Mariveles: Sisiman, More than just a Stopover
Ten years ago when I first had a chance to visit the town of Mariveles in Bataan. At that time, there was a serious traffic jam due to the highway construction, and we had to go to the alternate route of Baseco Road. Our disappointment due to traffic turned to excitement when we saw the small fishing village of Barangay Sisiman. The rustic town combined with its panoramic background is so breathtaking that people passing by would be tempted to stop by to glimpse its beauty.
SAN MIGUEL PEAK
The first thing that will be noticed is the eye-catching rock mountain called the San Miguel Peak. It has a height of 700 foot (213 meters) above sea level and is a popular site for rock climbers wanting a rappelling adventure. A trail was built to those who want to reach its summit. Even the local children are offering visitors to be their guide. We weren’t unable to climb because of limited time (remember, this is just a stopover) but it’s enough that we saw its beauty.
On the other side, there large pieces of rocks scattered around the site. According to the locals, they are debris made by the Japanese invaders who blasted the site to hide their treasure. Remnants of the tubes buried beneath the mountain can still be seen.
SISIMAN GROTTO AND BEACH
Opposite the San Miguel Peak, a grotto is built. One must climb at least two hundred steps to reach it. At the top, a spectacular view awaits those who endured – among which can be seen are the houses and factories in Mariveles, the island of Corregidor, the vastness of the sea and Mount Mariveles. This is the reason why it’s frequented by the locals, especially during sunset when the cool breeze blows.
Here’s a 360 photo by Christian
Post from RICOH THETA. – Spherical Image – RICOH THETA
OLD AND NEW LIGHTHOUSE
At the lower part of the barangay are the cottages neatly lined up. Though some parts are a bit rocky, it is an ideal swimming place especially if coming from the mountain hike. By sunset, the usually quiet place is filled with sounds of videoke singing from the rented cottages.
Not far from here is the newly-built lighthouse. I was surprised at first because as what I remembered, this is not the lighthouse that I photographed the last time. But I soon learned that the old one was unfortunately damaged beyond repair by the strong waves, and a new one was rebuilt.
We waited until dusk, but because of the obscuring clouds, we weren’t able to see the sunset.
After our stopover, we proceeded with our voyage. And I promised myself that by next time, we will be having a stopover here for a longer time.
Take the NLEX and exit at San Fernando. From here, take the Bataan Provincial Highway/Roman Superhighway going to Mariveles. Before reaching the town proper, turn left at the Baseco Road going to Barangay Sisiman.
From Cubao, take a bus going to Mariveles (Genesis Bus or Bataan Transit). Tell the conductor you will be alighting at the BASECO. From here, take a tricycle going to Sisiman.
- Cottage: PhP150 – 250
- Parking: Free (You can ask the kids to watch over your vehicle, and give them a tip upon leaving)
This is the nearest place going to Corregidor. You have to obtain a special permit to visit the island, so please go to the barangay hall for information how to get there.