After your Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar trip, as I said in my previous post, you can drop by to this historical place. Mt. Samat is just a 20-min drive away from Las Casas.
This place has a huge part of our history. The “Bataan Death March” thing. This is where the soldiers hid until they got sick because of tiredness and hunger, while the Japanese had all the exits covered. The site itself is part of bloody battlefield where the Philippines’ last stand against the Japanese Imperial Forces took place.
Dambana ng Kagitingan or Shrine of Valor, 73,665-hectare park built in 1966 is dedicated to the fallen heroes of the World War II. That is why there is THE FALL OF BATAAN. Consequently, they were forced to march from Bagac Bataan to Capas Tarlac, where THE BATAAN DEATH MARCH was derived.
Sad to say, the elevator going to the top of the cross was closed for renovation. So if you’re planning to visit Mount Samat soon, push it back to April to have a complete experience.
The Colonnade is a marble-capped structure with an altar, esplanade and a museum.
Right below the colonnade is the museum. We went inside (take note that taking photos inside the musuem is not allowed). Upon entering the museum, we found different memorabilia such as maps, photos and actual World War II relics. There were bayonets, artillery pieces, big guns and grenades. Somehow, we were shifted to the era of the bloodiest war in human history.
We spent approximately two hours taking photos, chit chatting, resting, appreciating the view and soaking in everything.
What a fun and tiring day it is! I hope my Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar and Mt. Samat posts inspired you to visit these places!For questions/inquiries, you can leave a comment down below! 🙂
Dambana ng Kagitingan | Shrine of Valor
Mt. Samat National Shrine
- Address: Barangay Diwa, Pilar, Bataan
- Contact Number: (02) 911-4296
- Operating Hours: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Everyday
- Entrance Fee: Php20.00