Being a lakwatsero (i.e. one who likes to travel), my Dad decided to celebrate his Birthday with a trip to Bataan to visit Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar located in Bagac, Bataan. Since we’re already in the area, we also visited the Filipino-Japanese Friendship Tower and the Dambana ng Kagitingan (Shrine of Valor) on Mt. Samat.
Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar
Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar is a compound featuring a collection of around 27 architectural treasures built during the 18th to early 20th century Philippines.
A living museum of Philippine customs and traditions are re-born in a community typical of the 18th to early 20th century Philippines.
Filipino-Japanese Friendship Tower
The tower was built by Japanese Buddhists with the cooperation of the Province of Bataan on April 8, 1975 for the victims of World War II and to symbolize the hope for peace.
- Option I: PhP 850/adult, PhP 425/child: Entrance fee + snack
- Option II: PhP 650/person (Children below 5 years old – free of charge): Entrance fee
- Daytour Package 1 Php 1,200/person: Inclusion: Welcome Drinks, 30 minutes to 1 hour guided tour of the heritage houses, Entrance fee and use of beach area, Lunch set, Afternoon snack, 2 bottles of mineral water
- Daytour Package 2 Php 1,500/person: Inclusion: Welcome Drinks, 30 minutes to 1 hour guided tour of the heritage houses, Entrance fee and use of beach area, Buffet Lunch, Afternoon snack, 2 bottles of mineral water
We availed of the Day Tour Package 1.
Dambana ng Kagitingan (Shrine of Valor)
The monument was commissioned in 1966 by Former Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos to “perpetuate for all time the heroism of our race”.
- Entrance Fee: PhP 20/person
- Elevator Ride up the Cross: PhP 10/person
The elevator ride is worth it!
Death March Memorial Marker
Death March Memorial Markers are scattered alongside the roads that follow the 128km Death March route which starts at Mariveles, Bataan and ends at San Fernando, Pampanga.
How to get to Bagac, Bataan
Before my Dad decided to bring the family to Bagac, my sister and I really wanted to visit this place but the parents thought it was too expensive. We decided to plan a visit on our own. (i.e. no car) So I asked my officemates who hailed from Bataan regarding commuting instructions.
Note: We didn’t take the public transportation for this trip since Dad decided on a family road trip.
- Take a Bataan Transit bus to Balanga, Bataan.
- Ask the friendly Bataan Transit driver for directions to the Bataan bus terminal.
- Walk towards the Bataan bus terminal and look for a jeep or bus going to Bagac. Ask the driver to drop you off at Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar.
- The jeep will drop you off at a tricycle terminal near the road going inside the Las Casas compound. Hire a tricycle to get you inside.
If you want to visit the other sites Bataan has to offer, you can inquire at the reception area for transport arrangements.