Plaza Cuartel of Palawan

Used to be a military defense base during the World War II, the Plaza Cuartel is where the Japanase soldiers burned approximately 143 American prisoners of war on December 14, 1944. Some survivors swam in the sea to going to the town of Iwahig. The remains of the victims were brought and buried in St. Louis County a common grave at the National Cemetery Barracus Jefferson, Missouri, USA in the year 1952.

At the Entrance Gate of the Military Headquarters

At the Entrance Gate of the Military Headquarters

Plaza Cuartel is now one of the tourist spots in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan. Located just in front of the Palawan Cathedral, this old military defense base still has some of the remnants of what used to be a huge headquarters.

This place marks the price of freedom. The lives of those who fell in bondage and battle here bind the people of America and the Philippines in common humanity. The Plaza Cuartel is the witness to the trials of many Filipino, American and Japanese soldiers who fought and died during the World War II.

Strategically located near the seaside area of Palawan, the Plaza Cuartel is open daily from 8am to 6pm. Local tourists and foreigners visit this place for a few minutes to have a short glimpse of what happened decades ago.

The Plaza Cuartel is about 200-meters from the Palawan Baywalk Park. So if a tricycle driver encourages you to visit the park, try asking him the way to the church and the Plaza Cuartel as it is just a 3-minute walk from the seaside park of Palawan.

The fountain inside the Plaza

The fountain inside the Plaza

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