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Araw ng Kagitingan (Day of Valor) : Tour to Mt. Samat, Bataan

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Today, April 9, 2021, the Philippines celebrated the “Araw ng Kagitingan” (Day of Valor). Historically, it commemorates the fall of Bataan during the World War II.

I have visited Mt. Samat in Bataan way back 2009 and it is something that any Filipino can be proud of. I am glad that I have witnessed even in photos and replicas the heroism of the Filipino and American soldiers, and even the ordinary citizens, for the Philippines’ democracy. I have here some photos of Mt. Samat, Bataan.

There is a small museum inside that building, but taking photos isn't allowed, so I can't show you some antique stuffs the veterans used during the war
This site has been rehabilitated, certainly shows that this is historically significant.
This is that big cross in the 1st photo, it is really huge. There is an elevator at the back of it that will take you to the top, overlooking Bataan.
Aerial photo of the place. I'm at the top of the big cross, so I was able to take a photo below.

The big cross in Mt. Samat symbolizes the death of thousands of soldiers during the 140km. Bataan Death March in 1942, where prisoners of war died from dehydration, infections from untreated wounds and execution. That brutal day might be a hard pill to swallow every single day in exchange of our sovereignty, but are these all worth it? As Filipino, are you making your stance for the welfare of your fellowmen?

Let me ask this because, a lot of people had become so selfish today. A simple reminder of wearing your face masks and face shield to protect yourself and others is just so difficult to follow. If you can’t do that you don’t deserve the valor veterans fought for 79 years ago. They have endured much, why can’t you do such a small thing NOW?

Er, here me out venting.

Also, think about the relentless work from the frontline workers? They are working night and day, with sweat on their brows to sustain the health a sick man needs on his deathbed. It is not an easy task, so I am hoping that any person should not ignore their services and sacrifices. It is really saddening that some netizens would just shrug off all our efforts in the name of what we sworn “in the service of our fellow men,” that is not something that any one should abuse. In times of pandemic, if we shrug off our duties, we all die. Not to mention people discriminating hospital workers, seriously?

At work, a year ago.

Today, President Rodrigo Duterte honors the pandemic frontliners for their bravery and courage to stand in the face of this adversity. It is touching to hear that someone is so thankful for what we have done for this nation. That I hope, each one of us should be proactive in what we all are fighting for, a fight against Covid19.

"As we continue to overcome the COVID19 pandemic, we takr a moment to honor the fortitude displayed by our selflessand dedicated frontliners whose unrelenting commitment in this fight reflects the heroism of the warriors of Bataan that continues to inspire in us a greater sense of patriotism and solidarity during these trying times." - PRRD

I love this line from his speech, indeed in solidarity with all Filipinos and the government we can fight this disease! We might be thinking otherwise, at the back of our minds – end of times, vaccines as business ploys, everything is moneymaking. But, what would we become as a nation if we constantly think this way?

Let us be proactive. And, I still believe that prayers can move mountains. Let us pray together with our government because if there is someone who can help us, that would be them and God.

Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves.

- Romans 13:1-2

God bless the Philippines. God bless the world.

Stay safe everyone!

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