A Goddess of Mercy war monument in Cebu

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Goddess of Mercy
Close up of the sculpture

It was one of those events at Marco Polo Plaza Cebu that Ka Bino, a heritage interpreter/tour guide, led me to an area overlooking the city and a little beyond the parking lot. There, a statue of the Goddess of Mercy, stood. Below her was a plaque that dedicates this statue to the Filipinos and Japanese soldiers who perished in the area during World War II. Ka Bino added that from time to time, Japanese nationals come here to pay their respects to the dead.

It was the first time that I saw this one and didn’t really know the history of this place. But from the way the plaque puts it, this area might have seen heavy battle between the two sides. Unfortunately, I don’t have much information: what happened here? When? Who built this monument? Why Guan Yin or the Goddess of Mercy?

During World War II, when the Americans arrived in Cebu via the coast of Talisay and made headway to reclaim Cebu from the Japanese, the latter were said to be holding their bases at the hills. Was this one of the reason that heavy fighting happened in this area? I just hope that information can be had. Really got curious with this one.

Goddess of Mercy
The monument dedicated to the Goddess of Mercy
Goddess of Mercy
Plaque found below the statue
Estan Cabigas is freelance photographer, blogger and writer based in Makati City, the Philippines. A true blue Cebuano, he makes stunning images and meaningful photo stories. His work has been published in local and international publications including National Geographic Magazine, Geo (Germany), Sunday Times Magazine (London) and other publications.

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