Tag Archives: Bataan

The Province of Bataan

30 Nov

Hello from the City of Balanga, Bataan, Philippines! As usual, today, just like the other day, was B-O-R-I-N-G. I had nothing to do. I just watched television and decorated our house with Christmas ornaments (I’ll have a separate nlog about that). I’d been thinking where else to go so I googled Bataan. I just found out that there were so many beautiful places here. So I was like, “okay, I lived for more than twenty years here and yet I don’t know these places. I should go there. STAT.” STAT is a medical acronym for “now”. I made a new list of places here that I’m going to visit this month or next month or next next month. Whatever! My point is, I’ll visit it no matter what and whenever I want.

•First Abucay Catholic Church (The 411-year old Church)
•Mount Samat – Shrine of Valor (Pilar, Bataan) — yes, I’ll visit it again.
•Zero Kilometre Death March Marker (Mariveles)
•Dunsulan Falls
•Pasukulan Falls (Abucay, Bataan)
•Sibul Spring (Abucay, Bataan)
•Balong Anito (Mariveles, Bataan)
•San Miguel Mountain Peak (Mariveles, Bataan)
•Mariveles Volcano
•Tarak Ridge (Mariveles, Bataan)
•Camaya Coast (Mariveles, Bataan)
•Montemar (Bagac, Bataan) – Montemar Beach
•Villa Imperial Resort (Mariveles, Bataan)
•Baptist Camp Resort (Limay, Bataan)
•Anvaya Cove (Morong, Bataan)
•Morong Hanging Bridge
•Mt. Natib
•Bakas Higante (Morong, Bataan) — I’ve been here so many times but this place is so beautiful. The beach, the rock formations. The place is so peaceful! 🙂

Those are just some of the beautiful places here. So if you’re planning to visit Bataan, just comment here or e-mail and let’s explore our province together. 🙂

Mt. Samat (Dambana ng Kagitingan/Shrine of Valor)

27 Nov

It all started when I made a list of places I’ve want to visit in the Philippines. I called my friend and asked him to come with me and then he invited his cousin(he’s also our friend). So yesterday(Nov. 26), we went to Mt. Samat together with other hundreds of Bataenos for the Diocese of Bataan’s Annual Pilgrimage. It took us almost 3 hours of non-stop walking/hiking before we reached the peak of the mountain.

I’m from Bataan, and I’ve been to Mt. Samat twice but I don’t have pictures. So this’s the third I’m going to the historical mountain in Bataan. The Mt. Samat! As you can see in the pictures, there is a giant cross at the peak of the mountain. This is symbol of heroism of the Filipino soldiers who fought for the Filipino’s independence against the Japanese colonization. Former President Ferdinand Marcos was the one responsible why we, Bataenos, have this historical place. FYI, he’s one of the Filipino soldiers. It is also one of the most beautiful places here in Bataan aside from the beaches, forest, hanging bridge, etcetera.

Aside from the giant cross (also known as Dambana ng Kagitingan / Shrine of Valor), there is also a museum. You can see photos of the World War II, different kinds of guns, bombs and the likes which they used during the war. There is also a big map of the peninsula of Bataan.

It’s not easy going to Mt. Samat. It hurt my feet. I almost had an astha attack. I almost gave up but I still tried. When I reached the peak, there was a strange feeling. A feeling of euphoria. It felt like my dream were coming true. Going to Mt. Samat gave me strength to face the challenges I have to face in life. The only reason I’d decided to go there was to travel. It’s just for fun and adventure. But you know what, this one simple travel of mine to Mt. Samat taught me TWO things:

IF YOU WANT TO REACH THE TOP OF YOUR SUCCESS, YOU HAVE TO WORK HARD AND FACE ALL YOUR PROBLEMS.

and;

NEVER GIVE-UP YOUR DREAM WHATEVER COMES YOUR WAY. 🙂

Sunset

22 Oct

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Yesterday, my cousin and I went to the beach to play volleyball and see the sunset. Here are some of my shots. 🙂