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Bataan
 
Bataan

(Orani, Bataan) Mt. Natib. Rising at an elevation of 8,000 ft. above sea level, this potentially active volcano offers mountain climbers and nature lovers not only a pleasantly cool mountain air but also a luxuriant growth including some rare plant species and wildlife abundant in the area. It offers a commanding vista of the surrounding provinces. Reaching the mountain's summit takes about four hours. A trail shelter is available for overnight trekkers. Activities Recommended: Mountain Climbing, Camping, Rapelling. (Morong, Bataan) Bataan Technology Park (former refugee center). Built on a sprawling 300-hectare forest reserve some 180 kms. from Manila, the former Philippine Refugee Processing Center used to host thousands of Indo-Chinese refugees who fled by boat or on foot to seek asylum in the wake of political unrest in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. Now a sprawling light industrial center, the place is ideal for ecotourism adventure travel. It serves as a jump-off point to the mountains around the area. Beach resorts abound nearby. Activities Recommended: Mountain Climbing, Trekking, Caving, Rapelling and History Tours
Discover the magic with this amazing historical and cultural region, only an hour by ferryboat across the bay from Manila. Until recently not a traditional tourist destination, this province is now proving to be a tourist haven with many exciting places to visit, and a lot of interesting things to do. There is so much to offer in Bataan, culture, beauty, history, in spoilt beaches and a warm hospitality that is truly Filipino.Bataan was established in 1754 by Governor General Pedro Manuel Arandia out of territories belonging to Pampanga and the corregimiento of Mariveles, which at the time, included Maragondon in Cavite across the bay. The province had more than its share of significant historical events. In 1647, Dutch Naval Forces attempting to invade the country perpetrated the Abucay massacre in one of its towns. In the late 1700s, the dreaded Chinese private Limahong used Lusong Point on the western sides as the landing place to launch his conquest of Luzon. In the Philippine Revolution of 1896, Bataan joined the other provinces in Luzon, which revolted against Spanish rule.It was during World War II, however that Bataan attained prominence that would find its place in the annals of world history. Under heavy aircraft and artillery shelling from the invading Japanese forces, the beleaguered Filipino - American troops valiantly defended this last bastion until the Fall of Bataan on April 9, 1942.
The climate consists of two distinct seasons: dry from November to April and wet the rest of the year.
Dambana ng Kagitingan in Mt. Samat Fine beaches of Morong and Bagac Tinapa (processed fish) Philippine-Japanese Friendship Tower Bataan Nuclear Plant World War II markers Sibul Spring Abucay Church Tomas Pinpin Monument Dinalupihan Nature Center Bataan is the peninsula in the western part of Luzon that shields the Manila Bay on its south and east from the South China Sea on its west. Zambales and Pampanga form its boundaries on the north.
Philippine Rabbit, Genesis, Aladdin regularly have buses plying the Manila - Bataan route. Victory Liner serves Bataan from Olonggapo
Predominantly Tagalog, in some parts Ilocano. The working population is fluent in both English and Filipino Languages
Bataan remains basically an agricultural province in spite of the rapid industrialization during the last decade. Mariveles is the site of an export-processing zone that accounts for heavy industry in the province. Cattle and carabao fattening, hog raising and poultry industry, especially broilers and ducks and egg production are some of the promising livelihood programs in the province.
Balanga City is the provincial capital and is 124 kms from Manila. The twelve towns lying in its coast integrade 238 barangays and 11 cultural minorities sitios.


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