New Zealand Embassy Manila, The Philippines
Anzac Day 2013
The New Zealand and Australian embassies will again jointly host the Anzac Day commemoration in Manila. This will be held on Thursday 25 April at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier (Libingan ng mga Bayani) in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City, Manila, starting at 5:30 am.
The commemoration provides an opportunity for reverent reflection on the ‘Spirit of Anzac’ epitomised during the Gallipoli campaign, which is so much a part of the ethos and heritage of both New Zealand and Australia. The service will honour the sacrifice of those New Zealanders and Australians who lost their lives in time of war and in the cause of peace.
The Anzac Day ceremony is attended mostly by the New Zealand and Australian communities, but is open to anyone else who wishes to remember the fallen of those two countries.
Anyone attending the event is welcome to lay a wreath, although there is no obligation to do so. This is normally done by organisations with a particular association with New Zealand or Australia. People wishing to lay a wreath should make their own arrangements — a range of wreaths suitable for Anzac Day are available from Jamaica’s Floral Design (telephone 843 5821, 844 7676 or 0920 548 0109).
People attending are encouraged to wear medals. Personal medals should be worn on the left breast; medals of family members should be worn on the right breast.
If you are attending the commemoration please arrive by 5:15 am to allow a prompt start. A ‘gunfire breakfast’ will be available following the ceremony.
A location map is provided above.