Plaza Cuartel

Plaza Cuartel, Puerto Princesa: Hours, Address, Plaza Cuartel Reviews: 3.5/5

Plaza Cuartel
3.5
Monday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Katy Santos
Philippines516 contributions
Dec 2019
Plaza Cuartel sits just near the Immaculate Concepcion Cathedral. This historical landmark pays tribute to American and Filipino soldiers who were victims of the second world war at the hands of Japanese soldiers. During the war, there were over a hundred American soldiers who were imprisoned in the tunnels of this landmark and were burned alive! However, 11 soldiers escaped the massacre and swim their way out to the sea. Some people say that they encountered paranormal experiences in this landmark due to its dark past. In the present, it’s a simple shrine with tall trees, educational boards, and ruins of old garrisons and historical tunnels.
Written November 16, 2020
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Xoxo_Zay
7 contributions
Feb 2020
This place is a place of murder so its normally creepy standing on a place where a 100 plus American soldiers were being slaughtered. Should I recommend it? well if you're a thrill seeker then go, the place is perfect for you. It's a place of world war 2 history after all.
Written March 12, 2020
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John S
Poquoson, VA257 contributions
Dec 2019
We went to visit the Cathedral and found this hidden gem across the street. It had a not too well maintained historical display outlining the murder of US service men in WWII who were prisoners of war. A tragic, but fascinating bit of history I didn't know about. I'm glad we found it and visited.
Written January 5, 2020
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KuyaKano
Puerto Princesa, Philippines149 contributions
Feb 2019 • Solo
To learn about the history of this site was a great experience for this US military veteran. There is even a book written by one of the soldiers who escaped, but to visit the place itself was truly an honored experience.
Written December 4, 2019
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Forrest S
Orange County, CA29 contributions
Nov 2019
I was not aware of the details of the americans held captive here during the war. But it is an interesting place to see. They tell the story you should be aware of. We were surprised to learn of the atrocities during the war.
Written November 18, 2019
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GreenThumb331
San Fernando, Philippines2,910 contributions
Dec 2018
Plaza Cuartel is a historical place to visit in Puerto Princesa. The significant facts about this old fort are surprising. The events that transpired here on December 14 1944 are not disclosed in Philippine history books in school. Most of the focus of the Japanese occupation in WWII is about Manila or the Yamashita gold.

Plaza Cuartel was a prison for 150 American POWs in WWII. The Plaza Cuartel used to be a garrison of Spaniards, overtook by Americans and then by Japanese. When the Japanese soldiers realized that they were losing the war, they put all American POW's in the dungeon, poured out drums of petroleum over them and lit them up alive. The eleven survivors who escaped narrated the story.

In the middle of the park is a bronze marker engraved with the names of eleven prisoners of war (POW) who managed to survive the horrible massacre by swimming their way out from the sea to Iwahig.
Written November 5, 2019
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milcah889
Quezon City, Philippines883 contributions
Apr 2019
A visit to Plaza Cuartel is always included in the itinerary of a city tour around Palawan. The breathtaking view of the sea takes on an eerily new meaning once you learn of the horrific war atrocities that occurred there. The plaza serves as a memorial to the prisoners of war who were massacred during the Second World War; and pays tribute to the handful who were able to escape such gruesome death. 10 to 15 minutes is more than enough time for you to fully explore the area (and the Cathedral beside it).
Written August 19, 2019
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roj1281
Houston, TX392 contributions
Aug 2018 • Solo
Plaza Cuartel is a historic WWII site where american and filipino soldiers were held captive. Very interesting to see and read the stories. Has a memorial with names of American POW's and suvivors. Nice garden to walk around and spend some time.
Written July 16, 2019
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Edwin Tee
Quezon City, Philippines113 contributions
May 2019 • Family
A plaza dedicated to the American soldiers who were massacred by the Japanese during World War II. It is small park and nothing much to see.
Written May 23, 2019
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cantiquelma
Jakarta, Indonesia401 contributions
Jun 2018
a historic place that is used as a tourist attraction in the area of Puerto Princesa city. this place reminds the history of this city itself
Written May 7, 2019
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