Travel Guide | Marvelous Mariveles

 

Mariveles is located at the southern tip of the Bataan Peninsula in the Philippines.  The first class municipality which is divided into 18 barangays is about 173 kilometers from Manila.

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Early morning view from Mariveles Baywalk 

Interesting Facts You Might Not Know About Mariveles

  • Founded by a Franciscan Friar in 1578
  • Originally part of Pampanga but declared its independence though The Superior Decree of July 1754
  •  It is the starting point of the famous “Bataan Death March” on April 9, 1942.
  • The first free trade zone in the Philippines was established in its town which was passed in Congress on June 21, 1969
  • Derived its name from ““Maraming Dilis” shortened to Mara-dilis and into Mariveles

Aside from its huge industrial complex of the Freeport Area of Bataan, its Mariveles Baywalk and its historical landmarks which include the Zero Kilometer Marker of Death March and the 1729 Parish Church of Saint Nicholas Tolentine, Mariveles prides itself of having the following wonderful natural attractions tourists can explore:

  • Mount Mariveles

The dormant volcano which lies at the southern end of the Zambalez Mountains in the Bataaan Peninsula, west of Manila Bay. Three peaks familiar to the mountaineering community namely:

  1. Tarak Ridge – most well-known destination on Mount Mariveles with its jump-off point situated at Barangay Alas-sin, Mariveles.
  2. Pantingan or Banayan Peak – can be accessed through Sitio Duhat, Saysain in the town of Bagac.
  3. Mariveles Ridge – jump-off area at Sitio Parca, Mariveles.
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Mount Mariveles as seen from Manila Bay

  • Five Fingers and the other coves

The finger-shaped west side of Mariveles, Bataan where the Japanese troops landed before the fall of Bataan on April 9, 1942. Five-fingers actually comprises six coves namely Talaga, Apatol, Nagbayog, Kinalalakhan, Kutad and Panoypoy. Three more coves follow Panoypoy along the coastline of Mariveles namely Talain, Lusong and Wain where Camaya Coast is situated. One can either trek or ride a boat doing cove to cove exploration.

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Panoynoy Cove, a jeepney ride from Poblacion Mariveles to Porto Circle in Barangay Balon plus merely 20-minute trek

 

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Hawla Beach, nearby beach from Panoypoy Cove
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Talain Cove in Barangay Biaan, a 30-minute trek from Panoypoy Cove in Barangay Balon 
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Talain Falls, an hour and a half of gruelling trek to its destination
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Creamy fine sand of Lusong Beach, a 30-minute boat ride from the shore of Barangay Biaan
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Lower level of Lusong Falls which can be reached within 30 minutes of trekking

  • Sisiman

Just few minutes away from the Poblacion area, Barangay Sisiman shares its own picturesque view of its environment. Points of interest include Sisiman Beach, Sisiman View Deck, San Miguel Rock, San Miguel Lighthouse and the Sisiman Groto.

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View of the bay and the San Miguel Rock at Sisiman View Deck
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The stunning 700 feet high San Miguel Rock mountain

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Sisiman Groto

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San Miguel Lighthouse

Where to eat and stay in Mariveles, Bataan? 

For budget conscious travelers, there are cheap restaurants, resorts and hotels around Mariveles. For more information, you can check http://marivelesbataan.gov.ph/placestostay and http://marivelesbataan.gov.ph/reasortsandrestaurants

How to go to Mariveles, Bataan?

Mariveles, Bataan is three and a half hours away from Manila by car. You can take either the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) or Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (STEX). By bus, there are daily trips going to Mariveles in Cubao, Pasay and Manila.

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TheTraveLad at Panoypoy Cove

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Bagasbas Beach | Daet, Camarines Norte

The long stretch beach of Bagasbas in Daet, Camarines Norte is a famous surfing and kite boarding spot. The Philippine Department of Tourism turned it into a local accredited surfing spot because of the attention it garnered from the local surfing community.

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Early surfers of Bagasbas Beach
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Sun about to rise at Bagasbas Beach

Fine grey sand stretches over Bagasbas Beach with waves of three feet up to eight feet. Best waves come in September to January. Beach is free, food is good and accommodations are cheap.

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View of sunrise at Bagasbas Beach
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Daily morning exercise of Bagasbas residents at the beach
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Volleyball court setting up by beach goers

How to get to Bagasbas Beach?

Take the 8-hour bus ride bound for Daet (Superlines, DLTBCo., or PhilTranco) and get off at Daet town proper or Centro. From Centro, take a tricycle to Bagasbas Beach.

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More on Daet, Camarines Norte? Read previous blog Travel Guide | Daet, Camarines Norte

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Travel Guide | Daet, Camarines Norte

Daet is the capital of the province of Camarines Norte in the Philippines. It is known as the “Gateway to Bicolandia”.  It is a popular surfing spot among surfers worldwide. It is also home to the annual Daet International Aerosports Show.

