Mt. Samat and the Shrine of Valor

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


MT. SAMAT: A must visit tourist attractions and destinations in Bataan:


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The entrance of Mt. Samat Dambana ng Kagitingan

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THE HISTORY OF MT. SAMAT AND SHRINE OF VALOR:


What’s special with Mt. Samat from the other mountains? I think it's the huge cross erected on its summit, the memorial shrine and the museum. 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 2.

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 The gigantic cross stands 92 meters from its base and considered  as the second tallest cross in the world. A viewing deck in the arm of the cross is available via elevtor. At the base, 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.

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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 TO MT. SAMAT, PILAR, BATAAN:


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.