April 07, 2018

11 Historic Tourist Spots that Will Bring you Back to Bataan’s Past

Experience a blast from the past as Bataan takes you through its history!
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Learning about the history of a place should not be limited to reading textbooks or looking it up online. To really get to understand key figures and events and why they went down in history, you have to visit the place where everything transpired.

This is where Bataan excels. It is teeming with historic venues that will take you to various wartime periods that the country underwent. They signify the different acts of bravery and heroism of Filipino and American soldiers who fought for our nation’s freedom and democracy. Here is a list of the various historical sites in the different towns of Bataan to guide you on your learning journey.


1. Bataan World War II Museum

Address: Jose Basa St., City of Balanga, Bataan



Bataan historical landmarks

The Bataan World War II Museum gallery tells the story of World War II in Bataan.

Image: Bataan World War II Museum


Get your first glimpse of the country amidst World War II in the Bataan World War II Museum. Aside from housing a gallery, the building itself used to stand as the headquarters of the leader of the Japanese Imperial Army in the Philippines during World War II, Gen. Masaharu Homma. The museum houses informative story panels that narrate the events from pre-war peacetime to the liberation of the nation. There are also war artifacts in display, and a doll diorama reenacting the Death March. Entrance fee to the museum is PhP50 for regular visitors and PhP40 for students.

How to get there: Take the bus going to Balanga and head to Balanga Integrated School via jeepney or tricycle to reach the museum.


2. Mount Samat National Shrine

Address: Mt. Samat Road, Pilar, Bataan



Bataan historical landmarks

The Shrine of Valor is one of the iconic symbols of Filipino heroism found in Bataan.

Image: Mt. Samat National Shrine - Dambana ng Kagitingan


At Mount Samat National Shrine sits the 92-meter concrete cross or the Dambana ng Kagitingan (Shrine of Valor). It serves as the country’s national memorial to those who fought in the Battle of Bataan during World War II. This also serves as the default venue of the Araw ng Kagitingan (Day of Valor) rites celebrated every April 9.

Inside the place, there is also a World War 2 museum that commemorates the events that transpired in wartime Bataan. The cross atop the mountain also has a viewing deck for visitors to have a good view of the mountainous landscape of the province. For the adrenaline junkies out there, the place also has something called the Treetop Adventure, an ATV ride rental, and a zipline if you want a more exciting descent from the mountain’s peak. Entrance fee to the shrine is PhP30 per person.

How to get there: You can reach Mt. Samat National Shrine by taking a bus bound to Balanga City. From Balanga central terminal, take a jeepney going to Cabog-Cabog. You can hire a tricycle going directly to the shrine.




3. Flaming Sword Monument

Address: Governor Joaquin J. Lina Highway, Pilar, Bataan



Bataan historical landmarks

This towering landmark symbolizing bravery is impossible to miss as you pass by the national highway in Pilar, Bataan.

Image: Troy Sunga


The Flaming Sword monument is an astonishing landmark along the national highway in Pilar that depicts a hand holding a flaming sword that thrusts right up in the air. It is the symbol of the Filipino and American patriots’ courage when they fought against the Japanese forces during the Battle of Bataan in World War II. It sits where it is now, in the Kilometer 42 point, because it is in this junction where USAFFE soldiers who were captured from the Bagac and Mariveles fronts converged for the iniquitous Bataan Death March.

How to get there: To reach this landmark, take a bus going to Balanga City, then you can take a jeepney going to Pilar Municipal Hall. The monument is just in front of the municipal building.


4. First Line of Defense Marker

Address: Layac Junction, Dinalupihan, Bataan



Bataan historical landmarks

The First Line of Defense Monument depicts the Filipino and American war heroes as allies in the battle against the Japanese army.

Image: Gilbert Dizon


The First Line of Defense is another landmark that echoes the valiant history of Bataan. It stands in the center rotonda of Layac, Dinalupihan, Bataan. The marker depicts the first strong line of defense of the combined Philippines and USAFFE (United States Army Forces in the Far East) troops against the Japanese invasion during World War II.

How to get there: Take a bus going to Balanga and you’ll pass by the marker at the Layac Junction in Dinalupihan.


5. Fall of Bataan Marker

Address: Capitol Compound, Balanga City, Bataan



Bataan historical landmarks

The Fall of Bataan Marker is an honorary milestone to soldiers and civilians who fought in the Battle of Bataan in 1942.

Image: Bataan Government Website


The Fall of Bataan Marker is dedicated to the memory of the brave Filipino and American soldiers and civilians who fought against the Japanese forces in World War II. The Fall of Bataan gets its name from history. On April 9, 1942, the Battle of Bataan ended when the Filipino and American army led by General Edward King surrendered to the Japanese.

How to get there: If taking public transportation, take the bus going to Balanga and head to the Bataan Provincial Capitol of Balanga, the marker is just inside the compound.


6. Diwa ng Bataan

Address: Diwa, Pilar, Bataan



Bataan historical landmarks

This is the commemorative statue of Gen. Edward King and his staff officers together with their Japanese captor, Col. Motoo Nakayama.

Image: Bataan World War II Museum


Diwa ng Bataan (Spirit of Bataan), formerly known as the Surrender Site Marker, commemorates General Edward King’s surrender to the Japanese Imperial Army. The marker is found in Balanga Integrated School, just outside the Bataan World War II Museum. Here you’ll see a statue of Gen. King with his staff officers sitting around the table facing their Japanese captor, Col. Motoo Nakayama. In its marker, a heartfelt statement is written: “Let this memorial be not a reminder of defeat but a symbol of freedom’s triumph over foreign aggression. Let us heed the message: In all wars, there can never be winners.”

How to get there: For commuters, take the bus going to Balanga and head to Balanga Integrated School, where the marker is found.


