R&R Part 1: Bandana Ng Kagitingan

This year’s company R&R was held at Morong, Bataan. Our itinerary included a visit to Bandana ng Kagitingan in Mt. Samat and the West Coast Beach Resort.


The Early Bird with her hubbyLents

Our call time was 4:45 am and we were to leave at 5am. I was the second to arrive in our meeting place in the school’s lobby at 4:30am. of course the earliest bird was our school principal, Ms. Michael.

We were able to leave at exactly 5am. We were thankful the traffic was light and we arrived at our first destination at 8am which was earlier than our expected time of arrival which was 10am. Mount Samat is a historic mountain in the town of Pilár, Province of Bataan. Located near its summit is the Mount Samat National Shrine also known as Shrine of Valor , a national shrine dedicated to the fallen Filipino and American fallen during World War II. The shrine has two main features, the Colonnade and the Memorial Cross.


The Colonnade


Welcome to the Dambana Ng Kagitingan

The humongous cross measures 276 feet high. The cross also serves as a view deck for you to see Bataan. Since I visited the place 10 years ago with my friends, I no longer went up the cross even though there’s an elevator inside. What I did then while waiting for my colleagues was to take pictures of the place and my friends and co teachers.





Selfie with the Memorial Cross


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