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Historical Landmarks

First Line of Defense Marker (Layac)
Site of the first strong defense line of the combined forces of the 71st division of the American forces, 31st and 26th Infantry Regiment, in January 1942. 

Shrine of Valor (Dambana ng Kagitingan, Pilar)
Natural shrine atop Mt. Samat which immortalizes the agony of the Filipino and Americans against the forces of aggression and articulates the Commitment of the Filipino people to freedom and dignity.

Zero Km Death March Marker (Mariveles)
Site of the start of the Death March in Bataan. A similar Death Marker can be found in Bagac.

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Natural Attractions

Dunsulan Falls (Pilar)
An enchanting spectacle in the heart of a forested hill behind the famous Mt. Samat in Pilar. Ideal site for picnic and swimming.

Pasukulan Falls (Abucay)
A natural wonder in the valley of Mt. Natib which remains unexplored and unspoiled. Fresh vegetation abound. Ideal for picnics.

Dinalupihan Natural Parks (Dinalupihan)
An unspoiled forest area ideal for picnics and camping activities with facilities for irrigation and game hunting. The surrounding area is great for day hikes and trekking.

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Historical Churches

Church of Abucay (Abucay, Bataan)
The spiritual ministration of Abucay was entrusted to the Dominicans in 1588. A fierce battle between the Dutch invaders 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 Spanish Alcalde mayor and two Dominican priests were taken prisoners to Batavia. The present church was badly damaged by the earthquake of 16 September 1852. One of the earliest printing press in the Philippines was operated in this town, where as early as 1610, Rev. Francisco Blancas de San Jose, O.P, and Don Tomas Pinpin printed several books in Spanish and Tagalog.

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Celebrate All Year Round

Feast Days
Feast days, or “fiestas” in local parlance, are generally festive celebrations that involve fairs, carnivals, a tiangge (flea market), craft exhibits, amateur song and dance contests, musical shows. On the eve of a fiesta in Bataan, the merriment already begins with a serenata (brass band) concert or contest at the town plaza. On the big day itself, a drum and bugle band marches around the main thoroughfares with the kurakol or kuraldal or sambale (street dancing) strutting along its wake.

Pawikan Festival (Barangay Nagbalayong, Morong)
The Pawikan Festival is celebrated every November 25-31. Many tourists go to this sanctuary during the nesting season and especially during the Pawikan Festival to be able to get a chance to see turtles come up to shore at night to lay their eggs. During the Pawikan Festival, tourists are even able to "adopt a turtle" and personally hold and release a baby turtle into the sea.

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Special Interest, Tours & Outdoor Sports

History Tour
Bataan Peninsula was the scene of bitter fighting between American-Filipino forces and the invading Japanese forces. On April 9, 1942, Bataan defenders surrendered. About 37,000 U.S. and Filipino soldiers were captured. Explore the story of our World War II heroes on a two-day journey into history. What to see: The marker in Lamao where Gen. Edward P. King, Jr. did the initial surrender. Mariveles to retrace the steps of the infamous Death March starting at the Zero Marker. Retrace the jungle hospitals where the American and Filipino nurses served the sick and wounded soldiers. Mt. Samat Shrine in Pilar with a huge memorial cross standing at about 311-ft high. The historic cathedral and its belfry in Balanga used by the Japanese to fire cannons aimed at Mt. Samat.

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