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Capas National Shrine, Capas
(4.4/5 based on 15+ reviews on the web)
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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Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • This shrine is dedicated to the Filipinos who died or were killed in the Bataan Death March. It is similar to the Vietnam memorial in Washington D.C., with black stone etched with the names of those w...  more »
  • The place was well-maintained and very cheap entrance fee. They have a very small museum and the monument environment gives you the shivers. The guards were very polite. 
  • ...if you read what happened at this site. 20,000 Filipinos and at least 1,600 Americans died at this prison camp mostly in the first few months. A MUST SEE. Note the 20,000+ trees planted, one for ev...  more »
Google
  • It's really peaceful in here. Try to search a bridge, you'll love to read there.
  • A solitary place to visit and see the names of people who endured and suffered the 'Death March'.
  • This place is good especially if you are a history lover. But the place is not as good as before, but still i really love this place.
  • good place for picnic
  • love this place always here when i was alone