7. The Zero Kilometer (KM) Death March

Address: Bagac, Bataan and Mariveles, Bataan



Bataan historical landmarks

This is one of the two, Zero Kilometer Death March marker located in Bagac, Bataan.

Image: Leonard Hastings


The Zero Kilometer Death March marker indicates the starting point of the Bataan Death March that happened in April 10, 1942. In history, the Filipino and American prisoners of war were forcibly transferred from Bataan to Camp O’Donnell in Capas, Tarlac by the Japanese imperial forces. An estimated 70,000 soldiers had to endure a grueling 160-kilometer walk, where 5,000 to 18,000 Filipinos and 500 to 650 Americans died before reaching their destination.

There are two Zero Kilometer Death March markers in Bataan; one is in Bagac and the other in Mariveles. Out of the 138 Death March markers, 100 are found in Bataan, 31 in Pampanga, and seven in Tarlac.

How to get there:

Mariveles Marker: Take a bus going to Mariveles. It is beside the Municipal Hall of Mariveles. It is walking distance from the Mariveles minibus terminal, or you can ride a tricycle from Genesis or Bataan Transit terminal to the marker.

Bagac Marker: Take a bus going to Balanga and alight in Balanga Central Terminal. From there, ride a jeepney going to Bagac. Hire a tricycle to take you to the actual marker.


8. Philippine-Japanese Friendship Tower

Address: Gov. J.J. Linao National Road, Bayan ng Bagac, Bataan



Bataan historical landmarks

This is one of the two, Zero Kilometer Death March marker located in Bagac, Bataan.

Image: Hydlyde Van Gob


Located in Bagac, Bataan, the Philippine-Japanese Friendship Tower symbolizes the period of reconciliation, peace, and friendship between the two nations after the war. The lowest section of the 89-foot tower is a hanging bell embossed with intricate dragons, knobs, and Japanese writings. Rissho Kosei Kai Group, a Japanese Buddhist religious movement built the tower in 1975, and stands around 200 kilometers from the site of the Bataan Death March.

How to get there: By land, it should take you about an hour to reach the province of Bataan via Dinalupihan. Ride a bus going to Balanga and once there, you can ride the minibuses and tricycles that ply the area to the nearby town of Bagac.


9. Democracy Marker

Address: Barangay Balsik, Hermosa, Bataan



Bataan historical landmarks

The Philippine flag symbolizes our country’s democracy, which was fought for by our heroes during the war.

Image: Balay Cela Una


The Bataan Democracy Marker stands in Barangay Balsik, Hermosa. It marks the role of Bataan in the fight for freedom and in the preservation of democracy in the country and the world. Just like the other historic monuments and markers scattered among the different provinces of Bataan, it tells its beholders of how Filipinos and Americans battled side by side during the WWII in 1942 and emerged triumphantly.

How to get there: There are various bus terminals in Metro Manila whose daily trips pass by the municipality of Hermosa.


10. Abucay Church

Address: Brgy. Laon, Abucay, Bataan



Bataan historical landmarks

The Abucay Church courtyard is where the Filipino-Dutch battle took place in June 23, 1647.

Image: @edzgm


Saint Dominic Parish Church in Abucay, Bataan is another historic place in the province of Bataan, but unlike the other hallmark sites that imbibe different narratives from WWII, the church is a silent witness to a different battle. In June 23, 1647, Filipino defenders fought the Dutch invaders in an intense and prolonged battle in the church courtyard. In the fallout, more than two hundred deaths and casualties were tallied, which include forces from the Kapampangan army and Spanish friars and leaders. Today, while it doesn’t pose itself as a prominent landmark, the story rings true through the stories through the locals when you enter its premises.

How to get there: Take a bus going to Balanga. From the central bus terminal take a jeep or a tricycle going to Abucay Church.




11. Las Casas Filipinas De Acuzar

Address: Brgy. Ibaba, Bagac, 2107 Bataan



Bataan historical landmarks

One of the ancestral houses you’ll see in Las Casas Filipinas De Acuzar that lets you relive the colonial period in the Philippines.

Image: Las Casas Filipinas De Acuzar


Departing from the significant sites of a wartime Bataan, Las Casas Filipinas De Acuzar lets you feel and imagine what life looked like during the Spanish colonial era. The open-air museum and heritage park is made up of reconstructed ancestral houses, with materials hailing from the different parts of the country.

Currently, there are 27 heritage houses that showcase the look and feel of a colonial village. These houses were physically transplanted from their original location, but they managed to maintain the actual look and design of houses built in the Spanish times. The park is open for day trip visits, overnight stays, and special events. Day tour entrance fee ranges from PhP999 to PhP1,999 per person.

How to get there: Take a bus going to Balanga, and then ride a mini-bus or a Tamaraw shuttle going to Bagac. From Bagac, take a tricycle that will take you directly to Las Casas Filipinas De Acuzar.


More than just for mere sightseeing, a trip to the nostalgic province of Bataan presents you with the opportunity to learn about our heritage and history. Indeed, ours is a story of many sources, echoing through the walls and floors of these remarkable sites: of heroes, of nobles, and of allies, at a time when they’re needed the most. Revisit the past through the province of Bataan, and appreciate your being Filipino.

Corabelle Guevarra

Corabelle, outside her full-time job as a Digital Marketing Manager in Clark, she still makes time for her hobbies, be with her family and friends, travel, and work on a side business. Someday she wishes to fulfill her travel goals by being able to visit all the beautiful islands of the Philippines and see the sights of the different countries in Asia and the world. Just like anyone who has that wanderlust gene, Corabelle’s mantra is: “work, save, travel… repeat.”

Disclaimer: All articles in the Consumers Magazine of ShoppersGuide.com.ph (SG) are for general information and entertainment purposes only. Although careful research has been made in writing them, SG does not make any warranty about the completeness and accuracy of all information presented in our articles. Our content is not intended to be used in place of legal, medical, or any professional advice.

