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.
Jetski or windsurf at Bagac near the white sandy beaches of Montemar, Sun Moon, Fajardo's and Morning Breeze Beach Resort.
Mountain Climbing (Orani, Bataan)
Mt. Natib. Rising at an elevation of 8,000 ft. above sea level, this potentially active volcano offers mountain climbers and nature lovers not only a pleasantly cool mountain air but also a luxuriant growth including some rare plant species and wildlife abundant in the area. It offers a commanding vista of the surrounding provinces. Reaching the mountain's summit takes about four hours. A trail shelter is available for overnight trekkers.
Bataan Nuclear Power Plant (Bagac, Bataan)
This is the only nuclear power plant in the country. Bataan Nuclear Power Plant was ordered in the early 1970s by Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos in response to the energy crisis.
Bataan Economic Zone (Mariveles, Bataan)
The Bataan Economic Zone is a major industrial initiative that takes advantage of the area's easy accessibility to ocean-going vessels. Other major economic complexes are the Petrochemical Industrial Park, Bataan Technology Park, Hermosa Economic Zone and the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority.
Bataan Export Processing Zone (Mariveles, Bataan)
The country’s largest export processing zone, where hundreds of foreign and local companies produce items for export.