Metro Manila · Manila American Cemetery and Memorial
The Manila American Cemetery and Memorial is the largest overseas American cemetery. Thousands of World War II soldiers are burried here, and many more commemorated, as their names are written in the stonewalls of the war memorial.
Endless lines of white marble crosses, and occassionally a Star of David, extend in concentric circles over the grassy plateau on which the American Cemetery is located. 570 Philippine and 16,636 American soldiers are buried here, killed in the Philippines and New Guinea between 1941 and '45 while battling the Japanese.
The memorial is located in the center of the cemetery, with the names of 36,285 missing soldiers engraved in its walls. Large mosaic maps show how World War II proceeded in Asia and the Pacific. US President Obama participated in a wreath-laying ceremony at the memorial when he visited the country in April 2014.
With its tranquil atmosphere, acacia trees, and beautiful view over Manila and the surrounding mountains, the American Cemetery is a good place not only to honor the dead, but also to take a break from the hustle and bustle of the city.
Location & How To Get There
Manila American Cemetery is part of Fort Bonifacio. The only entrance is at the northern tip of the park. It is a 15 to 20 minutes walk from places like Bonifacio High Street, Market Market, The Fort Strip, or Burgos Circle. If you go by car or cab, you can reach the cemetery via EDSA/McKinley Road/McKinley Pkwy, or via C5/26th Street/McKinley Parkway, or via SLEX/Lawton Avenue.
Tel: (63) 2 844 02 12
Opening Hours: daily from 9 am to 5 pm (except December 25 and January 1).
Entrance is free. Visitors only have to register at the entrance and show an ID. A staff member in the Visitor Building will answer questions and escort relatives to grave and memorial sites.