Daet was derived from the Bicol word dai-daitan which means, close to each otherAccording to the first Bicol Spanish Dictionary Vocabulario dela Lengua Vicol authored by Fray Marcos de Lisboa, it means “to make friend” or “to be reconciled”. The municipality is rich in non-metallic mineral resources such as white clay.

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The provincial capitol of Camarines Norte in the town of Daet

Points of Interest

Most Holy Trinity Cathedral: Built and was inaugurated in 1984. It is also the cathedral of the Diocese of Daet.

Parroquia de San Juan Bautista: Established in 1611, it is one of the first church in Camarines Norte in the region built by the Franciscan Friars.

Oldest Rizal Monument: The first monument in honor of a Filipino hero, Dr. José Rizal which was unveiled on December 30, 1898.

Bagasbas Beach (Featured Image): Famous for its surfing and kite boarding spot with its long stretch of coastline.

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The 405-year old Paroquia de San Juan Bautista church
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First ever Rizal monument

How to go to Daet, Camarines Norte?

From Manila, you can travel by land and take the 8-hour bus ride bound for Daet (Superlines, DLTBCo or PhilTranco) and get off at Daet town proper.

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Some sweet delicacies in Daet

*For places to stay in Daet, many cheap hotels are within the town proper. You can ask for assistance to the municipal office which is just across the oldest Rizal Monument.

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Travel Guide | Tuba, Benguet

Known as the “Gateway to Baguio”, Tuba, Benguet lies at the southwestern tip of Cordillera Administrative Region. It is bounded on the north by the city of Baguio, on the east by the municipality of Itogon, on the south by the province of Pangasinan, and on the west by the province of La Union.

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Sea of clouds and the view of Baguio City on the way to Mount Cabuyao

Tuba was part or the Baguio Township in the early part of 1900 during the American Regime. It is generally considered a mountainous area characterized by irregular rugged terrain and steep slopes.

Points of Interest

Mount Santo Tomas: The highest mountain in the town which soars to 2,252 meters above sea level.

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Spectacular view of the mountain and water reservoir of Santo Tomas
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Vegetation at Mount Santo Tomas

Mount Cabuyao: The shorter mountain beside Mount Santo Tomas where the two large satellite dishes of the Radar Station is located.

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The Radar Station on top of Mount Cabuyao
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Just another fantastic view at Mount Cabuyao

Bencab Museum: Located at Km. 6 Asin Road in Tuba, the museum promotes the arts, and the preservation, conservation and protection of the environment, as well as the culture and traditions of the Cordilleras.

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Museum owned by Philippine National Artist Ben Cabrera
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The garden at Bencab Museum

Bridal Veil Falls: The high falls along Kennon Road in Barangay Twin Peaks.

How to go to Tuba, Benguet?

From Manila, several bus lines ply the Metro Manila to Baguio route with terminals scattered across the metro. It generally takes about 6 hrs to get to Baguio by bus, longer than it would by car due to stops along the way. From Baguio City, numerous public transportation can bring you to its nearby town Tuba.

Notice: Since late last year, the government has stopped tourists from driving up to the community made popular by a television series in Mount Santo Tomas in order to enforce the permanent environment protection order imposed by the Court of Appeals on May 2015. News this August 2016, members of the Benguet board are eyeing to re-open Mount Santo Tomas for tourists. A resolution recently passed on first reading requesting the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to allow tourist to visit the mountain again. (This trip was made possible by a friend’s relative in Tuba)

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Monasterio de Tarlac | San Jose, Tarlac

The Monasterio de Tarlac is a well-known tourist destination in the province of Tarlac in the Philippines. The monastery is located at the 278-hectare Tarlac Ecotourism Park in Brgy. Lubigan, San Jose. It is run by the Servants of the Risen Christ Monastic Community.

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The Admin and Information Office
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View of Mount Damas from Monasterio de Tarlac

Construction of Monasterio de Tarlac started at the end of 2000. The monastery holds a relic of the Holy Cross and is the only one known to possess such in Asia. In 2005, the relic came to the monastery and was enshrined beneath the chapel’s altar in January 30, 2007. The said relic is believed to be part of the cross discovered in Jerusalem by Helena, mother of Constantine The Great.

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The chapel where the relic is located

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Prior’s hermitage

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There is no entrance fee to the monastery and it is open to the public daily from 7:00AM to 6:00PM. Masses are celebrated at 10:30 am daily (except Thursdays) and at 3:00 pm on Sundays.

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Barricade in front of the altar protecting the relic
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Beneath the altar is where the relic of a piece of the one true cross was placed

How to get to Monasterio De Tarlac?

