Hey, it’s October! And do you know what that means? Halloween is just a few weeks away, Christmas is in two months and… we’re getting ahead of ourselves. Before we get to all of that, let’s start October right with a new article series here on looloo iNSIGHTS!
Starting this month, we’ll be doing what we’ll call the 5 Things to See And Do articles. Every month, two towns or cities from one province will be featured here on iNSIGHTS. We’ll tell you how to get there, what places you can visit, and even where to eat!
With more than 7,000 islands here in the Philippines, there’s just so much to explore and discover and it’s our job to help you do just that! So without further ado, we begin this series with the 5 things to see and do in the town of Morong in Bataan!
Commuter’s guide to Morong
Unfortunately, there are no buses that travel directly to the town of Morong. One way you can go about it is by taking a bus to Olongapo. Get off when you reach the Harbor Point Mall in Subic. You’ll find the mini buses or jeepneys headed for Morong near the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) gate. These will take you to the Morong town proper.
You can also get to Morong via the provincial capital of Balanga. Take a bus headed for Balanga and alight at the Balanga Terminal. This is where you can find the mini buses and jeeps that you can ride to Morong.
What you can do in Morong
Morong is mostly known for its many beach resorts that you can relax and unwind in. But if that’s not your thing, this town still has so much to offer, especially if you’re into outdoor activities!
1. Go beach hopping
But before we get to all of that, let’s start with what makes Morong popular among tourists: its beaches! And the best part about them is that they’re budget-friendly! Resorts like Bataan White Corals Beach Resort and Hotel, The Waterfront Beach Resort, and Brizo Hotel Beach & Resort offer day tours for as low as ₱300 to ₱350.
If a longer trip is what you’re after and you just want to enjoy the best that nature has to offer, why not stay at Playa La Caleta!
An eco-tourism resort whose name translates to “beach cove”, Playa La Caleta is rather secluded and will help you disconnect from the rest of the world rather literally because of the lack of cell service. It offers water activities such as kayaking, snorkeling, and even windsurfing! If that’s not your cup of tea, you can also go hiking, mountain biking, or play sports such as beach volleyball and football.
2. Visit the Pawikan Conservation Center
Did you know that Morong, Bataan is actually a nesting site for pawikan or sea turtles? You’ll find it at the Pawikan Conservation Center, which aims to protect these sea creatures and raise awareness among the public.
Time your visit during the months of August to February because these are the nesting months for the female pawikan! If you’re lucky, you can even adopt one or help release baby sea turtles back to the sea!
“We even got to touch and carry an adult pawikan, which was very heavy. But he was absolutely beautiful!” April H. says of her experience in her looloo review. “I’m happy that they are fighting the good fight and raising awareness to make sure these animals don’t become endangered.”
The Pawikan Conservation Center can be found in Purok VI-Aplaya, Nagbalayong, Morong, Bataan.
3. Eat at Loleng’s Hutieu-an
Back in the 70s and 80s, Vietnamese refugees fled to the Philippines to escape the Vietnam War and found a home at the Philippine Refugee Processing Center (PRPC) in Bataan. While the PRPC has since closed down, one of the places that serves as a reminder of the refugees and their culture is Loleng’s Hutieu-an.
Opened in the 90s by a Filipina who worked at the PRPC and learned to cook Vietnamese cuisine from the refugees, Loleng’s Hutieu-an is most known for the Hu Tieu, a type of noodle dish made with pork stock, rice noodles, and assorted toppings. Loleng’s version of the Hu Tieu comes with pork or chicken slices, toasted garlic, leeks, and mung beans.
In her looloo review, Yen D. says that the “salty-sweet-spicy flavors found in every spoonful is the perfect companion on a rainy day or during times when you are under the weather.”
Loleng’s Hutieu-an can be found on Mayor St., Binaritan, Morong, Bataan.
4. Hike to the Kairukan Falls
Bataan has no shortage of hidden gems that are waiting to be explored, discovered, and preserved. One such hidden gem is the Kairukan Falls, which can be reached after a two to three-hour hike.
The hike to Kairukan Falls begins at the jump off point at Sitio Kanawan. However, the trail will end around 500 meters away from the waterfall so be prepared to do some hiking upstream.
It might sound daunting to some but we promise that the 150 feet tall waterfall is worth all the effort! The Kairukan Falls flows into a deep pool that’s around 30 feet in diameter, making it perfect for a short swim.
Kairukan Falls can be found in Sitio Kanawan, Barangay Binaritan, Morong, Bataan.
5. Visit the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant
The Bataan Nuclear Power Plant remains to be our country’s first and only nuclear power plant. After its construction was completed in the 80s, controversies, protests, and siting issues kept the power plant from being operational.
Today, the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant remains unused but is open to scheduled guided tours.
Security in the power plant is very tight and a reservation is required before you can enter the premises. You will also be required to pay an entrance fee.
The Bataan Nuclear Power Plant can be found on Napot Point, Nagbalayong, Morong, Bataan.