|Dambana ng Kagitingan - Pilar, Bataan|
Araw ng Kagitingan is observed as a national holiday every ninth (9th) of April to commemorate The Fall of Bataan to the Japanese Army during World War II. It is on this day when thousands of Filipino and American soldiers who fought valiantly in the so called Battle of Bataan surrendered to the Japanese forces, after three months of fighting. On this same day, those captured soldiers were then forced to march to Camp O'Donnell in Capas, Tarlac, wherein thousands died from beatings, maltreatment and exhaustion; hence, it's called Bataan Death March.
I can't imagine the struggles and sacrifices our heroes of the past experienced for us to have the freedom we so enjoy these days. Marching 97 kilometers (during Bataan Death March) with little food and water, beaten from time to time when they fell out of exhaustion; it really is hard to imagine. Our country is facing some threats right now, can you imagine doing and sacrificing what our forefathers have done and sacrificed in the past? I can't and I hope it won't come to that. As the saying goes, there's no winner in war, only who lost the least.
|the colonnade, tourists converging at the museum entrance to take a glimpse of then-first lady Imelda Marcos|
|stained glass murals at the altar|
The shrine complex features the colannade, a marble-clad structure housing the altar and the museum, and the memorial cross, a towering structure on Mt. Samat summit. The memorial cross stands at 92 meters from the base, with lift and a viewing gallery on the cross' arms. At the base of the cross are sculpture slabs by Napoleon Abueva depicting important figures and events in Philippine history.
|Abueva's sculptures, depicting important figures and events in Philippine history|
|then-first lady Imelda Marcos visited the shrine, hours after the celebration and the program where PNoy was the guest|
A few minutes after our arrival at the shrine, I saw several police and security personnel securing the place and assisting someone going to the museum. I asked one of them and was told the then-first lady Imelda Marcos has arrived and is paying a visit to the shrine. I didn't see her going in but I manage to take a glimpse of her coming out of the museum. The photo above was taken during her interview at the museum entrance, before she leaves the shrine.
More Photos from Mt. Samat National Shrine
|against the light...argg :(|
~ oo00oo ~
Mt. Samat National Shrine
Date of Visit: April 9, 2015