The Guiguinto Train Station in Bulacan

Guiguinto Train Station Bulacan Estacion Historical Landmark Building Spanish Construction History Brick Architecture Katipunero Friar Parish Leocadio Sanchez Location Layout Tour Size Structure Info The Guiguinto Train Station is located in Guiguinto, Bulacan. Built in 1661, the Estacion de Guiguinto, the old train station, is Bulacan‘s most acclaimed historical landmark and heritage site. It was upon this site that the Katipuneros (Filipino guerillas during the Spanish Regime) ambushed a train from Dagupan, killing six friars, including the parish friar of Guiguinto, Fr. Leocadio Sanchez, and a Spanish doctor. The incident inspired Severino Reyes to author the novel “Opera Walang Sugat” which was later made into a movie entitled “Walang Sugat.” Continue reading

The MacArthur Landing Memorial in Leyte

General Douglas Macarthur Landing Memorial Red Beach Palo Leyte Monument Landmark Statue Size History World War American Army Liberation Forces 1944 Candahug Bronze Construction Pool Japanese Info The Leyte Landing Memorial, also known as the General Douglas MacArthur Landing Memorial, is located in Red Beach, Palo on Leyte Island. The monument marks the spot where General Douglas MacArthur landed with the American Liberation Forces in 1944. It is located in Candahug, a barangay of the municipality of Palo in the province of Leyte, 5 kilometers away from the provincial capital of Tacloban City. The memorial consists of larger-than-life bronze statues of the general with other men, including then Philippine president Sergio Osmeña, Jr., standing in a man-made pool. The memorial was erected in tribute to MacArthur’s fulfillment of his promise to return to the Philippines after it was occupied by the Japanese during World War II in the Philippines. The Japanese Occupation of the Philippines ended Continue reading

Aurora Quezon Marker in Baler

Aurora Quezon Marker Baler location dona aragon wife president manuel monument landmark history construction pictures gazebo enscription tour description death life memory social welfare province The Aurora Quezon Marker is located in Baler in Aurora Province, and is near the Gilmore Marker and the Baler Catholic Church. The Aurora Quezon Marker was built in honor of Doña Aurora Aragon Quezon, the wife of Commonwealth President Manuel L. Quezon. Aurora Quezon was known for her untiring efforts in social welfare, especially for the benefit of the people of Aurora Province. Like her husband, she was born in the town of Baler. She died in an ambush on the mountain roads of Nueva Ecija leading to the province that now bears her name. To get to the marker, from the bus station at the Baler Continue reading

The Death March Marker in Orani, Bataan

Death March Marker Orani Bataan Silahis Statue Location Soldiers American Walk World War Japanese Death Construction History Bronze Marble Background Placard Enscription Capas Tarlac Troops Tour Info The Death March Marker is located in Orani in Bataan Province. Located in Brgy Silahis, this statue marks the place where thousands of captured Filipino and American soldiers passed on their way to their final destination in a concentration camp in Capas, Tarlac. This horrendous episode of war in history is now known as the infamous Death March. This marker is made of bronze and marble as background. Continue reading

The Battle of Mabitac Monument in Laguna

Battle Mabitac Site Laguna Location Filipino Soldiers Defeated American Troops War Hinukay Rebellion General Juan Cailles Fidel Sario Colonel Cheatham 37Th 15Th Volunteer Infantry Losses Death Wounded The Battle of Mabitac Site is the location where Filipino soldiers defeated an American force during the Filipino-American War of 1899-1902. Originally known as the Battle of Hinukay, it was in Mabitac, Laguna Province, where the battle was fought. The town joined the rebellion under the leadership of General Juan Cailles and Fidel Sario in 1900. The Filipino-American encounter happened at the entrance of Mabitac bordering the town of Siniloan. The Americans under United States Army Colonel Cheatham were defeated by Filipinos. The US forces numbered about 300 from the 37th and 15th U.S. Volunteer Infantry. The US losses were 21 killed, 23 wounded, according to US claims or 180 dead and wounded according to Filipino estimates. The Filipino forces numbered Continue reading

