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Notes on the Geography of The Philippines: Manila: South and American Cemeteries

Manila has some remarkable cemeteries.  Here are two: the Manila South Cemetery, almost a town in itself, and the American Cemetery and Memorial from World War II.

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The South Cemetery is a perfect square, 500 meters on a side and subdivided by a neat street grid. Here we are at M and Main. 

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Nice little place.

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Perhaps you can't take it with you, but in this cemetery it's very clear who had it and who didn't.  The rich still have homes; the poor don't. The front room here is furnished so visitors can come and sit.  They do, too. It's a lot more peaceful than what's outside the cemetery gates.

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Some of the "homeless," with Makati in the background.

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Crowded in life, the poor are often crowded in death.

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Severely crowded.

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The American cemetery is more spacious, even though it contains 17,000 headstones.  That's nearly twice the number at the Normandy American cemetery.

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In the center and with Bonifacio Global City in the background, there's a monument consisting chiefly of two travertine hemicycles embracing a lawn.

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Reminiscent of the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C., each hemicycle has 24 pairs of fin walls, and they carry 36,285 names.

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The names identify Americans listed as Missing.


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