DAGUPAN CITY --- Minutes after the ceremonies commemorating Gen. Douglas MacArthur's landing at the Lingayen Gulf 73 years ago, the park named in his honor along the beach in Barangay Bonuan here melted back into obscurity.
Wreaths were offered on Tuesday at the base of the seven-foot monument of MacArthur, who, on Jan. 9, 1945, landed with Allied soldiers to free Luzon from the grip of the Japanese Imperial Army.
His black pipe visible from afar, the MacArthur statue cuts a solitary figure in the middle of the park, facing the land with Bonuan Blue Beach as backdrop.
The 1,000-square meter park has no flowering plants to brighten up the place n...
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