Situated in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City, the 615,000-sq. meter Manila American Cemetery and Memorial is the biggest cemetery in the Pacific for American soldiers killed during WWII. It also holds the remains of war victims from the Philippines and from other nations.
Graves of the fallen from WWII (Photo by Moody75)
The cemetery has 17,206 graves marked by white crosses. It also has a wide variety of shrubbery and tropical trees, making it a favorite picnic area for visiting families especially during the national holiday, All Souls’ Day (November 2). At the middle of the cemetery is a chapel with many mosaics, sculptures, and Trani limestone pillars inscribed with the names of all those who lost their lives fighting for America.
Fees and opening hours
The cemetery is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., except January 1 and December 25. Entrance to the park is free. You may ask a soldier from the entrance to escort you to the main sights. For more information, log on to www.abmc.gov or call 844-0212 or 813-2521.
How to get there
The Manila American Cemetery and Memorial is in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, within the former Fort William McKinley. You can access it through taxi or automobile via EDSA to McKinley Road then to McKinley Parkway inside Bonifacio Global City. You may also reach it from the Manila International Airport via the Nichols Field Road.