Travel: The Manila American Cemetery

01 March 2010


Travel: The Manila American Cemetery


I wanted to spend quality time with my little boy differently as compared to our usual weekend mall/restaurant/drive around town activity. Sean’s almost 7 years old — it’s about time that Sean learn more about peace and war, of life and death, of patriotism, heroism, and natiolism. It’s about time to learn beyond usual GI Joe action figures.


The best way to explain the concept of war was to spend quality time with him in the largest number of graves of the military dead of World War II — a total of 17,202, most of whom lost their lives in operations in New Guinea and the Philippines.


From lazily walking around Serendra and BHS (Boni High Street), we found ourselves driving to The Manila American Cemetery and Memorial one late Sunday afternoon.

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“The Manila American Cemetery and Memorial in the Philippines occupies 152 acres on a prominent plateau, visible at a distance from the east, south and west…The headstones are aligned in 11 plots forming a generally circular pattern, set among masses of a wide variety of tropical trees and shrubbery.
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The cemetery is near the airport — see airplane preparing to land.
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Almost perfect symmetry
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The chapel, a white masonry building enriched with sculpture and mosaic, stands near the center of the cemetery. In front of it on a wide terrace are two large hemicycles. Twenty-five mosaic maps recall the achievements of the American armed forces in the Pacific, China, India and Burma.
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On rectangular Trani limestone piers within the hemicycles are inscribed the Tablets of the Missing containing 36,285 names. Rosettes mark the names of those since recovered and identified. Carved in the floors are the seals of the American states and its territories. From the memorial and other points within the cemetery there are impressive views over the lowlands to Laguna de Bay and towards the distant mountains. ”
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Travel Date: 21 February 2010
Budget: N/A
Place: The Manila American Cemetery and Memorial
Address: #1 Lawton Avenue, Global City, Taguig, Metro Manila
Telephone Number: +632 844 0212
Others: Go to the Manila American Cemetery in the late afternoon when the sun’s not as hot and harsh, preferably an hour before the gate closes. Gate closes at 5 PM.


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