“ Historical Hub of Central Luzon “

  
 Discover the magic of the Philippines’ Third Region with this amazing historical and cultural province, only an hour by ferryboat across the bay from Manila. Until recently not a traditional tourist destination, Bataan is now proving to be a tourist haven boasting a multitude of exciting places to visit, and interesting things to do. The province has much to offer – a rich culture and history, the beauty of unspoilt beaches, and a warm hospitality that is truly Filipino...


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GETTING THERE

By Land: Getting to Bataan by bus takes around three hours. There are bus lines, specifically Genesis and Bataan Transit, in Cubao, Pasay and Manila that offers daily trips to Balanga City and Mariveles Bataan.

By Sea: By sea via ferry from the CCP Terminal in Roxas Blvd, Manila to the Diosdado Macapagal Ferry Terminal in Orion, 22.5 nautical miles or a convenient 45-minute trip will lead commuters to the bustling Orion port. For an affordable fee, one will be able to escape the traffic jam of land travel and feel the refreshing sea breeze and the splendor of Manila Bay.

GETTING AROUND
Getting around the province is never a problem, mini-buses and jeepneys service the transporting public of Bataan. These mini-buses utilize the routes from the City of Balanga to the nearby towns in the province. Most of these buses depart every 15-30 minutes providing travelers with convenient transportation. In addition, tricycles play an important role in servicing the commuters within the town and nearby municipalities.

 

LANGUAGES SPOKEN

  • Tagalog
  • Pampango
  • Ilocano
  • English

 

MUST SEES!

  • Bataan National Park 
  • Ambon-Ambon Falls
  • Limutan Falls
  • Dunsulan Falls
  • Pasukulan Falls
  • Mt. Natib
  • Morong Coast
  • First Abucay Catholic Church
  • Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar 
  • Mount Samat - Shrine of Valor 
  • Zero Kilometre Death March Marker  
  • Bataan First Line of Defense

LET’S GO TRY

  • Tinapa or fish preserved through the process of smoking
  • Galunggong
  • Cassava Leche Flan Cake
  • Coco Jam
  • Beakris House of Goodies - Polvoron

 

LET'S GO EXPLORE & EXPERIENCE

  • Climb a Mountain.
  • Visit Bataan Death March.
  • Enjoy Beaches.
  • Live in the Spanish Era. (Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar in Bagac)

LET’S GO TO FESTIVAL & EVENTS

  • Bataan Day Celebration (held every April 6 to 9 - commemorates the gallantry of Filipino and American soldiers during WW II.)
  • Galunggong Festival (held every April 14 & 15- Intended to raise public awareness on the importance of of the fisherfolk sector to the community.)
  • Pawikan Festival (held from November 29 & 30 (movable) - information campaign and generate public awareness on the importance of endangered baby Olive Ridley turtles (Lepidochelys Olivacea are the smallest in the world) in our eco-system.)

 

DID YOU KNOW THAT?

  • The Shrine of Valor (Dambana ng Kagitingan) that stands majestically on top of the Mt. Samat in Pilar is a testimony to the gallantry and sacrifices of the men and women who with their blood, tears, and sweat made the grounds of Bataan hallow.
  • The First Abucay Catholic Church is a 411-year old Church and the 3rd oldest church in the Philippines.
  • Bataan Death March is a forced march of 70,000 Filipino and American prisoners of war captured by the Japanese in the Philippines during world war II.

 

BEST TIME TO VISIT
While generally Bataan is a good destination the whole year round, generally avoid the Holy Week season around March and April to avoid large crowds, you may however, schedule your trip around the months when festivals are held. Be sure to check the local weather to be sure especially if you plan to trek the mountains. You may also coordinate with the local tourism office and the Wild Bird Club of the Philippines for the best times to spot the migratory birds if you plan to go birding. Turtle hatchlings are released into the sea usually in a festival around the last week of November so you may contact the Pawikan Conservation Center as well for that information.


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