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).
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.
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 ...
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 ...
Located at the summit of Mount Samat in the town of Pilar in Bataan, Dambana ng Kagitingan (Shrine of Valour) is a historical shrine built to honor and remember the Filipinos and American soldiers who fought for our freedom in World War 2. The shrine was designed by Lorenzo del Castillo and landscaped by Dolly Quimbo-Perez.
Also called Mount Samat National Shrine, Dambana ng Kagitingan is famously known for the beautiful colonnade and the memorial cross that towers above Mt. Samat.
Speaking of the memorial cross, it is said that the cross is the second tallest cross in the world standing ...
The Mt. Samat Shrine of Valor in Pilar, Bataan, was chosen as the 2nd recipient in the whole country to be part of Tourism Enterprise Zone (TEZ) Flagship Program of the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA) for the year 2014 after the first public consultation held last April 15, 2015.
The consultation was conducted by Arch. Christina B. Banzon, Provincial Tourism Officer at the Bataan Government Center together with the dynamic mayor of Pilar, Alicia Pizarro, welcoming all the sector leaders of the community who participated in the event.
For the past two years, ...