As time marches on from when World War II ravaged nations and claimed millions of lives in the Pacific over seven decades ago, the relevance of wartime memories and other memorabilia keeps growing in the Philippines.

Aside from museums built and operated by the government, private spaces that display wartime artifacts are getting a lift, and the sites of the battles continue to draw visitors' interest.

The Philippines was a major battleground at the time, as the United States sought to retake its former colony from the Japanese invaders.