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April 07, 2018

11 Historic Tourist Spots that Will Bring you Back to Bataan’s Past

Experience a blast from the past as Bataan takes you through its history!


Learning about the history of a place should not be limited to reading textbooks or looking it up online. To really get to understand key figures and events and why they went down in history, you have to visit the place where everything transpired.

This is where Bataan excels. It is teeming with historic venues that will take you to various wartime periods that the country underwent. They signify the different acts of bravery and heroism of Filipino and American soldiers who fought for our nation’s freedom and democracy. Here is a list of the various historical sites in the different towns of Bataan to guide you on your learning journey.


1. Bataan World War II Museum

Address: Jose Basa St., City of Balanga, Bataan



Bataan historical landmarks

The Bataan World War II Museum gallery tells the story of World War II in Bataan.

Image: Bataan World War II Museum


Get your first glimpse of the country amidst World War II in the Bataan World War II Museum. Aside from housing a gallery, the building itself used to stand as the headquarters of the leader of the Japanese Imperial Army in the Philippines during World War II, Gen. Masaharu Homma. The museum houses informative story panels that narrate the events from pre-war peacetime to the liberation of the nation. There are also war artifacts in display, and a doll diorama reenacting the Death March. Entrance fee to the museum is PhP50 for regular visitors and PhP40 for students.

How to get there: Take the bus going to Balanga and head to Balanga Integrated School via jeepney or tricycle to reach the museum.


2. Mount Samat National Shrine

Address: Mt. Samat Road, Pilar, Bataan



Bataan historical landmarks

The Shrine of Valor is one of the iconic symbols of Filipino heroism found in Bataan.

Image: Mt. Samat National Shrine - Dambana ng Kagitingan


At Mount Samat National Shrine sits the 92-meter concrete cross or the Dambana ng Kagitingan (Shrine of Valor). It serves as the country’s national memorial to those who fought in the Battle of Bataan during World War II. This also serves as the default venue of the Araw ng Kagitingan (Day of Valor) rites celebrated every April 9.

Inside the place, there is also a World War 2 museum that commemorates the events that transpired in wartime Bataan. The cross atop the mountain also has a viewing deck for visitors to have a good view of the mountainous landscape of the province. For the adrenaline junkies out there, the place also has something called the Treetop Adventure, an ATV ride rental, and a zipline if you want a more exciting descent from the mountain’s peak. Entrance fee to the shrine is PhP30 per person.

How to get there: You can reach Mt. Samat National Shrine by taking a bus bound to Balanga City. From Balanga central terminal, take a jeepney going to Cabog-Cabog. You can hire a tricycle going directly to the shrine.




3. Flaming Sword Monument

Address: Governor Joaquin J. Lina Highway, Pilar, Bataan



Bataan historical landmarks

This towering landmark symbolizing bravery is impossible to miss as you pass by the national highway in Pilar, Bataan.

Image: Troy Sunga


The Flaming Sword monument is an astonishing landmark along the national highway in Pilar that depicts a hand holding a flaming sword that thrusts right up in the air. It is the symbol of the Filipino and American patriots’ courage when they fought against the Japanese forces during the Battle of Bataan in World War II. It sits where it is now, in the Kilometer 42 point, because it is in this junction where USAFFE soldiers who were captured from the Bagac and Mariveles fronts converged for the iniquitous Bataan Death March.

How to get there: To reach this landmark, take a bus going to Balanga City, then you can take a jeepney going to Pilar Municipal Hall. The monument is just in front of the municipal building.


4. First Line of Defense Marker

Address: Layac Junction, Dinalupihan, Bataan



Bataan historical landmarks

The First Line of Defense Monument depicts the Filipino and American war heroes as allies in the battle against the Japanese army.

Image: Gilbert Dizon


The First Line of Defense is another landmark that echoes the valiant history of Bataan. It stands in the center rotonda of Layac, Dinalupihan, Bataan. The marker depicts the first strong line of defense of the combined Philippines and USAFFE (United States Army Forces in the Far East) troops against the Japanese invasion during World War II.

How to get there: Take a bus going to Balanga and you’ll pass by the marker at the Layac Junction in Dinalupihan.


5. Fall of Bataan Marker

Address: Capitol Compound, Balanga City, Bataan



Bataan historical landmarks

The Fall of Bataan Marker is an honorary milestone to soldiers and civilians who fought in the Battle of Bataan in 1942.

Image: Bataan Government Website


The Fall of Bataan Marker is dedicated to the memory of the brave Filipino and American soldiers and civilians who fought against the Japanese forces in World War II. The Fall of Bataan gets its name from history. On April 9, 1942, the Battle of Bataan ended when the Filipino and American army led by General Edward King surrendered to the Japanese.

How to get there: If taking public transportation, take the bus going to Balanga and head to the Bataan Provincial Capitol of Balanga, the marker is just inside the compound.


6. Diwa ng Bataan

Address: Diwa, Pilar, Bataan



Bataan historical landmarks

This is the commemorative statue of Gen. Edward King and his staff officers together with their Japanese captor, Col. Motoo Nakayama.

Image: Bataan World War II Museum


Diwa ng Bataan (Spirit of Bataan), formerly known as the Surrender Site Marker, commemorates General Edward King’s surrender to the Japanese Imperial Army. The marker is found in Balanga Integrated School, just outside the Bataan World War II Museum. Here you’ll see a statue of Gen. King with his staff officers sitting around the table facing their Japanese captor, Col. Motoo Nakayama. In its marker, a heartfelt statement is written: “Let this memorial be not a reminder of defeat but a symbol of freedom’s triumph over foreign aggression. Let us heed the message: In all wars, there can never be winners.”

How to get there: For commuters, take the bus going to Balanga and head to Balanga Integrated School, where the marker is found.


