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Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Gen. Douglas MacArthur

Talking of Gen. McArthur, he has this monument in Palo Leyte, where he first landed with his troops in the Philippines on October 20, 1944. McArthur Park (where this monument is located) is just a few minutes drive from Tacloban, where many American and Japanese visitors come to have their pictures taken. The imposing monument used to be made of concrete but was destroyed during the Marcos regime. This was replaced by bronze statues commissioned by Imelda Marcos and renamed Imelda Park. Don't know who the artist was. After Marcos was deposed from power, every street and parks in Leyte that were named after them were named back to their original names. Thus Imelda Park became McArthur Park again. Anniversaries of the Leyte Landing are held yearly.

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