Dinalupihan War Monument in Bataan

Dinalupihan First Line Defense Layac Junction Dinalupihan Bataan Marker Monument Landmark World War Philippines American Troops Japanese Invasion Rotunda Statues Allied Soldiers 38Th Infantry Division The First Line of Defense Marker is located at the Rotunda in Layac, Dinalupihan in Bataan Province. The First Line of Defense Marker marks the first strong line of defense of combined Philippines USAFFE Troops against Japanese invasion during World War 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 features life size statues of the Allied troops and 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. 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

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

The Binakayan Monument in Cavite

Battle Binakayan Monument Governors Road Kawit Cavite History War Spanish Forces Filipino Revolutionaries 1896 General Emilio Aguinaldo Katipunero Soldiers Dalahican Death Battle Revolution Location The Battle of Binakayan Monument is located on Governor’s Road in Kawit, Cavite Province. The battle of Binakayan was the site of a significant encounter between Spanish forces and Filipino revolutionaries between November 9-11, 1896. Under the leadership of General Emilio Aguinaldo, Katipuneros fought off a siege launched by Spanish soldiers in Binakayan and Dalahican. Hundreds of Spanish soldiers were killed. It was the most decisive battle of the revolution as it marked the first defeat of the Spanish forces and is commemorated as the first major victory of the Philippine Revolution. Continue reading

Hill 120 in Leyte

Hill 120 Dulag Leyte Location American Flag Raising Liberation World War History Tacloban Army Military Garden Monument 96Th Infantry Division Park Japanese Plaque Memorial Map Stairs Pictures Info Hill 120 is located in Dulag, Leyte Province and is 34 kilometers away from from Tacloban City. Hill 120 was the location where the first American flag was raised by the Liberation Forces of the U.S. Army on October 20, 1944 after the fall of Bataan; Catmon Hill and battle sites of Leyte Valley; panoramic view of Leyte Gulf and surrounding coastal towns. Landscaped garden with tropical flowers and shrubs; benches, concrete tables with canopy; restroom, open-air stage where memorial programs are held. There is a large helmet shaped monument to the 96th Infantry Division, and the other American units at the top of the hill. The hill top has a lookout tower and a commanding view over the Leyte Gulf to the east. A smaller Japanese commemorative plaque memorial is located at the base of Hill 120 dedicated to the Continue reading

The Sultan Kudarat Monument in Makati

Sultan Kudarat Monument Ayala Triangle Makati City Manila Location Landmark Sculture Statue Jose Mendoza Construction History Mhammad Dipatuan Mindanao Enscription Muslim Islam Jihad Size Mindanao The Sultan Kudarat Monument in Makati is located at the Ayala Triangle Gardens in Manila. This statue of Sultan Kudarat was created by Jose M. Mendoza in 1973. Muhammad Dipatuan Kudarat was the Sultan of Mindanao during the first half of the 17th century. He united the Muslims of Lanao, Cotabato, Davao, Sulu, Zamboanga and North Borneo, and resisted bitterly the Spanish Invasion of his domain. He was a fearless fighter and Filipino hero in defense of Islamic faith and Philippine liberty. Kudarat died around 1650. Muhammad Dipatuan Kudarat was sultan of Mindanao during the first half of the 17th century. Brave, wise and benevolent, he was the greatest and strongest Mindanao sultan that ever lived. He united the muslims of Lanao, Cotabato, Davao, Sulu, Zamboanga and North Borneo and resisted bitterly the Spanish Continue reading

Ulo ng Apo Monument in Olongapo

Ulo Ng Apo Monument Olongapo City Zambales Landmark Old Mans Head History Location Description Legend Statue Myth Distance Construction Tribe Bamboo Pole Center Plaza Phrase Unity Leader Head InfoThe Ulo ng Apo Monument is located in Olongapo City in Zambales Province. Legend has it the name ‘Olongapo’ was derived from the phrase ‘Ulo ng Apo’ or Old Man’s Head. The name was derived from the story of a wise, old man who wanted to sow unity among the members of a warring tribe. Disliked by the idea of a tribe having a true and good leader, the wise, old man just disappeared only to be found dead with his head severed from the body. His head was later found resting on the tip of a bamboo pole. Upon seeing this, a young boy run around the village crying “Ulo ng Apo”. The phrase stuck and the place is now known today as Olongapo. A monument in honor of the legendary leader lies at the center of the city. Continue reading

EBJ Freedom Park in San Jose Antique

EBJ Freedom Park San Jose Antique Provincial Capitol Building Buenavista Plaza Governor Evelio Javier Monument Location The EBJ Freedom Park is located in San Jose, Antique, in front of the Antique Provincial Capitol building. The park used to be known as the San Jose de Buenavista Plaza but was renamed EBJ Freedom Park in honor of the late governor Evelio B. Javier. Governor Javier was assassinated on February 11, 1986 while defending freedom and democracy from the forces of martial law. At the park is the EBJ Monument, a bronze statue of Evelio Javier with his left hand waving a peace sign created by the National Artist Napoleon Abueva. Continue reading

Gabriela Silang Monument in Abra

Gabriela Silang Monument Pidigan Abra Filipina Revolutionary Landmark Statue Location Diego Silang Generala Rebel History Mountain Gabriela Silang Monument in Abra is located in Pidigan. Gabriela Silang was the first Filipina to lead a revolt against Spain. She was born in Ilocos Sur on March 1, 1731. After the murder of her second husband, Diego Silang, she led his troops in a policy of harassment that earned her the title of “Generala”. Outnumbered she fled to the mountains where she was captured, and after a summary trial, hanged publicly in Vigan on September 20, 1763. Today, her monument stands at the town plaza of Pidigan, near the Tangadan Tunnel, to remind every one of the gallant stand and the ideals she and her husband fought and died for.

Spirit of 1896 Monument in San Juan

Spirit of 1896 Monument San Juan Manila Pinaglabanan Shrine Filipino Revolution Katipunero Placard Landmark Pilipino The Spirit of 1896 Monument is located in San Juan, Manila, and was put up in honor of the courage, determination and willingness to sacrifice of the Filipino revolutionaries who fought for freedom from Spanish oppression. Constructed in 1920 through the contribution of the local government, civic-spirited citizens and school children of San Juan. The monument immortalizes the courage and patriotism of the Katipuneros who sparked the Revolution against Spain in 1896. The Spirit of 1896 monument is located along N. Domingo Street and you’ll have to climb the stairs to see it up close. It should not be confused with the Pinaglabanan Shrine located beside the new city hall. Continue reading