7. The Zero Kilometer (KM) Death March

Address: Bagac, Bataan and Mariveles, Bataan



Bataan historical landmarks

This is one of the two, Zero Kilometer Death March marker located in Bagac, Bataan.

Image: Leonard Hastings


The Zero Kilometer Death March marker indicates the starting point of the Bataan Death March that happened in April 10, 1942. In history, the Filipino and American prisoners of war were forcibly transferred from Bataan to Camp O’Donnell in Capas, Tarlac by the Japanese imperial forces. An estimated 70,000 soldiers had to endure a grueling 160-kilometer walk, where 5,000 to 18,000 Filipinos and 500 to 650 Americans died before reaching their destination.

There are two Zero Kilometer Death March markers in Bataan; one is in Bagac and the other in Mariveles. Out of the 138 Death March markers, 100 are found in Bataan, 31 in Pampanga, and seven in Tarlac.

How to get there:

Mariveles Marker: Take a bus going to Mariveles. It is beside the Municipal Hall of Mariveles. It is walking distance from the Mariveles minibus terminal, or you can ride a tricycle from Genesis or Bataan Transit terminal to the marker.

Bagac Marker: Take a bus going to Balanga and alight in Balanga Central Terminal. From there, ride a jeepney going to Bagac. Hire a tricycle to take you to the actual marker.


8. Philippine-Japanese Friendship Tower

Address: Gov. J.J. Linao National Road, Bayan ng Bagac, Bataan



Bataan historical landmarks

This is one of the two, Zero Kilometer Death March marker located in Bagac, Bataan.

Image: Hydlyde Van Gob


Located in Bagac, Bataan, the Philippine-Japanese Friendship Tower symbolizes the period of reconciliation, peace, and friendship between the two nations after the war. The lowest section of the 89-foot tower is a hanging bell embossed with intricate dragons, knobs, and Japanese writings. Rissho Kosei Kai Group, a Japanese Buddhist religious movement built the tower in 1975, and stands around 200 kilometers from the site of the Bataan Death March.

How to get there: By land, it should take you about an hour to reach the province of Bataan via Dinalupihan. Ride a bus going to Balanga and once there, you can ride the minibuses and tricycles that ply the area to the nearby town of Bagac.


9. Democracy Marker

Address: Barangay Balsik, Hermosa, Bataan



Bataan historical landmarks

The Philippine flag symbolizes our country’s democracy, which was fought for by our heroes during the war.

Image: Balay Cela Una


The Bataan Democracy Marker stands in Barangay Balsik, Hermosa. It marks the role of Bataan in the fight for freedom and in the preservation of democracy in the country and the world. Just like the other historic monuments and markers scattered among the different provinces of Bataan, it tells its beholders of how Filipinos and Americans battled side by side during the WWII in 1942 and emerged triumphantly.

How to get there: There are various bus terminals in Metro Manila whose daily trips pass by the municipality of Hermosa.


10. Abucay Church

Address: Brgy. Laon, Abucay, Bataan



Bataan historical landmarks

The Abucay Church courtyard is where the Filipino-Dutch battle took place in June 23, 1647.

Image: @edzgm


Saint Dominic Parish Church in Abucay, Bataan is another historic place in the province of Bataan, but unlike the other hallmark sites that imbibe different narratives from WWII, the church is a silent witness to a different battle. In June 23, 1647, Filipino defenders fought the Dutch invaders in an intense and prolonged battle in the church courtyard. In the fallout, more than two hundred deaths and casualties were tallied, which include forces from the Kapampangan army and Spanish friars and leaders. Today, while it doesn’t pose itself as a prominent landmark, the story rings true through the stories through the locals when you enter its premises.

How to get there: Take a bus going to Balanga. From the central bus terminal take a jeep or a tricycle going to Abucay Church.




11. Las Casas Filipinas De Acuzar

Address: Brgy. Ibaba, Bagac, 2107 Bataan



Bataan historical landmarks

One of the ancestral houses you’ll see in Las Casas Filipinas De Acuzar that lets you relive the colonial period in the Philippines.

Image: Las Casas Filipinas De Acuzar


Departing from the significant sites of a wartime Bataan, Las Casas Filipinas De Acuzar lets you feel and imagine what life looked like during the Spanish colonial era. The open-air museum and heritage park is made up of reconstructed ancestral houses, with materials hailing from the different parts of the country.

Currently, there are 27 heritage houses that showcase the look and feel of a colonial village. These houses were physically transplanted from their original location, but they managed to maintain the actual look and design of houses built in the Spanish times. The park is open for day trip visits, overnight stays, and special events. Day tour entrance fee ranges from PhP999 to PhP1,999 per person.

How to get there: Take a bus going to Balanga, and then ride a mini-bus or a Tamaraw shuttle going to Bagac. From Bagac, take a tricycle that will take you directly to Las Casas Filipinas De Acuzar.


More than just for mere sightseeing, a trip to the nostalgic province of Bataan presents you with the opportunity to learn about our heritage and history. Indeed, ours is a story of many sources, echoing through the walls and floors of these remarkable sites: of heroes, of nobles, and of allies, at a time when they’re needed the most. Revisit the past through the province of Bataan, and appreciate your being Filipino.

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Corabelle, outside her full-time job as a Digital Marketing Manager in Clark, she still makes time for her hobbies, be with her family and friends, travel, and work on a side business. Someday she wishes to fulfill her travel goals by being able to visit all the beautiful islands of the Philippines and see the sights of the different countries in Asia and the world. Just like anyone who has that wanderlust gene, Corabelle’s mantra is: “work, save, travel… repeat.”

Disclaimer: All articles in the Consumers Magazine of ShoppersGuide.com.ph (SG) are for general information and entertainment purposes only. Although careful research has been made in writing them, SG does not make any warranty about the completeness and accuracy of all information presented in our articles. Our content is not intended to be used in place of legal, medical, or any professional advice.

