Balanga is a component city and the capital of the province of Bataan.
Places of Interest
The following are places of interest, tourist attractions and/or notable landmarks in Balanga.
- Bataan Provincial Capitol – used to be called Casa Real. For about two years, from May 1898 until January 1900, this building was used as headquarters of the Revolutionary Government of Bataan.
- Surrender Site Marker – the place where the signing of the official surrender of the entire Filipino and American forces along with the whole nation, by Major General Edward King, Jr. took place. Done on 9 April 1942, it was done to stop the massacre of the Filipino and American civilians and soldiers by the Japanese military who had the advantage of superior numbers.
- Bataan Tourism Center – it is housed in a two-storey building along with the WWII Diorama, and the Pasalubong Center where once can buy Bataan-made food products, trinkets, handicrafts, and other gift items.
- Plaza Mayor de Ciudad de Balanga – the main city square that is one of the highly visited places by residents and tourists alike especially during night time because of the presence of restaurants and cafes in the area, besides the colorful fountain spectacle.
- Balanga Wetland and Nature Park – the wetlands, grasslands, and thick mangrove forest make the area a rich sanctuary for migratory birds and thus, an ideal hangout, too, for bird watchers. It was made a protected area to secure both the flocks endemic or local birds as well as the migratory ones.
- Saint Joseph Cathedral – built in 1741, it is one of the Seven Pilgrimage Churches that devotees flock to during Lent for Visita Iglesia.
Map of Balanga
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