Formerly a barrio of nearby Abucay, Balanga was created as a Franciscan mission in 1739. When Bataan became a province in 1757 out of territories belonging to Pampanga, it was made the provincial capital.
Balanga has been made a city since 2000, but it still has a large town feel. The city remains reliant on agriculture, most areas in town are residential, and the city proper is much typical of many small Philippine cities. Balanga is also the educational center of Bataan, and houses the main campus of the Bataan Peninsula State University.
Most buses arrive at a common terminal at 1 Balanga Transport Mall. along the highway, but the large bus companies like Bataan Transit, Genesis Transport, and Victory Liner arrive at their own terminals not far away from the downtown.
Balanga is along the Roman Superhighway, as well as an older route which passes directly through the downtown.
Balanga has a small downtown area, and is easily explored on foot. Sights within downtown are not far apart. To get into the wetland park, you can take a tricycle.
See and do
- 1 Balanga Cathedral (Diocesan Shrine and Cathedral of St. Joseph). Built in 1793, this church was used as an artillery embattlement by the Filipinos during the Battle of Bataan. The cathedral is declared a National Historical Site since 1940.
- Balanga City Hall. A Neoclassical building which houses the city government offices. Beside the main building is a preserved water tower, and at nighttime, it is flooded with light
- Balanga Wetlands (Balanga Nature and Wetland Park). A wetland area along Manila Bay which sees migratory birds annually.
- Bataan Provincial Capitol. Rebuilt from an older building destroyed during World War II, it has a historical marker commemorating the fall of Bataan in 1942, and the struggles of Filipinos and Americans to defend democracy.
- Bataan World War II Museum.
- Balanga Public Market.
- Capitol Square, Capitol Drive, Capaning.
- Galleria Victoria, Paterno Street, Poblacion..
- 1 Elison Hotel, Aguirre Street, Poblacion.
|Routes through Balanga|
|Dinalupihan/San Fernando ← Abucay ←||N S||→ Pilar → Mariveles|