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April 07, 2018

11 Historic Tourist Spots that Will Bring you Back to Bataan’s Past

Experience a blast from the past as Bataan takes you through its history!
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Learning about the history of a place should not be limited to reading textbooks or looking it up online. To really get to understand key figures and events and why they went down in history, you have to visit the place where everything transpired.

This is where Bataan excels. It is teeming with historic venues that will take you to various wartime periods that the country underwent. They signify the different acts of bravery and heroism of Filipino and American soldiers who fought for our nation’s freedom and democracy. Here is a list of the various historical sites in the different towns of Bataan to guide you on your learning journey.


1. Bataan World War II Museum

Address: Jose Basa St., City of Balanga, Bataan



Bataan historical landmarks

The Bataan World War II Museum gallery tells the story of World War II in Bataan.

Image: Bataan World War II Museum


Get your first glimpse of the country amidst World War II in the Bataan World War II Museum. Aside from housing a gallery, the building itself used to stand as the headquarters of the leader of the Japanese Imperial Army in the Philippines during World War II, Gen. Masaharu Homma. The museum houses informative story panels that narrate the events from pre-war peacetime to the liberation of the nation. There are also war artifacts in display, and a doll diorama reenacting the Death March. Entrance fee to the museum is PhP50 for regular visitors and PhP40 for students.

How to get there: Take the bus going to Balanga and head to Balanga Integrated School via jeepney or tricycle to reach the museum.


2. Mount Samat National Shrine

Address: Mt. Samat Road, Pilar, Bataan



Bataan historical landmarks

The Shrine of Valor is one of the iconic symbols of Filipino heroism found in Bataan.

Image: Mt. Samat National Shrine - Dambana ng Kagitingan


At Mount Samat National Shrine sits the 92-meter concrete cross or the Dambana ng Kagitingan (Shrine of Valor). It serves as the country’s national memorial to those who fought in the Battle of Bataan during World War II. This also serves as the default venue of the Araw ng Kagitingan (Day of Valor) rites celebrated every April 9.

Inside the place, there is also a World War 2 museum that commemorates the events that transpired in wartime Bataan. The cross atop the mountain also has a viewing deck for visitors to have a good view of the mountainous landscape of the province. For the adrenaline junkies out there, the place also has something called the Treetop Adventure, an ATV ride rental, and a zipline if you want a more exciting descent from the mountain’s peak. Entrance fee to the shrine is PhP30 per person.

How to get there: You can reach Mt. Samat National Shrine by taking a bus bound to Balanga City. From Balanga central terminal, take a jeepney going to Cabog-Cabog. You can hire a tricycle going directly to the shrine.




3. Flaming Sword Monument

Address: Governor Joaquin J. Lina Highway, Pilar, Bataan



Bataan historical landmarks

This towering landmark symbolizing bravery is impossible to miss as you pass by the national highway in Pilar, Bataan.

Image: Troy Sunga


The Flaming Sword monument is an astonishing landmark along the national highway in Pilar that depicts a hand holding a flaming sword that thrusts right up in the air. It is the symbol of the Filipino and American patriots’ courage when they fought against the Japanese forces during the Battle of Bataan in World War II. It sits where it is now, in the Kilometer 42 point, because it is in this junction where USAFFE soldiers who were captured from the Bagac and Mariveles fronts converged for the iniquitous Bataan Death March.

How to get there: To reach this landmark, take a bus going to Balanga City, then you can take a jeepney going to Pilar Municipal Hall. The monument is just in front of the municipal building.


4. First Line of Defense Marker

Address: Layac Junction, Dinalupihan, Bataan



Bataan historical landmarks

The First Line of Defense Monument depicts the Filipino and American war heroes as allies in the battle against the Japanese army.

Image: Gilbert Dizon


The First Line of Defense is another landmark that echoes the valiant history of Bataan. It stands in the center rotonda of Layac, Dinalupihan, Bataan. The marker depicts the first strong line of defense of the combined Philippines and USAFFE (United States Army Forces in the Far East) troops against the Japanese invasion during World War II.

How to get there: Take a bus going to Balanga and you’ll pass by the marker at the Layac Junction in Dinalupihan.


5. Fall of Bataan Marker

Address: Capitol Compound, Balanga City, Bataan



Bataan historical landmarks

The Fall of Bataan Marker is an honorary milestone to soldiers and civilians who fought in the Battle of Bataan in 1942.

Image: Bataan Government Website


The Fall of Bataan Marker is dedicated to the memory of the brave Filipino and American soldiers and civilians who fought against the Japanese forces in World War II. The Fall of Bataan gets its name from history. On April 9, 1942, the Battle of Bataan ended when the Filipino and American army led by General Edward King surrendered to the Japanese.

How to get there: If taking public transportation, take the bus going to Balanga and head to the Bataan Provincial Capitol of Balanga, the marker is just inside the compound.


6. Diwa ng Bataan

Address: Diwa, Pilar, Bataan



Bataan historical landmarks

This is the commemorative statue of Gen. Edward King and his staff officers together with their Japanese captor, Col. Motoo Nakayama.

Image: Bataan World War II Museum


Diwa ng Bataan (Spirit of Bataan), formerly known as the Surrender Site Marker, commemorates General Edward King’s surrender to the Japanese Imperial Army. The marker is found in Balanga Integrated School, just outside the Bataan World War II Museum. Here you’ll see a statue of Gen. King with his staff officers sitting around the table facing their Japanese captor, Col. Motoo Nakayama. In its marker, a heartfelt statement is written: “Let this memorial be not a reminder of defeat but a symbol of freedom’s triumph over foreign aggression. Let us heed the message: In all wars, there can never be winners.”

