Today is April 9, which is a national (working) holiday called Araw ng Kagitingan (Day of Valor), and we now get to see the 54-hectare Capas National Shrine in Capas, Tarlac. This shrine is built on the grounds of Camp O’Donnell a former American military base that was the final destination of the infamous Bataan Death March. This shrine is definitely more majestic and more well-maintained than the poor Capas Death March Monument that we’ve seen on Vista Pinas recently.
One year ago today, we also saw the Mount Samat Shrine, another monument dedicated to the heroes of the Fall of Bataan and the Bataan Death March. Mount Samat, together with the Capas National Shrine and the previously featured Libingan ng mga Bayani are three of the six military shrines maintained by the Philippine Veterans Affairs Office. We’ll feature the other three in due time but we have to wait until their areas get high-resolution satellite imagery first in Google Maps.
Photo by Ronnie Tiotuico of the Department of Tourism Region III.
What you can see now in this article’s thumbnail is the 70-meter-tall obelisk that you can also see in the photo to the right. The flagpole in the photo is found slightly north of the obelisk in the middle of the sunburst that you can see in the satellite view of Google Maps. Also visible in the satellite image are thousands of trees planted in a grid pattern, each one supposedly representing a Filipino who died at Camp O’Donnell. The obelisk is actually composed of three pillars which is quite obvious from this picture in Flickr taken from under the obelisk. They say that the three pillars represent the Filipino, American, and Japanese soldiers.