Mount Samat Shrine is one of the highlights of our tour. It is located in Pilar, a town in the Province of Bataan. We are thankful that we have the van, we no longer need to walk to see it. When we reached the park, we noticed that some people are having picnics, some are taking photos, some went in a group and I think they are a group of climbers. We are surprised to see how beautiful the park is. You will instantly notice the colonnade and the large memorial cross, the cross was built to honor the soldiers who fought and lost their lives in the Battle of Bataan. They fought for freedom and this shrine is for them.
The shrine has a war museum where you will see the collections of photos, paintings, equipment, and weapons used by the soldiers during the World War II.
There is also a very nice view of Corregidor Island, a place where you can rest, a small store and nice restrooms for visitors.
The historical park did not only taught me about history but helped me appreciate how lucky I am to be part of this generation. I enjoyed taking pictures with my college buddies, and though we wish to stay longer, we can’t because we have to go to the next part of our tour which is Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar.
How to get there?
Traveling from Manila to Mount Samat Shrine will take more than 2 hours. It can be reached via NLEX (Balintawak Cloverleaf) and SCTEX ,exit in Mabalacat, Pampanga. When you reached Subic, exit in Dinalupihan, and then, turn right at Roman Highway. Follow the signage going to Mount Samat.