How to get there: For commuters, take the bus going to Balanga and head to Balanga Integrated School, where the marker is found.


7. The Zero Kilometer (KM) Death March

Address: Bagac, Bataan and Mariveles, Bataan



Bataan historical landmarks

This is one of the two, Zero Kilometer Death March marker located in Bagac, Bataan.

Image: Leonard Hastings


The Zero Kilometer Death March marker indicates the starting point of the Bataan Death March that happened in April 10, 1942. In history, the Filipino and American prisoners of war were forcibly transferred from Bataan to Camp O’Donnell in Capas, Tarlac by the Japanese imperial forces. An estimated 70,000 soldiers had to endure a grueling 160-kilometer walk, where 5,000 to 18,000 Filipinos and 500 to 650 Americans died before reaching their destination.

There are two Zero Kilometer Death March markers in Bataan; one is in Bagac and the other in Mariveles. Out of the 138 Death March markers, 100 are found in Bataan, 31 in Pampanga, and seven in Tarlac.

How to get there:

Mariveles Marker: Take a bus going to Mariveles. It is beside the Municipal Hall of Mariveles. It is walking distance from the Mariveles minibus terminal, or you can ride a tricycle from Genesis or Bataan Transit terminal to the marker.

Bagac Marker: Take a bus going to Balanga and alight in Balanga Central Terminal. From there, ride a jeepney going to Bagac. Hire a tricycle to take you to the actual marker.


8. Philippine-Japanese Friendship Tower

Address: Gov. J.J. Linao National Road, Bayan ng Bagac, Bataan



Bataan historical landmarks

This is one of the two, Zero Kilometer Death March marker located in Bagac, Bataan.

Image: Hydlyde Van Gob


Located in Bagac, Bataan, the Philippine-Japanese Friendship Tower symbolizes the period of reconciliation, peace, and friendship between the two nations after the war. The lowest section of the 89-foot tower is a hanging bell embossed with intricate dragons, knobs, and Japanese writings. Rissho Kosei Kai Group, a Japanese Buddhist religious movement built the tower in 1975, and stands around 200 kilometers from the site of the Bataan Death March.

How to get there: By land, it should take you about an hour to reach the province of Bataan via Dinalupihan. Ride a bus going to Balanga and once there, you can ride the minibuses and tricycles that ply the area to the nearby town of Bagac.


9. Democracy Marker

Address: Barangay Balsik, Hermosa, Bataan



Bataan historical landmarks

The Philippine flag symbolizes our country’s democracy, which was fought for by our heroes during the war.

Image: Balay Cela Una


The Bataan Democracy Marker stands in Barangay Balsik, Hermosa. It marks the role of Bataan in the fight for freedom and in the preservation of democracy in the country and the world. Just like the other historic monuments and markers scattered among the different provinces of Bataan, it tells its beholders of how Filipinos and Americans battled side by side during the WWII in 1942 and emerged triumphantly.

How to get there: There are various bus terminals in Metro Manila whose daily trips pass by the municipality of Hermosa.


10. Abucay Church

Address: Brgy. Laon, Abucay, Bataan



Bataan historical landmarks

The Abucay Church courtyard is where the Filipino-Dutch battle took place in June 23, 1647.

Image: @edzgm


Saint Dominic Parish Church in Abucay, Bataan is another historic place in the province of Bataan, but unlike the other hallmark sites that imbibe different narratives from WWII, the church is a silent witness to a different battle. In June 23, 1647, Filipino defenders fought the Dutch invaders in an intense and prolonged battle in the church courtyard. In the fallout, more than two hundred deaths and casualties were tallied, which include forces from the Kapampangan army and Spanish friars and leaders. Today, while it doesn’t pose itself as a prominent landmark, the story rings true through the stories through the locals when you enter its premises.

How to get there: Take a bus going to Balanga. From the central bus terminal take a jeep or a tricycle going to Abucay Church.




11. Las Casas Filipinas De Acuzar

Address: Brgy. Ibaba, Bagac, 2107 Bataan



Bataan historical landmarks

One of the ancestral houses you’ll see in Las Casas Filipinas De Acuzar that lets you relive the colonial period in the Philippines.

Image: Las Casas Filipinas De Acuzar


Departing from the significant sites of a wartime Bataan, Las Casas Filipinas De Acuzar lets you feel and imagine what life looked like during the Spanish colonial era. The open-air museum and heritage park is made up of reconstructed ancestral houses, with materials hailing from the different parts of the country.

Currently, there are 27 heritage houses that showcase the look and feel of a colonial village. These houses were physically transplanted from their original location, but they managed to maintain the actual look and design of houses built in the Spanish times. The park is open for day trip visits, overnight stays, and special events. Day tour entrance fee ranges from PhP999 to PhP1,999 per person.

How to get there: Take a bus going to Balanga, and then ride a mini-bus or a Tamaraw shuttle going to Bagac. From Bagac, take a tricycle that will take you directly to Las Casas Filipinas De Acuzar.


More than just for mere sightseeing, a trip to the nostalgic province of Bataan presents you with the opportunity to learn about our heritage and history. Indeed, ours is a story of many sources, echoing through the walls and floors of these remarkable sites: of heroes, of nobles, and of allies, at a time when they’re needed the most. Revisit the past through the province of Bataan, and appreciate your being Filipino.

Corabelle Guevarra

Corabelle, outside her full-time job as a Digital Marketing Manager in Clark, she still makes time for her hobbies, be with her family and friends, travel, and work on a side business. Someday she wishes to fulfill her travel goals by being able to visit all the beautiful islands of the Philippines and see the sights of the different countries in Asia and the world. Just like anyone who has that wanderlust gene, Corabelle’s mantra is: “work, save, travel… repeat.”

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April 07, 2018

11 Historic Tourist Spots that Will Bring you Back to Bataan’s Past

Experience a blast from the past as Bataan takes you through its history!


