Posted by: hoz49 | April 15, 2008

The Manila American Cemetery and Memorial

Despite having visited Manila before I had never been to the American Cemetary. I asked Rita to bring me there on our day tour.

The Manila American Cemetery and Memorial is located within Fort Bonifacio on 152 acres. The property is maintained by the American Battle Monuments Commission and is immaculate. With 17,206 graves it is the largest cemetery in the Pacific dedicated to the men killed during WWII. The cemetery also holds war dead from the Philippines and other allied nations. When we entered I noticed the gates are manned by US Embassy guards.

 


The chapel

 

The “Hemicycles” L-R

One of 25 mosaic maps outlining WWII in the Pacific.

On the walls of the hemicycles are inscribed the names of 36,282 of the missing who gave their lives in the service of America and who rest in unknown graves.

The names of Filipino Scouts are also included on the walls

 


The area around the Manila American Cemetery, as you can see from the above picture is rapidly being developed. What was originally a 10 square mile property is being sold off to national and foreign companies and countries. Several foreign embassies are being built there. This is amazing since the chain of title to Fort Bonifacio is in doubt from the US taking ownership during the American colonial period to Former President Fidel Ramos issuing his own dubious Original Certificate of Title (O.C.T. SP 001) to Fort Bonifacio Development Corporation in 1995. It is said Ramos became on overnight multi millionaire by taking a commission on said sale. That’s Philippine politics! We can only hope that the sanctity of the American Cemetery will be kept intact, and that a suitable “green area” be maintained surrounding this sacred ground.

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  1. wow what a facade. cemetery with huge commercial buildings behind it.


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