Bataan Wedding Destinations
Bataan – History Hub
of Central Luzon
Bataan is one of the most
historical provinces in the Philippines. Every town and city
in the province has its own story to tell about World War II.
Filipino, American, and Japanese blood were shed on almost every
part of Bataan during the war. Bataan’s fall to the Japanese
Imperial Army signified the beginning of a new era in Philippine
1. Population – 662,153 (as
of 2007 Census)
2. Land Area – 1,373 sq. km
3. Capital – Balanga City
4.Language/Dialect – Tagalog, Pampango, Ilocano, English, and
Famous For ...
World War II Battleground
Bataan was the site of the most grueling battle in Philippine
History – World War II. As such, the province is filled
with numerous markers, memorial sites, and shrines in honor
of the fallen Filipino, American, and Japanese soldiers who
fought during the war.
Bataan Nuclear Power
This controversial structure was supposed to supply power for
Metro Manila and nearby provinces but because of safety concerns
and lobbying of environment oriented groups, the power plant
was never used until now.
Places Of Interest
Tomas Pinpin Monument
Location: Mabatang Plaza, Brgy. Ibayo, Abucay, Bataan
The monument honors Tomas Pinpin, dubbed as the First Filipino
Printer. It was in Abucay Church where he printed the earliest
books in the country in 1610.
Location: Morong, Bataan
This 365 hectare of land is found along the rolling hills of
the Morong Special Economic Zone. The park was formerly the
site of the Philippine Regugee Processing Center (PRPC) which
existed from 1980 to 1994, and was a second-asylum camp for
Dambana ng Kagitingan
(Shrine of Valor)
Location: Mt. Samat, Brgy. Diwa, Pilar, Bataan
It was completed and inaugurated in 1970, consisting of a Colonnade
and the huge Memorial Cross. The two structures were built in
honor of the heroic struggle and sacrifices of the Filipinos
who fought and died during World War II.
Surrender Site Marker
Location: Balanga Elementary School, Balanga City, Bataan
On April 9, 1942, Major General Edward King and his party signed
the documents for the surrender of the United States Army Forces
in the Far East (USAFFE) forces in the Philippines to the Japanese
forces led by Lt. General Masaharu Homma.
Filipino - Japanese
Location: Bagac, Bataan
The monument was built by Rissho Kosei Kai Group in 1975as a
symbol of reconciliation, peace, and friendship between the
Zero Kilometer Marker
Location: Bacag, Bataan and Mariveles, Bataan
This is where 75,000 American and Filipino prisoners of war
started to march 80-mile (97 km) for three months towards Camp
O’ Donell in Capas, Tarlac. The death march began on April
10 from Mariveles and on April 11 from Bagac. Most of these
soldiers died in hunger, fatigue, or from the unspeakable actions
of the Japanese forces.
First Line of Defense
Location: Rotonda, Layac, Dinalupihan, Bataan
It marks the first strong line of defense of combined Philippines
USAFFE Troops against Japanese invasion during WW II.
Fall of Bataan Marker
Location: Capitol Compound, Balanga City
This marker is dedicated to the memory of the gallant Filipino
and American soldiers as well as civilians who died in defense
Location: Brgy. Panilao, Pilar, Bataan
The sword symbolizes the display of Filipino courage and gallantry
during the war.
Final Battle Site
Location: Brgy. Diwa, Pilar, Bataan
After months of battle, 6th of April, the Japanese had overwhelmed
all resistance offered by the 23rd and 22d Infantry Regiments
resulting to the Surrender of Bataan.
Location: Balanga, Bataan
The church was used as the site for the Japanese artillery bombardment
of Mt. Samat where Filipino and American forces took their last
stand in Bataan.
Maria Canon Statue
Location: Sibul Spring, Brgy. Gabon, Abucay, Bataan
Built in September 1970, the monument was erected for the repose
of the souls of the soldiers who died at Brgy. Gabon in Abucay.
Location: Brgy. Nagbalayong, Morong, Bataan
Headed by Bantay Pawikan, Inc. the conservation center is concentrating
its efforts on the protection of nesting turtles, collection
and hatching of eggs and releasing of hatchlings to the sea.
Bataan Nuclear Power
Location: Napot Point, Morong, Bataan
The structure was the only attempt of the Philippines to establish
a nuclear power plant to combat the 1973 oil crisis. It was
built during the Marcos regime but was never used until now
due to the defects found, such as it was built near a major
earthquake fault line.
Location: Limay, Bataan
This enchanting falls is found in the heart of a forested hill
behind the famous Mt. Samat in Pilar. Tourists come here for
picnic and swimming.
Location: Abucay, Bataan
Fresh vegetation abound this falls found in the valley of Mt.
Natib. Picnic is recommended in this area.
Location: Brgy. Roosevelt, Dinalupihan, Bataan
This forest reservation ideal for picnics and camping activities.
The cool water of the pool offers a fun place for visitors bent
on having a dip. For the more adventurous, visitors can go jungle
Location: Balanga City, Bataan
A dormant volcano rising to 1253 meters that provides a commanding
view of the surrounding towns. It offers mountain climbers and
nature lovers not only the pleasant cool mountain air but also
a lush growth including exotic plant species and rare wildlife.
Nuestra Senora Virgen
Location: Orani, Bataan
This Diocesan Marian Shrine is a recognized pilgrimage church
by the Vatican. Plenary indulgences are usually granted every
first Saturday and on October 7.
Place: all over Bataan Province
Date: April 9
During this province-wide event, war veterans and their families
travel from all over the country to Mount Samat to commemorate
the bravery of the soldiers who offered their lives for freedom
during World War II. Activities such as photo contest, exhibits,
quiz bees, beauty pageants, trade fairs, and drum and bugle
competition or exhibition, are also held during Bataan Day.