We’ll never forget the World War II and the known Bataan Death March, but you’ll surely not forget when you visit the province with wonderful beaches, High Peak Mountains, preeminent places like Old churches, heritage site and a lot more.
With my day tour at Bataan happened last year, I had visited 3 of the great places in Bataan. First stop, Dambana ng Kagitingan at Mount Samat (or Shrine of Valour). A 73,665-hectare park, built on April 1966. This park is part of the battlefield between the Philippines against the Japanese forces. It is dedicated to our fallen heroes of the Second World War.
This shrine has the World’s Second Tallest Cross. The War Memorial Cross was made of granolithic marble with a height of 92m, the peak of the cross is 555 meters above sea level.
The Base of the cross has a 11m level sculptural slabs titled Nabiag Na Bata by Napoleon Abueva. Showcasing important historical figures and events like Jose Rizal’s execution, Lapu-Lapu, Antonio Luna, the People Power and more.
Behind the marble-clad altar is a three religious stained glass murals designed by Cenon Rivera and executed by Vetrate D’Arte Guiliani of Rome, Italy.
Now on our 2nd stop is the Bagac Church or Saint Catherine of Alexandria Parish. It was made out of aged old stones with vintage structure design that was built 1872 by the Spanish Friars.
It’s adobe walls and coral blocks are still visible up to now and highly maintained by the parishioners. See Photos below inside of the church.
Finally, the highlight of my tour, Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar. It is a take back to the 18th Century of the Philippines, bringing country’s historical architectures and showcasing the Filipino history and craftsmanship.
Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar is a Spanish-Filipino Heritage site located in Bagac, Bataan. It brings you the Philippines’ Heritage houses. Every brick, tile, window and door were travelled far from North, South, and Manila all the way here on this precious heritage site. Meticulously reconstructed and reassembled each piece so that they can preserve the beauty of our past and the history within.
Doing a heritage walk with over 30+ attractions inside the site, you can feel the pride of our past. Check out my exclusive photos of the antique and preserved Casas around the site.
A business and a developer, Mr. Jerry Acuzar, conceptualized the site, and re-built old casas to preserve the beauty and celebrate the pride of the Philippine-Spanish heritage.
They have tour guides that will lead you to different Casas, tour schedules start at 08:30AM onwards with 30-minute interval. Tour guides surely know everything about the Casas. Not that just you will know how or when it was made but you’ll also know the history within. Two of their casas will let them welcome you, Casa Binan and the photo above, a peek inside of Casa Hagonoy.
The photo above is a bridge that will connect you to Plaza Maria and Plaza Marcelino.
This Lola Basyang sculpture of the famous picture of Ang Mga Kwento Ni Lola Basyang.
Here’s a little Fact. Did you know? Lola Basyang was actually a man. It was the pen name of Severino Reyes.
The materials used in the reconstruction of the Mexico house came from the salvaged materials bought from a junk shop. The house was built based on an old photograph which the owner used in reconstructing the house.
On the doors of Paseo de Escolta, You can buy goodies from Bataan and Las Casas souvenirs. They have Fotografia dela Escolta, you can have a colonial regalia in sephia and coloured photo.
While in La Panaderia, they are serving Monggo ensaymada and classic spanish bread and a lot more.
With my day tour here at Las Casas, here are 6 Tips when you visit this site:
1st – Join the Tours with the tour guide, they all know everything about the Casas inside. Plus, you’ll get a lot of details and Fun Facts.
2nd – For Food, Better bring some snacks and drinks in your cars. Their Restaurant, and Cafe shop are a little bit pricy, but it’s up to you if you want to taste their deli’s.
3rd – Head over to their Pasalubong section located at Paseo de Escolta. They have Bataan’s best delicacies.
4th – They have free use of their swimming pool, even for day tour guests. So better bring your swimming attires.
5th – Bring some umbrellas, it’s for your protection either from the sun or from the rain. Or better yet, enjoy the rain inside the Site.
6th – Enjoy each spot of the Casas, all are very instagrammable and you can enjoy lots of photo-op inside the site. No one will stop you, just grab your friends and do that instagram pose!
Speaking of Instagrammable spots, here are my exclusive photos, from 3 different places I have visited.
My tour here at Bataan was extremely daunting! Well, I get to see through my naked eye the history of it. Bataan has written and told stories to appreciate for. The Province is worth a visit!
With its love for the history and with nature you’ll surely be proud of our past. Bataan is preserving our history along with its learning and beauty.
No wonder, it is the History hub of the Central Luzon!
Check and visit Bataan’s official website, here.
You can find the accommodation, entrance fees, the tours and a lot more at their official website Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar.
Dambana ng Kagitingan (Shrine of Valor) Mt. Samat National Shrine
Barangay Diwa, Pilar, Bataan
Contact Number: (02) 911-4296
Operating hours: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Everyday
Entrance Fee: Php20.00
Saint Catherine de Alexandria Parish Church
Bagac, Sta. Catalina, Philippines
Open to Public
Las Casa Filipinas de Acuzar
Brgy. Ibaba, Bagac, 2107 Bataan
Phone:(02) 332 5338