Thursday, January 03, 2008


When I was new to blogging, I have taken it upon myself to see in person the places that I've read in other blogs and in publications to fully appreciate them - historically and aesthetically.

One of the obscure monuments that I came across during my adventures is this martyrs memorial on the Muelle del Banco Nacional immediately beside the Pasig River. You can just imagine how lonely it may have been prior to the "renovation" of this area by former Mayor Lito Atienza, standing all alone on this most desolate place.

This is the Filipino-Chinese World War II Martyrs Memorial. Forgive me if I cannot provide information because the marker has already been removed. UPDATE: The marker reads, "This memorial was erected on June 12, 1995 by Confederation of Filipino Chinese veterans in remembering and honoring the anti-Japanese heroes who died in defense of our country during the Second World War in 1941 to 1945." (Source: Tutubi Patrol) I assume this is being transferred somewhere where it can be more appreciated.

Little is known about the community's contribution to the war efforts. In an article by Col. (Ret) Frank B. Quesada, Former Senate Committee Secretary Veterans and Military Pensions, Associate, PMA Class ‘44, the group was dubbed - expectedly enough - the Ampaw Unit. This came about because they acted as ampaw (puff rice) vendors but were actually trained men who did spy work against the Japanese for the guerilla movement. For more details, you can read this article.

To our Filipino-Chinese brothers, may the bravery of your ancestors be never forgotten.

Note: Fellow Manila blogger Photowalker has photos of the dismantling here. UPDATE: The memorial has been transferred to the Plaza Pedro Calderon de la Barca (fronting the Binondo church).


Photowalker said...

I was there when they took it down last Jan. 4.

Citizen of the World said...

Really? Any idea where they are taking it?