Once restrictions on domestic travel are lifted, we’re sure you’ll be itching to continue where you left off when it comes to your travel plans. 

Right now, you’re probably seeing the MECQ period as some sort of villain hampering your dream getaway this 2021. However, that doesn’t have to be the case. 

You can always just plan everything. That’s the best way to go forward with how things are, after all. So, we suggest you stop beating yourself up and start with the preparations. 

And if you’re still trying to figure out where you should go, why not pick Bataan? Besides being a quick trip from Metro Manila, it’s also home to a lot of historical sites and stunning beaches. 

To make it easier for you, we’ll be curating some of the best below! So, keep scrolling!

  • Dambana ng Kagitingan

Photo from the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA)

Erected on top of Mount Samat in Pilar, Bataan, Dambana ng Kagitingan or the Shrine of Valor symbolizes the heroic struggle of Filipino and American soldiers against the Japanese forces in 1942. 

The mountain served as the last stronghold of the combined forces and is where they took their last stand. Those who survived the fight were then imprisoned and forced to walk from Bataan to Tarlac (Bataan Death March). 

  • Plaza Mayor de Balanga

Photo from Balanga Mayor Francis Garcia’s Official Facebook Page

If that trip on memory lane wasn’t enough to satisfy you, then go straight to Plaza Mayor de Balanga to experience the past yourself! The site, which lies at the heart of Balanga City, will transport you back to the Spanish colonial era with its impressive architectural buildings. 

  • Balanga Cathedral

Photo from Lumang Simbahan’s Official Facebook Page

While you’re in Balanga, you can also visit the famed Balanga Cathedral. It holds the seat of the Diocese of Balanga, which oversees all churches in Bataan.

  • Abucay Church

Photo by JJ Carpio via Wikipedia

Considered as the oldest church in Bataan, Abucay Church was founded by Dominican missionaries in 1588. It’s located in Brgy. Laon in Abucay, Bataan. 

The church is home to the oldest printing press in the Philippines created by the ‘Father of Philippine Printing’ Tomas Pinpin. 

  • Camaya Coast Beach Resort

Photo from Camaya Coast

After that trip down history, we’re probably right to assume that you’re tired. And if you want to relax your weary bones, then the perfect place to visit next is Camaya Coast Beach Resort. 

Situated in Mariveles, Bataan, the beach destination will surely calm your nerves with its stunning blue waters, mountain view, and its almost endless stretch of white sand. 

  • Laki Beach And Five Fingers Cove

Photo from Laki Beach + Five Fingers Cove’s Official Facebook Page

If that didn’t satisfy you, why not go beach hopping at Laki Beach and Five Fingers Cove?. Here, you’ll be able to enjoy lots of water activities. You can even sign up for a tour of the site. 

  • Pawikan Conservation Center

Photo by Ivan Henares

Want to make your Bataan escapade more memorable? Visit the Pawikan Conservation Center in Morong, Bataan!

The center was established in 1999 and is being run by a community of concerned citizens. It’s focused on raising awareness on the conservation of sea turtles and regularly partakes in hatching them for release into the ocean. 

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Image credit: Balanga Mayor Francis Garcia’s Official Facebook Page