Pacific War Memorial


Corregidor Island in the Philippines is a historical place as well as a tourist destination. One of the main attractions in the island is the Pacific War Memorial located west side of the island. It was built by the United States Government to honor the American and Filipino servicemen who participated in the Pacific War. It cost approximately 3 million dollars and was completed in 1968.

At the Pacific War Memorial one can see the stunning dome which is a 6,000-square meter complex with a rotunda in which a circular altar falls directly under the dome’s open center through which light falls on the altar during daylight hours. It also has 14 murals showing the heroic battles fought by Filipinos from 15th century up to the present day. The structure was designed by Francisco Mañosa and inaugurated by then President Fidel V. Ramos last August 28, 1992. It is in this area that every May 6 at exactly 12:00 noon, the sunlight falls on the center of the altar and visitors are requested to offer a moment of silence since this is the time when Corregidor and the Philippines fell into the hands of the Japanese.

There is also a huge marker outside the Pacific War Memorial and the following words were engraved on the marker:” Erected to the Filipino and American fighting men who gave their lives to win the land, sea and air victories which restored freedom and peace to the Pacific Ocean Area”.

Pacific War Memorial

Pacific War Memorial

A few meters away from the Pacific War Memorial is the Pacific War Memorial Museum which houses relics and memorabilia related to the history of Corregidor.

Corregidor has been frequently visited by war veterans along with their families and friends because of the place’s history. With this, a lot of travel companies offer day tours on the island featuring military installations used during World War II.

Be sure to visit Corregidor Island soon!

Brothers in Arms

Brothers in Arms

Brothers in Arms Landscape

Brothers in Arms Landscape

Brothers in Arms Note

Brothers in Arms Note

Circular Altar

Circular Altar

Complex

Complex

Jim2x, RC, Lisa, Bouying inside the Dome

Jim2x, RC, Lisa, Bouying inside the Dome

Looking at the names

Looking at the names

Mark and Lisa at Pacific War Memorial

Mark and Lisa at Pacific War Memorial

Midday Photoshoot

Midday Photoshoot

Pacific War Memorial Damage Building

Pacific War Memorial Damage Building

Pacific War Memorial Building

Pacific War Memorial Building


This page is last updated on Jun 16, 2011 @ 1:28 pm
About the author
Mark Anthony Maranga Mark Anthony Maranga is a Web Designer based in Cebu, Philippines. He sells Balloons and Party Supplies in Mandaue City, Cebu and explores the Philippines tourist attractions. During his free time he take pictures and write blogs. Check his website design portfolio and know more about him.

  1. Andrew Hawley says:

    Such great pictures! So much has been done on the island since I visited (several times) in 1968. The Memorial was being finished at that time.I can see alot of effort has been put forth to make it a comfortable tourist destination.

  2. Etty says:

    Didnt know the forum rules allowed such brilliant posts.

Leave a Comment to this Article


PREVIOUS:

NEXT: