May 8, 1756 was originally derived from Spanish description of a beautiful white flower, LLANA HERMOSA.
 
 
OUR LADY OF THE MOST HOLY ROSARY CHURCH
LOCATION: ORANI
 

 
The Spanish Dominicans established Orani as a missionary center in 1714 because from 1641 Orani was just a part of Samal. The friars built the Orani church with adobe and bricks but the earthquake of September 16,1852 reduced it to the ground. The resilient flock and friars rebuilt it in 1891. Through the years the church in Orani proved to be strong, surpassing the test of time and surviving the storms of life because Orani stands faithful with the maternal guidance and intercession of their “mother”, who is devotedly and reverently invoked as VIRGEN MILAGROSA DEL ROSARIO DEL PUEBLO DE ORANI. 
 
 

SAINT CATHERINE OF SIENNA CHURCH
LOCATION: SAMAL
 

 
Samal became the second town in Bataan founded by Spanish Dominican missionaries, as declared in the Provincial Chapter of 1596 and was declared a vicariate on April 20, 1641. The Dominicans entrusted the place to the patronage of SAINT CATHERINE OF SIENNA.

 
SAINT DOMINIC DE GUZMAN CHURCH
LOCATION: ABUCAY
 

 
It was customary for the Dominican missionaries to name their first convent in any area in honor of SAINT DOMINIC DE GUZMAN, the founder of the Order of Preachers. The First Provincial Chapter of September 1587 named and accepted their first missionary field as SANTO DOMINGO DE ABUCAY IN BATAAN. It was designated by the First Manila Bishop Domingo de Salazar, OP and by the Holy Rosary Province on the same day, month and year as the Santo Domingo Convent of Manila.
 
 
OUR LADY OF THE PILLAR CHURCH
LOCATION: PILAR
 
 
A violent storm led the Spaniards to the discovery of this unnamed place. During that life threatening natural turmoil, the Spaniards witnessed the courage and faith of the natives. Inspired thus, the Spanish soldiers turned to Our Lady in the midst of that destructive typhoon and implored her maternal protection and guidance. After they experienced her loving intercession, they dedicated that place to and named it after her: OUR LADY OF THE PILLAR, later on known as Pilar.
 
 
SAINT MICHAEL DE ARCHANGEL
LOCATION: ORION

 
Founded and developed by the Portuguese Dominican friar Domingo Perez, OP, it was at first situated along the Santo Domingo River. The chapel and convent were made of wood. With the increase of population and fervor in Christian faith, Orion was declared independent from Abucay and was raised to a vicariate. In 1667 Orion was dedicated to the patronage of SAINT MICHAEL THE ARCHANGEL. 
 
CELEBRATION OF BATAAN DAY

ARAW NG KAGITINGAN ( DAY OF VALOR ) also known as BATAAN DAY
It is a NATIONAL OBSERVANCE every April 09 in the country which commemorates the Fall of Bataan during World War II.
 
 

PROVINCE WIDE ACTIVITIES
 
PADYAKAN SA BATAAN
 
 
 
GALING BATAAN TRADE FAIR
 
 
FOOT PARADE
 
 
STREET PLAY
 
 
PARADE OF FLOATS
 
 
PARANGAL SA MGA BAYANI
 
 
BATAAN FREEDOM RUN
 
 
 
DRUM AND LYRE COMPETITION
 
 
CULTURAL NIGHT
 
 
TAGISAN DIWANG BATAAN
HISTORY QUIZ
 
 
SYMPOSIUM
 
 
SENIOR CITIZENS' CHORALE PRESENTATION
 
 
ARAW NG KAGITINGAN
SHRINE OF VALOR
MT. SAMAT
 
 
RE-ENACMENT OF THE BATTLE OF ABUCAY

 
FESTIVALS:
 
PAWIKAN FESTIVAL
LOCATION: PAWIKAN CONSERVATION CENTER, NAGBALAYONG, MORONG
 
WALK FOR A CAUSE
 
 

MORNING EXERCISE LED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
 
RELEASING OF PAWIKAN HATCHLINGS
 
SAND SCULPTURE COMPETITION
 
PADDLE PAINTING COMPETITION
 
 
POSTER MAKING CONTEST
 
FRUIT CARVING EXHIBITION BY PWU
 
STREET DANCING COMPETITION
CITY OF BALANGA
CHAMPION, PAWIKAN FESTIVAL 2013
 
 
Awarded as one of the best tourism events by ATOP and DOT in the reclassified Eco-Environmental Tourism Category (Provincial Level). It is celebrated on the last week of November at the Pawikan Conservation Center headed by the Provincial Government of Bataan thru the Provincial Tourism Office with the help of Bataan Tourism Council Foundation Inc., Morong LGU and the Bantay Pawikan Inc.
 
 
IBONG DAYO FESTIVAL
LOCATION: CITY OF BALANGA WETLAND AND NATURE PARK
 

 
It is awarded First Runner up in the 8th Pearl Award Best Tourism Practices of the Philippines under the category Best Festival (City Level).
 
 
ABU KINAYKAY FESTIVAL
LOCATION: TOWN PROPER, ABUCAY
 
 

ALIMANGO-SUGPO FESTIVAL
LOCATION: TOWN PROPER, ORANI
 
 
 
LIST OF FESTIVALS
 
*Dates of festivals are subject to change upon discretion of local government units
 
 

GALING BATAAN PRODUCTS:

 

TAMARIND BALLS, POLVORON, CASHEW NUTS
ARARO COOKIES
 
AMANDA'S MARINE PRODUCTS
 
 
TINAPA. ALIMANGO. HIPON. MANGGA. BUKO
 
 
 
 
FOR MORE INFO:
VISIT
BATAAN TOURISM CENTER, ROMAN HIGHWAY, CITY OF BALANGA (BESIDE BATAAN NATIONAL HIGHSCHOOL)
 
 
 
 (047) 237-4785/ (047) 237-4476