Bataan is the peninsula which is found in the western part of Luzon. Bataan has an astounding cultural and historical background, heritage and history. The province has attractive scenic view and enchanting naural landscapes that describe the wonders of the place. Beautiful mountain ranges, amazing waterfalls, magnificent green valleys, exotic world class beach resorts and a warm hospitality that is truly Filipino.
Bataan has so much to offer that it is one of the most popular tourist destination in the Philippines. The province provides the adventure seekers an interesting things to do because the place proves to be a tourist haven boasting a multitude of exciting places to visit.
Bataan is located in west Luzon between Manila Bay and the South China Sea. The province has two parts and divided by a pass that separated the northern and southern mountains. Beautiful beaches are found in the eastern side. Bataan is easily be reach by ferryboat across the Manila Bay.
Bataan is very significant in the Philippines History because Bataan was among the first provinces to revolt against Spanish regime. Not only that in World War II, Bataan was the last line of defense against invading Japanese forces.
Bataan Tourist Attraction
Dambana ng Kagitingan: Also called “Shrine of Valor”. A Shrine that is built in memory of the soldiers who gave their lives defending the country against the Japanese in World War II. Located atop Mt. Samat in Pilar town. It also immortalize the agony of Filipino and American soldiers who died in the infamous death march.
Sto. Domingo Abucay Church: It portrays the architectural and cultural heritage of our ancestors in the Spanish period. The church is 414-years-old was built in 1587 and influence by Spanish style architecture. The church wasthe living witness to the massacre of native defenders from the Dutch invaders on June 16, 1647.
World War II Markers: These are the historical markers in which are very important to our history. Many Filipino and American soldiers died and sacrifice their lives defending these markers.
First Line of Defense Marker – This is the first strong defense of the combined forces of the 71st division of the American forces, 31st and 26th Infantry Regiment, in January 1942. Located in Layac.
General King Marker – General Edward King, Jr.’s first attempt to surrender Bataan into the hands of the enemy in his effort to save the lives of his men who were starved and sick due to the delay of supplies from the U.S. Located in Lamao.
Surrender Site Marker – Found in the compound of Balanga Elementary School, it is the site of the formal surrender of Bataan.
Zero Km. Death March Marker – This is the site where the Death March in Bagac begins.
Philippine-Japanese Friendship Tower: Located in Bagac. The tower is the symbol of a reconciliation, peace and friendship between Philippines and Japan after the World War II.
Sibul Spring: A prime tourist attraction that is found in Abucay. It’s boasting sulfuric swimming pools attracts tourist because of its magnificent beauty. The natural hot spring, which is the main attraction, is believed to be medicinal and can provide muscle pain relief.
Dinalupihan Natural Parks: An untouched natural virgin forest which is best for picnics and camping. Located in Dinalupihan, the surrounding area is great for day hikes and trekking.
Mt. Natib: If you want to have a perfect view of the sorroundigs on top of the mountain, trek and climb the 1253 meters Mt. Natib mountain. It provides picturesque to nature lovers and fresh smell of natural breeze of cool mountain air. You can also find exotic plants and flowers and rare wildlife.
Balon Anito: Also called “dead volcano”. The hot spring at the mounth of the volcano is believe to be therapeutic by the elderly that they frequently go there to soak their feet.
You must also see these amazing natural tourist attractions: Dunsulan Falls, Pasukulan Falls and Mt. Silangan