BATAAN TECHNOLOGY PARK INC.
Bataan Technology Park, a 365 hectare of land along the rolling hills
of the Morong Special Economic Zone in Bataan overlooking the South
China Sea , is the former site of the United Nations Philippine Refugee
Processing Center. It is now conceived to become the growth nucleus for
knowledge-based industries that will propel the Philippines towards
being the next hub for high technology innovation and applications
development, especially in information technology (IT) and its related
industries, in the Asia-Pacific Rim.
from the proposed Economic Zone to be developed on this area, there are
existing Dormitories and accommodation facilities which are also ideal
for conferences and team buildings. The shrines and monuments left here
served as witness of man’s courage to endure the triumph even in very
HISTORICAL LEGACY AND PLACES OF INTEREST AT BTPI
landscaped park at the heart of what used to be the administration
complex of the Philippine Refugee Processing Center, Freedom Plaza was
one of the first sights that greeted the thousands of refugees from
Indochina who were fortunate enough to arrive in Bataan. For those
Indochinese refugees and asylum-seekers, this airy and open plaza
became a symbol of safety, freedom and a new beginning. Freedom Plaza
now adorns the administration center of the Bataan Technology Park.
the map of Indochina, this stone marker was put by the refugees who
stayed at the Philippine Refuge Processing Center to remind them of
their home countries. From 1980 to 1994, the PRPC hosted more than
350,000 refugees from the Indochinese peninsula- Vietnamese, Laotians
and Khmers from Cambodia. Over its 14-year existence, the Center was
home to some 18,000 refugees and asylum seekers at any one time.
BUDDHIST TEMPLE I
huge image of the Buddha is located in one of two Buddhist temples
built in the Philippine Refugee Processing Center. It was hand-made by
the refugees who lived in the Center. Those refugees came from Vietnam,
Laos and Cambodia, countries where Buddhism was – and still is – the
main religion. In Vietnam today, for instance, over 70% of the
population are either Buddhist or strongly influenced by Buddhist
BUDDHIST TEMPLE II
two icons mark another Buddhist temple, an open-air haven which the
Vietnamese refugees who stayed at the Philippine Refugee Processing
Center built on a quiet spot overlooking a river. Guarded over by these
imposing Buddhist images – a meditating Buddha and a female Bodhisattva
or saint – this temple must have been a favorite “meditation corner”
for many of the Vietnamese, Lao and Khmer refuges who used to call this
area of Bataan home.
who came from Laos, now known as the Lao People’s Democratic Republic,
built this monument, one of the most ornate landmarks in the Philippine
Refugee Processing Center. It was built in honor of Luang Prabang, the
ancient capital city of the Lan Xan kingdom. According to Laotian
legend, Luang Prabang was first named Muang Swa after King Khun Xua who
ruled Laos in the eight century. It was later renamed Xieng Dong and
Xieng Thong. During the reign of King Pa Ngum, from 1354 to 1372, the
two cities of Xieng Dong and Xieng Thong were united and given the new
name Luang Prabang after thr gold image of Buddha, the Phrabang.
of the refugees who came to the Philippine Refugee Processing Center
arrived in the Philippine aboard rickety, wooden boats. Desperate to
escape political, social and economic persecution in their home
countries, these refugees dared to cross dangerous seas aboard these
flimsy vessels – often with nothing more than the shirts on their backs
– in search for a better life and a brighter future for themselves and
BLESSED VIRGIN MARY
image of the Blessed Mother is one of the surprises that await visitors
to what was once the Philippine Refugee Processing Center. Although the
PRPC, over its 14 – year existence, hosted over 350,000 Indochinese
refugees, most of whom were Buddhist, it was also home to a few Roman
Catholic Vietnamese refugees. These Vietnamese Catholics, who
represented the minority, both at the Center and in their home country,
built this monument to thank the Blessed Mother for their safe arrival
in the country.
by the Khmer refugees from Cambodia, this monument is reminiscent of
the ancient temples that dot the Cambodian landscape, particularly in
Angkor. Thse temples, built from 879 to 1191 AD, when the Khmer
civilization was at the height of its development, represent some of
mankind’s most astonishing and enduring architectural achievements.
by Khmer refugees, this monument is a replica of the Bayon, the state
temple built by King Jayavarman VII at the Angkor Thom. Copying the
temples at the Bayon, this monument shows four faces in the four
cardinal points of the compass.
by the Vietnamese refugees who came to the Philippine Refugee
Processing Center, this monument salutes the best of Vietnam’s culture.
It showcases the influence of Buddhism, Confucianism and Taoism, the
three great religions that helped shape Vietnames culture. At the same
time, it symbolizes the strong sense of community that has allowed the
Vietnamese to resist being assimilated by foreign cultures.
by the Khmer refugees who came to the Philippine Refugee Processing
Center, this monument was inspired by the magnificent temples of Angkor
Wat in Cambodia. It is a humble representation of the more than 100
temples that still stand at this ancient Cambodian city, the surviving
remains of a grand metropolis from where god-like kings once ruled