Thursday, February 25, 2010

The Road to Santa Juliana, the gateway to Mount Pinatubo.

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On the morning of 24th February, I went to Barangay Sta Juliana in Capas Tarlac to inquire on the details in going to Mount Pinatubo. From Mabalacat Pampanga I found it easier and nearer to go to Santa Juliana by following the MacArthur Highway or the Manila North Road. The other way is through Subic-Clark to Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX) which you will exit at Concepcion Tarlac and proceed to Capas.

Barangay Dolores-Barangay Tabun, Mabalacat Bridge

Mabalacat-Bamban Bridge

Mabalacat-Bamban Bridge

Bamban-Capas Bridge

The road to Barangay Sta Juliana, the jump-off point for Mount Pinatubo.
After passing the Capas Market your vehicle have to turn left to pass Barangay Sto Rosario,Barangay Arungcuren, Barangay Sta Lucia,Barangay O'Donnel, and then Barangay Sta Juliana.

Just after passing the Capas Market (on the right) your vehicle have to turn left for going to Barangay Sta Juliana which is about 30 minutes travel time.

Your vehicle to turn left on this point for going to Barangay Sta Juliana.

The Capas National Shrine (Paggunita Sa Capas) in Capas, Tarlac, The Philippines was built and is maintained by the Philippine government as a memorial to the Filipino and American soldiers who died in Camp O'Donnell at the end of the Bataan Death March. This is an important site related to Veterans' Day in the Philippines (Araw ng Kagitingan), every 9 April, the anniversary of the surrender of the combined US and Philippine forces to the Japanese in 1942.

The area around where the Bataan Death March ended was proclaimed by President Corazon Aquino to become Capas National Shrine on December 7, 1991. The shrine encompasses 54 hectares of parkland, 35 hectares of which have been planted with rows of trees to represent each of the deceased. On April 9, 2003, a new memorial wall and obelisk was unveiled. The 70-meter obelisk towers above the grounds of the former interment camp. The obelisk is surrounded by a black marble wall engraved with the names of the Filipinos and Americans known to have died at the location. On the three large wall segments that almost encircle the obelisk, there are statistics about the total numbers of prisoners and deaths, together with poems for peace.

Nearby is a small museum and a smaller monument built by an American group calling themselves the "Battling Bastards of Bataan", honoring the American dead of the period

Camp O'Donnell was a facility of the United States Air Force in Capas, Tarlac, The Philippines. Before the facility was transferred to the Air Force, it was first a Philippine Constabulary post then a United States Army facility.

During the Japanese occupation of the Philippines in World War II, Camp O'Donnell was the final stop of the Bataan Death March and was used as an interment camp for American and Filipino prisoners of war. About 2,200 Americans and 27,000 Filipinos died at Camp O'Donnell. [1] The former interment camp is the location for the Capas National Shrine [2] which was built and is maintained by the Philippine government as a memorial to the Filipino and American soldiers who died there.

When it was transferred to the Air Force, it became home to the 3d Tactical Electronic Warfare Training Squadron, the Pacific Air Forces Electronic Warfare Range, and the Crow Valley Range Complex. Camp O'Donnell is now the Headquarters of the Light Armor Division of the Philippine Army.

Buildings inside Camp O'Donnel

Sta Juliana is the jump-off point for Mount Pinatubo trek and it is within sight of the said volcano. I visited this place to gather information before I go for mount Pinatubo trek next week.

This is the facilities of the Pull Travel Destination Corporation's Pinatubo Spa Town. This is also the place where you will register before going to mountain trek.

The cost of mountain trek is Php 1,500.00 per head, however if you are only 2 persons then Php 2,000 per head since you will ride a 4 x 4 all terrain vehicle in going up the Mount Pinatubo.

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  1. We'll be bringing a car and leave it at the Pinatubo Spa town. This is by far the most helpful site I found. Thanks a lot ^_^

  2. You are welcome Arnold and April, wishing you a good trip.