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

  • Travel Guide To Bataan: Where To Go, What To Do And Suggested Itinerary

    Travel Guide To Bataan: Where To Go, What To Do And Suggested Itinerary

    Tourist spots in Bataan to visit

    The province of Bataan plays an important role to the Philippine history. That's why a trip there means looking back to the thousands, if not hundreds of thousands of Filipinos who fought for our independence today during the American and Japanese colonization. During the commemoration of Araw ng Kagitingan (Valor Day) this 2018, I was so lucky enough to join a group of bloggers who were chosen to join the celebration of our independence and at the same time remembering the dark period in our country.

  • Bataan Dec 2017

    Bataan, Philippines
    -Bataan Nuclear Power Plant
    -Mt Samat National Shrine
    -Pawikan Conservation Center
    -Galeria Victoria

  • Mt Samat Without The Pennants

    Mt Samat Without The Pennants

    Twice I have visited Mt. Samat. Twice it has been on the Day of Valor, where the activities and the business of the event shifted the focus away from the place. Fortunately, after the Pawikan Festival late in November 2017, we headed to Mt. Samat for a quick stopover.

  • Mt Samat National Shrine - For The Heroes Travel Guide

    Mt Samat National Shrine - For The Heroes Travel Guide

    There are a lot of reasons to travel, may it be for relaxation, finding yourself, trying to experience new things or just wanting to visit a country listed on your bucket list. We have our own reasons and satisfaction. One of the reasons I travel is to know the history of a place. It satisfies my curiosity of something in the past.

  • 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).