Last year in August, the team’s guide in Taiwan DB race, Ho-Chi Lin or Jean visited Philippines. I was lucky to join them in visiting some places around the Metro. One of my favorite part of the road trip is going up Mt. Samat and checking out Dambana ng Kagitingan. This historical site is in Pilar, Bataan. This memorial shine complex was commissioned in 1966 by war veteran himself, then President Ferdinand Marcos for the 25th anniversary of the 2nd world war.
Dambana ng Kagitingan’s distinct feature is the 92 meter high cross with a base that depicts the heroism of the Filipino and American Soldiers who fought the Japanese Imperial Army in 1942.
The complex is like an open museum which displays some of the works of our National artists. There is a fee for visitors to the complex, it’s P30.00 for foreigners and P20.00 for Filipinos. Students pay discounted fee of only P10.00. Parking fees range from P20.00 to P30.00.
Places such as this should always be considered for road trips especially when you are with visitors from other countries. You can learn a lot from what you see and observe from such historical and cultural places.
|a view from the top|
SIDE TRIP: Pawikan Conservatory, Nagbalayong, Morong, Bataan
Pawikans (Turtles) have special place in my heart. A good friend of mine was called “pawikan” and he seemed to have lived up to his name when he died saving his nephew from drowning. One of the places we visited while in Bataan was this Pawikan Conservatory.
It is a common knowledge that turtles are considered as endangered species – with threats mostly from human activities such as poaching, slaughter, egg gathering, illegal fishing and others.
The Bataan coasts of Morong and Bagac are nestling grounds of 3 turtle species in the country – Hawksbill, Olive Ridley and Green Turtle. A community organization in Morong, Bataan named Bantay Pawican Inc. started the community based conservation program Marine Turtles with the help of the Provincial Government and UNDP-GEF-SGP-PRRM in 1999.
The collective efforts and growing involvement of different organizations and people in Bataan is a reassuring move to make the beaches of Bataan a safe and protected nestling area for different turtle species.
(*pictures courtesy of Jean)