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Profile of Bataan

Brief Description

Discover the magic with this amazing historical and cultural region, only an hour by ferryboat across the bay from Manila. Until recently not a traditional tourist destination, this province is now proving to be a tourist haven with many exciting places to visit, and a lot of interesting things to do. There is so much to offer in Bataan, culture, beauty, history, in spoilt beaches and a warm hospitality that is truly Filipino.

Brief History

Bataan was established in 1754 by Governor General Pedro Manuel Arandia out of territories belonging to Pampanga and the corregimiento of Mariveles, which at the time, included Maragondon in Cavite across the bay. The province had more than its share of significant historical events. In 1647, Dutch Naval Forces attempting to invade the country perpetrated the Abucay massacre in one of its towns. In the late 1700s, the dreaded Chinese private Limahong used Lusong Point on the western sides as the landing place to launch his conquest of Luzon. In the Philippine Revolution of 1896, Bataan joined the other provinces in Luzon, which revolted against Spanish rule.It was during World War II, however that Bataan attained prominence that would find its place in the annals of world history. Under heavy aircraft and artillery shelling from the invading Japanese forces, the beleaguered Filipino - American troops valiantly defended this last bastion until the "Fall of Bataan" on April 9, 1942.

Adventure Packages

Mt. Natib in Orani. 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. Activities Recommended: Mountain Climbing, Camping, Rapelling. (Morong, Bataan) Bataan Technology Park (former refugee center). Built on a sprawling 300-hectare forest reserve some 180 kms. from Manila, the former Philippine Refugee Processing Center used to host thousands of Indo-Chinese refugees who fled by boat or on foot to seek asylum in the wake of political unrest in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. Now a sprawling light industrial center, the place is ideal for ecotourism adventure travel. It serves as a jump-off point to the mountains around the area. Beach resorts abound nearby. Activities Recommended: Mountain Climbing, Trekking, Caving, Rapelling and History Tours


The climate consists of two distinct seasons: dry from November to April and wet the rest of the year.

Famous For

Dambana ng Kagitingan in Mt. Samat Fine beaches of Morong and Bagac Tinapa (processed fish) Philippine-Japanese Friendship Tower Bataan Nuclear Plant World War II markers Sibul Spring Abucay Church Tomas Pinpin Monument Dinalupihan Nature Center


Bataan is the peninsula in the western part of Luzon that shields the Manila Bay on its south and east from the South China Sea on its west. Zambales and Pampanga form its boundaries on the north.

How to get there

Philippine Rabbit, Genesis, Aladdin regularly have buses plying the Manila - Bataan route. Victory Liner serves Bataan from Olonggapo.


Predominantly Tagalog, in some parts Ilocano. The working population is fluent in both English and Filipino Languages.

Major Industries

Bataan remains basically an agricultural province in spite of the rapid industrialization during the last decade. Mariveles is the site of an export-processing zone that accounts for heavy industry in the province. Cattle and carabao fattening, hog raising and poultry industry, especially broilers and ducks and egg production are some of the promising livelihood programs in the province.

Political Subdivision

Balanga City is the provincial capital and is 124 kms from Manila. The twelve towns lying in its coast integrade 238 barangays and 11 cultural minorities' sitios.


The population of Bataan for the year 2000 is 552,000 based on the growth rate of 2.12% of Central Luzon.

Travel Tips

Light casual clothes are recommended. An umbrella and a raincoat are a must during the rainy season. Adopt to local customs and accept local differences (whether social or cultural). When shopping in a public market, haggle for the cheapest price. Always bring loose change when taking public transport to avoid inconvenience. Tipping is expected for many services. The standard practice is 10% of the total bill. Tipping is optional on bills that include a 10% service change.

Bataan Province City & Towns
(Source: www.mybataan.com)

Abucay is now a developing town. Tourism wise, they have the Sibul Spring, the Pasukulan Falls and the Abucay Catholic Church. Mabatang, its biggest and most progressive barangay, is touted as the Christmas Capital in Bataan for their annual Christmas decoration competition.

Bagac is primarily an agricultural and aquatic area rich in bounty. While other municipalities and provinces are converting agricultural land into other uses, Bagac stands to preserve and utilize whatever prime agricultural land area left to be nurtured.

Balanga City
Balanga is one of the richest towns in Bataan. Agriculture has always been its chief industry. Fishing also provides a steady source of income, especially for those who lived in barrios near the sea or near the rivers Ogon or Talisay. And this is especially true for Sibacan and Puerto Rivas.

The town of Dinalupihan gradually rose to heights. It now hosts provincial government offices of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), NIA, Pag-ibig Fund and the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) that serves Bataan and Zambales public employees.

