Manila Memorial Park is a treasure trove of tombs, family mausoleum, flora, fauna and famous personalities.
walking or jogging around the park is a healthy option to enjoy the scenery. The park is ideal for spotting some insects, birds or even flowering plants.
Among the unique tomb is the pyramid shaped tomb of Mr. Pedro T. Patalinghug Sr.
Pedro T. Patalinghug Sr. tomb
Pyramid shaped tomb of Mr. Pedro T. Patalinghug Sr. who died in 1975.
chinese temple style mausoleum
frangipani/ plumeria aka kalachuchi
This chinese temple style mausoleum had several decades-old kalachuchi / plumeria or frangipani trees blooming.
traveller palm, kalachuchi, mango tree, royal palm, mussaenda hybrid
Ravenala madagascariensis, commonly known as traveller’s tree or traveller’s palm
Familia Rocha-Perez mausoleum
Famila Rocha -Perez mausoleum is overrun with Ficus pumila which reminds me of an open type tomb at the Manila Chinese Cemetery. The family tomb also had palms and potted sanseviera / mother- in- law plant.
Catañeda family mausoleum with Ficus pumila creeping into the walls of the family mausoleum.
L- R Dr. Nicanor Reyes Sr., Teresita M. Reyes, Amparo Reyes, Luis M. Reyes and Alfredo M. Reyes
Reyes-Montinola family mausoleum- I have been to this mausoleum several times. Paying my homage and respect to the founders of Far Eastern University.
Reyes- Montinola family mausoleum
The outer and inner wall had old Ficus pumila creeping of the walls of the family mausoleum. The hedges are planted with Hibiscus or Gumamela hybrids.
Mr. Geronimo Velasco tomb- The walls had creeping Ficus pumila, palms, crotons and bermuda grass. The family tomb is located just beside the Reyes-Montinola family mausoleum.
Montinola-Varona family mausoleum
Montinola-Varona family plot is neatly planted with bermuda grass, blooming boungainvilleas, auracaria and sansevieria plants.
classic with touch of modern style
Bangkok Kalachuchi or Adenium obesum hybrid blooming
Antonio Welborn mausoleum
Manila Memorial Park creek area
There were several ficus trees, bougainvillea hybrids and hedge plants planted in this portion of the park. The creek which flows within the manila memorial park property is dirty and needs periodic flushing to remove the trash.
columbary units with cycad
The columbary area had some man-made cave with planted areas for foliage anthurium, ficus, dracena plant and aviary. There is also an aviary where a couple of crows are kept.
Euphorbia millii hybrid
Some family plot owners and caretakers prefer to plant Euphorbia millii hybrid within their designated area. According to them, It save them money and their brightly colored flowers also serves as flower arrangement. This also avoid some park goers to pick them since these plants are thorny.
Court of Eternal Tribute
The adobe entrance also had several Ficus trees planted to create an effect.
Royal palm, Bunga China were some of the palms planted in this family mausoleum
modern neo-gothic style mausoleum
Lagdameo-Revilla family mausoleum
Hibiscus or Gumamela flowering
a circular family mausoleum
family mausoleum with a lot of bromeliad hybrids and date palm
Limpe Family mausoleum
bromeliad hybrid planted in a family mausoleum as hedge
Japanese-modern family mausoleum
Evangelista -Ongpauco family mausoleum
Carunugan family mausoleum
Carunungan family mausoleum is chic and shabby style architecture. With large windows, natural light can enter the mausoleum. This looked like a tooth from a distance.
Guatemalan rhubarb ( Jatropha podagrica), sometimes mistakenly called tropical ginseng. A deciduous ornamental often grown as a pot plant or in rockeries, this shrub has a thick gouty, swollen stem up to 60cm, often a few large leaves near the top of the plant.
This ornamental plant was introduced into the country during the Spanish colonial regime. This is normally used for landscaping, ornamental plant and hedge plant. This does not require frequent watering and does not have any medicinal value. Do try to eat any parts of the plant since it had a toxicity level of 2 and 3.
Dischidia ionantha or Manaog ka Irog naturalized on a tree
ornately decorated family mausoleum
chapel style family mausoleum
Tantoco-Rustia family mausoleum
Samson family plot with neatly manicured lawn and ornamental plants
Cabarrus Family mausoleum with family crest
Castillo family mausoleum – Mr. Horacio ‘Atio’ Castillo III is buried along with his grand parents. He was a University of Santo Tomas (UST) freshman law student who died due to hazing cause by frat members on September 17, 2017.
Don Mariano Lim mausoleum
mid-modern family mausoleum painted in apple green
This family tomb had several mahogany trees, talisay trees planted within their property.
There is problem in water supply in the memorial park. Those planning to plant ornamental plants or trees within their family estate. Try to choose native flowering plants and trees which can withstand drought, minimal care or even petty theft, like those picking flowers or branches.
Alstonia scholaris or Dita tree is a native tree which is commonly planted in open spaces, parks and glad to have seen several trees planted in this portion.
Kalaw -Katigbak family mausoleum
Barringtonia asiatica or locally called Botong/ Bitun/ Bitung/ Boton is another tree which is commonly planted in the memorial park.
Lim family mausoleum- This reflect combination of Filipino-Chinese, Catholic and simple modern mausoleum.
De Vera family mausoleum- This family mausoleum is located near Rico Yan , Angela and Narciso Ramos mausoleum. The mausoleum architecture is the same with the Lim family mausoleum since they were designed by the same contractor.
Co family mausoleum with blooming ixora / santans, Ochna serrulata / Mickey Mouse plant planted in cement plant boxes.
cannonball tree flowers
Couroupita flowers also have mild scent
Couroupita guianensis is also called Ayahuma or cannonball tree. This tree is extensively used as landscape tree in Manila Memorial Park and even at the Holy Cross Memorial.
Pisonia alba is also known as Lettuce tree, maluku or Koles maluku. The apple green leaves of this ornamental tree can be eaten and used as salad or fried into tempura. This ornamental tree used to be commonly planted in many parks, private homes and garden in the 1970’s till the late 1990’s.
Saw the mausoleums of AJ Perez, Ambassador Yuchengco along the way. There are also tricycle route inside the park. The special fare cost Php 30.
meditation tower – one of the landmarks of the park
One can visit Manila Memorial Park anytime. People could normally visit the park early in the morning to avoid the traffic and late afternoon.
Horticulture Walk and Visit to Family Mausoleums within Manila Memorial Park Part 1