After Baker's Hill, it was time to move on and we discovered quite a popular historical place, the Plaza Cuartel. This was a former site of Japanese military post where 143 American soldiers were mass executed during the World War II. The Japanese Imperial Army Kempei-Tai burned them alive in December 1944. All soldier's remains were brought and now lie at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, Missouri.

Plaza Cuartel

Today, Plaza Cuartel serves as a memorial park in honor of local heroes, and American soldiers. At the center of the plaza, there's a bronze memorial marker for the 143 American POW. There are also 11 names of Survivors inscribed on the marker.

The Memorial Marker

The plaza is now a quiet and contemplative area, but after school hours it is frequented by school children. While I was taking photos of the surrounding, a little girl called me, "Ate, ate, gusto niya magpa-picture." (Sister, sister, he wants to have a picture), pointing to her male friend. The blushing boy said, "Hinde po totoo yan, ate." (That's not true, sister). Before I could speak, there was some little commotion and grumbling as to who was telling the truth. I called them all and told them to get ready to strike a pose. In the blink of an eye, the four of them consented and clumped together as if nothing happened. hahaha... that's what I like about children.

Here they are...

Toodles, until next time,
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  1. AnonymousJuly 12, 2008

    good some kids frequented the area. it somehow erased its creepy past. very historical spot.

  2. wow, you're all over the place! don't you get tired? though i love travelling!

    you're lucky to be able to just go whenever you please!

    take care!

  3. @ the islander:
    Yup, the presence of children always creates a pleasant ambiance and detracts from the sinister atmosphere.

  4. @ mummy sheng:

    Oh how I wish, hubby and I can travel and tour whenever we wanted to go, but that’s not the case. We travel if we only have the time and the FUNDS. hehehe…

    Travel is a bit tiring but great bonding experiences filled with wonderful memories is a treasure.
    What makes travel interesting it makes us more tolerant of others differences, more understanding and considerate. :)

  5. creepy to think about what it was once used for


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