Bataan,  Philippines

Dambana ng Kagitingan: A Shrine in Mount Samat, Bataan

We passed by Mount Samat National Shrine or what is more commonly called “Dambana ng Kagitingan” (Shrine of Valor) after our trip to Las Filipinas De Acuzar in June. The shrine is located near the summit of Mount Samat in the province of Bataan.

To give a quick wiki-background, the shrine was commissioned by Ferdinand Marcos in 1966 to stand as a remembrance to the soldiers who fought in the Battle of Bataan. Around the area is also a museum which consists of paintings of Filipino heroes, and other armaments used in battle.

The Dambana ng Kagitingan in all its glory, is 302 feet tall from the base.

This is me, as proof that I was there. Haha.

This is the view from outside of the museum.

You can also go up the cross. There is an elevator where people can line up and take turns going up. In truth there is nothing much to see from above, but it’s just an amazing thought to know that you’re that high above the ground.

 

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