Top 10 Things To Do in Bataan Province, Philippines

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1.) Hike to Mt. Samat National Shrine

Location: Brgy. Diwa, Pilar, Bataan

Mt. Samat National Shrine is a shrine complex built to honor and remember the valor of Filipino and American soldiers who fought against the Imperial Japanese Army during World War II. The towering Memorial Cross structure is built at the highest point of Mount Samat which makes it the second tallest cross in the world after The Millenium Cross in the Republic of North Macedonia.

2.) Bataan World War II Museum

Location: Balanga Elementary School, Balanga City, Bataan

At a small entrance fee, you can get a glance of some World War II memorabilia on the first floor while you can check on the second floor the memorabilia of the former first lady from Balanga, Mrs. Luz Banzon Magsaysay. (Swipe below photo for more pictures)

3.) Buy their Famous Fish Products

Location: Balanga City Public Market

Bataan Province is famous for their Smoked Bangus (Smoked Milkfish). Make sure to buy pasalubong for your lovedones. (Swipe below photo for more pictures)

4.) Take Selfies at Plaza Mayor

Location: Balanga City, Bataan

Plaza Mayor is flocked by tourists due to the Europe vibe it gives. The plaza is surrounded by facades inspired by the Spanish Colonial Architecture. It is adjacent to Balanga City Hall, The Plaza Hotel, Centre Plaza Mall and just across to the historic 18th Century Balanga Cathedral. (Swipe below photo for more pictures)

5.) Visit Historic Churches

The people of Bataan gives high importance to their religion. Every town has tried to preserve their century old churches. Below photo is the Balanga Cathedral. We will add more photos of Bataan churches that we will be visiting soon. (Swipe below photo for more pictures)

6.) Death March Markers

The Death March is a forced march of the prisoners of war in which they were left to die along the way. We spotted the KM0 marker in Mariveles and the KM44 marker in Balanga City.

7.) Staycation

There are many nice hotels and resorts around Bataan Province. One of the accommodations where we stayed is The Oriental Bataan. Read our blog here. (Swipe below photo for more pictures)

8.) Explore Natural Landscapes

9.) Food Trip

Some of the top restaurants recommended by some of our friends in Bataan are The Forest Grill by The Oriental Bataan, Cocoon Restaurant, Cilantros Chinese Cuisine, The Beanery, Hungry Asian, Natalia Cafe, Plaza Brew. (Swipe below photo for more pictures)

10.) Meet the People of Bataan

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