Mt. Samat and the Shrine of Valor

Mount Samat Dambana ng Kagitingan
Among all the mountains in the Philippines, Mount Samat has the biggest contribution in Philippine history during the World War II. The province of Bataan holds the records of Battle of Bataan and including the controversial Death March. Anyways, Mount Samat is situated in the municipality of Pilar, Province of Bataan, almost three hours travel from Manila. 

Dambana ng Kagitingan
 At the base of Samat, tricycles can be chartered to the gate by the Shrine, but we chose walking on a few kilometers concrete trail to enjoy the cool ambiance, the fresh air and the green trees surrounding the area.

Mt. Samat Shrine of Valor

Mt. Samat
What’s special with Mount Samat from the other mountains? I think it is the huge cross erected on its summit and a memorial shrine. These were built to honor gallantry of the Filipino American soldiers who fought during the World War 2. The shrine complex includes a war museum with different memorabilia, paintings, and weapons used by the Filipino, American and Japanese forces during the Battle of Bataan. These structures were commissioned by former President Ferdinand Marcos in 1966 for the 25th Anniversary of the World War II.

Historical Sites in the Philippines

Tourist Spots in Bataan

Death March Marker Bataan

Tourist Destinations in Bataan

Historical sites in Bataan
 The gigantic cross stands 92 meters from its base and is considered as the second tallest cross in the world. Tourists have limited access in an enclosed space or a viewing deck at the arm of the cross; elevator is available to lift the people to its tip. The external part of the cross has gorgeous sculptures by Abueva titled Nabiag Na Bato showing the important events of Jose Rizal, Lapu-lapu, and Antonio Luna.

Mt. Samat Shrine of Valor

Historical sites in the Philippines
At the viewing gallery, there's an amazing view of the province of Bataan, Corregidor island, Manila bay and the mountain ranges  surrounding province, like Mt. Tarak. Stores and souvenir shops are available at the summit.

How to Get Here | From Manila to Bataan, we rode in a Genesis Bus to Balanga Central terminal. Then, rode in a jeepney to Cabog-Cabog and alighted at Mt. Samat Jump off point and trekked.