History Stopover: Kamikaze Shrine
Whatever is your impression of a Kamikaze Fighter – either a suicide pilot or a valiant soldier of the Japanese Imperial Forces – it cannot be denied that they left a mark in our history during the Second World War. And at the small corner intersecting [sandwitching, etc] the two main highways of Mabalacat, a shrine dedicated for them was built. It was built not to glorify them, but to serve as a reminder of history and to mark peace and friendship between the two countries.
The Kamikaze East Airfield Peace Memorial can be found between the NLEX/SCTEX and MacArthur Highway in Barangay Dolores, in the town of Mabalacat, Pampanga (the western airfield is in Clark). More than often, this place is not easily noticeable due to the speed of the passing vehicles. Across the road opposite the shrine are rows of vulcanizing shops and parking spaces for large vehicles coming from far-flung provinces.
At the gate entrance, you will be greeted by a large torii, marking that you are about to enter a hallowed place. The site is small and there is not much details or information present. The first feature that is most likely to be noticed is a statue of a kamikaze pilot, and the flags of the Philippines and Imperial Japan on the wall.
The shrine is a very good place for a stop-over especially for history buffs.
The site is found between MacArthur Highway and NLEX-SCTEX.