Learning about the history of a place should not be limited to reading textbooks or looking it up online. To really get to understand key figures and events and why they went down in history, you have to visit the place where everything transpired.

This is where Bataan excels. It is teeming with historic venues that will take you to various wartime periods that the country underwent. They signify the different acts of bravery and heroism of Filipino and American soldiers who fought for our nation’s freedom and democracy. Here is a list of the various historical sites in the different towns of Bataan to guide you on your learning journey.


1. Bataan World War II Museum

Address: Jose Basa St., City of Balanga, Bataan



Bataan historical landmarks

The Bataan World War II Museum gallery tells the story of World War II in Bataan.

Image: Bataan World War II Museum


Get your first glimpse of the country amidst World War II in the Bataan World War II Museum. Aside from housing a gallery, the building itself used to stand as the headquarters of the leader of the Japanese Imperial Army in the Philippines during World War II, Gen. Masaharu Homma. The museum houses informative story panels that narrate the events from pre-war peacetime to the liberation of the nation. There are also war artifacts in display, and a doll diorama reenacting the Death March. Entrance fee to the museum is PhP50 for regular visitors and PhP40 for students.

How to get there: Take the bus going to Balanga and head to Balanga Integrated School via jeepney or tricycle to reach the museum.


2. Mount Samat National Shrine

Address: Mt. Samat Road, Pilar, Bataan



Bataan historical landmarks

The Shrine of Valor is one of the iconic symbols of Filipino heroism found in Bataan.

Image: Mt. Samat National Shrine - Dambana ng Kagitingan


At Mount Samat National Shrine sits the 92-meter concrete cross or the Dambana ng Kagitingan (Shrine of Valor). It serves as the country’s national memorial to those who fought in the Battle of Bataan during World War II. This also serves as the default venue of the Araw ng Kagitingan (Day of Valor) rites celebrated every April 9.

Inside the place, there is also a World War 2 museum that commemorates the events that transpired in wartime Bataan. The cross atop the mountain also has a viewing deck for visitors to have a good view of the mountainous landscape of the province. For the adrenaline junkies out there, the place also has something called the Treetop Adventure, an ATV ride rental, and a zipline if you want a more exciting descent from the mountain’s peak. Entrance fee to the shrine is PhP30 per person.

How to get there: You can reach Mt. Samat National Shrine by taking a bus bound to Balanga City. From Balanga central terminal, take a jeepney going to Cabog-Cabog. You can hire a tricycle going directly to the shrine.




3. Flaming Sword Monument

Address: Governor Joaquin J. Lina Highway, Pilar, Bataan



Bataan historical landmarks

This towering landmark symbolizing bravery is impossible to miss as you pass by the national highway in Pilar, Bataan.

Image: Troy Sunga


The Flaming Sword monument is an astonishing landmark along the national highway in Pilar that depicts a hand holding a flaming sword that thrusts right up in the air. It is the symbol of the Filipino and American patriots’ courage when they fought against the Japanese forces during the Battle of Bataan in World War II. It sits where it is now, in the Kilometer 42 point, because it is in this junction where USAFFE soldiers who were captured from the Bagac and Mariveles fronts converged for the iniquitous Bataan Death March.

How to get there: To reach this landmark, take a bus going to Balanga City, then you can take a jeepney going to Pilar Municipal Hall. The monument is just in front of the municipal building.


4. First Line of Defense Marker

Address: Layac Junction, Dinalupihan, Bataan



Bataan historical landmarks

The First Line of Defense Monument depicts the Filipino and American war heroes as allies in the battle against the Japanese army.

Image: Gilbert Dizon


The First Line of Defense is another landmark that echoes the valiant history of Bataan. It stands in the center rotonda of Layac, Dinalupihan, Bataan. The marker depicts the first strong line of defense of the combined Philippines and USAFFE (United States Army Forces in the Far East) troops against the Japanese invasion during World War II.

How to get there: Take a bus going to Balanga and you’ll pass by the marker at the Layac Junction in Dinalupihan.


5. Fall of Bataan Marker

Address: Capitol Compound, Balanga City, Bataan



Bataan historical landmarks

The Fall of Bataan Marker is an honorary milestone to soldiers and civilians who fought in the Battle of Bataan in 1942.

Image: Bataan Government Website


The Fall of Bataan Marker is dedicated to the memory of the brave Filipino and American soldiers and civilians who fought against the Japanese forces in World War II. The Fall of Bataan gets its name from history. On April 9, 1942, the Battle of Bataan ended when the Filipino and American army led by General Edward King surrendered to the Japanese.

How to get there: If taking public transportation, take the bus going to Balanga and head to the Bataan Provincial Capitol of Balanga, the marker is just inside the compound.


6. Diwa ng Bataan

Address: Diwa, Pilar, Bataan



Bataan historical landmarks

This is the commemorative statue of Gen. Edward King and his staff officers together with their Japanese captor, Col. Motoo Nakayama.

Image: Bataan World War II Museum


Diwa ng Bataan (Spirit of Bataan), formerly known as the Surrender Site Marker, commemorates General Edward King’s surrender to the Japanese Imperial Army. The marker is found in Balanga Integrated School, just outside the Bataan World War II Museum. Here you’ll see a statue of Gen. King with his staff officers sitting around the table facing their Japanese captor, Col. Motoo Nakayama. In its marker, a heartfelt statement is written: “Let this memorial be not a reminder of defeat but a symbol of freedom’s triumph over foreign aggression. Let us heed the message: In all wars, there can never be winners.”

How to get there: For commuters, take the bus going to Balanga and head to Balanga Integrated School, where the marker is found.


7. The Zero Kilometer (KM) Death March

Address: Bagac, Bataan and Mariveles, Bataan



Bataan historical landmarks

This is one of the two, Zero Kilometer Death March marker located in Bagac, Bataan.

