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March 3, 2011 / whyhansdantes

Mount Samat, Bataan

Mt. Samat, Bataan

Mount Samat in Bataan seems to be the highest point I’ve ever been in my entire life.

And I mean literally – counting the massive memorial cross, it’s a total of 555 m above sea level, this place is the site of a last stand in the final days of the Battle of Bataan in 1942.

The fact that President Ferdinand Marcos, himself a veteran of World War II, pioneered the memorial in 1966 is a curious sideline. Cue today’s raging debate on whether to bury him or not in the Libingan ng mga Bayani.

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