Facts about Bataan bared

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  • Greg R.
  • 5 years ago

BALANGA CITY, Bataan – Did you know that the first settlers of Bataan were the Aetas? Did you know that Governor General Pedro Manuel de Arandia founded the province on January 11, 1757? And did you know that the first capital of Bataan was Cabcaben and not Balanga?
Those are the facts that were made known to Bataeños only during the Bataan Historical Symposium held Thursday at the Bataan Peoples Center as one of the highlights of the first celebration of the 262nd Bataan founding anniversary.
Bataan First District Rep. Geraldine B. Roman spearheaded the historical research on how this province came about and filed a House Bill to make January 11 an official non-working holiday in Bataan. Second District Representative Joet Garcia also filed a similar bill. Said bill was signed into law by President Duterte recently.
At the symposium, invited guest speaker Cornelio Bascara, a professor at the University of Sto. Tomas who is a native of Barangay Mabatang, Abucay, Bataan, detailed this province’s progress from the time before the Spaniards came.
He said it was the Spaniards who started building roads, bridges and churches near rice fields and river banks to sustain livelihood for the community. “Noong dumating na ang mga Kastila, pinaghati-hati na ang mga lugar at nagkaroon nga ng Partido de Bataan na kung saan naging parte ito ng Pampanga,” Bascara said.
Congresswoman Roman said she thinks of having a Bataan Center similar to other provinces like Pampanga where anyone can find documents, artifacts and archives about the province. She said this can be realized soon with a tie up with other concerned agencies like the tourism, historical commission and the DepEd.

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