Capas National Shrine, Capas

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The Capas National Shrine in barangay Cristo Rey, 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 and some Slovaks 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 internment 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.
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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 »
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  • I enjoyed learning more about the history of the Death March, and the relationship between the US, the Philippines and Japan. The train car, the memorial trees and the obelisk, and especially the names etched into the wall were all very touching.
  • 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. There is a per person entrance fee but the guard said he would not charge our kids (probably because of the little time remaining). The centerpiece of the site is the large obelisk surrounded by a wall of names of those who died during the Death March which occurred during the Japanese occupation in World War 2. This site is close to the end destination of the march. At the other end of the square is a very tall Philippine flag. The site also has a picnic area and a store. I hope this place gets more attention from tourists and is continually improved/maintained by the government. It does have the potential to not just be a nice place to visit, but to for people to learn about our history as well.
  • 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.
  • This place is good for jogging and medidating. The scenery was good specialy morning. Sunrise was cool.
  • 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.

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