how I reached this place, there I was entering the gate. What a big place to roam! I realize now, you should have, or should reserve more energy for roaming the whole facility. Its a big compound with many things to see and discover! But first the name… gate signage says Mt. Samat Shrine. But officially, more formally. its name is the Shrine of Valor or the Dambana Ng Kagitingan at Mt. Samat! Entering the gate btw, does not mean you are really there! The big cross that is a tall building is still a hill to climb from the gate! Kah kah kah hehehe
Your car can only go up a certain level past the gate of the facility, so don't rely on that too much! There has to be some walking that everyone needs to muster. Actually, its climbing stairs or rampways! You can of course pretend to be an invalid or PWD so your vehicle may be allowed to go up to the big cross – though it won’t be as exciting at baka matuluyan ka pa hehe! But lets do this blow by blow as per my visit!
As the elevator ascended, I felt a bit jittery knowing that it was climbing up in a thin but tall building. Elevator-operator says this thing is equivalent in height to a 36 storey building. OMG! And if the elevator stopped or conked out? He did not say anything but just laughed. There are no intermediate floors in between like it is at office buildings where if your elevator is stuck over at 11th floor, you can crawl out to well, 11th floor! In this one… duuu!
Up at the top where elevator stopped and opened, I felt something like squirmy and uneasy. It is really high up in the clouds! Plus, the fact that this tall thing stands on a mountain, well, grand views everywhere, but it takes time and courage to getting used to! The view decks are themselves the two extensions of the cross. Yep, the arms of the cross and you know that it just extends from center with nothing below it. Oh my mana, this is even more tummy-tickling than circling the Macau Towers!
Oh, this is just the arms of the cross. There is still something above, right?! There are flights of steps just in front of the elevator that leads up to the top portion of the cross. But I did not anymore bother going up there - 1) because kids were huddled on those stairs, 2) because guard said there is nothing to see there, and 3) I thought I was already feeling dizzy at the height of this thing!
I saw someone… i knew she would have been a good resource, even if briefly. But let me tell you about that in the next story… aight?!