The Historical Province of Bataan- Maligayang Paglalakbay

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History is one of the main reasons why Bataan became popular. You can find the province in every page of history books. It is also part of any history class.

Bataan played a big part way back years during the reign of Spaniards. The province is an important landmark during death march. More than just being part of the history, Bataan is becoming more popular now because of its tourist spots. In fact, it is now one of the favourite places of foreigners.

The Bataeños never stopped taking care of their precious place. Beautifications were made in order to make the province pleasing not only to its local but as well as the foreign. The good thing is, they were able to succeed.

If you are planning to have your family getaway, you might want to consider having a visit at the historic place of Bataan. Located three hours away from Manila, here are the places that can make you “wow” in Bataan.

                                                                         Samat

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First on the list is the province’ most historical landmark, the Dambana ng Kagitingan (Shrine of Valor) found in Mt. Samat. The shrine is a tribute to the Filipino and American soldiers who fought against the Japanese during the World War II. The cross is 92-meters high and gives a panoramic view of Bataan and Corregidor. If you want to learn more about the history of Bataan, there is a World War II Museum, which can take you back to the past.

People come here together during Araw ng Kagitingan to pay tribute to all the Filipinos who sacrificed their lives for the freedom of the country.

                                                                   How to get there

From Balanga Terminal, ride a jeep going to Cabog-Cabog and drop off at the Mt. Samat intersection. You can ride a tricycle to get to the shrine or for more a more adventurous way, you can do trekking, which is done by most visitors. You can also reach Mt. Samat through private vehicle, Ride your motorcycle or car to reach the cross.

                                                                   Playa La Caleta

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If you want to get away from the noise of the metro, Playa La Catela is the perfect place to be. This serene destination is a remote island near Morong. It became popular for its Island hopping where you can visit nearby beaches such as the Caragman Cove, Biga Cove and the Velasco Pink Beach.

                                                                   How to get there

Form Balanga terminal, you can ride a bus or van going to Morong. Once you reach the place, ride a tricycle that will bring you to the port where you can rent a boat bound to Palaya La Caleta.

                                                             Pawikan Conservation Center

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Province of Bataan has everything you want. If you are an animal lover, then you should not miss to visit the Pawikan Conservation Center. Morong and Bagac are popular nestling grounds of various sea turtles in the country. Marine turtles are highly threatened for extinction that is why the provincial government of Bataan and NGO’s made every possible way to help protect and raise the numbers of sea turtles.

                                                               How to get there

If you are riding a private vehicle, just follow the signs to the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant then follow the signs to the Pawikan Conservation Center. Around 10 minutes before you get to the center, you will pass the power plant on your left. There is a 20 pesos entrance fee to get inside the center. This amount is abig help in conserving these sea creatures.

                                                       Las Casas Filipinas De Acuzar

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Another place that is making a name for the province is the country’s first and only heritage resort by the sea, Las Casas Filipinas De Acuzar found in Bagac. The place will take you back and show what the 18th century Philippines looks like. The 100-acre land is home to almost forty original Sapnish-Filipino colonial structures. The casas, which served as the houses of the elites during the Spanish era will surely give you a historical feel.

                                                               How to get there

From Balanga Terminal, you can ride a jeep or mini bus going to Bagac. Drop off at the main road and ride a tricycle going to Las Casas. Day passes rate starts at 999 pesos including heritage tour.

The province of Bataan is more than just a history now; in fact, it is starting to make a name for the future.

 

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