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American Memorial Cemetery
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A must for any American visitor to the Philippines, the Manila American Cemetery and Memorial is a not only a great and emotional symbol of American heroism, it is also a beautiful testament to a complicated history of American intervention in the region.

Located in Metro Manila, the cemetery covers 152 acres, or 62 hectares, of total space and is the eternal home to more than 17,200 Americans killed fighting in the Pacific theater of World War II. Those buried may have either fought during the recapturing of Japanese held islands in New Guinea, or the Battle of the Philippines in 1941 and 1942. Even though it is surrounded by urban landscape, everything is surprisingly quiet and peaceful upon entering the cemetery, giving hundreds of wanderers each day the chance to be alone with their thoughts. As the largest resting place for Americans lost during the war in the region, the headstones themselves, which are made of marble.

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Abatan River

Abatan River

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Ayala Museum

Ayala Museum

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Widely considered to be one of the most important cultural institutions in the Philippines, the Ayala Museum was conceived by abstract painter Fernando Zobel. He originally envisioned a museum of history and iconography (and it still functions on both of those levels), yet it eventually developed into a fine arts museum of international renown.

Conveniently located in Markati (part of Metro Manila, one of the most populous metropolitan areas in the world), its collections of art, gold jewelry, historical dioramas, maritime vessels, and many other displays are dazzling and sure to impress. While visiting, plan on taking in some restorative sustenance amid the blissful ambiance of the M Café, which is located on the ground floor. It’s a perfect place to have lunch and a glass or cup of something stimulating before embarking on a further exploration of the museum. Complete with a Zen garden and a beautiful conference center.

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Subic Bay

Subic Bay

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