Balantang Memorial Cemetery National Shrine

Jommel Tactaquin [02/17/2016]

Balantang Shrine was built in honor and memory of the gallant men and women of the 6th Military District, under the command of General Macario Peralta, who liberated the island of Panay from the Japanese Imperial Army during World War II.

A national shrine located at Balantang, Jaro, Iloilo City and the only military cemetery established outside Metro Manila. It is the site of the bloodiest battle of the guerrilla forces of Col. Macario Peralta, Jr. that occurred in the hallowed grounds of Balantang. The battle started in 06 February 1945 up to the liberation of Iloilo City on 20 March 20 1945.

Declared as a National Shrine on 13 July 1994 by virtueof Proclamation No 425. ite Memorial Cemetery Museum displays World War II vintage firearms, 81 mortars, photographs and situation maps depicting historical events. The cemetery also houses the Tomb of the Unknown