Manila American Cemetery, Manila

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    Largest WW II Memorial in South East Asia (2)

    by machomikemd Written Aug 7, 2014

    Part two of my Manila American Memorial Tips with more pictures

    the Manila American Cemetery, Located in the luxe Fort Bonifacio Global City, was formerly part of the Fort William Mckinley (now renamed Fort Bonifacio) of which large tract of land besides the Cemetery where sold by the Philippine Government to Private Investors and is now a Luxe Destination in the Philippines. This War Memorial and Cemetery that Honors American, Philippine and Allied Military Dead is one of the two largest WWII memorials in the Pacific (the other one is at the Punchbowl in Oahu, Hawaii, see my Honolulu Pages). This sprawling ground is about 62 hectares (152 acres). The Memorial, with a total of 17,206 graves, has the largest number of graves of any cemetery for U.S. personnel killed during World War II and holds war dead from the Philippines and other allied nations.

    The Memorial is maintained by the American Battle Monuments Commission.and the area was donated by the Republic of the Philippines.

    Opens: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. except December 25 and January 1.

    according to their website:

    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. It contains the largest number of graves of our 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. The headstones are aligned in 11 plots forming a generally circular pattern, set among masses of a wide variety of tropical trees and shrubbery.

    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. 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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    Largest WW II Memorial in South East Asia (1)

    by machomikemd Updated Aug 7, 2014

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    the Manila American Cemetery, Located in the luxe Fort Bonifacio Global City, was formerly part of the Fort William Mckinley (now renamed Fort Bonifacio) of which large tract of land besides the Cemetery where sold by the Philippine Government to Private Investors and is now a Luxe Destination in the Philippines. This War Memorial and Cemetery that Honors American, Philippine and Allied Military Dead is one of the two largest WWII memorials in the Pacific (the other one is at the Punchbowl in Oahu, Hawaii, see my Honolulu Pages). This sprawling ground is about 62 hectares (152 acres). The Memorial, with a total of 17,206 graves, has the largest number of graves of any cemetery for U.S. personnel killed during World War II and holds war dead from the Philippines and other allied nations.

    The Memorial is maintained by the American Battle Monuments Commission.and the area was donated by the Republic of the Philippines.

    Opens: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. except December 25 and January 1.

    according to their website:

    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. It contains the largest number of graves of our 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. The headstones are aligned in 11 plots forming a generally circular pattern, set among masses of a wide variety of tropical trees and shrubbery.

    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. 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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    The American Cemetery

    by balfor Written May 5, 2009

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    The American Cemetery in Manila is a memorial to the men who gave their lives trying to protect the citizens of the Philippines from the Japanese or upon it's recapture from the Japanese.

    Standing in the midst of the monuments to over 50,000 men and women who lost their lives in the Pacific during WWII is a very humbling and sobering experience. Not all of the men and women interred here were killed in the Philippines but this is only the largest of the cemeteries for those fighting for freedom during that war. The Filipinos have done them honor by maintaining the integrity and beauty of the memorial for the last half century while assisting those who have made the trek to visit the final resting place of lost family or friends.

    17,206 grave sites mark where the remains of our fallen soldiers are interred with a monument in tribute to another 36,279 whose remains were never recovered and are still listed as Missing In Action. Even if you don't have a relative interred here, it is well worth the trip just to honor those who died protecting the freedom people around the world enjoy, but especially the Filipinos.

    Gravestone on an unknown soldier Rows of fallen heroes The rows are just part of a field of heroes Caretakers put sand in them so they can be read My great uncles gravestone after the sand.

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    Manila American Cemetery & Memorial

    by limledi Updated Nov 6, 2008

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    This cemetery is very impressive. It's the most beautiful & cleanest cemetery I've seen. Very well-maintained landscape. The marble crosses are very well arranged. It is a memorial for American soldiers who died during World War ll. You can recall your history lessons here with huge maps & illustrations on the walls. Names of fallen soldiers also engraved on the walls. I find the cemetery guard snob though. He is not very accommodating to queries from tourists.

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    American Cemetery

    by VunjBarizo21 Written Jul 19, 2008

    You cannot locate a particular grave since all of it has no names indicated but you can check the entire names of buried Americans at the Wall near the Chapel.

