INDEPENDENCE DAY FEATURE
Touch of History
Historic spots are back-into-time places which provide people with moments to reflect on our society’s colorful past in appreciation of the present situation and the course of our direction in the days or years ahead.
These spots, which have become travel attractions all over the country, provide us with glimpses of the pieces of past events that help shape the interesting and unique tapestry of our national life.
As we celebrate the 121st anniversary of our Independence Day, which is themed this year, “Kalayaan 2019: Pagbabagong Ipinaglaban, Alay sa Masaganang Kinabukasan”, StarLife shares highlights of our interviews with some readers – on their favorite historic spots (as well as other monumental landmarks) and how these pieces of our heritage have touched their lives.
Police Col. Henry Binas, Chief, BCPO
LAPU-LAPU SHRINE, Mactan City
The Shrine reminds us of gallantry of Filipino tribes. Spanish invaders miserably failed to defeat gallant Lapu-Lapu and his men despite their native or inferior weapons.
Brig. Gen. Benedict Arevalo, Commander, 303rd Infantry Brigade
CAPAS NATIONAL SHRINE, Capas, Tarlac
This National Shrine is my favorite historical site, because when I was assigned in the Northern Luzon Command and Training and Doctrine Command of the Philippine Army, both camps being located in Tarlac,
I would usually bring local visitors, including member of my family, to the site. It reminds me of the bravery and heroism of soldiers during WWII.
The Shrine is a 54-ha. parkland where a 70-meter monument stands together with a memorial wall engrave d with the names of thousandth of soldiers who died during WWII. The place is where the 105-km. Bataan Death March ended and was an interment camp for thousands of Prisoners of War who perished.
Easter Anne Doza, Government Information Officer
RIZAL PARK, Araneta Street, Bacolod City
Since Rizal’s statue is imposing outside a public school and along a main thoroughfare of the city, it is a constant reminder not only of Rizal being our national hero but also of education that can truly liberate us from the shackles of poverty. Rizal was a champion of education during his time.
Maria Cecilia Genove, Professor, Silliman University
MACARTHUR SHRINE, Palo, Leyte
I visited MacArthur Shrine in November 2017. Considered as a national historical landmark, the Shrine is a significant part in our history as this was a promise of Gen. Douglas MacArthur to return to the country to drive away the Japanese forces, which he fulfilled in October 1944.
Mayrold John Alonsagay, VMA Global College Guidance Counselor
TEMPLE OF LEAH, Cebu City
Dubbed as “Cebu’s Taj Mahal”, the building of the Temple of Leah is a grand gesture of love from a husband to his late wife. But unlike the Taj Mahal, which is a mausoleum, Temple of Leah is a shrine holding the memory and treasures of Leah Albino-Adarna, the late wife of Teodorico Soriano Adarna. Some say the temple has become one of Cebu’s most visited attraction. Its gaudy look triggers the curious to check out how an act of love worth P80 million (reportedly) looks like.
Ana Batisla-on, Department Head, NOHS
SAN JUANICO BRIDGE, Leyte & Samar
I’ve crossed the bridge twice, the most recent was in December 2017. I was still in awe and amazement with the beauty of the place and the sense of mystique that surrounds it.
Ace Balboa, Public Information Officer
BAGO-ABAP GYM, Bago City
Inaugurated on November 23, 1978, this gymnasium housed the training of the greatest Filipino boxers of all time- from the Velasco brothers to King Arthur Villanueva to Rogen Ladon earning my city “The Boxing Capital of the Philippines”. This is where legends are born.
Javi Millan, Senior High School Graduate
FORT SANTIAGO, Intramuros, Manila
During our educational field trip to Manila l in 2016, we visited Fort Santiago, and I immediately fell in love with how beautiful the fortress is. The walls have beautiful emblems and scenes carved onto them, truly embodying the Philippine culture during the Spanish Era. The defense fortress is part of the structures of the walled city of Manila referred to as Intramuros. A notable event that transpired within these walls was the imprisonment of our national hero, Jose Rizal.
All over the fort are different sculptures and installations that remind us of Jose Rizal’s sacrifice. Footsteps leading to his cell, and a statue of him in his cell. Even the guards throughout the fort are dressed like the guards during the Spanish Colonial Era.*
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