It was the Halloween holidays and since our family do not religiously practice the traditional cemetery visits, I decided to take advantage of the long weekend (October 30-November 1, 2010) and booked a promo flight to Manila. Where to go upon arriving in Manila wasn’t a difficult decision as the boyfriend has long been raring me to visit him in Bataan.
Bataan has a rich part in Philippine history. Located in Central Luzon, the province is famous for the Battle of Bataan, Bataan Death March, and the controversial Nuclear Power Plant.
Our first stop was Balanga City. We took the Genesis bus from Pasay, travelled for more or less 2 and a half hours and arrived late in the evening but found the Balanga City plaza still teeming with activity by reason of an ongoing comedy show and a horror booth.
Balanga City is Bataan’s capital city. Tricycle is the main transportation and their tricycle drivers are the most courteous drivers I have ever encountered. We were right in the middle of the street taking pictures of the catholic church, and the tricycle drivers were so polite enough to stop and wait out of our way.
We checked in at the Ellison Hotel, a 36-year old hotel as I had overheard, located right at the heart of the city and at walking distance is the city plaza and fast food chains like Jollibee, Chowking, Max’s and the ever reliable MiniStop and 7-Eleven.
The long weekend had just started. The following day was an enriching experience as we visited Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar in Bagac and Mt. Samat in Pilar. Of course, these visits belong to a separate post altogether. Soon. 🙂