    If anyone wants to visit the American Cemetery I'll be happy to guide you.

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  • Taal Volcano

    by phillygirlatheart Updated Apr 11, 2008

    Taal is one of the smallest, but very active Volcanos. For us, our once in a lifetime gift, to our neices and nephews.We drove from Manila to Taygaytay. We met our tour guide/contact. In our own vehicles, we followed him, down, down, down,to and through Batangas. A steep, winding road, drive. We had arrangements to rent two boats at a resort. Our picnic lunch and snacks went with us on the boat.-Good thing, or we would have starved ,if we had left them at the resort. The boat ride was fantastic. Simple boats, sun screen, life jackets ,blue water, excitement for an adventure ,we did not know what to expect. The view, a gift from God. The emotion, I can not express in words. I was told that God is everywhere, but up on that mountain, the view ,His presence, for a moment in time, I thought I had been mistaken all these years, because He was THERE,on Taal. 3.5 K up the mountain. All of us made it up, most walked all the way, a few rode "small horses"1/2 way up. Extrordinary, breathtaking views. A wonderful, family bonding experience. Each person with their own unique journey. The highlight of our trip! A must see! I made a mistake with this heading,obviously, not the cemetary. Sorry....

    Taal Volcano View going down the mtn to the boats Approaching by boat Crater Lake at top of Volcano,looking inside
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    Walk the Baywalk

    by AKtravelers Written Apr 30, 2006

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    One of the most entertaining things to do in Manila is to stroll along the nroad promenade between Roxas Boulevard and Manila Bay -- the Baywalk. During the day, you'll see people fishing (though I wouldn't eat that fish), people swimming (though I wouldn't touch that water), lovers kissing and other peope out just enjoying the sights (which include the people as much as the bay). At night, all the stacked chairs and tables are spread around and the place becomes one big celebration, where you can buy San Miguel, listen to live music and people watch all you want.

    Manila's Baywalk on a bright day
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    American Cemetery and Memorial

    by ahoerner Written Jun 13, 2005

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    Providing a quiet spot to retreat from Manila’s rat race, the American Cemetery near the Makati commercial centre is a welcome peaceful oasis, much visited by tourists, especially veterans of World War II. The hillside cemetery contains thousands of white marble crosses marking rows of graves of those who died in battle. The circular memorial contains the names of those missing in action engraved in marble columns; huge wall mosaics depict battle scenes from WWII, and a small chapel is located here.

    Impressive.

    American Cemetery and Memorial in Manila.
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    Pay them a Visit

    by Minnieg Written Oct 29, 2004

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    The World War II Manila American Cemetery and Memorial is located about six miles southeast of Manila, Republic of the Philippines within the limits of Fort Bonifacio, the former U.S. Army Fort William McKinley. It can be reached easily from the city by taxicab

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    more on the cemetery and memorial

    by syllybabe Updated May 5, 2003

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    Hermie is the cemetery's guide. The last time I was here, they colored the name with black paint to highlight it for pictures but apparently it only dirtied the marble so they now only use sand and rub it on the engraving. This way, it just gets blown away by the wind.

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    Manila American Cemetery

    by syllybabe Updated May 5, 2003

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    Chris (balfor) has a vt page dedicated to his uncle who died in service during the 2nd World War. I promised him I'd pay a visit to the cemetery again to check if he is buried there and yes, he is.
    Harold Fortner from Missouri, First Lt. died on May 12, 1942.

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    The Manila American Cemetery

    by syllybabe Updated May 5, 2003

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    A couple of years ago I brought an American friend here. It was my first time in this peaceful, green oasis in the middle of the concrete jungle of Makati.
    The manicured lawns and shady trees are a perfect backdrop for the rows of crosses on the gravesites.
    There is a hemicycle on which walls are listed the names of the Americans and Filipino scouts who gave their lives in service and who sleep in unknown graves.

    Quiet walk
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    American Cemetery and Memorial

    by ahoerner Written Jun 13, 2005

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    Inside the circular memorial those huge wall mosaics display the important battle scenes during WWII in Asia.

    Battle scenes in the American Memorial, Manila.
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