Dunsulan Falls in Pilar

Dunsulan Falls Liyang Pilar Bataan Bagac Pantingan Location Waterfalls Hiking Trail Water Size Swimming Length River Basin Camping Depth Stream Creek Height Distance Flow Tour Picnic Nature Guide The Dunsulan Falls is located in Liyang, Pilar in Bataan Province. The Dunsulan Falls is a place which offers a nice quiet atmosphere. If you want a peaceful relaxing visit, drop by this falls to enjoy nature while dipping on its water. To get to the Dunsulan Waterfalls, take a bus going to Balanga City. Get off at the Bataan Terminal and look for a Bagac or Pantingan jeepney trip or Morong bus trip which will both pass the way to Barangay Liyang. Getting to the Dunsulan Falls requires a short hike Continue reading

The Balanga Church Belfry

Balanga Catholic Church Belfry Bataan History Construction Location Japanese Artillery Station Abucay Bombardment Mount Samat World War American Military Site Repair Size Height Distance Description The Balanga Catholic Church Belfry was once used as a Japanese artillery station. The Balanga Belfry is located at the Church of Balanga in Bataan Province. The spiritual ministration of Balanga formerly belonged to Abucay. Balanga became an independent missionary center in 1739. Reverend Benito Rivas, O.P., strengthened this church by fortifying its wall. Rev. Juan Antonio Vicente, O.P, roofed it with galvanized iron and decorated the interior. Rev. Mariano Ma. Minano, O.P., from 1838-1845 constructed the arch of the choir loft and made the baptismal font out of granite from Mariveles. The parochial ministration under the Filipino clergy started with Rev. Mariano Sarili, June 21, 1898. The church was used as the site for Japanese artillery bombardment of Mount Samat where Filipino and American forces gave their last Continue reading

Dinalupihan War Monument in Bataan

Dinalupihan First Line Defense Layac Junction Dinalupihan Bataan Marker Monument Landmark World War Philippines American Troops Japanese Invasion Rotunda Statues Allied Soldiers 38Th Infantry Division The First Line of Defense Marker is located at the Rotunda in Layac, Dinalupihan in Bataan Province. The First Line of Defense Marker marks the first strong line of defense of combined Philippines USAFFE Troops against Japanese invasion during World War II. Symbolic of the tragedy that befell Bataan and the gallantry of Filipino and American heroes who restored our country and people to a government of free peoples is a monument in the center of rotunda in Layac, Dinalupihan, Bataan. This monument features life size statues of the Allied troops and was erected by the 38th Infantry division, Army of the United States, in memory of the defenders of Bataan, living and dead, including the 38th Tank Company of Harrodburg, Kentucky, a unit of said division, in December 1941 to February 1942. Continue reading

The Death March Marker in Orani, Bataan

Death March Marker Orani Bataan Silahis Statue Location Soldiers American Walk World War Japanese Death Construction History Bronze Marble Background Placard Enscription Capas Tarlac Troops Tour Info The Death March Marker is located in Orani in Bataan Province. Located in Brgy Silahis, this statue marks the place where thousands of captured Filipino and American soldiers passed on their way to their final destination in a concentration camp in Capas, Tarlac. This horrendous episode of war in history is now known as the infamous Death March. This marker is made of bronze and marble as background. Continue reading

The Zero Kilometer Marker in Bataan

Zero Kilometer Marker Mariveles Bataan History Location World War American Soldiers Death March Troops Japanese Imperial Army Construction Significance Park Memorial Landmark Size Description Info The Zero Kilometer Marker is located in Mariveles, Bataan. During World War 2, the invading Japanese forces assembled Filipino and American defenders at this location in 1942, forcing them to marching on foot to Camp O’ Donnell in Capas, Tarlac. The Death March took the lives of almost 10,000 prisoners-of-war along the tragic trail. A marker in honor of the brave, the dignified, the honorable and the undefeated by heart was built to commemorate this infamous chapter in Philippine history. The Zero Kilometer Marker is located next to a Jolibee restaurant and near the Mariveles Municipal Hall. It is located about three hours by vehicle from Manila. It is within walking distance from the Mariveles Mini bus terminal. Continue reading

