5/17/2017

3 Most Recommended and Affordable Places to Eat in Bataan

Aside from the historical places you will find in the Province of Bataan, this province is also rich in culinary delights that are only found here! During our recent trip in Bataan where we attended the 7th Araw ng Kagitingan, they took us to the most recommended places to eat around Bataan. Aside from all being delicious, they were also very affordable. 

1. IMA FLORA'S PAMANGAN RESTAURANT - Pilar, Bataan
Address: Gov. J.J. Linao AlaUli, Pilar, Bataan
Phone Number: 0998 564 0275
Open: 7:00 am - 10:00 pm

If you are looking for a  great place to eat lunch, head to Pilar! This restaurant is one of the most visited restaurants in the area. If you love home cooked meals then this is the place to go. Right after attending the Araw ng Kagitingan at Mt. Samat, this was the place where they took us for lunch. 


When we arrived, it was so evident that this place is always busy and popular not just frequented by the tourists but also patronized by the locals. The restaurant also has wi-fi connection and, thank goodness, this place is fully air-conditioned so the diners could eat and enjoy their food in comfort. 


Aside from serving native Filipino dishes, Ima Flora's Pamangan also serves your favorite Kapamnganan dishes which they are known for and  that you would surely love. 


Aside from the delicious food being served here, one factor that encourages people to come here is the affordability of their food. For the buffet price of Php 200.00, you can enjoy the different local and Kapampangan food  which will make you come back for more. 
  
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Ima Flora's Pamangan is also the right place if you are looking for pasalubong or treats to take back home with you. 



At the end of our feast, we also had the privilege to meet the owner of the restaurant, Mam Ima (the one in black) herself during our time of visit. It was a fun start to the afternoon, especially after that satisfying buffet lunch we had at Ima Flora's Pamangan.  



2. CHOCO LATE DE BATIROL - Pilar, Bataan 
Address:Total Gas Station, Roman Super Highway, Alauli, Pilar, Bataan
Phone Number: +639228882873 / 0476331445
Open: 6:00 am - 11:30 pm

You think only Baguio has Choco Late De Batirol? Well, Bataan has one! Also located in Pilar and basically right across from Ima Flora's Pamangan restaurant. If you are craving for a real chocolate drink made from local home grown cacao beans then you have to visit this place. 



They also have local produce for sale in the restaurant. 



As mentioned earlier, this famous chocolate drink is made from 100% local home grown cacao beans. After drying the beans, they turn them into a chocolate powder. 


While waiting for our chocolate drink, I watched the guy who was preparing it. First they boiled the cocoa powder for a long time and put the chocolate into this metallic pitcher and then stir the chocolate using this wooden tool which is commonly called a BATIROL.  




It was thick, it was pure, it was flavorful, and it was one of the best chocolate drinks I've  had for such a long time. It is also best to match your drink with local sweet delicacies available at the Choco Late De Batirol.

Oh! The cafe also serves cold chocolate drinks only if you prefer something similar to frappe. I also heard that this cafe is going to change it's name but remain at the same location. 



So if you are in Bataan and craving for a real chocolate drink, Choco Late de Batirol in Pilar is No. 1 on my list! 


3. THE FOOD PROJECT - Orion, Bataan
Address: Balagtas, Orion, Bataan
Phone Number(04761) 21647
Open: 3:00 pm - 10:00 pm

On our last evening in Bataan, they took us to one of the coolest and hippest place  in Bataan and that is The Food Project. After witnessing the Grand Fireworks Show, we all felt a craving for good food again and so they took us to The Food Project. 




I like how open the place is and the ambiance was quite good. I also admired the little touches and decor hanging on the walls. It really is a cool place and it is trying to make a statement to the people why you should come and dine here.  Of course, their food is something that you must try! 

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Again when I say affordable, literally it was very affordable! At The Food Project you can enjoy a fusion of different cuisines for the price of less than a Php 100.00. Because I was so overwhelmed, I had to their their best seller which is the BABY BACK RIBS! Yipeee! 





While waiting for my ribs, we ordered some Nachos for starters. They were delicious and the servings was very generous. In only a few seconds...Nachos gone! Yum!


Nacho Fries! 



Another must try is the Salisbury Steak! 



And finally, my baby back ribs arrived and I am telling you, it was one of the best ribs I've tasted. It is well seasoned, it was so tender and the meat just fell off the bones. The sauce was flavorful too. It was divine!




As for my drink, I ordered for my favorite Salted Caramel Frappe 


A better way to finish your dinner is by ordering this Chips Ahoy ice cream sandwich as your dessert. 




