Filipino-American Friendship Park

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The Filipino-American Friendship Park is one of the parks located in Corregidor Island in the Philippines. It is a small formal garden that was created in commemoration of the partnership and shared experiences of the Filipinos and Americans who had fought together in the Pacific War during World War II in the Philippines. The park's most distinctive feature is Brothers in Arms, a 10-foot-high bronze sculpture by Filipino artist Manuel Casas, depicting an American soldier supporting a badly wounded Filipino soldier.

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Description

The park consists of a small walled garden area behind the Pacific War Memorial. Its most distinctive feature is Brothers in Arms, the tall bronze sculpture that stands on a small stone mound in the midst of a circle of greenery in the center of the park. This work by Manuel Casas depicts a Filipino soldier being supported by an American soldier. The Filipino soldier is badly wounded, with a bandage around his head and with his arm bandaged and in a sling. He is leaning on the taller American soldier. The monumental sculpture, standing 10 feet high, was created to capture the sense of comradeship that grew between the Filipinos and the Americans who were fighting side by side in the war. A large plaque may be seen in the park in front of this statue expressing the following sentiment: "In these hallowed surroundings where heroes sleep may their ashes scatter with the wind and live in the hearts of those who were left behind. They died for freedom's right and in heaven's sight. Theirs was a noble cause.” On either side of the sculpture are flagpoles, one with the Philippine flag and the other with the American flag.

Location

The Fil-Am Friendship Park is located in the sector of Corregidor Island known as Middleside. Adjacent to the Topside or the highest sector of Corregidor Island, the park is directly behind the Pacific War Memorial. Middleside also contains the aviary and bird park, Battery Way and Battery Hearn, the Youth For Peace campsite, the wartime YMCA, Middleside barracks, officers’ and privates’ quarters, the post stockade, the officers' club, warehouse and other wartime utility buildings.

See also

References

  • Conde, Mary Anne R. “Corregidor Island: Ruins, Relics and Remembrances.” In Manila Bulletin, March 29, 2000. [1]
  • Corregidor Island Official Website. [2]
  • Manansala, Alan T. “The Island of Corregidor: Bastion of Freedom and Courage.” [3]

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