Information about Capas National Shrine
The Capas National Shrine is a 70-meter-high, black obelisk hovering over the 54 hectares of parkland planted with rows of trees to represent each of the dead. This monument was built in the province of Tarlac to honor the brave men and women who defied the might of the invaders at Bataan during World War II. Along with this, its location is where the infamous 97-kilometer march or the Bataan Death March ended.
The center of attraction in the whole shrine is the black obelisk, but it is not your basic four-cornered obelisks; it is segmented into three posts that meet at the top. Surrounding the obelisk are three walls or the “Wall of Heroes Memorial,” engraved on these walls are some of the names of identified Filipino soldiers who died during the march.
Aside from the main shrine, three smaller memorials near it are dedicated to the countries whose nationals died at the camp: the Philippines, the United States, and the Czech Republic.
Best time to visit
Since the shrine is an outdoor site, it's best to visit during the Philippines' dry season (December to May).