Time Travel

The waters of Manila Bay was calm that fine Saturday morning. As as we arrived, we were greeted by Corregidor with the Bataan Peninsula on its north and Cavite on its south.

Corregidor is nearer to the province of Bataan but the island is under the municipal jurisdiction of the province of Cavite.

Corregidor, which in Spanish meant “to correct”. It was believed that the island was the “checkpoint” for all ships entering Manila Bay, given its strategic location at the mouth of the bay. It was also where people being punished were sent to serve for community service. Because of this background, the Americans fondly called it “the Rock”.

Reaching the island, there were 7 available tranvia or trams to choose from. We chose the tram no. 3 with Armando as Tour Guide and Jerry as our driver.

Let me share some photos I got from Corregidor. Click the photos to enlarge.

Battery  Way. It is said to be the most intact of Corregidor’s artillery batteries. The Construction for this battery began in 1904. It was completed in 1914.

Mile Long Barracks. where the army officers and enlisted officers stayed. It is less than a mile but this three story building is the world’s longest barracks in the world during its time so it became known as the Mile Long Barracks.  It also served as headquarters of Gen. Mac Arthur.

Battery Hearn. The Americans started setting up Battery Hearn in 1918 and completed work on it in 1921.
It was one of the last major additions to Corregidor’s defense system which was intended to defend the island against enemy naval threat from the South China Sea.

The Lighthouse. Located at Topside on the highest point on the island of Corregidor, Towering proudly 628 feet above sea level Located on the island’s topside, it is the oldest structure standing in Corregidor The original lighthouse was built by the Spaniards in 1836. From the lighthouse one an see the spectacular view of the Manila Bay, South China Sea .

The lighthouse lies directly 6,972 miles west-southwest of San Francisco, 3,044 miles north-northeast of Sydney, Australia, and 692 miles south of Hong Kong.

Pacific War Memorial. Built in 1968 by the US Government, it was dedicated to the Filipino and American forces that fought in the Pacific during the Second World War.

Filipino Heroes Memorial. This was marked by murals that depict some of the country’s historic battles including the People Power Revolution of 1986. Inside is a small museum where you can take photos.

Japanese Garden of Peace – this garden features a 10-foot high stone Buddha with a reflecting pool, and a shinto Shrine. It is also used as a praying area for Japanese war veterans and the families and relatives of Japanese soldiers who served or were killed in Corregidor during World War II.

The malinta tunnel. One of the main tourist attration in corregidor.  During the day tour you can witnessed a sound and light show which they offer for P150php. The show will take you through the different faces of the battle of Corregidor and a bit of the life of the island.  The tunnel served as the headquarter of  MacArthur during the battle of Corregidor until he had to leave the island.

The Malinta Light and Sound show was scripted by the late late Filipino fil director Lamberto Avellana.

The Corregidor tour was a history trip for me. Mang Armando was very informative and he shared the story of the war as if it happened yesterday. Every place we have visited has a story to tell. There were different kinds of cannons, eerie ruins, a good musuem and a lot of parks. As if a war never happened on it.

I totally love the place and I would recommend it to those who loves to travel around the Philippines.

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