Image: Leonard Hastings


The Zero Kilometer Death March marker indicates the starting point of the Bataan Death March that happened in April 10, 1942. In history, the Filipino and American prisoners of war were forcibly transferred from Bataan to Camp O’Donnell in Capas, Tarlac by the Japanese imperial forces. An estimated 70,000 soldiers had to endure a grueling 160-kilometer walk, where 5,000 to 18,000 Filipinos and 500 to 650 Americans died before reaching their destination.

There are two Zero Kilometer Death March markers in Bataan; one is in Bagac and the other in Mariveles. Out of the 138 Death March markers, 100 are found in Bataan, 31 in Pampanga, and seven in Tarlac.

How to get there:

Mariveles Marker: Take a bus going to Mariveles. It is beside the Municipal Hall of Mariveles. It is walking distance from the Mariveles minibus terminal, or you can ride a tricycle from Genesis or Bataan Transit terminal to the marker.

Bagac Marker: Take a bus going to Balanga and alight in Balanga Central Terminal. From there, ride a jeepney going to Bagac. Hire a tricycle to take you to the actual marker.


8. Philippine-Japanese Friendship Tower

Address: Gov. J.J. Linao National Road, Bayan ng Bagac, Bataan



Bataan historical landmarks

This is one of the two, Zero Kilometer Death March marker located in Bagac, Bataan.

Image: Hydlyde Van Gob


Located in Bagac, Bataan, the Philippine-Japanese Friendship Tower symbolizes the period of reconciliation, peace, and friendship between the two nations after the war. The lowest section of the 89-foot tower is a hanging bell embossed with intricate dragons, knobs, and Japanese writings. Rissho Kosei Kai Group, a Japanese Buddhist religious movement built the tower in 1975, and stands around 200 kilometers from the site of the Bataan Death March.

How to get there: By land, it should take you about an hour to reach the province of Bataan via Dinalupihan. Ride a bus going to Balanga and once there, you can ride the minibuses and tricycles that ply the area to the nearby town of Bagac.


9. Democracy Marker

Address: Barangay Balsik, Hermosa, Bataan



Bataan historical landmarks

The Philippine flag symbolizes our country’s democracy, which was fought for by our heroes during the war.

Image: Balay Cela Una


The Bataan Democracy Marker stands in Barangay Balsik, Hermosa. It marks the role of Bataan in the fight for freedom and in the preservation of democracy in the country and the world. Just like the other historic monuments and markers scattered among the different provinces of Bataan, it tells its beholders of how Filipinos and Americans battled side by side during the WWII in 1942 and emerged triumphantly.

How to get there: There are various bus terminals in Metro Manila whose daily trips pass by the municipality of Hermosa.


10. Abucay Church

Address: Brgy. Laon, Abucay, Bataan



Bataan historical landmarks

The Abucay Church courtyard is where the Filipino-Dutch battle took place in June 23, 1647.

Image: @edzgm


Saint Dominic Parish Church in Abucay, Bataan is another historic place in the province of Bataan, but unlike the other hallmark sites that imbibe different narratives from WWII, the church is a silent witness to a different battle. In June 23, 1647, Filipino defenders fought the Dutch invaders in an intense and prolonged battle in the church courtyard. In the fallout, more than two hundred deaths and casualties were tallied, which include forces from the Kapampangan army and Spanish friars and leaders. Today, while it doesn’t pose itself as a prominent landmark, the story rings true through the stories through the locals when you enter its premises.

How to get there: Take a bus going to Balanga. From the central bus terminal take a jeep or a tricycle going to Abucay Church.




11. Las Casas Filipinas De Acuzar

Address: Brgy. Ibaba, Bagac, 2107 Bataan



Bataan historical landmarks

One of the ancestral houses you’ll see in Las Casas Filipinas De Acuzar that lets you relive the colonial period in the Philippines.

Image: Las Casas Filipinas De Acuzar


Departing from the significant sites of a wartime Bataan, Las Casas Filipinas De Acuzar lets you feel and imagine what life looked like during the Spanish colonial era. The open-air museum and heritage park is made up of reconstructed ancestral houses, with materials hailing from the different parts of the country.

Currently, there are 27 heritage houses that showcase the look and feel of a colonial village. These houses were physically transplanted from their original location, but they managed to maintain the actual look and design of houses built in the Spanish times. The park is open for day trip visits, overnight stays, and special events. Day tour entrance fee ranges from PhP999 to PhP1,999 per person.

How to get there: Take a bus going to Balanga, and then ride a mini-bus or a Tamaraw shuttle going to Bagac. From Bagac, take a tricycle that will take you directly to Las Casas Filipinas De Acuzar.


More than just for mere sightseeing, a trip to the nostalgic province of Bataan presents you with the opportunity to learn about our heritage and history. Indeed, ours is a story of many sources, echoing through the walls and floors of these remarkable sites: of heroes, of nobles, and of allies, at a time when they’re needed the most. Revisit the past through the province of Bataan, and appreciate your being Filipino.

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Corabelle Guevarra

Corabelle, outside her full-time job as a Digital Marketing Manager in Clark, she still makes time for her hobbies, be with her family and friends, travel, and work on a side business. Someday she wishes to fulfill her travel goals by being able to visit all the beautiful islands of the Philippines and see the sights of the different countries in Asia and the world. Just like anyone who has that wanderlust gene, Corabelle’s mantra is: “work, save, travel… repeat.”

Disclaimer: All articles in the Consumers Magazine of ShoppersGuide.com.ph (SG) are for general information and entertainment purposes only. Although careful research has been made in writing them, SG does not make any warranty about the completeness and accuracy of all information presented in our articles. Our content is not intended to be used in place of legal, medical, or any professional advice.

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