Plaza Cuartel
Plaza Cuartel
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John S
Poquoson, VA288 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Dan L
Bunbury, Australia7,762 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
Plaza Cuartel is regarded as a memorial park and shrine to the 153 Americans who were massacred there in 1944 in what became known as the Palawan Massacre. It was originally a Spanish garrison then a penal colony under Japanese invasion. Our visit was decidedly above ground, viewing the remnants of the old walls and the memorial with the various information panels throughout the site. The area is largely unkempt, more a park than memorial, but at least, the significance is remembered. Reading beforehand that there are dungeons; must be off limits as we didn't get to see any.
Written December 22, 2023
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alfredc466
Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia539 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018
Very much a garden with monument to remember the heroes in the WW past. Few posting on the history and the people that have sacrificed their lives to to help and win the war. The local would definitely appreciate the pain of the past that made the present.
Written June 20, 2018
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Katy Santos
Philippines519 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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SheelaDS
Manila, Philippines104 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2017 • Family
If you're not a history buff you can do away with the City tour. The plaza cuartel is included in the tour of 6 spots. there's not much to see.
Written June 11, 2017
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RPH52
Santa Clara, CA42 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2017 • Couples
This is the WW2 POW camp where 139 soldiers, mostly Americans, were killed in a massacre, December 1945. Eleven prisoners lived to tell their story, graphically described by U.S. Marine Glenn McDole, who is featured on one of the murals. Today it's a peaceful, shaded park with a view of the nearby bay. Its grounds are faithfully maintained by local residents. A moving experience.
Written February 7, 2017
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Jake2014jake
Pasig, Philippines600 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2016 • Friends
Plaza Cuartel is located just across the Immaculate Concepcion church of Puerto Princesa. It is an old fort where 150 American prisoners were burned to death by the Japanese during World War 2. The site is now a memorial park for these fallen soldiers to serve as a reminder of the atrocities committed during the war, as well as the sacrifice and heroism of many during that time. The park overlooks the sea in the distance, and is very shady and cool, owing to the numerous trees there, making it an ideal place to visit even during the heat of the day. The place is clean and maintained and entrance is free.
Written March 28, 2016
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Jesslei S
Footscray, Australia36 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2012 • Family
This is also part of our city tour. Great place and history but a very sad story. About a hundred plus soldiers were burned in this place and only 11 survived during the WW2.
Written January 22, 2012
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noleaveswilltravel
Baguio, Philippines115 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2011
The cuartel is a park located right across the cathedral and it features a sculpture symbolic of the war history in that area.
Written August 19, 2011
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roaming_kiwi58
Christchurch, New Zealand2,817 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
This is a very historic spot in the city of Puerto Princesa. Originally it was built as a garrison by the Spanish. The Japanese imprisoned American soldiers here during WWII. When the Japanese realised they would lose the war, they murdered many American soldiers. Only a handful escaped. The area is now a park. The cathedral is across the road.
Written July 1, 2023
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