Dambana ng Kagitingan - Shrine of Valor

With the strong suggestion from a friend, we visited the Shrine of Valor at Mt. Samat in Pilar, Bataan. We started our journey in the morning hoping to arrive at the site early.  From Olongapo City, we took a mini-bus bound to Balanga City.  One of the group suggested to stop at Layac Junction and take Genesis or Five Star bus since their route is Roman Highways where it intersects with Linao National Road going to Mt. Samat.

We stopped at the junction of Roman and Linao Highway -the landmark is the Petron Gasoline Station. There we took a tricycle for four hundred fifty pesos to and from the summit of Mt. Samat.

While the noise of the tricycle's engine made us silent during our trip, one of us exclaimed: "there's the big cross!" Then all of us were thrilled and got so excited we didn't realize we were talking with each other on top of our voices. We were four in the group.

Shrine of Valor
The 302 feet Cross.
At the gate of the park, we paid twenty pesos each for the entrance and another 10 pesos for elevator fee. The latter is optional when you don't intend to go to the arms of the cross to see the view of the park from above but I suggest everyone visiting the shrine should.

Dambana ng Kagitingan Interior
Inside the big cross
Luckily the place was not so crowded we had the chance to take a picture of the interior of the cross' arm. After some time, visitors keep on coming until both arms of the cross were filled with amazed people while looking down the park from above.  Then everyone got busy taking pictures - selfies and usies. 

Dambana ng Kagitingan Round Window
Geraline - through the looking glass
Museum Dambana ng Kagitingan Bataan
Bird's eye view of the museum
After spending an hour at the cross, we decided to go down and stroll the rest of the park.  At the base of the cross, we scrutinize the sculptured slabs of Rizal, Lapu Lapu, and Luna, to name a few.  There are kiosks where you can buy food in the vicinity as well as souvenir items.
Shrine of Valor Pictures
My crazy picture in the middle
It was fun visiting this historical place so visit now if you haven't.


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