Church of Orani in Bataan

Church Orani Bataan Lady Holy Rosary Parish Building Construction History Location Bataan Province Independent Missionary Center Earthquake Damage Reconstruction Renovation Fire Schedule Wedding Info The Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Parish Church of Orani, simply known as the Church of Orani, is located in Orani, Bataan Province. Orani became an independent missionary center in 1714. The church and convent of Orani, repaired in 1792 and 1836, were badly damaged by an earthquake in September 1852. They were rebuilt and renovated under the supervision of Rev. Bartolome Alvarez del Manzano, O.P. in 1891. They were destroyed again by fire on March 16, 1938 which razed about three fourths of Orani including the town hall, the Tercena, former Bataan High School and later Orani Elementary School building. The church was reconstructed in September 1938. Continue reading

The Bataan Peninsula

Bataan Peninsula Location Bay Water Beach Corregidor Island History Manila Bay South China Sea West Philippine Ocean Swimming Resort Hotel Distance Scuba Diving Typhoon Site Tour Guide Description The Bataan Peninsula overlooks Corregidor Island and was the site of a heroic battle between combined American and Filipino Forces and the Japanese. The allied forces made a final stand to stop the Japanese aggression and delay the conquest of the Philippines. After the “Fall Of Bataan,” a series of infamous Death Marches began in Mariveles and ended in Capas, Tarlac. Many American and Filipino soldiers died along the way. The entire historic march can be traced by following markers. At San Fernando, American soldiers were crammed into boxcars and transported to the infamous Camp O’Donnell. On April 7, 2000, former death march survivors and representatives of the Philippine government dedicated the “Battling Bastards Of Bataan” memorial at the Camp O’Donnell site. Paid for by members of the Battling Bastards Of Bataan Continue reading

Church of Orion in Bataan

Church Orion Bataan San Miguel Arcangel Parish Church Bataan San Vicente Barangay Spiritual Abucay Earthquake Damage Construction History Renovation Repair Schedule Wedding Location History Town The San Miguel Arcangel Parish Church, also simply known as the Church of Orion, is one of the oldest churches in Bataan Province. Located in barangay San Vicente in the municipality of Orion, the church’s spiritual ministration of Orion belonged formerly to Abucay. Orion became an independent missionary center in 1667. Its first minister was Rev. Domingo Perez. The church and the convent were badly damaged by the earthquake of September in 1856, and were repaired in 1854. The Rev. Ulpiano Herrero constructed the beautiful sacristy and marble altars. In this town Cayetano Arellano, eminent Filipino jurist and statesman and first Filipino chief Justice of the Supreme Court was born on March 2, 1847. Francisco Baltazar (Balagtas), author of Florante at Laura, lived in this town from July 22, 1842 to Feb. 20, 1862. A sacristy and a Continue reading

Church of Abucay in Bataan

Abucay Catholic Church Bataan Town Plaza Father Geronimo Belen Jose Diego Pelaez Spiritual Ministration Dominican Spanish Earthquake Damage Construction Renovation Printing Press History Schedule Mass The 1st Abucay Catholic Church, or commonly known as The Church of Abucay, is located at the Abucay town Plaza in Bataan Province. The Church of Abucay was built by Father Geronimo de Belen in the early 1600’s. It was burned down in 1870 and later rebuilt by Father Jose Diego Pelaez. The Spiritual Ministration of Abucay was entrusted to the Dominicans in 1588. A fierce battle between the Dutch and the Pampango Defenders was fought in this court on June 23, 1647. Nearly two hundred Pampangos were put to death and forty others together with the Spanish Alcalde Mayor of Pampanga, Don Antonio de Cabrera, Father Geronimo Sotomayor and Father Tomas Ramos were taken to Batavia on June 23, 1647. The present church was badly damage by the earthquake of September 16, 1852. One of the Continue reading

General King Marker in Limao Bataan

General Edward King Surrender Marker Limao Limay Bataan Monument 1962 American Usaffe Commander Japan Death March The General King Marker, also known as the Limao Marker, is located in Limay, Bataan. This marker is a monument erected in 1962, exactly 20 years after General Edward King, American USAFFE commander, signed the papers surrendering the entire nation to the Japanese, together with about 78,000 soldiers. After the surrender, the captured Filipino and American soldiers marched from Bataan to Tarlac in what is now known as the Death March. The marker commemorates the courage and bravery shown by the Filipinos during the last world war. Continue reading