The Plaza Memorare is known for its Memorare Manila Monument, a statute that depicts
and remembers the lives lost during the liberation of Manila, bravely fought by Filipino
and American troops against the Japanese forces.
Peter De Guzman sculpted the monument. It was announced publicly on the 18th of
February 1995, and can be found at the center of Intramuros, specifically located at the
Plaza de Sta. Isabel. The monument was made mainly through the initiative of a private
and non- organization, called The Memorare-Manila 1945 Foundation Inc., The founders
of this organization are the survivors of the Battle of Manila and their successors.
What to See
The monument highlights a figure of a woman wearing a hood sitting on the ground in
great misery and grief for the lifeless child she carries in her own arms. Aside from them,
there are six other figures of human around them, depicting suffering and despair, a result
of ruthless abuse and massacres that happened in the city done by the Japanese soldiers
on Filipino civilians during the city's liberation.
What to Do
The Memorare is located in the walled city of Intramuros. If you are interested in culture
and history, a walk around the area is the perfect thing to do. There are nearby attractions
that can feed your curiosity with history, and take you a trip down Intramuros' memory
lane. You can visit well-known spots like Fort Santiago, Rizal Shrine, San Agustin
Church, Manila Cathedral, Bahay Tsinoy and a number of museums. These places will
surely enrich your knowledge on Philippine History. And of course your tour around the
area would be more exciting if you will take the Calesa Tour, a serene ride on the streets
as it take you to the places you want to see.