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Plaza Mayor de Ciudad de Balanga, Balanga City, Bataan



You can further enjoy your stay at The Plaza Hotel with a wide range of historic tours and sporting activities within Balanga City and its surrounding areas.


bikeMountain Biking
Experienced mountain bikers can enjoy the rugged terrain of Bataan. Bataan Trail Riders and Adventurers Network, a local mountain biking club, will be more than willing to take visitors on a tour of Bataan's trails.

Fall of Bataan Marker
Located at the Capitol Compound, the marker is dedicated in memory of Filipino and American soldiers, as well as civilians, who fought and died side by side in the defense of democracy.

Surrender Site Marker

This monument marks the exact spot where Filipino and American soldiers in Bataan, after 3 months of relentless siege by invaders, were finally surrendered to the Japanese Imperial army on April 9, 1942. Major General P. King, Jr. of the United States Forces in the Philippines (USFIP) in Bataan ordered each unit and soldier to lay down their arms to avoid further loss of lives. More than 75,000 were captured and had to suffer the horrors of the Death March.




churchBalanga Cathedral

Formerly known as St. Joseph Cathedral, the belfry was used as a site for Japanese artillery emplacement to attack Mt. Samat, where the Filipino-American troops made their last stand.

Balanga City Wetland and Nature Park

The Balanga City Wetland and Nature Park, which is approximately 11 hectares, serves as an outdoor recreational area for picnics and bird-watching. The Department of Tourism has recognized Balanga City as one of the newest bird-watching sites in the Philippines. There are 80 species of birds – most of which are migratory – found in the city from August to March. Balanga has been a yearly stopover of these migratory birds, thousands of which come from Canada, China and other countries. In 2013, more than 25,000 birds were counted. Every December, the city of Balanga celebrates the "Ibong Dayo Festival" to recognize the different species migrating to Balanga City Wetland and Nature Park.









Other Places to visit in Bataan



Death March Marker
The statue commemorates the defiant spirit of Bataan, where Death March marchers passed on their way to the prison camp.
Orani Church
The Orani Church, also known as the Nuestra Senora Virgen del Rosario, was built in the 18th century. It is the biggest church in Bataan. The original structure, made out of nipa leaves and bamboo and constructed on the founding site in the 1600s, was modeled after the primitive types: open on all sides, thatched roofed held by columnar posts of molave wood and equipped with bamboo benches. The chapel was later made bigger and reconstructed with adobe and stone as well as sturdier roofing material.


Tomas Pinpin Monument
This monument was built in memory of Tomas Pinpin, the first Filipino printer. It was in Abucay church where Tomas Pinpin co-authored and printed the earliest books in the country with Fr. Blancas San Jose in 1610.
Sto. Domingo Abucay Church
Built in the 16th century, this is one of the oldest churches in the Philippines. The Abucay Church is a National Historical Landmark. A battle between the Dutch invaders and the Pampango defenders was fought in this area on June 23, 1647. Nearly 200 Pampangos were put to death, and 40 others, with Spanish Alcalde mayor and 2 Dominican priests were taken prisoners to Batavia.

Main Battle Position (Abucay-Morong line)
Located at St. Antonine of Florence Church, this marker indicates the Abucay-Morong Line that was assaulted by the Japanese on January 9, 1942 and abandoned by Allied forces on January 25.

You can further enjoy your stay at The Plaza Hotel with a wide range of historic tours and sporting activities within Balanga City and its surrounding areas.
Maria Canon Statue
This monument was built in 1970 by by Mie-kin Daichi Shichmucho of the Japanese Sohtahsih sect. It was erected for the repose of the many World War II dead souls on the fields of Gabon, Abucay.


Zero Kilometer Mark in the Death March
This marks the start of the death march of Filipino and American prisoners of war in 1942. This also marks the beginning of Japanese control over the nation.
Battle of Toul Pocket Marker
Heavy fighting took place in this area resulting from enemy infiltration to the rear prior to the deployment of troops on Pilar-Bagac line on the last week of January 1942. The enemy was pocketed and the ensuing engagement became known as the Battle of Toul Pockets fought from January 27 to February 17.

Philippine-Japan Friendship Tower
Inaugurated in April 8, 1975, this monument symbolizes the renewed friendship between Japan and the Philippines after events of World War II.


Lamao WW II Marker
The marker was erected in 1962, exactly twenty years after Gen. Edward King signed the papers that signaled the surrender of the whole nation to the Japanese. Today, the marker stands still to commemorate the courage and bravery shown by the Filipinos during the Second World War.


Flaming Sword
Inaugurated on April 8, 1967, this landmark depicts a hand holding a flaming sword up in the air. It symbolizes the Filipino patriots' courage and gallantry as they face the adversary and threats to their democracy and freedom.
Final Battle Site Marker
This was erected to commemorate the courage and heroism shown by the defenders of Bataan province despite the hunger, disease, danger and death brought by World War II.

Mt. Samat
Mt. Samat is a historic mountain, which was the location of the most heroic defensive battle during World War II.

Shrine of Valor (Dambana ng kagitingan)
The Shrine of Valor, located atop Mt. Samat, immortalizes the agony of Filipino and American soldiers in their struggle for freedom and independence against the Japanese forces during World War II. It consists of a Colonnade and A Memorial Cross. The Colonnade is a marble-capped structure with an altar, esplanage and museum. The Memorial Cross stands at 311 feet high.

Mt. Samat Zipline
This 540-meter zipline is the longest in Luzon. It starts at the Mt. Samat Firing Range with a breathtaking view of the mountain and rice paddies below. The zipline ends at the Dunsulan falls.


Pawikan Festival
The Pawikan Festival, held every November 29-30 in Brgy. Nagbalayong, Morong, was organized to generate public awareness on the importance of endangered baby Olive Ridley turtles (Lepidochelys Olivacea are the smallest in the world) in our ecosystem. The celebration is highlighted by a ceremonial releasing of Pawikan hatchlings in the blue waters of South China Sea. Other activities are held during the festival - street dancing competition, trade fair, beach volleyball, graffiti painting contest, sand castle making contest, coastal clean-up project and seminars.