Marvel at the storied past of Bataan as this tour takes you to some of the province’s most important shrines, historical sites, and significant markers. This day tour is perfect for those who want to appreciate the history and story behind the magnificent views and landmarks.
From Manila, the first stop is Mt. Samat, where you can find the Mt. Samat National Shrine or what is popularly known as the Dambana ng Kagitingan (Shrine of Valor). This shrine was built to commemorate and honor the fallen soldiers, both Filipino and American, who battled the Japanese forces during World War II.
The most striking feature of the Mt. Samat National Shrine is the towering white Memorial Cross, made out of reinforced steel and concrete, that stands 92 meters tall and the arms at 30 meters wide. This cross stands behind a marble Colonnade where the shrine’s museum is located, with a collection of war memorabilia and other historical artifacts from the bloody Battle of Bataan. From the colonnade and the cross, you will get a magnificent panoramic view of Bataan and nearby Corregidor Island.
From Mt. Samat, you will be taken to the town of Balanga, still in Bataan, where more historical landmarks await for you to explore. As the town is almost synonymous with the war, most of the sites here are built to remember the bravery of those who served and fought during those times. The Bataan World War II Museum houses significant works and memoirs of the battle and is run by volunteers who are war survivors themselves. St Joseph Cathedral is located at the heart of the city so you will definitely have a glimpse of it as you tour the town. Bloody past aside, the Balanga Wetland and Nature Park is definitely a breath of fresh air and home to migratory birds, a mangrove trail, and leisure park.
More than just an important historical town, Balanga holds a lot of surprises for the curious traveler. Check the availability by choosing a date.
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