Balanga Travel Guide

  • Balanga Cathedral
    Balanga Cathedral
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  • Boundary Marker of Balanga City
    Boundary Marker of Balanga City
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  • Things to Do
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Balanga Things to Do

  • Visit the Surrender Site Marker

    This is a sad little site which needed to be visited by people who tour Bataan. It is located on the back lot of a public elementary school in the center of the city. The location of the tableau is purported to be the location where on April 9 1942, Maj. Gen. Edward King met with Maj. Gen. Kameichiro Nagano to discuss the terms of surrender of the...

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  • Visit the Bataan Tourism Center

    It's worth your while to visit the Bataan Tourism Center for information and a glimpse of the arts and crafts of the province. The staff is very helpful and informative and always willing to share the wealth of information they have regarding their home province. Their enthusiasm shows how proud they are of their rich history and the new programs...

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  • Church Used By Japanese During WWII

    Balanga Cathedral had a significant role during the Japanese Invasion. It was used by the Japanese Army as an artillery emplacement to bombard thousands of Filipino-American troops in Mt. Samat. Balanga Cathedral a.k.a. St. Joseph Cathedral is the seat of the Diocese of Balanga comprised of the entire province of Bataan. The famous former auxiliary...

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Balanga Restaurants

  • Your Favorite Fastfood

    Your familiar fastfood can also be found in Balanga City: KFC, Greenwich, Jollibee, Chowking, McDonalds

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  • Our Original Choice

    Dayrit's was our original choice for lunch, but we somehow got "lost" because of a wrong turn and found it only after we have already eaten lunch. We had wanted to try their steak or crispy pata...I guess, we were spared a heavy dose of cholesterol this traveltime:-)But we made a mental note of the location and promised to be back someday.Though we...

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  • Free Cakes With Meals!

    After our walkout at Max's Restaurant, we crossed the street and went to Central Plaza Mall. There were many choices to go to for our late lunch, but we opted to go to Red Ribbon to have light meal with heavy dessert.Red Ribbon used to sell only cakes and pastries. Then, it diversified and offered meals; they offered free slice of cake for every...

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Balanga Transportation

  • Tricycle

    As in most towns and cities in the provinces, tricycle is the main mode of transportation going around. I noticed that there is a tricycle terminal infront of the City Water District, just across the Central Plaza Mall, and beside the city hall.

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  • Car/Private Vehicle

    It is most convenient to go to & around Balanga City in your own car/vehicle. From Metro Manila, drive through the Northern Luzon Expressway (NLEX); exit at Dau Toll Plaza; proceed to the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX); exit at Dinalupihan; proceed to Roman Superhighway. To go inside the city proper, turn left at Balanga Petron Station from...

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Balanga Shopping

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    by cyndymc Written Sep 22, 2009

    As the name implies, Central Plaza Mall is centrally located in the city, just across the City Hall, City Plaza and Balanga Church. It is small compared to malls in Metro manila, but it houses many shops/boutiques, cinema, restaurants/fastfood, even "tiangge" stalls for cell phone batteries/accessories.

    What to buy: You can buy footwear, clothes, accessories, school supplies & stationery, gift items, medicine, food, groceries, etc.

    What to pay: Depends on what you'll buy.

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Balanga Local Customs

  • Friendly & Helpful Locals

    At the Central Plaza Mall, the food attendant at Red Ribbon patiently gave me directions on how to go to the ladies' restroom in the mall. The security guard of the mall also left his post (but we told him to go back lest he be reprimanded by his superiors) to show my husband the route back to Roman Superhighway.We parked our car in the compound of...

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  • traditional X'mas tree and Belen

    every x'mas season it is traditional to put up decors and lights. this time they'd really thought what to build for people to watch and see while passing by the street. Too bad I didn't capture the life size angels along the streets... when I drop by here. Next time.

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Balanga Warnings and Dangers

  • by rading_ever Written Sep 25, 2006

    If ever you will have to renew your passport, please I beg of you do not suffer the same fate that I did. I let Sky Trans Travel and Tours (Balanga Bataan) to handle my passport renewal. I paid them more than double the required processing fee for passport renewal. Iwas planning to attend the the SINO-PEC convention in China this coming October 2006. But my hopes turned to be a harrowing experience. Since Sep. 02, the date I gave them my passport but to date (Sep 25) they had given me the run around and empty promises when will I get my renewed passport.

    So To All Folk Out There Be careful with This Travel Agency!

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