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Day Trip to Mt. Samat

Day Trip to Mt. Samat

Mt Samat is located in Pilar town of Bataan. While others make it a trip to climb the mountain itself, the mountain is more popular for the Dambana ng Kagitingan or the Shrine of Valor which stands at its peak. The shrine at the top was built to honor the Filipinos and American soldiers who had fought for the country during World War II. Standing at 92 meters or 302 ft and located at an area of approximately 74 hectares and at the mountain height of 555 meters of 1821 meters below sea level, the white cross was built in commemoration of the Battle of Bataan.   The Battle of Bataan ended in the army of US and Filipino soldiers surrendering to the Japanese which ended in the famous Bataan Death March. The Bataan Death March consisted of the transport of 75000 Filipino and American soldiers who surrendered and became prisoners after 3 months in war with the Japanese. This transport was no ordinary transport as instead of the use of any other type of vehicle, the 75000 men walked 97km of pain, suffering and abuse that resulted with a high death count of both the prisoners and civilians. During the march, prisoners were given no food, those who could not walk or fell behind were bayoneted or beheaded by

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