Ricarte National Shrine
Washington Street, Batac, Ilocos Norte, Philippines
Tel: +61 09972011888
Curator: Ronald M. Rigonan
The Ricarte National Shrine is devoted to General Artemio Ricarte who was born in Batac in Ilocos Norte Province of Luzon in the Philippines. The shrine consists of a memorial park, library and museum located to the north of Batac municipal town hall. The memorial plaque reads in part: "Captured by the Americans in 1900, Ricarte was banished to Guam in 1901. Refusing to take the oath of allegiance to the United States Government, he lived abroad, returning to the Philippines from Japan during World War II. Died in Barrio Nagparaon, Kalinga Mt. Province."
memorial park was completed in 1993, and
Pesos to build.
The memorial features a statue
field guns on display.
Library and Museum
Artemio Ricarte library and museum were
opened in 1997 at the cost of seven million Pesos. General
Artemio Ricarte was a Filipino Freedom
fighter and the first
of the Armed Forces
of the Philippines in 1897. During the American occupation refused
to vow any oath of allegiance to the Unites States after the Spanish
American War and was exiled to Guam, Hong Kong, Shanghai and finally
to Japan in 1915. Ricarte
lived in Yokohama from 1930 until December 1941 when
the Japanese flew him back to the Philippines. On December 21, 1941 he was flown by the Japanese to Aparri
Airfield. During the Japanese occupation of the Philippines, he toured the
provinces and promoted cooperation with the Japanese. During early 1945, he withdrew
with the Imperial Japanese Army (IJA) 14 Army under the command of General Tomoyuki Yamashita into the Serria Madre Mountains. On July 31, 1945 Ricarte died with Japanese forces at Barrio Nagparaon, Kalinga in Mountain Province. A small
museum has photographs and relics
several World War II era American and Japanese guns. Photography was not allowed inside the museum.