Bataan: One Day Itinerary
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A Travel Guide To Bataan: What To See In A Day?

Only four hours away from Manila is Bataan, a historical province that made a significant impact in Philippine history. Bataan doesn’t have a lot of points of interest, but it’s an excellent destination for those who seek peace and quiet from the hustle of city life. I know not everyone can travel for long periods of time, so this guide is for those who can only afford to visit and explore Bataan for a day.

Points of Interest #1: Dambana ng Kagitingan (Shrine of Valour)

Dambana ng Kagitingan (Shrine of Valour) is a gigantic white cross and shrine that sits on top of Mt. Samat. This memorial was commissioned by Ferdinand Marcos to honor the fallen Filipinos and Americans during the World War II. After the bombing that took place at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii, the Imperial Japanese Army also invaded the Philippines and other countries within Southeast Asia. The Filipinos and Americans combined forces to fight the Japanese for three grueling months and on April 9, 1942, Bataan fell. But for the Imperial Japanese, surrender wasn’t enough. They forced the prisoners of war to march, by foot, to Camp O’Donell, an internment camp, located in Tarlac. Exhausted, starving and tortured, most of the prisoners died before they could reach their destination. Just writing this breaks my heart.


Points of Interest #2: Pawikan Conservation Center

For our second stop, we went to the Pawikan Conservation Center to see the sea turtles. Sea turtles are now considered endangered species, so locals have decided to build a conservation center to protect these creatures. In this Conservation Center, visitors are given an opportunity to release baby sea turtles and witness them return to the sea. These tiny creatures look so fragile that we wondered what would happen to them. Our guide said that these turtles, particularly the females, will return to this beach 25 years later to nest their eggs. I’m not making this up, ok, it’s a pattern among female sea turtles! I wonder if they leave some sort of pheromones on their natal beach before returning to the sea because how do they know that’s the beach they were born???


Points of Interest #3: Heritage Tour at Las Casas Filipinas

Our last stop for the day was Las Casas Filipinas because that’s where we were staying. We spent the rest of the afternoon chilling by the beach, but if you’re only visiting Bataan for a day, I recommend you catch Las Casas’ Heritage Tour. You can also try their other activities if time permits. For more information about the heritage resort, please read my Las Casas Filipinas blog post.

Three sights in one day. Sounds feasible, right? Let me know if there are other sights near these places I’ve mentioned that are worth visiting. I’ll be happy to include them on this post for other blog reader’s references.

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  • Reply
    May 14, 2015 at 3:58 PM

    Thank you for sharing this, Kisty! :) And your photos are lovely!
    Btw, parang pumayat ka. hihi mas sumexy :)

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      Kisty Mea
      May 14, 2015 at 4:06 PM

      Hahaha! Illusion lang. I feel I’ve gained so much weight lately because food is HEAVEN!

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    May 15, 2015 at 9:21 PM

    I’ve been to Las Casas na din but for half a day lang because it was just a field trip. A day isnt enough to tour and enjoy the whole place!

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    May 15, 2015 at 10:11 PM

    Bataan looks amazing! Wish I can travel the whole Philippines someday. The pawikan is soo cute!

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    Jomil Adrielle
    May 17, 2015 at 12:22 PM

    Love the photos kisty :)

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    May 17, 2015 at 6:48 PM

    I wanna try Pawikan Conservation Center! It looks like a wonderful experience! My boyfriend has been bugging me to go to Bataan, but we haven’t found the time yet. I’ll show him this post and I bet he’ll start asking me to visit Bataan again. Hehe. :)

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      Kisty Mea
      May 17, 2015 at 8:27 PM

      Although our visit at the Conservation Center was really short, like 30 mins max, it was still fun seeing these sea turtles return to the sea!

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    May 17, 2015 at 10:21 PM

    Exactly just what I needed to see because I have an upcoming trip to Bataan! One day lang din, still thinking if we’re going to leave at night din agad or stay overnight. Hehe.

    I love your outfit. Comfy lang. Perfect for a day trip. :)

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    Jay Exiomo
    January 16, 2016 at 6:59 PM

    Hi, nice post you have here. By the way I’m planning to do a day trip to Bataan as well. Did you do this trip by private transportation or did you commute? Thanks!

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      Kisty Mea
      January 18, 2016 at 2:18 AM

      Private transportation. I think if commute, possible by trike. Not sure lang how long it will take you to reach the destinations.

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    January 25, 2016 at 10:24 AM

    Nice place! If I take the bus to Bataan from Manila, are the all the points of interest reachable via trike? Or is there local tour services I can contact? Thanks

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