Mount Samat and Clark tour - History and Culture

     The little Mountainous Peninsula of Bataan saved Democracy and the whole world from the evil hands of the devil. (Excerpt from the radio broadcast of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, January 5, 1945).

World War Two (WWII)

World War Two (WWII) played an important part in shaping the world as it is today. Some of the most drastic effects were felt in Asia and the Philippines was not spared. This tour visits a few historical locations of WWII in Bataan continuing to the Clark Freeport Zone a former US military base occupied by the Japanese during WWII. At Clark there is a visit to the Clark Museum illustrating the history of Clark and the surrounding area. To Balance out the tour are also a visit to a Museo Ning Kapampangan an cultural museum and Nayong Filipino a site showing some cultural aspects of old Philippines.

Departing from Subic Bay Olongapo area the Highlights of the tour:

Mount Samat Mount Samat is the site of the last battle in the campaign that has become known as the Battle of Bataan, the prelude of the fall of the Philippines and the infamous Bataan Death March. The site now a National monument is the home of the SHRINE OF VALOR also known as The Dambana ng Kagitingan, The shrine completed and inaugurated in 1970, consists of the Colonnade, an huge Memorial Cross and surrounding park land.

The Colonnade is a marble-capped structure with an altar, esplanage and museum. There are several historical depictions on the Colonnade which include the following: Stained Glass Mural behind the altar, 19 Scriptural Marble and Reliefs and Parapet, 18 Bronze Insignias of USAFFE Division Units, 2 Bronze Urns (symbolic of the Eternal flame), 18 Flag poles with colors of USAFFE Divisions/Units and Inscriptions of the Battle of Bataan.

The Memorial Cross is a towering structure (sitting on the mountain top 555 meters above sea level) of steel and reinforced concrete with an elevator and viewing gallery (arms of the cross). The height of the cross is 92 meters from the base. The height of the arms is 74 meters from the base. The length of the arm is 30 meters (15 on each side). The viewing gallery is 18 ft. by 90 ft. with a 7-foot clearance. The exterior finish of the cross at the base up to an 11-meter level is capped with sculptural slabs and sculptural bas-reliefs depicting significant battles and historical events. Above the base, the Cross is of chipped granolithic marble.

From the Colonnade to the Cross is a 14-flight zigzagging footpath on the mountain slope, paved with bloodstones from Corregidor Island.

We will have a pack lunch on the grounds of the park beofre going to the next stop.

Rotunda, Layac, Dinalupihan FIRST LINE OF DEFENSE MARKER (Rotunda, Layac, Dinalupihan) It marks the first strong line of defense combined Philippines USAFFE Troops against Japanese invasion during WW II. Symbolic of the tragedy that befell Bataan and the gallantry of Filipino and American heroes who restored our country and people to a government of free peoples is a monument in the center of rotunda in Layac, Dinalupihan, Bataan. This monument was erected by the 38th Infantry division, Army of the United States, in memory of the defenders of Bataan, living and dead, including the 38th Tank Company of Harrodburg, Kentucky, a unit of said division, in December 1941 to February 1942. It also marks the liberation of the place on January 19, 1945 to August 16,1945 wholly by the following units: 149th Infantry, 151st Infantry, 113th Engineer Combat Battalion, 139th Artillery Battalion, 38th Field Artillery Battalion and the 38th Division Special Troop. This will be a short stop before heading on to Clark.

Clark museum and Museo Ning Kapampangan

Arriving at the Clark Freeport zone, now an industrial and tourism area, we will continue to the Clark museum with its displays of the growth of the Clark airbase and its conversion to a Freeport zone. There is also a visit to the cultural museum, Museo Ning Kapampangan, located in the same building.

Nayong Filipino (Nayong Pilipino)

Nayong Filipino Philippine Village, is a 45-acre theme park featuring a miniature version of the Philippines and its culture. Take a glimpse of the Filipino culture. The Philippines is a country of varied and colorful cultures. Each of the 17 regions is unique with its own food, language, customs and traditions. Nayong Pilipino sa Clark features our colorful culture. Visit the Precolonial and the Colonial Eras of our history. See our rendition of our mythical Malakas and Maganda. Visit the miniature replicas of our scenic and historic Philippine landmarks.



SM Clark, a stop at the shopping mall for snacks and shopping (own expense)

Tour Includes :

  •  Entrance Fees
  •  Pack Lunch
  •  Tour Guide
  •  Transportation

Rates :

Price Minimum Person  
PHP 3,300/person minimum of 3  
PHP 2,500/person minimum of 5  
PHP 2,100/person minimum of 8  
 
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