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Established on May 1947, the Libingan ng mga Bayani (LNMB) was first known as the Republic Memorial Cemetery. It was built by the Philippine government to pay tribute to the gallant Filipino men and women who brought honor to the country and fought for the sake of freedom and democracy during World War II. It was renamed to LNMB on 27 October 1954 by former President Ramon Magsaysay.

Its existence was in accordance with Republic Act No. 289, which provides for “the construction of a national pantheon for presidents of the Philippines, national heroes, and patriots of the country.” Those who are buried in LNMB include: Medal of Valor awardees; presidents; secretaries of national defense; chiefs of staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP); active and retired military personnel of the AFP who died in line of duty; veterans of Philippine Revolution, World War I, World War II and recognized guerrillas; government dignitaries and statesmen, and; national artists and scientists.

On 28 May 1967, Presidential Proclamation No. 208 was signed by former President Ferdinand E. Marcos to reserve 142 hectares from the Fort Bonifacio Military Reservation for the future expansion of LNMB.

Across the vast cemetery are several memorial pylons that pay tribute to individuals who were part of the wars the Philippines fought for.

For further information about the shrine, please contact:

EMMANUEL P. BISCOCHO

Shrine Curator II

09172592352

or

Philippine Veterans Affairs Office

Veterans Memorial and Historical Division

Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City

911-4296 / www.pvao.gov.ph