PILAR, Bataan – Known as the “Last Bastion of Democracy in the Philippines”, Pilar, is noted for its historical landmarks such as the infamous Shrine of Valor standing on top of Mt. Samat in Brgy. Diwa and the gigantic Flaming Sword monument in Brgy. Panilao which symbolize the bravery of the Filipino-American soldiers who shed blood for democracy during the World War II.
In view of these historical facts, this town is aiming to become a historical-cultural tourism center in Luzon by the year 2020 and part of it is having a museum solely dedicated to the preservation its rich history and culture.
The newly erected “Museo ng Kagitingan” (Museum of Valor) houses various remnants of the past century, it acquired artifacts from the precolonial period up to the Second World War.
Museo ng Kagitingan is located beside the Nuestra Señora del Pilar Parish Church and on 41km point from Mariveles, one of the two starting points of the infamous Death March, the other one is in Bagac.
The museum showcases not only the clothing, utensils and other things used in the 19th century but also displays artworks from local artists. One of these artworks is the stained glass mosaic that shows famous landmarks of Pilar done by Resty B. Canlapan, 1st placer of stained glass painting design competition.
Hence the museum is not just for students who are curious about the history of Bataan; it also opens its door to art enthusiasts. The museum is open Monday to Sunday from 9 am to 5pm with noon break. A 30-peso entrance fee will be charged to tourists while locals of Pilar can enter for free until June 30, 2019.