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 17,184, 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 36,286 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.
Manila American Cemetery
McKinley Road, Fort Bonifacio
A new visitor center will open at Manila American Cemetery in 2019. Watch this video animation by Richter Architects to see what the new visitor center will look like. Exhibit design is being done by DG Studios.
Manila American Cemetery is located in the Global City, Taguig, Metro Manila, within the boundaries of the former Fort William McKinley.
A valid photo ID is required for entrance to the cemetery.
Travel via Car
Travel via Epifano de los Santos Avenue (EDSA) to McKinley Road. Take the McKinley Parkway inside the Global City.
Travel via Airplane
Nichols Field Road is the easiest access from Manila International Airport to the cemetery.
News & Events
During Memorial Day weekend ABMC sites will pay tribute to the more than 218,000 individuals commemorated at these overseas cemeteries.
Experience the history of World War II through a new interactive timeline. View maps, watch videos, see photos and read about the events that shaped the war.
During Memorial Day weekend ABMC sites paid tribute to the more than 218,000 individuals commemorated at these overseas cemeteries.