Hermosa is now a thriving community. With the establishment of the Hermosa Special Economic Zone, many light to medium industries are expected to locate in the area. Hermosa is also famous for their garments, balut and salted eggs, and handpainted jars.

Limay is now a first class municipality in terms of its income, accredited mostly to big establishments exiting in the municipality; consequently, they also have a high employment rate. Mostly engineers, skilled and unskilled laborers, technical men from the province and other towns and cities.

Mariveles is now a first class municipality in terms of its income, accredited mostly to big establishments exiting in the municipality; consequently, they also have a high employment rate. Mostly engineers, skilled and unskilled laborers, technical men from the province and other towns and cities.

Little by little Morong is becoming a progressive town thanks to the men and women of this town who showed their diligence for the improvement and development of Morong. The tourism industry is also on an upswing with the beautiful and untapped beaches of Morong being developed.

Now, Orani is a progressive municipality. Rising from the ashes during the 1930s, it now hosts a lot of establishments and facilities for tourism and trade and industry. The most-awaited event in Orani is the feast day of Sto. Rosario, the patron saint of the town, every second Sunday of October.

The town of Orion has contributed a great man to the country in the form of Don Cayetano Arellano, the first Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, who was born in this town on March 2, 1847. Another hero was Francisco Balagtas, greatest Filipino poet and author of the renowned "Florante at Laura".

With the march of time, the once unknown town has risen to unparalleled popularity here and abroad. This town is noted for the historical landmarks like the Flaming Sword and the Shrine of Valor (Dambana ng Kagitingan). It is visited annually by war veterans from different places on Bataan Day (April 9) to reminisce and honor the past.

To this day, the town remains as serene and as peaceful as it was many years ago, unspoiled by decadent products of uncontrolled commercialization and industrialization and unperturbed by pressures brought about by the ongoing economic crisis.

How to get there

By Land

Take North Luzon Expressway and proceed to San Fernando exit. Take the Gapan-San Fernando-Olongapo road (now Jose Abad Santos Ave.) passing through Bacolor, Guagua and Lubao. After the “Welcome to Dinalupihan” sign turn left at the so-called Layac junction (marked by a WWII monument). Drive along the Roman Highway. Turns are signposted leading to the municipalities of Bataan.

The ultra-modern North Luzon Expressway (NLex) and Subic Clark Tarlac Expressway (SCTex) linking Clark to Subic now makes Bataan even more accessible to more cities, allowing more commuters to reach their destination in no time at all. Enter the province of Bataan via Dinalupihan (via Layac Junction), which is 101 kilometers away from Manila. From there, proceed to the Roman Highway. Turns are signposted leading to the municipalities of Bataan.

By Sea

The province has an extensive coastline with 11 municipalities having marine boarders; there are about 14 tertiary parts, 2 of which are classified as national ports namely Port of Mariveles and Port of Orion.

By sea via ferry from the CCP Terminal in Roxas Blvd, Manila to the Diosdado Macapagal Ferry Terminal in Orion, 22.5 nautical miles or a convenient 45-minute trip will lead commuters to the bustling Orion port. For an affordable fee, one will be able to escape the traffic jam of land travel and feel the refreshing sea breeze and the splendor of Manila Bay.



Bataan is an exceptionally beautiful mountainous province of the Philippines. Located in western Luzon between Manila Bay and the West Philippine Sea, Bataan is known for its rich cultural and historical heritage, warm Filipino hospitality and scenic natural landscapes comprising of lofty mountains with enchanting waterfalls, lush green valleys and exotic beaches. One of the most visited destinations in the Philippines, Bataan is a tourist's delight, offering many important historical sites and an exciting range of recreational activities to its visitors.

Bataan is in the middle of the country’s growth triad of Subic Bay Freeport Zone, Clark Freeport Zone and Metro Manila. It plays a major role in the Central Luzon “W” Growth Corridor, as the region’s industrial heartland due to the presence of anchor industries in the province. It is also a strategic transport route and transshipment point linking SBMA area and other Central Luzon provinces to Metro Manila. It becomes more accessible via the Subic Clark Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX) and North Luzon Expressway (NLEX). The travel time by land from Bataan to Subic takes about 20 to 30 minutes while from Bataan to Clark is 30 to 45 minutes via SCTEX. On the other hand, Bataan going to Manila using SCTEX takes two hours only.

Far from just being stuck in the past, Bataan now is a hub of industry and a growing and important ecotourism destination. For its part, Balanga City, the capital, is becoming increasingly noticed in the international bird-watching circles with three known birding sites: the Sibacan-Lote Bird Site, Pto, Rivas Ibaba Bird Site and the Tortugas Bird Site.

The competitive market value, abundance of skilled workers and the availability of more lands and port areas make Bataan an attractive site for economic zones in the country. The presence of the Freeport Area of Bataan in Mariveles and other industrial zones ensure that the province lives up to the expectations of all its investors as a primary investment capital of the country.

