The Philippines is an archipelago gifted with natural resources and wealthy biodiversity. No wonder we became a target for colonisation during the pre-colonial era.

The Philippines is an archipelago gifted with natural resources and wealthy biodiversity. No wonder we became a target for colonisation during the pre-colonial era. After the Spanish rule, we finally gained independence on the 12th of June 1898. Thus, we celebrate on the same day every year, the Philippine Independence Day!

Get to know the historical and cultural landmarks in Bataan. Bring out the patriot in you. Join commemoration activities of the 120th Independence Day.

Mt. Samat (Shrine of Valor)

Located at the peak of Mount Samat in the town of Pilar, Dambana ng Kagitingan is a historical shrine built to honor the Filipinos and American soldiers who fought for our freedom in the second world war.  There is a museum under the colonnade that displays a collection of paintings and photographs of the events during the war, and also it features a collection of armaments used by the Filipino, American and Japanese forces during the battle.  You may visit this place to feed yourself information about the tidbits of World War II.

 

Bataan Technology Park

The Bataan Technology Park is a 365-hectare property rooted in the mountains of the Morong Special Economic Zone. The place is rich in multi-cultural history and a reminder of the Filipinos’ hospitality to refugees. You can see the museum featuring the history and operations of the camp, as well as the relics, temples, memorials and shrines. Original refugee boat was used to escape from their home countries. A visit to this place will deepen your cross – cultural camaraderie and have a glimpse of the friendship between Filipinos and Indochinese Refugees.

 

Hardin ni Balagtas

Francisco Balagtas was a prominent Filipino poet, and considered one of the greatest Filipino literary writers known for his work Florante at Laura.  Balagtas married Juana Tiambeng, a native of Orion. They stayed in Bataan and lived a happy life. To perpetuate Balagtas’ memory and to celebrate his literary genius, Hardin ni Balagtas was built in Orion through the efforts of the National Commission for the Culture and the Arts.

 

Cayetano Arellano Marker

A memorial marker was built at the Town Plaza of Orion to honor Cayetano Arellano, the first Supreme Court Chief Justice of the Philippines who was born in this town. The place serves as a reminder to the lawyers and to the young generation to fight for justice and always conform the rule of law. Let’s make Cayetano Arellano an inspiration to become moral and rightful in our endeavors.

 

Limbagang Pinpin Musuem

Tomás Pinpin was a printer, writer and publisher from Abucay, Bataan. He is known as the "Prince of the Filipino Printers." Pinpin is known for being the first native Filipino to publish and print a book, entitled "Librong Pagaaralan nang mga Tagalog nang Uicang Castilla" in 1610.  To keep Pinpin’s Legacy, the printing press was replicated and transformed into a museum now known as Limbagang Pinpin. The museum is committed to preserve the history of printing that comprises hundreds of rare books printed from 16th Century to 18th Century. Visit the halls of a rare museum that boasts of evidence of the Filipinos' rich cultural and intellectual heritage.

Photo courtesy of Limbagang Pinpin Facebook page

Source: Limbagang Pinpin Facebook Page

 

City of Balanga Library

Enrich your mind over books this Independence Day and visit the City Library of Balanga. Browse fiction and non-fiction literature. Tickle your brain and check out informative materials on different subjects. It is located at the City Hall of Balanga.

 

Definitely, Bataan shared numerous of historical events in the past.  Truly, it is a place where every history geeks will love. So visit Bataan and show you’re a true compatriot at heart!

 Visit our website to see more historical landmarks in the Peninsula of Bataan. http://www.bataan.gov.ph/tourism/destinations/historical