Following the article on the Aquino Center, let’s continue the tribute to President Corazon Aquino by featuring the Manila Memorial Park, Sucat, where Cory is to be buried today. She will be entombed at the Aquino Mausoleum right next to her husband Sen. Ninoy Aquino. Earlier in the morning, a mass was held at her wake at the previously featured Manila Cathedral.
After the mass, her remains will be brought to the Manila Memorial Park. The funeral route runs from Manila Cathedral in Intramuros exiting at Anda Circle, then south along Roxas Boulevard, turning left to Quirino Avenue, then right to the South Luzon Expressway. The route then exits at Sucat before going west to the Manila Memorial Park. You can view the route at this map I created in Google Maps. (I will be updating the map later with some more details especially the route inside the the Park itself.)
Photo from the Manila Memorial Park website.
The Manila Memorial Park in Sucat is one of the (if not the) oldest memorial parks in the country (being opened in 1964) and I think it is the largest memorial park or cemetery in Metro Manila. It is managed by the Manila Memorial Park corporation which also operates other Manila Memorial Parks (like the one in Bulacan and in Dasmariñas, Cavite).
I haven’t been inside the park since we don’t have relatives buried there; our family goes instead to the Garden of Memories Memorial Park in Taguig and the Obando Cemetery in Bulacan. But my family does own some plots in the Manila Memorial Park. What I like about MMP as I’ve seen from pictures is that it definitely looks like a park instead of just as a memorial park. There’s lot of open spaces, gardens and greenery, as well as ponds and fountains. It seems like quite a serene place actually.
Anyway, if you want to learn more about the park, you should visit the official website.