As Bataan positions itself at the center of our country’s economic growth, the men and women of the province are gearing up for the expected creation of new jobs, better labor scenarios, better and more products, and the positioning of the province as the hub of economic activities in Central Luzon. The province has much to offer – a rich culture and history, the beauty of unexplored beaches, a variety of goods and services and a warm hospitality that is truly Filipino.

Galing Bataan!

Galing Bataan is a project which basically aims to develop a common brand to serve as the seal of quality and excellence among local manufacturers in Bataan. It also serves as a significant tool for enrolled manufacturers to be recognized not only in the local market but in the international market as well.
The seal appears on the packages of food products of accredited Bataan food manufacturers and on tags and labels of non food manufacturers. Enterprise enrollees belonging to the non food sector undergo product development while those engaged in food processing undertake packaging and labeling design development. To date there are 40 enrolled SMEs in the program.

Contact Person I Armanda T. Battad
Position I Owner/Manager
Address I Villa Carolina, Pto. Rivas, Balanga City, Bataan
Phone I (047) 237.1154/(047)237.7359/
Email I amandas_marine@yahoo.com.ph
Products I Processed Fish - Dried Fish, Bagoong (Alamang/Isda), Smoked Fish, Salted Eggs

Contact Person I Leonardo L. David
Position I Chairman
Address I Upper Tuyo, Balanga City
Phone I 09213747886
Email I Leonardodavid1145@gmail.com

Products I Veggie noodles

Contact Person I Joselito Cruz
Position I Chairman
Address I Binukawan, Bagac, Bataan
Phone I 09064102551
Products I Cashew nuts and banana cakes

Contact Person I Carmen B. Asprer
Position I Owner/Manager
Address I Villa Carmen, Mt. View, Mariveles, Bataan
Phone I 0917.530.3875 / (02) 251.4557
Email I ichieasp@yahoo.com /

Products I Handpainted Pillows/Bags, Pot Holders, Cellphone Case, Cosmetic Bags

Contact Person I Danilo Panopio
Position I Owner/Manager
Address I Sitio Wakas, Capitangan, Abucay, Bataan
Phone I 0920.673.187
Email I jpsimplybabe7@rocketmail.com

Contact Person I Dennis B. Dizon
Position I Owner
Address I #20 Sarili St., Cupang Proper, Balanga City, Bataan
Phone I 0998.856.8412
Email I dennisfoodproducts@yahoo.com.ph

Products I Shrimp paste, atchara, chili garlic paste

Contact Person I Jovita dela Cruz
Position I Business Manager
Address I Tabing Ilog, Samal, Bataan
Phone I 0922.903.2824
Email I mharvie.hubbard@gmail.com

Products I Tahong Kropek, Crab Kropek, Garlic Flavored Kropek

Contact Person I Marlon R. Pabustan
Position I Owner
Address I Sitio Wakas, Capitangan, Abucay, Bataan
Phone I 09104337030; 09215313457
Email I marlon_pabustan@yahoo.com

Products I Different handicraft e.g. mini bahay kubo, pork & spoon & lamp shades

Contact Person I Reggie Razon
Position I Sales Manager
Address I Mabatang, Abucay, Bataan
Phone I 0939.552.0273
Products I Lasa Brooms, key chains & other handicrafts

Contact Person I Marc C. De Guzman
Position I Owner
Address I #122 Arellano St., Masantol, Orani, Bataan
Phone I 0933.152.7909
Email I marcdeguzman@yahoo.com

Products I Araro cookies, Sansrival, Otap

Contact Person I Milagros Canuto
Position I Owner
Address I P. Sacdalan St., Mabatang, Abucay, Bataan
Phone I 09395821038
Products I Lasa bro

Contact Person I Dona Marie Dacula
Position I Chairman
Address I Poblacion, Morong, Bataan
Phone I 09175649249
Products I Cashew, honey, fruit vinegar and other handicrafts

Contact Person I Ermito Villazor
Position I Chairperson
Address I Nagwaling . Pilar, Bataan
Phone I 09093589032
Products I Banana chips, spicy dilis, sweetpeanut

Contact Person I Gina Mangalindan
Position I Chairman
Address I Tala, Orani
Phone I 09164498383
Products I Ground coffee, & beans

Contact Person I Guillermo Desepeda
Position I Chairman
Address I Brgy. Tanato, Balanga City, Bataan
Phone I 0919.702.4833
Products I Bignay Wine, Cocojam, VCO, Fruit Candy

Contact Person I Evangeline T. Perez
Position I Owner
Address I Bagong Tuklas St., Saysain, Bagac, Bataan
Phone I 09273947816
Products I Cashew products



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