On June 12, 1898, the Philippine national flag, made by Marcela Agoncillo in Hong Kong, was officially unfurled by Ambrosio Rianzares Bautista in the historic “Independence Balcony” of the house (then, a window), as President Aguinaldo proclaimed Philippine Independence from Spain. It was also here where the Marcha Nacional Filipina, the Philippine national anthem composed by Julian Felipe, was played by Banda Malabon.
Source: Malacanan Palace, Presidential Museum and Library: : http://malacanang.gov.ph
A year after, the celebration of the first anniversary of Philippine Independence Day was held at the Pamintuan Mansion in Angeles, Pampanga where Gen. Aguinaldo stayed for a short period of time.
This year, we will celebrate the 121st Philippine Independence Day with the theme “Tapang ng Bayan, Malasakit sa Mamamayan.”
Retaining a century-old tradition, Filipinos are committed to making this day memorable through various activities. Some people attend Independence Day celebrations in their organizations, while others visit some places with historical significance.
Here in Bataan, you may spend the holiday by visiting the following destinations:
1. Museo ng Kagitingan, Pilar, Bataan
Visit the Museo ng Kagitingan and step back in time and immerse yourself to the rich history of Pilar. It was inaugurated last April 10, 2019 and an excerpt in the speech of Mayor Alice Pizarro which mentioned, “The museum marks the memorialization of a united, noble and patriotic people of Pilar. This is a museum that encapsulates the collaboration, diverse talents and generous hearts of our people.”
Museo ng Kagitingan is the first museum in the province that is under the management of a local government unit. The main features of the museum are the sculptures, photographs, and other antiques collated and curated through the joint effort of Bataenos.
Valuable archives and artworks are displayed on the two floors of the museum. One notable work is the bamboo bench , a masterpiece of national artist Napoleon Abueva. Another treasure to check out is the four-page manuscript of former President Ferdinand Marcos’s speech which he delivered during the inauguration of the Mt. Samat Shrine of Valor.
Museo ng Kagitingan is open every Monday to Saturday, 8:00am to 5:00pm. The entrance fee is Php 30 per head.
Photograph by: Lee Llamas
2. Limbagang Pinpin, Abucay Bataan
Tomás Pinpin was a printer, writer and publisher known as the "Prince of the Filipino Printers." A native of Abucay, Pinpin was the first Filipino to publish and print a book, entitled "Librong Pagaaralan nang mga Tagalog nang Uicang Castilla" in 1610. He wrote this book in order to help people learn the Spanish language easily.
To keep Pinpin’s legacy, the printing press was replicated and transformed into a museum now known as Limbagang Pinpin. Committed to preserve the history of printing, the museum comprises hundreds of rare books printed from 16th to 18th Century.
Just like Tomas Pinpin, we can go an extra mile by reading the pages of history.
Limbagang Pinpin is open every Tuesday to Sunday, from 10:00am to 10:00pm
Photograph by: Limbagang Pinpin Museum Facebook Page
3. Mt. Samat Shrine of Valor, Pilar
Dambana ng Kagitingan, located atop of Mt. Samat in Pilar is a historical shrine built to honor the Filipino and American soldiers who fought during the Second World War. It is museum that displays collection of armaments and vivid photographs of the events during the war. You may visit this place and trace back the fearless battle of Filipino – American soldiers.
Mt. Samat Shrine of Valor is open everyday, Monday to Sunday from 8:00am to 5:00pm. The Entrance fee is Php30
4. Bataan Tourism Center, Balanga
Start your holiday getaway at Bataan Tourism Center located in Roman Highway, City of Balanga. It is a one- stop tourist hub open every day to guide you where to go, where to eat, and where to stay! Aside from its friendly staff, the Bataan Tourism Center also boasts of the Bataan T.R.I.P.
Bataan T.R.I.P (Travel and Recreational Interactive Portal) is a self-service kiosk which includes the tourism products and services in Bataan. Just swipe, tap and let the Bataan T.R.I.P guide you in your escapade.
Bataan Tourism Center is open every day for free, every Monday to Sunday, 8:00am to 5:00pm. Visit us! This June, let us pay respect to our Motherland and appreciate her splendor.
Tapang ng Bayan, Malasakit sa Mamamayan, Para sa Bayan, Para sa Bataan!
If you want to know more about the Province of Bataan, visit our website at www.bataan.gov.ph/tourism. You may also like our Facebook page @Bataan Tourism, Instagram, and Twitter @beholdbataan