Bataan province can be closely linked to the Philippines unwavering struggle for freedom. More than the natural wonders that it provides, the province is more popular of its role during the Spanish, American, and Japanese periods, and most especially during the World War II.
During the Spanish regime, Bataan was a part of the larger Pampanga province until Governor Pedro Manuel Arandia separated most of its territories and created a new province. Ever since, the province and its people have joined several movements and plots to overthrow the Spanish forces including the great Philippine revolution in 1896. The province gained more recognition or fame by the time the Japanese invaded the Philippines while American and Filipino soldiers valiantly struggled to protect its last stronghold or seat of government at the Corregidor Island known as Bataan battle which lasted for 3 years. The Japanese have succeeded and the “Fall of Bataan” happened in 1942. Bataan was also the final destination of the thousands of soldiers and war prisoners which have eventually died along the way while marching for transfer, termed as the “Bataan Death March”.
People of Bataan are comprised of the Tagalogs, some Kapampangans, and some Ilocanos up north; it is bordered by the West Philippine Sea and Manila on the south. Among its neighboring or bordering provinces are Zambales and Pampanga. Bataan peninsula enjoys a relatively long stretch of beaches, forests, and other natural resources. Aside from Corregidor Island, Bataan is also popular for Mount Samat, Dunsulan Falls, Tarak Ridge, etc.
The province enjoys the same tropical climate which the entire Philippines experiences; a rainy and a summer season. Just like majority of its neighboring provinces, Bataan’s main livelihood thrust is agriculture, livestock or animal production, including fishery.