This National History Month, take a walk into these sites that hold the traditions and history of the Philippines.
Dambana ng Kagitingan
Built atop the historic Mount Samat in Balanga Bataan, the Dambana ng Kagitingan (Shrine of Valor), is a picturesque location that commemorates the fallen heroes of the Second World War. Components of the shrine are designed by prominent Filipino artists, making it an excellent venue that balances art appreciation and history.
Las Casas Filipinas de Azucar Hotel
Stay in the stunning architecture and beautiful sights of this famed hotel which recognized by Historic Hotels Worldwide for its Spanish colonial-era architecture and design.
A stroll through Calle Crisologo, a 15th century Spanish street in Vigan, Ilocos Sur takes you back to the colonial era. The UNESCO World Heritage site features over 200 preserved historic structures, so you will find it easy to imagine what life might have been like during this time.
MacArthur Landing Memorial National Park
Relieve the moment when General MacArthur uttered his famous words and vow to the Philippines: “I shall return.” As the landing area for General Douglas MacArthur at the beginning of the campaign to end Japanese occupation in the 1940s, the park serves as a reminder of a pivotal time in our nation’s struggle for liberation.
Located in Cebu City, Magellan’s Cross represents the arrival of Catholicism in the Philippines. Standing underneath a Spanish-style pavilion, the wooden crucifix is believed to be the same cross planted in Cebu in 1521 by Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan.
Rizal Park and Shrine
The latter years of our National Hero, José Rizal, is commemorated in the Rizal Park and Shrine, located in the city of Dapitan. Rizal’s life as a nationalist, educator, writer and doctor during the end of the Spanish colonial period is celebrated through the structures in the protected area. The Rizaliana Museum houses the largest collection of Rizal’s personal items, from the blackboard he used for teaching to his sketch books and post cards.