The Zero Kilometer Marker in Bataan

Zero Kilometer Marker Mariveles Bataan History Location World War American Soldiers Death March Troops Japanese Imperial Army Construction Significance Park Memorial Landmark Size Description Info The Zero Kilometer Marker is located in Mariveles, Bataan. During World War 2, the invading Japanese forces assembled Filipino and American defenders at this location in 1942, forcing them to marching on foot to Camp O’ Donnell in Capas, Tarlac. The Death March took the lives of almost 10,000 prisoners-of-war along the tragic trail. A marker in honor of the brave, the dignified, the honorable and the undefeated by heart was built to commemorate this infamous chapter in Philippine history. The Zero Kilometer Marker is located next to a Jolibee restaurant and near the Mariveles Municipal Hall. It is located about three hours by vehicle from Manila. It is within walking distance from the Mariveles Mini bus terminal. Continue reading

Evangelization Cross in Cagayan

Evangelization Cross Lallo Cagayan Province Spanish History Date Construction Church Anniversary Lady Piat Macau China River Location Size Park Story Spanish Religion Description Length Description The Evangelization Cross is located in Lal-lo, Cagayan Province. The cross dates back to the Spanish period and is believed to be 300 years old. The Evangelization Cross is located at a park in front of the Lal-lo Church to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the Our Lady of Piat image in Lal-lo from Macau, China. The Lal-lo Evangelization Cross is located across the Cagayan River. Continue reading

The Ramos House in Lingayen

Fidel Ramos House Lingayen Pangasinan President Residence Ancestral Home History Location Replica Museum Marker Memorabilia Provincal Capitol Building Layout Map Construction Private Tour Architecture The Fidel V Ramos House is located in Lingayen, Pangasinan. It is a reconstructed residence of the former President, Fidel V. Ramos, who was born in Lingayen. The original building was destroyed during World War II. The Ramos House has been reconstructed to resemble the original and furnished with memorabilias of President Ramos. You can experience a private tour around the house by contacting the Provincial Capitol Building. The Ramos House is located on Primicias Street. Continue reading

Capas National Shrine in Tarlac

Capas National Shrine Tarlac Camp Odonnell Barangay History World War Prison Death March Obelisk Monument Landmark Wall Heroes Marble Location Memorial Battling Bastards Bataan Cement Cross Pow Info The Capas National Shrine is located in Barangay O’Donnell in Capas, Tarlac. Barangay O’Donnell is the location of the first prison camp for the men who survived the “Death March” at the hands of the Japanese during World War 2 in 1942. This shrine has an obelisk inside it that marks the final resting place of all the Filipino and American Prisoners killed at the end of the famous Bataan Death March of the Second World War. Surrounding the obelisk is a ‘Wall of Heroes’, a three-segment black marble wall, where names of each of the perished soldiers are engraved. Approximately 90 hectares, the shrine also has thousands of trees that represent the dead. Continue reading

Aklan Freedom Shrine in Kalibo

Aklan Freedom Shrine Kalibo Town Center Landmark History Monument Aklanon Revolutionaries Katipunan Spanish Occupation Resistance General Francisco Castillo Statue Horse Martyrs Movement Spaniards War The Aklan Freedom Shrine is a landmark located at the town center of Kalibo, the capital of Aklan Province. The Aklan Freedom Shrine features a monument to the heroism of Aklanon revolutionaries who joined the Katipunan during the Spanish occupation. The statue of General Francisco del Castillo riding his horse sits atop the monument. The 19 Steps monument contains the mortal remains of the 19 Martyrs of Aklan and the effigy of their leader Francisco Del Castillo. Historical accounts showed that the first Katipunan movement outside Luzon was organized in Aklan and fought the Spaniards during the 1896 Revolution. As narrated by historians, many Katipuneros were captured after General Francisco del Castillo’s death. On March 23, 1897, they were executed. Continue reading