After an amazing night at The Food Project, the owners showed up to say hello and I couldn't stop myself from commending them for their delicious food and the great service we had experienced in their restaurant.

They may not be the only affordable places to eat in Bataan, but I can assure you, they have one of the best selection of meals in Bataan!




Aside from the beautiful scenery, beaches and rich historical background of the province of Bataan, food tripping is something you must also try and explore in this province. I would personally like to thank Bataan Tourism for showing us these amazing places. I also learned from this visit that you can enjoy good food and it doesn't need to be that expensive. You just have to come to Bataan and try the variety for yourself!



5/15/2017

75th Araw ng Kagitingan - A Salute to the Bravery of Our Filipino World War II Veterans

World War 2 had a great impact on the Philippines. Millions of Filipinos sacrificed their lives for the future of our nation. One event during the World War 2 that many of us won't forget was the Bataan Death March where thousands of Filipino and American soldiers died during the march, 

To pay tribute to the Filipinos who fought in Bataan in defense of freedom and democracy in addition to the bravery and heroism  of our World War 2 veterans, they declared April 9 as a Day of Valor or Araw ng Kagitingan which the people of Bataan consider as Bataan Day. 

In celebration of the 75th Araw ng Kagitingan held at Mt. Samat in Pilar Bataan, we were invited to attend the event where President Rodrigo Duterte would be giving a speech.

We arrived as early as 7:00 am at Mt. Samat National Shrine. So many people were very excited for this event and they also couldn't wait to see the President. I was one of them. 

      
Security was very tight in the area. Each invited guests went through a very thorough check. 


When we arrived at the venue, I met up with some the Filipino World War 2 veterans. These are the people I consider as my true heroes. I also got a little emotional to see them because they reminded me of my Grandfather who is also a war veteran. These are the people who fought for the future of the Philippines. Listening to their stories was both sad and overwhelming specially when they tell stories about the war and their friends who didn't make it during the Bataan Death March. 



The patriotism and the story of bravery and heroism of our war veterans will definitely be passed on to our youth. 


When the Philippine President arrived, He first went to Dambana ng Kagitingan for the wreath laying before he went to the stage for the program celebration. 




Prior to the arrival of the President of the Philippines, they called in a Filipino War Veteran and he clearly described what really happened during the Fall of Bataan, which lead to the Bataan Death March. I was horrified while listening to the story but then again our war veterans didn't give up and fought all the way to the end and that for me was very inspiring. 


Hand salute and with hands on the chest as we all sang with pride the Philippine National Anthem. 


Finally, I saw the President of the Philippines, Mr. Rodrigo Roa Duterte.



Was the President of the Philippines staring at me? 


Governor Albert S. Garcia, was the first one who welcomed everyone to the celebration. 


Though history and events during the World War 2 still live on, countries that used to be enemies are now allies, friends, and are solid trading partners.   

During the celebration the Ambassador of Japan, H. E. Kazuhide also gave his warm message to the people. He then apologized to the Filipino people for the events that occurred during World War 2 and bowed in front of us all which I found very humbling. 


Next to give his message was the Charge d' Affaires of United States of American to the Philippines, Mr. Michael S. Clecheski . 


Photo, Essay, and Oratorical contest winners from different schools around the Philippines where also recognized at this event by President Duterte and Secretary Briones of the Department of Education. 




Commemorative stamps where also presented to the President by Postmaster General Joel L. Otaraa . 


After all the awarding and other presentations, the President of the Philippines Rodrigo Roa Duterte was now called on stage to give his speech. 


Compared to his previous speeches, as we all know, he loved impromptu speeches, this time he was very straight forward and also diplomatic in his speech. Our President also praised our war veterans for their heroism during the World War 2. To end his speech, he mentioned some amendments that he made for the benefit of our War Veterans which pleased many people. 


Right after the speech of President Rodrigo Duterte the Exit of Colors followed and that gave us the opportunity to visit the Dambana ng Kigitingan where the President offered flowers to the brave soldiers who died during World War 2. 







After attending this event, I came to realize that this is not just an ordinary non-working holiday for me. Araw Ng Kagitingan is more than that, especially if you are at a place where a big piece of  Philippine history took place like BATAAN. 

This event is not about remembering the Fall of Bataan and Fall of Corregidor, but to celebrate the bravery of the Filipino people who fought for our freedom and democracy during World War 2.


I would like to thank the Bataan Tourism Office for the opportunity to witness this event along with other travel bloggers and social media influencers. If there is one Province that is serious about promoting their tourism, the Province of Bataan is leading the way!