Mount Samat

Pilar, Bataan

Mount Samat is a historic mountain in the town of Pilar, Province of Bataan, in the Republic of the Philippines. Located near its summit is the Mount Samat National Shrine, a national shrine dedicated to the fallen Filipino and American fallen during World War II.

Mount Samat itself has a 550-metre wide crater that opens to the northeast. The Mount Samat Cross is situated near the e ...

dge of the crater rim.

At the start of World War II in 1942 after suffering heavy losses against the Imperial Japanese Army all over Luzon, the Filipino and American soldiers retreated to Bataan Peninsula to regroup for a last valiant but futile stand. After four months of fighting, the 78,000 exhausted, sick and starving soldiers under Major General Edward P. King surrendered to the Japanese on April 9, 1942 known as the fall of Bataan.

It is the single largest surrender of U.S. soldiers in history and Mariveles, a town in the Bataan province, was their last stronghold after which, together with the Philippine soldiers, they were led on to the 130 km march to Capas, Tarlac known as the Bataan Death March.

The Mount Samat National Shrine shrine was erected as a fitting memorial to the heroic struggle and sacrifices of those soldiers who fought and died in that historic bastion of freedom.

Dunsulan Falls is a waterfall located at the foot of Mount Samat, northeast of the National Shrine in Brgy Liyang, also in Pilar town. Dunsulan falls and river is the main drainage on the crater side of Mount Samat.

Mount Samat News

  • Filipino Shrine To Courage Will Be A Tourism Zone

    Filipino Shrine To Courage Will Be A Tourism Zone

    The historic Mount Samat National Shrine of Valor in this town will be converted into a tourism enterprise zone, the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA) announced.

    The declaration of the conversion of the historic site coincides with the 75th commemoration of Araw ng Kagitingan in honor of the struggle and sacrifices of Filipino and American soldiers who fought the Japanese Imperial Army in Bataan at the start of World War II in 1942.

    Bataan Governor Albert Raymond Garcia said almost P3 billion was allocated for the integrated ecotourism development plan for the ...

  • Mount Samat National Shrine War Museum What To See And What To Expect

    Mount Samat National Shrine War Museum What To See And What To Expect

    Three months ago, my mom and I along with our church mates went to Bataan for a pilgrimage in observance with the Holy Week. We went there on April 8, just a day before the Araw ng Kagitingan. Prior to the actual pilgrimage, we went to Mt Samat National Shrine or more popularly known as the "Dambana ng Kagitingan" (Shrine of Valor).

  • Bataan Araw Ng Kagitingan 2017

    Bataan Araw Ng Kagitingan 2017

    Four months into 2017 and I've already made three visits to Bataan. With a lot of nice trails, good food and its proximity to Manila, it has become an irresistible weekend destination for me.

    On my most recent trip however, I wasn't going for a hike like I usually do, but for an unconventional adventure - a journey back to the past, remembering those who courageously fought for our freedom during World War II.

  • Exploring Bataan A Rising Eco Tourism Destination In The Philippines

    Exploring Bataan A Rising Eco Tourism Destination In The Philippines

    Bataan

    It is a province situated in the Central Luzon region of the Philippines. It is known for its historical attractions, it is a must destination with beaches, turtle sanctuaries, bird-watching sites, springs and waterfalls, mountains with its two major peaks, Mount Natib and Mount Mariveles, when summit is reached you can see the peninsula that faces the South China Sea to the west and Subic Bay to the north-west, and encloses Manila Bay to the east. If you're a mountain biker, hiker and an adventure seeker you'll want to check out what Bataan has to offer.

    Bataan is also known wi ...

  • Behold Bataan A Quick Visit To Some Famous Places In Bataan

    Behold Bataan A Quick Visit To Some Famous Places In Bataan

    After witnessing the grandeur of the PAWIKAN FESTIVAL 2016, it was time to head back to Manila. But since none of us were really on a rush, we decided to check on some interesting places that are en route to Manila. I must admit in the end, we had such an amazing time!

    While in the van, we couldn't not forget the the beats, the smiles and the vibe during the street dance competition in the Pawikan Festival 2016.

    Right outside the Pawikan Conservation Center, Guhit Pinas - Bataan Chapter offered free face painting to guests. Just like this one of Kuya Roberto who was our guide during t ...

  • Dambana Ng Kagitingan A Befitting Memorial For The Valiant Heroes

    Dambana Ng Kagitingan A Befitting Memorial For The Valiant Heroes

    The first thoughts that comes to mind when talking about Bataan would most likely be about bravery, courage and heroism. This is the place well known for being the site of one of the largest and the most bitter part of the national history. It is the last bastion of the defending American and Philippine forces during the Second World War, and the Philippines effectively became under the Japanese rule when the province fell to the invaders.12

    Since childhood, when going through the highway I am already seeing the large cross atop the mountain. When I finally had a chance to visit here, my ex ...