Manila American Cemetery and Memorial

Manila American Cemetery and Memorial

The Manila American Cemetery and Memorial is situated on plateau covering 152 acres (615,000 square metres).  This is the largest cemetery in the Pacific dedicated to U.S. Personnel that were killed during World War II.  I found the Manila American Cemetery and Memorial unique, because the headstones are made out of marble and are arranged in eleven symmetric plots that form an enormous circular pattern. 

I also enjoy the pleasant and peaceful surroundings of the tropical trees and shrubbery.  There is also a beautiful chapel that is in the center of the 17,206 graves.  In front, there is a wide terrace that has rooms on each end. 

There are 25 large mosaic maps in the rooms that list the achievements of the United States Armed Forces in the Pacific, India, China, and Burma.  In addition, there are 36,282 names inscribed on rectangular Trani limestone piers.

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Quiapo Church

Quiapo Church
Quiapo Church

The Quiapo Church is one of the most famous churches in the Phillipines. If you plan on visiting, keep in mind that every Friday, this church becomes very crowded due to thousands of people showing up to light a candle in honor of the Black Nazarene.

The Black Nazarene is a grand statue of Jesus Christ that is believed to be miraculous by devotees.

Surrounding the Quiapo Church are vendors that sell candles and amulets. I found the amulets and trinkets to be very interesting. They make a nice tourist gift either for you or someone you know.

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