I have always wanted to go to the Manila American Cemetery and Memorial in Taguig City to find my grandpa's grave... just kidding. There is not a drop of me that's American (though I found some Filipino names on the Hemicycle). I just wanted to take photos of the crosses, really.
According to the American Battle Monuments Commission website, the Manila American Cemetery and Memorial contains more than 17,000 graves, the largest number of graves of military dead of the Second World War. You can find more information by downloading the booklet here.
Quick info in numbers:
- 17,097 headstones consisting of 16,933 crosses and 164 Stars of David.
- 36,286 missing in action
- 29 medal of honor recipients
Wall of Missing
There are 25 maps portraying important campaigns in the Pacific during WWII.
The sculpture represents St George with the ideals for which he fought
(liberty, justice, country) and a child symbolizing the future.
Manila American Cemetery and Memorial
Global City, Taguig, Metro Manila
Open daily 9AM to 5PM
Except January 1 and December 25
If you plan to visit, please come in decent clothes. No jogging/exercise attire. According to a friend, although not in the rules, better not wear slippers especially if you're coming in on foot.