CAPAS,TARLAC-GATEWAY TO MOUNT PINATUBO CRATER


Capas is one of the most progressive town in the province of Tarlac. It is located south-west of Tarlac province. It is classified First class municipality. It has a population of 122,100 people in 18,350 households.

Region……………………………………….. Region III-Central Luzon
Province…………………………………….. Tarlac
District……………………………………….. 3rd District
Barangays………………………………….. 20
Land Area…………………………………… 376.39 km²

Our Town has built the Capas National Shrine. It was built and is being maintained by the Philippine government as a memorial to the Filipino and American soldiers ( 70,000 soldiers and back-up civilians) who died in Camp O’Donnell at the end of the Bataan Death March.

This is a memorable site of all Filipino and Americans veterans during World War II, that relates to Veterans Day in the Philippines. It was once a concentration camp subsequently serving as the burial grounds for thousands of Filipino and American soldiers who perished during World War II. The site was the ultimate destination point of the infamous Death March involving Filipino and American soldiers who surrendered in Bataan on April 9, 1942.

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

Another site, Sto. Domingo Death March Marker, which is located in Capas where about 60,000 Filipino soldiers who were camped and eventually unloaded to start the second phase of the tragic Death March.

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