Bataan is a place in the Philippines specifically on Luzon that occupies the entire Bataan Peninsula. This place is located
in Central Luzon. Balanga City is the capital of Bataan and it is surrounded by the provinces of Zambales and Pampanga.
Bataan is also surrounded by 3 seas South China Sea, Subic bay and Manila bay.
About 80% of Bataan is made up of mountains and hills. Mount Mariveles and Mount Nativ are among the interiors of this peninsula.
Most of the agricultural part of Bataan is located in the north and east.
BATAAN DURING THE WORLD WAR II
During World War II it was the place of a bloody battle between the Filipino-American Soldiers and the Japanese military from January 6, 1942 to April 9, 1942.
Bataan was overpowered by the Japanese forces on April 9 and on February 17, 1945, the American forces retook it.
HISTORY OF BATAAN
In 1647, Dutch Naval Forces trying to occupy the Philippines killed 400 Pampangos who fought with them. The killing was named the Abucay Massacre.
In the late 1700s, Limahong, a Chinese pirate entered the Philippines via the Lusong Point on the west of the place to start his invasion in Luzon.
In the 1896 Philippine Revolution, Bataan, together with the other provinces, revolted against the Spanish rule.
During the World War II, Bataan had a name that you can find in World History. The harassed Filipino-American troops fought against the Japanese forces until the “Fall of Bataan in April 9, 1942.”
THE FALL OF BATAAN: IT’S 70TH YEAR
- Trail of the Bataan Death March
On the 9th of April 2012, Bataan and the whole Philippines celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Fall of Bataan, an almost unknown yet an important happening in the World War II history.
The surrender of the Bataan peninsula in the Philippines to the Japanese Imperial armed forces was the biggest submission in American and Filipino forces record. After defeat, about 63,000
Filipino and 12,000 American soldiers that are sick and weak were obligated to march under
- Filipino and American soldiers —sick and in pain — walked 60 miles to go to their prison camp
sweltering heat with scarcely any supplies for food, water, or medication in order to reach their prison camps that is 60 miles away from where they are.
Approximately 10,000 to 15,000 Filipino military and about 800 American soldiers died all along the way, in what became disreputably recognized as the Bataan Death March.
Even though the Filipino and American throngs were overpowered at Bataan, the battle shrinked the impetus of the Japanese assault of US bases in the Pacific, sparing Australia and averting the complete conquest of the Pacific by Axis forces.
TOURIST ATTRACTIONS IN BATAAN PENINSULA
Bataan, with its colorful History has some places to brag about. Many foreigners come to Bataan just to see these tourist destinations.
First Abucay Catholic Church (The 411-year old Church)
This place is the site of the stern battle between the Dutch and the Filipinos when the Dutch tried to occupy the Philippines.
Dambana ng Kagitingan (Shrine of Valor)
this shrine commemorates the pain and suffering of the Filipino and American Soldiers who fought for the freedom of the Philippines.
Fall of Bataan Marker (Balanga)
This immortalizes the fall of Bataan on April 9, 1942. This place symbolizes the bravery and the continuing commitment of a Filipino to the Philippines.
- Fall of Bataan Marker
First Line of Defense Marker
Symbolizes the first strong line of protection of joint Phil. and USAFFE troops next to the Japanese assault throughout World War II.
Zero Kilometer Marker
This is the beginning of the infamous Death March. Also, it depicts the overpowering of Japan to the Philippines.
HOTELS IN BATAAN
If you are a tourist or a foreigner and you got no place to stay in Bataan, here are some of the sleep-worthy hotels that assure you of a good time in the place.
Together with the hotel name is their address and telephone numbers.
|HOTEL NAME||ADDRESS||CONTACT NUMBER|
|CTTOPS Travellers Home||29 Purok 5 Sto. Nino,
|Telephone: (63 )(047) 481-5029|
|Elison Hotel||Paterno St.,
2100, Balanga City,
|Fajardo Beach Resort||2107, Bagac,
|Juness Beach Resort||Nagbalayong,
|(02) 553-0075 / 0939-1559247|
|Montemar Beach Club, Inc.||Sitio Pasinay, Brgy. Pag-asa,
|Telephone: (632) 892-6497 / (632) 811-5496
Fax: (632) 811-5235
|Pamarta Bali Beach Resort||Lot 3, Nagpajo Crossing, Brgy. Nagbalayong,
|482-3800 / 255-1928|
|Raven Resort||Roman Superhighway,
|Sinagtala Farm Resort||Barangay Tala,
Now that you’ve got an idea on what places to visit in Bataan, all you have to do now is book a flight to the Philippines and head straight to this wonderful and historical place.
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