Capas National Shrine, Capas

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The Capas National Shrine in Barangay Navy, Capas, Tarlac, Philippines was built by the Philippine government as a memorial to Allied soldiers who died at Camp O'Donnell at the end of the Bataan Death March during the Second World War.The site is a focus for commemorations on Araw ng Kagitingan, an annual observance held on 9 April—the anniversary of the surrender of US and Philippine forces to the Imperial Japan in 1942. There is also a memorial to the Czechs who died fighting alongside the Filipinos and US soldiers.DescriptionThe area where the Bataan Death March ended was proclaimed as "Capas National Shrine" by President Corazon Aquino on 7 December 1991. The shrine encompasses 54 hectares of parkland, 35 hectares of which have been planted with rows of trees to represent each of the dead.On 9 April 2003, a 70-metre obelisk and new memorial wall were unveiled on the grounds of the former interment camp. The obelisk is surrounded by a three-segmented, black marble wall engraved with the names of the Filipinos known to have died during the Death March. There are also statistics about the total numbers of prisoners and deaths, together with poems for peace.Nearby, there are three smaller memorials to the countries whose nationals died at the camp: the Philippines, the United States, and the Czech Republic (then Czechoslovakia). A small museum and monument is also on the site, built by an American group called the "Battling Bastards of Bataan".
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  • Capas National Shrine is on the way between Sta Juliana (Mt. Pinatubo) and Manila so we decided to stop by after our Pinatubo trek. Thankfully we arrived just before closing which is around 5:30pm. Th...  more »
  • I spent about 45 minutes this memorial. It is worth your time to walk around and read about all the monuments. The numbers of those who perished are so high.  more »
  • We decided to drop by before leaving Tarlac. I didn't expect to be emotional but seeing the names of the Death March victims, I gained a deeper respect and sadness for them. The place is well-maintain...  more »
  • Great for camping or picnic and knowing its history. Prepare a fee between 20-50 pesos or so for the entrance and parking. Definitely a must see if you pass by capas.
  • Nice place for picnic, photo ops and some historical readings. There's a hanging bridge that's fun for some but dizzying to others. Not much other activities you can do. Entrance fee and parking fee collected at the gate.
  • This place is good for meditation and is very quiet for you to have good relaxation. You will really realize the sufferings of the early Filipinos and Americans during the 2nd world war.
  • Foreigners pay double the entrance fee (40php) it lists the names of all the soliders killed on the death march in WW2. An eye opener for me
  • very nice place...but the food here is more expensive than outside the Shrine..

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