Headstones against the setting sun at Manila American Cemetery.

Manila American Cemetery

Overview

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 17,058, 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.

Dedicated
1960
Location
Philippines
Burials
17,058
Missing in Action
36,286
Acres
152.00

Cemetery Information

Visiting Hours

The cemetery is open daily to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., except December 25 and January 1. It is open on host country holidays. When the cemetery is open to the public, a staff member is on duty in the visitor building to answer questions and escort relatives to grave and memorial sites. A valid photo ID is required for entrance to the cemetery.

Contact Us

Manila American Cemetery
McKinley Road, Fort Bonifacio,
1634
Taguig City
Philippines
tel Phone: 011-632-844-0212

Visitor Center

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.

News and Events

President George H.W. Bush, who died on November 30, 2018, paid his respects at multiple ABMC cemeteries during the course of his lifetime.
In World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War, millions of Americans served far from home. In the various conflicts, service members...
November 20, 2018 marks the 75th anniversary of the assault on Tarawa, which precipitated one of the bloodiest and most intense battles of...
In World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War, millions of Americans served far from home. In the various conflicts, service members...

Manila American Cemetery

Manila American Cemetary

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