I Traveled to Bataan

Day Trip to Mt. Samat

Day Trip to Mt. Samat

Mt Samat is located in Pilar town of Bataan. While others make it a trip to climb the mountain itself, the mountain is more popular for the Dambana ng Kagitingan or the Shrine of Valor which stands at its peak. The shrine at the top was built to honor the Filipinos and American soldiers who had fought for the country during World War II. Standing at 92 meters or 302 ft and located at an area of approximately 74 hectares and at the mountain height of 555 meters of 1821 meters below sea level, the white cross was built in commemoration of the Battle of Bataan.   The Battle of Bataan ended in the army of US and Filipino soldiers surrendering to the Japanese which ended in the famous Bataan Death March. The Bataan Death March consisted of the transport of 75000 Filipino and American soldiers who surrendered and became prisoners after 3 months in war with the Japanese. This transport was no ordinary transport as instead of the use of any other type of vehicle, the 75000 men walked 97km of pain, suffering and abuse that resulted with a high death count of both the prisoners and civilians. During the march, prisoners were given no food, those who could not walk or fell behind were bayoneted or beheaded by

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Bataan – A Short Tour Around Morong’s Beach

Bataan – A Short Tour Around Morong’s Beach

For me, these past year, out of all the places I’ve been to, I think Bataan has been the most impressive. When you say Bataan, the first image you get is the fact that the place has great value when it comes to historical reasons. There are landmarks everywhere, Death March marks along the road, friendship statues, images, establishments built to remember what happened in Bataan during the time of the Japanese reign. However, there is one part of Bataan that no ordinary tourist would’ve wondered or thought about. Commonly, when you say Philippine beach – it is always Boracay, Palawan or Bohol that comes into your mind. To my surprise, Bataan impressed with very a very clean beach with shallow shores and a very lively marine life. Although the beach wasn’t the pristine white sand everyone else dreams of, you must also understand that the sand isn’t the only thing to consider when you’re going to the beach. Just because the beach has white sand doesn’t mean it has swimmable shores with soft seafloors (Cagbalete Island) or if the beach has beautiful limestone rocks and fine sand doesn’t mean it has shallow and safe shores (Borawan Island). Sometimes, the beauty of a beach lies in its simplicity and cleanliness and how safe and swimmable it may be for you

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Where to Stay in Bataan?

Where to Stay in Bataan?

As of all of my travels at the moment, I think Bataan has been the most enjoyable but less promoted place to be in. The beach is Bataan is absolutely wonderful and the place isn’t crowded as Boracay nor as rocky as Bolinao had been. If you want to know where to stay in Bataan, luckily for my bad experience there, I was able to scout the place for more Bataan accommodations possible for your choice.   Fort Morong Resort             Newly opened resort near Phi-Phi, La Primera Playa, Alpina’s and Avell Beach Resort Price Range – Midrange starting at P3000 + with corkages and additional charges for bed and extra person. Two establishments, two storey high, with nice, very spacious rooms and clean brand new bath. There’s a store at the ground floor, no front office. 0927-2413-862   Avell Beach Resort             Price Range – Low Best for backpackers, non-choosy stayers, cheapstakes and barkadas who are on a budget P500 + Huts, small cabins available, no front office, although friendly staff, very crowded     Bonito Beach Resort             Very nice resort with front office, wide parking lot, crowded but the establishment looks really nice. Price Range – Mid starting at P3000 + with

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Alpina Beach Resort, Bataan

Alpina Beach Resort, Bataan

When we were distraught about where to stay in Bataan, I knew I had to do something. I couldn’t stay there. I didn’t want my family to stay there. I decided to walk around the area since the resorts were just next to each other anyway. We had to hurry since my dad was already tired from his whole day drive and I knew he needed to rest. After scouting the area for available rooms, I finally found an accommodation in Bataan in a small, quite homey resort with a tiny pool at the end, just a hotel away from La Primera Playa’s main hotel. The hotel was new, the owner didn’t have a front office and there was a small guardhouse manned by two young girls at the front. Oh well, at least it had a gate. Mr. Alex Pineda was the name of the owner of Alpina Beach Resort. I’m not sure if he was the owner of La Primera Playa but, whatever. I was able to talk to him personally and he was actually really nice. He offered us a room and told the young girls to show it to us. I agreed and we hurriedly rushed to the 2nd floor of the three floored one-sided establishment of Alpina Beach Resort. The girls opened room G for

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La Primera Playa, Bataan

La Primera Playa, Bataan

When we reached Subic Bay and realized we weren’t going to find an accommodation in Subic, we had to find articles on where to stay in Bataan. It had been in our original plans to go through Bataan because we wanted to visit Mt. Samat and go through the historical marks around the place, but we expected it to happen on Sunday, or at least on our way home. After having lunch at Subic, instead of finding a hotel, we ended up going straight to Bataan where we were lucky enough to find availability at La Primera Playa. The room was P4000, but my dad was tired and we wanted to rest too before my parents changed their minds and decide to go straight home which was only another 3 more hours away. We got lost a bit finding our way to La Primera Playa because they didn’t have posters on the main road like other accommodations in Bataan. When we finally arrived at La Primera Playa, I was actually satisfied with the place. La Primera Playa is a white, 2 storey apartment style hotel with a small space for parking and a nice pool visible from the parking lot. They had no proper front desk, just small room that had a desk and a chair and it looked more

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Zambales – Bataan Roadtrip 2011

Zambales – Bataan Roadtrip 2011

If we went through NLEX and Tarlac to get to Pangasinan on our way, we wanted a different route for our way back. Instead of going the same way, we decided to roadtrip a different way to Manila – the Zambales way so we could go to Bataan. My father was hesitant to drive on Good Friday, but we set off as early as 6am so we could at least get to Botolan by noon. Our drive along Zambales was wonderful – particularly because I’m not driving, but also because there are so many places to see and fall in love with in Zambales. Zambales is a long stretched out province that is connected to Pangasinan on the north, Tarlac and Pampanga on the east and at the south – Bataan. Since it’s also Good Friday, on our way down the map of Zambales, we went through a lot of places that I’ve always wanted to go because of the famous Zambales islands. The first town we passed through was Santa Cruz. The border from Pangasinan to Santa Cruz is a long bridge that opened up to the sea where we saw some boats. While we went through this bridge, we found ourselves stuck in traffic. Why? Well, because it was Good Friday, there was a procession going on and

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