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If you are in this part of Bataan, do not miss visiting the St. Michael Parish Church. It is one of the oldest church in the whole province...built in 1871 during the Spanish Era.
It is where I spent some of the most important spiritual parts of my life. The setting for countless baptisms, weddings, thanksgiving for my friends and family.
Written Aug 23, 2005
For those who want to visit Orion (or the rest of Bataan) without the hassle of a long land-trip, they may opt taking the ferry.
Sun Cruises Inc. currently offers a one-hour ferry trip from the CCP Complex in Manila to the Port Capinpin of Orion. Fare is P320.00 for adults. Terminal fee may be required and it usually cost P10-P20.
From Manila, the trip schedule is:
Trip schedules change from time to time so it is advised to check it before going to the terminal.
Schedule as of 2006 May 24.
Updated May 23, 2006
Phone: 02 834 6857
I have to check the prices. darn forgetful of me. I'm sure it is still affordable. Probably not exceeding P500.
The Mt. Samat ferry traverses Manila Bay to connect Manila to Orion, Bataan. It has become one of the most convenient way to travel to the province of Bataan, taking only 45 minutes to 1 hour instead of the usual 2 hours or more if you commute by bus or car.
They have daily trips except Saturdays.
Of course, safety first. So if the weather is not really good for crossing, you might find some trips cancelled later on in the day.
This must be the reason why they do not book in advance and tickets can only be availed the same day you would ride the ferry.
Manila Departure is as follows:
I must warn you that they are very punctual with their sched. If you miss a departure by as much as 1 minute, you will find yourself waiting 2 hours for the next one.
Updated Dec 29, 2004
Phone: Manila (02) 555-5290 to 91
Please be informed that ferry (Sun Cruises) is not running for the whole month of August 2006. Manila-Orion and Vice Versa.
Will keep you informed for the changes.
Take the bus...please see transportation tip at my Bataan page.
Written Aug 13, 2006
Favorite thing: This is deep-fried vegetable (usually puso ng saging, mongo sprout or green papaya shavings) coated with batter and topped with shrimps. Crunchy on the outside and soft and juicy from the inside. Delicious when dipped in spicy vinegar. Goes well with "lamig na kanin" (left-over rice...yesireeeeee!)
Fondest memory: My cousins from Canada called this "mud-packed shrimp". :0)
Updated Mar 14, 2007
Favorite thing: I learned only now that this is called "Mantis Prawn" in English. Earlier, I'm very tempted to say it's "Centipede from the Sea"! hehehe. In other provinces, they call it "tatampal" or "palpatok".
Very unusual-looking and others might cringe looking at it but I assure you it tastes good. When harvested in season, the flesh should be pinkish in color, very tender and sweet. Usually steamed...I can compare the taste to a lobster.
Demand is high as the supply is low...you better go to the market early. Costs about Php 120 to Php 180 per kilo.
Fondest memory: For first timers, eating alupihang dagat could be tricky. The technique is to turn the prawn upside down...and with the use of a spoon, push the sides...be careful with your fingers as skin has sharp edges. After both sides has been separated from the flesh, break the tail and pull the skin towards the head. Bingo! you are now ready to eat it's delicious flesh :0)
Updated Sep 27, 2006
Favorite thing: Talibubu is a native dish. It is fish (in this case "tilapia") stuffed with tomatoes, onions, garlic and ginger...salted to taste...wrapped in "alagaw" leaves and then grilled. Some people opt the fried version because it is the faster way of cooking the fish.
The dish is a favorite among picnic goers (including me!) as it is easy to prepare and grilling is fun!
Updated Jul 17, 2006
Favorite thing: Another local specialty, suman is made of boiled sticky rice wrapped in young banana leaves. It goes well with ripe mangoes, "halayang ube" (sweet yam) and/or hot "tsokolate e" (native chocolate).
Updated May 22, 2006
Favorite thing: You can cook so many dishes using "pusit" or what is known in English as "squid". The most popular being gambas, grilled and stuffed.
In Orion, locals' favorite is adobo. Ingredients needed are: squid, vinegar and garlic. Recipe will be coming soon! ;0)
Fondest memory: The squids are washed...teeth and (back)bones removed...taking good care not to rip the ink sac. Yup! we cook the squid with its black ink. It is said that when cooked, the blacker the ink, the fresher the squid...and the better the taste too.
Some people might doubt the appearance since it is reddish and the soup ink black....but I assure you...this one really tastes delicious.
When in Orion, try it and enjoy your stay!
Written Dec 27, 2005
Favorite thing: "Alimasag"...the Tagalog word for crab....is a delicious treat when in Orion. When harvested in season, this crab will give you sweet flesh and yummy "aligi" or fat.
Best enjoyed when eaten "kamayan-style"...using hand...how else?!? And with side dishes like grated green mango, tomatoes and onions!
If "kamayan-style" is not your thing, the flesh could be prepared and cooked as omelets.
Fondest memory: Go to the public market early and try to get the day's fresh produce. Be sure to get hold of those fat crabs as it is very popular and could easily vanish within minutes after delivery.
The price would vary depending on the season. The cost would range from 90 to 120 pesos per kilo.
Updated Dec 27, 2005