TRAVEL GUIDE: MT. SAMAT and the SHRINE OF VALOR, Bataan

Mt. Samat
The Shrine of Valor was built on the summit of Mt. Samat because of its huge contribution in Philippine history during the World War II. Also, the province of Bataan holds the record of Battle of Bataan including the controversial Death March. Anyways, from Bagac, we traveled to Pilar just to discover and to know more about the significance of the Cross on top of the mountain.
 
tourist spots in Bataan

historical sites in Bataan
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 the 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.

Mt. Samat 2019

Mt. Samat itinerary

Shrine of Valor
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 elevator. 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.

In 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 AND SHRINE OF VALOR IN BATAAN: From Manila to Bataan, we rode in a Genesis Bus to Balanga Central terminal. Then, took in a jeepney to Cabog-Cabog and alighted at Mt. Samat Jump off point and walked.