6 Historical Places in Bataan Every Filipino and Tourist Must Visit
If there is one place that every Filipino and even tourists in the Philippines must visit, its the historical places in Bataan. The historical events that happened there symbolize the strength, compassion and the patriotism of every Filipino. And because of that, the most significant places in the province are preserved so our generation and the next can commemorate the heroes of Bataan.
Historical Places in Bataan
Ms Samat Shrine of Valor in Barangay Diwa, Pilar
Mount Samat was constructed in the 1970s during President Ferdinand Marcos term. It is built as a memorial to the heroic sacrifices of our fellow Filipinos who fought in the World War II. The cross at the top is 92 meters high with arms that are 30 meters long where guests are allowed to access to see a 360-degree view of the peninsula. But don’t get intimidated with the long walk up to get there because tourists can also bring a car up to the base of the cross. Once you reach the cross, ride the elevator to reach the top.
Surrender Site Monument
Located inside Balanga Elementary School in the city of Balanga is the Surrender Site Monument. This monument is commemorated by a life-sized statue of the moment when General Edward P. King signed the surrender document on April 9, 1942.
Bataan World War II Museum
Just adjacent to the Surrender Site Monument is the Bataan World War II Museum. It showcases photos of the times before, during and after the wartime. If you’re lucky, you might catch Lola Maria, who was a survivor of the war, who will tell you how everything happened during the war.
Zero KM Death March Markers
Situated in Mariveles, the Zero KM Death March Marker is the sign where the infamous death march in 1942 started. If you follow the trail, each KM has a marker which leads to San Fernando, Pampanga until the Camp O’Donnell in Capas, Tarlac.
Bataan Technology Park
Located in Barangay Sabang, Morong, Bataan Technology Park was the previous site of the United Nations Philippine Refugee Processing Center. It was the home of Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos refugees before they migrated to Europe, Australia, and the United States. Numerous monuments have been constructed on the site the depicts the culture of the three nations including Khmer, Angkor Wat, and Vietnamese temple.
Philippine-Japan Friendship Tower
Last but certainly not the least is the tower that was built to symbolize the reconciliation and peace between the two countries. It is conceived by Rissho Kosei Kai and established by the Bataan Christian Youth Civic Circle.
Visit Bataan and Experience a Historical Tour
For only 1,250 Pesos, you can experience a historical tour in Bataan that includes a visit to:
- Mt Samat Shrine of Valor
- 0 Kilometer Death March Marker in Bagac
- Bataan World War II Museum
- Surrender Site Memorial
- Bataan Technology Park
- Philippine-Japan Friendship Tower
- Plaza Mayor De Ciudad De Balanga
- Diocesan Shrine and Cathedral Parish of St Joseph
- Rolling Tour at Flamming Sword
- Bataan Tourism Center
The tour also includes a DOT accredited tour guide, entrance fees to all places, AM, PM and lunch with bottled water, a cold towel and van transfers from one attraction to another. The rate, however, only applies to a group of 10 persons so if you will be traveling alone, you will be joining a shared tour. And you don’t need to worry about your ride to and from Bataan as you can ride the luxurious 1Bataan Ferry.
Tour availability and prices may change so it is recommended to reserve your slot to the following DOT accredited agencies:
Aura Mosca Travel Co
Punto Travel and Tours
Zseanne Travel and Tours
Anetthe B. Montefalco