April 07, 2016

Things to do in Bataan

This coming Saturday is another holiday in the Philippines but unfortunately no long weekend for us. April 9 is Araw ng Kagitingan or Day of Valor, aka Bataan Day or Bataan and Corregidor Day. On this day we recall and show respect to all World War II heroes. 

Have you been to Bataan? 

Bataan is located in Central Luzon region of the Philippines; the capital is Balanga City. Bataan is known for World War II history and Nuclear Power Plant but of course, there are so many things to do in Bataan. 

I was already in college when I first visited this province; I have a friend who invited us to their house. It was sembreak so off we went and stayed there for few days. We visited Mt. Samat and went to a resort which I can’t remember the name anymore. Hehehe! Then we had a day trip Corregidor, from their place we just rode a boat to reach Corregidor. (rented) 

Do you know that Corregidor is not part of Bataan but it is located in Cavite?

I revisited Corregidor with my family and we availed a tour from Sun Cruises, it is a guided tour so it is a different experience compared to my first visit. 


Can you see me? 
I live in Southern Luzon so Bataan is really far from where I live but I’ll be sharing with you the places that we have visited during our few trips. 

Morong Star Beach Resort and Hotel

From its name, it is located in Morong, Bataan. The resort is big that it can accommodate big groups. I just went there for a seminar so I was not able to tour the whole place. My relatives always visit Parmata Bali Beach Resort which is also located in Morong, Bataan.

Read: Morong Star Beach Resort and Hotel  

Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar 

Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar is known as heritage resort where you can see different restored houses from different parts of the Philippines. When you entered the place, it seems that you’ve been transported to a different era. It is nice to see and learn the history of each house which I did not learn in my History class. 



They do accept day trip and overnight guests but I suggest you stay in the resort so you can also use the swimming pool. 

Read: Day Trip in Las Casa Filipinas de Acuzar

The Heritage Resort is located in Bagac, Bataan so on your way to the resort you will pass three tourist spots such as Mt. Samat, Zero Kilometer Death March Marker and Philippine-Japan Friendship Tower

Read: Bataan Road Trip

The Plaza Hotel in Balanga 

The hotel is located in Plaza Mayor de Ciudad de Balanga, where you can see the City Hall, the 18th century Balanga Cathedral and Galleria Victoria Mall. The place already is historical and you will be amazed because the buildings are Spanish inspired. 



Cafe Kyoto, a Japanese restaurant is located inside the hotel but if you are not into Japanese food, do not worry because there are fastfoods around the area and Galleria Victoria Mall. 

Read: The Plaza Hotel Balanga
          Cafe Kyoto

If you are into World War II history, you can go to Balanga Elementary School. Inside the school, you can see the Surrender Site Marker, Torture Chamber and Bataan World War II Museum

Read: Bataan Historical Site 

So far, these are the tourists spots that we have visited, feel free to share if you have suggestions.

24 comments:

  1. I went to Bataan before, to the Dambana ng Kagitingan in Mt. Samat and we had lunch at Crowne Royale Hotel. We also went to Las Casas before and it's very nice there. So serene and relaxing!

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    1. Yes, the heritage resort is really peaceful. :)

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  2. I've never been to Bataan but I would love to visit this place too.

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    1. You should visit, there are so many interesting places.

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  3. Yeah I went to Bataan many times! Because we have our International Bible School there, and every year we have our activity we have Kids Camp every December, youth camp every summer and this coming April 22 we have our Central Luzon Grace Womens Fellowship there, our venue will be in resort and other activity will be in the Mt. Samat. I'm so excited na :)

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  4. I've never been to Bataan. I love how well preserved some of the buildings are. There are so many sights to see and things to do! That's awesome.

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    1. Yes, I was surprised to see the buildings in Balanga.

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  5. Taking note of your post when we plan to visit Bataan.

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  6. I studied in Bataan for 2 years. I love Bataan, we're going back there next month and I'm excited. :)

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  7. I've been dreaming lately of visiting Bataan. This made me want to visit talaga...

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  8. I've always wanted to go to Bataan! I remember a day trip organized by my classmates back in college. Sayang I wasn't able to come. I hope I'll be able to visit very soon :)

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  9. We took the kids to Dambana ng Kagitingan and they liked it there! :D

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    1. My son also enjoyed this place though it was a bit tiring going up and down the stairs. :)

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  10. I've been to Bataan once and enjoyed it.We went up Mt.Samat.I hope to go there again with my family.

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    1. Mt. Samat is the popular destination in Bataan.

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  11. I haven't been to Bataan yet but will keep these places in mind.

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  12. Never been to Bataan but would love to be there. The boys and I read so many things about the place especially on World War 2 stories. Will definitely take note of this entry. Thank you.

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    1. I'm sure your boys will enjoy the WWII museum in Balanga and Mt. Samat.

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  13. We've been to Bataan twice..ung una was a day trip lang. We went to the Pawikan conservatory but didn't had the chance to see any resort there.

    2nd time was to look for a resort in Bagac. I was impressed with Las Casas kaya lang they when I learned about their process of accumulating old houses, nakakahinayang.

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    1. I want to visit the Pawikan conservatory, maybe on our next visit. :)

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  14. I've never been there but I want to check this place soon.

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