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A Two-Wheel Traveler’s Haven: Bataan re-identifies itself beyond its historic battlefields

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While Bataan is renowned for its historic World War II battlefields, there’s more to explore beyond the solemnity of Araw ng Kagitingan on April 9. Motorcycle aficionados can rev up their engines for a stylish ride through the picturesque countryside of the province.

The Oriental Hotel and Resort in Mariveles beckons riders with the enticing Explore Bataan promo. With room rates starting at P3,888 for deluxe cellar and P4,888 for deluxe executive, the package includes breakfast for two and a 10% discount at the Cocoon Restaurant and Forest Grill.

After a long ride, road trippers can indulge in pampering at the circular pool and enjoy signature massages at the Asian-themed spa.

For those seeking unique experiences, The Oriental has partnered with tour operator Aura Mosca, offering guests customized itineraries that blend nature, adventure, culture, and cuisine.

If you prefer a DIY adventure, here are some must-see and Instagram-worthy spots in Bataan:

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1. First Line of Defense Monument: A larger-than-life tableau at Layac Junction in Dinalupihan, depicting the USAFFE 38th Infantry Division, the first line of defense against Japanese attacks in 1941.

2. Bataan Tourism Center: Located in Balanga City, this one-stop government information center features a diorama, mini-museum, audio-visual room for war documentaries, and a pasalubong store.

3. World War 2 Surrender Site: Inside Balanga Elementary School, where Filipino and American troops surrendered to the Japanese on April 9, 1942, depicted through life-size bronze tableau and a war museum.

4. City of Balanga Wetlands and Nature Park: A 34-hectare mangrove forest habitat for 9,500 endemic and migratory birds in the Manila Bay wetlands.

5. Dambana ng Kagitingan: Bataan’s iconic World War 2 memorial complex with a 92-meter concrete cross and a war museum on top of Mt. Samat in Pilar.

6. Death March Km Zero: A memorial plaza in Mariveles where 70,000 Filipino and American troops began their grueling 100-km walk to their prison camp in Capas, Tarlac.

7. Five Fingers Cove: A series of picture-perfect coves accessible by outrigger boats from Panoypoy Beach boat station.

8. Morong: A coastal town known for its fine sand coastline, sea turtle conservation center, Spanish-era Our Lady of the Pillar Church, and the intriguing Bataan Technology Park with structures reflecting the Oriental way of life.

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