From Manila, take the North Luzon Expressway, exit Sta. Ines Toll Plaza in Mabalacat, Pampanga. Proceed towards north to Tarlac City. Upon reaching Brgy. San Sebastian, take a left turn to the bypass road (Tarlac – Pangasinan) towards the town of Camiling. Follow the 36-km road to Brgy. Lubigan in San Jose, Tarlac (refer to the markers and signs on the road). Travel time takes 2-3 hours if via TPLEX.

Monasterio de Tarlac Information Office  at +63 916 2508414 or landline at +63 (45) 4933002

Featured Photo: Monasterio de Tarlac’s 30-foot statue of the Risen Christ  on top of Mount Resurrection, part of the Zambales Mountain Range.

 

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Ampere Beach | Dipaculao, Aurora

Ampere Beach is located in the municipality of Dipaculao, Aurora in the Philippines. It is a beach where tourists go not for swimming but for its magnificent sight it has to offer. The beach is known for its smooth rocks of various sizes and colors, massive waves and breathtaking view of sunrise.

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Rock formations where massive waves crash every now and then

The beach area is called Bunga Point or Ampere Point, where at a certain time local residents go to Okotan Cave to forecast the weather. The waves, upon hitting the shoreline cave, produce an explosion, the intensity of which, according to local knowledge, determines the intensity of the incoming weather.

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Numerous rocks near the shore of the beach

How to go to Ampere Beach?

Ampere Beach  is approximately an hour travel from the town proper of Baler. From Baler town proper, you can either take a tricycle going to Sabang Beach and from there, hire a motorized banca going to the site or hire a tricycle and take the direct land travel going to the beach.

For direction going to Baler, read previous blog Travel Guide | Baler: Birthplace of Philippine Surfing

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The shoreline leading to Ampere Beach
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The bridge connecting the towns of Baler and Dipaculao

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Travel Guide | Baler: Birthplace of Philippine Surfing

Baler is the provincial capital of Aurora in the Philippines. It is located on the northeastern portion of Luzon on a vast plain at the south end of Baler Bay, an extension of the Philippine Sea. It is known as the “Birthplace of Philippine Surfing” as waves as high as nine feet serves as its main tourist asset for surfing from September to February. It is also home to some magnificent geographic formations and historical sites.

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At the Baler Plaza

Most Popular Spots In Baler

Sabang Beach: Fun waves-not usually big, except during typhoons. The beach is a good site for beginner and novice surfers.

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Cloudy day at Sabang Beach

Cemento Beach: The area produces excellent quality right break waves over sharp reefs. It is one of the spots most frequented by Australian, European and Japanese surfers in Aurora.

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View of Cemento Beach from Ermita Hill

San Luis Obispo Parish (Baler Catholic Church):  Famous for the Siege of Baler in 1898–1899 between the Philippine Revolutionary forces and Spanish troops during the Philippine Revolution and Spanish–American War.

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Baler Church

Doña Aurora Memorial Shrine: The ancestral house of former President Quezon’s wife. The province of Aurora was also name after his wife.

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Inside Doña Aurora house

Museo de Baler: Showcases the province’s artifacts and memorabilia about its culture and history.

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Facade of Museo de Baler

Ermita Hill: It is the highest point of Baler overlooking the entire Baler Bay.

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Tromba Marina, the marker at the foothill of Ermita Hill to commemorate the many lives lost during the devastating tsunami that hit Baler in 1735

Aniao Islets: The stunning rock formations of Diguisit Beach located in Barangay Zabali. It is 15 minutes away from Baler town proper.

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Magnificent view of the islets

Balete Tree: The century old tree in Maria Aurora. It has a huge opening which you can enter.

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The Balete tree in Maria Aurora

Diguisit Falls and Ditumabo Falls: Two popular falls in Baler. The former in Barangay Zabali while the latter in Barangay San Luis which is also dubbed as the “Mother Falls.”

Where to stay in Baler?

For accommodations in Baler you can check here or you may wish to contact Aurora Provincial Tourism Office thru: Mobile: +63 (921) 320-7015 and Email: tourism_aurora@yahoo.com for further assistance.

Pakumbon(L) and Baler Suman(R) : Popular local delicacies in Baler 

How to go to Baler, Aurora?

By Private Vehicle: From Manila, enter the North Expressway at Balintawak and exit at Sta. Rita Bulacan. From there, follow the highway leading to Cabanatuan City, Nueva EcijaFrom Cabanatuan City Proper, follow signs leading to Bongabon until you come to a fork, where you see a sign “to Baler” headed right. Turn right and you will reach the foot of the Baler-Bongabon highway which eventually runs right into Aurora National Memorial Park. After approximately 150 kilometers, you will see the Aurora Welcome Arch. Proceed until you reach the town of San Luis. Stay on the highway until you see the sign going to Baler, and you will be in its town proper within minutes.

By Public Transport: Genesis Transport Bus provides the only direct route to Baler from Metro Manila. Its terminal is located along EDSA in Pasay City.

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