BALANGA, BATAAN — Families living in Bataan have found creative ways to battle their quarantine fatigue as three municipalities here opened up nature parks and hike trails.
Each of the three venues — Duhat Trail, Cabog-Cabog Nature Park, and Bataanes — boast of breathtaking panorama of rolling hills and mountains, including a view of the Mt. Samat Shrine in the town of Pilar, the landmark edifice of bravery and heroism that is distinctively Bataan.
All of these scenic spots have paved roads that make it easier for the public to access them by cars or thru hiking and biking.
Duhat Trail is located in Barangay General Lim, Orion, approximately nine kilometers away from the capital city of Balanga. It got its name from the lone Duhat tree that stands proud along the side of the road and provides the best view of the area.
15 kilometers away from Bataan City is the Cabog-Cabog Nature Park, a vast and hilly land surrounded by Mahogany trees. It offers spectacular views of Mt. Samat, Mt. Mariveles and Mt. Natib and is perfect for outdoor sports and leisure activities. Each visitor here needs to shell out P20 as environmental fee.
Lots of hikers, bikers and 4×4 enthusiasts from Bataan flock to the trail on weekends where they also go on picnics with their loved ones.
Bataanes meantime is the newest addition to the favorite places to go in the province because of its astounding view of the mountain ranges in Bagac and the shores of West Philippine Sea, similar to the scenery that made Batanes famous all over the world.
Approximately 22 kilometers away from Balanga, Bataanes is located at Barangay San Antonio in Bagac where most resorts and beaches can be found. It is a favorite lair for motorcycle and bicycle riders as well as families out to breathe in fresh air and lots of sunlight.
These venues give out more than just picture-perfect memories for those who come here. The beauty of nature allow them to experience a moment of refreshment so badly needed in this difficult time of the COVID-19 pandemic.