Pilar is a municipality in the province of Bataan.
Places of Interest
The following are places of interest, tourist attractions and/or notable landmarks in Pilar.
- Dambana ng Kagitingan (Shrine of Valor) – huge cross on top of Mount Samat which is the country’s national memorial to the American and Filipino heroes during World War II. It consist of a colonnade with an altar, esplanade, and World War II museum at the base, and a total of 513 steps, equivalent to a 30-storey building, leading to the top. The arms of the giant cross has a viewing gallery. This is also the site for the yearly Philippine celebration of “Araw ng Kagitingan”.
- Flaming Sword Monument – erected as a symbol of the courage and gallantry of the defending Filipino and American soldiers against the invading Japanese forces.
- Dunsulan Falls
- Mount Samat Complex – available within the complex are ATVs for rent and Zipline Adventure that ends in Dunsulan Falls.
- Mountain Biking Trails – located close to the Shrine of Valor (Dambana ng Kagitingan). Trails of varying difficulty are available according to each rider’s level of skill. For non-riders, the area can also be used for picnics and camping.
- Tree-Hopping Adventure – near the Zipline Adventure is another adventure consisting of Jacob’s ladder, monkey trail, surfing zipline, hanging bridge, and rappelling among six century-old trees. Harnesses are provided but there are also emergency exits for those who do not wish to complete the challenging hurdle.
- Airsoft/Paintball War Site – available in this town, at Mount Samat.
- Virgen Milagrosa del Pilar Church – built in 1834 and is one of the Seven Pilgrimage destinations among Catholic worshipers in observance of Lent.
Map of Pilar
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