Corregidor has been conquered by TBs.

Corregidor Travel Blog

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Sun Cruise Fastcraft
I have been wanting to go to the island of Corregidor long before Josh organized for TB to visit the island. I am just glad that I was with a great bunch of people from TB to do it.

Corregidor is an island situated at the mouth of Manila Bay. Long before the GIs converted this island as their base, the Spaniards had made used of the island as a sort of checkpoint for the sea vessels before they could reach the Fort of Manila. This was where the transaction of correcting their papers happened, thus the name Isla de Corregidor (or Island of Correctors) was given to the place.

Today, the tadpole-shaped Island (or sperm-looking island as sweetly put by our tour guide Carlos) is a poignant living museum to the horrors of war.
Mother Hen (or Mother Goose)
The island was fought bitterly by the Japanese invaders and American occupants during the World War II, especially in 1942 when it was defended by the machinery-deprived locals side by side with ill-equipped US contingent. Thousands of lives (Filipinos, Americans and Japanese) were the cost of the battle of Corregidor along with the destruction of the whole island. As described by one publication, the island had been utterly denuded by bombardment that it looked like a jagged end of incinerated bone, poking through the skin of the South China Sea.

To regulate the number of visitors, Sun Cruises has a monopoly of the island. They run day- and overnight trips. I took the daytrip as opposed to the majority of the TBs, who decided to stay for a night (and based from the pictures I saw, looks like they had lots of fun - a perfect mix - booze and karaoke).
Full Of Leeches like Jear


The fastcraft left Manila bay at 8:30 AM (delayed by few minutes from their schedule) packed with college kids and the 20 TBs. With nothing that caught my attention (or maybe I was too deprived of sleep because I had to wake up very early for this), I decided to close my eyes though the trip. After an hour and a half, we reached the island. We were welcomed by cars that lined waiting for the tourists to arrive - a crossbreed of jeep, a bus and a tram. TBs vehicle was Car no 5. Our official tour guide was Carlos - a nice bubble middle aged Filipino guy. I wonder where was he during the fall of Bataan.

The first major spot that we visited was the Filipino Heroes Memorial. As a camwhore that I am, I broke away from the group and decided to take photos of some tablets carved with the major "revolts" of our history.
Group Picture
One that caught my attention was the name Apolinario dela Cruz a.k.a Hermano Pule. Would it be a good idea that I used Hermano as my name too? Yuck, sounds like German Moreno - walang tulugan! Hahaha

Next stop was the Japanese cemetery, this is where we first saw big guns and on its far end was a Buddhist (or Shinto) looking structure - definitely the structure is not Buddha on any of his positions but some mother looking over to her sons.

After that, Carlos brought us to Malinta tunnel (Malinta means full of leeches). It was told that when this tunnel was being built, the workers encountered a lot of bloodsucking leeches. They started building it on 1922 and finished the whole tunnel complex a decade after. There was a 30 minute light and sound show inside - accounting every historical significance of the tunnel - being the center of operations of Americanos, a hideaway of our President that time - MLQ and his family where they celebrated one Christmas inside this place, and a temporary refuge of McArthur.
Mile Long Barracks
It was in Corregidor where he alleged to have said - "I shall return" after realizing that defending Corregidor was a losing cause. It was very dark inside, a claustrophobic would surely have an attack inside this tunnel.

We then hopped back to our vehicle, went for a very quick lunch - 30 minutes only.

After filling up, we then visited some ruins of some former barracks, followed by a visit to Battery Way. This is where we had our first feel of Corregidor - big guns, dark creepy rooms that looked haunted. Normally, I would first to jump from our car to take picture of the place, to enjoy the site with no muggles distorting my shots. After that, we went to the Mile-Long Barracks, the most photographed site in the island. If some didn't know the history of the place, he would think that this place is nothing but an ordinary looking abandoned bodega with no walls, no ceiling, no anything.
Pacific War Memorial


Not very far from the barracks is the Pacific War Memorial. This is where the war was romanticized - an altar was built with a white dome, and the sun is directly aligned to the altar every 6th of May, the day Corregidor and the entire archipelago of the Philippines fell into the reign of Japanese. From afar is the modern looking structure depicting a fire, with an inscription below that says - To Live In Freedom's Light Is The Right Of Mankind. Nearby is a war museum that offers visitors some airconditioning, a relief from a punishing heat outside. I would say the collections inside were not that bad either especially the bottle of coke that survived the tests of time. For me, this memorial site was the highlight of my trip.

After that we visited the Spanish Lighthouse and another battery - Battery Crocket.
where am i heading next?
During that time, the sun was in full force in punishing a moral like me. This was when I started feeling tired. Good thing, this is also the end of the trip. I have nothing else on my mind but to board the ferry back to Manila.

Five of the TBs decided to just take the day trip. I was asleep most of the travel time back to Manila.

As a revenge, I devoured a full meal in Jollibee upon reaching the mainland. Looking back, it was really an good trip with TB peeps.

And after seeing Corregidor and what's left of it, I would say that in any given war, it barely accomplishes anything and with hate, it accomplishes nothing. In the end, everyone loses.

jen_proudlypinay says:
waaahhhh!!!! di ako nakasama!! loser ako! LOSER!
Posted on: Oct 30, 2008
JeAr says:
nandilat ba mata mo sa gulat?!? bwahahaha!!! greetings from KL... :)
Posted on: Jul 27, 2008
planisphere says:
ay sus, salamat sa lahat! mga two days na walang smiles to kaya nakakagulat!!!! :)
Posted on: Jul 26, 2008
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Sun Cruise Fastcraft
Sun Cruise Fastcraft
Mother Hen (or Mother Goose)
Mother Hen (or Mother Goose)
Full Of Leeches like Jear
Full Of Leeches like Jear
Group Picture
Group Picture
Mile Long Barracks
Mile Long Barracks
Pacific War Memorial
Pacific War Memorial
where am i heading next?
where am i heading next?
Manila Bay
Manila Bay
TBs and pseudo-TBs
TBs and pseudo-TBs
Manila Bay
Manila Bay
No 5 is our number
No 5 is our number
Filipino Heroes Memorial
Filipino Heroes Memorial
Macario Sakay is part of this
Macario Sakay is part of this
Manuel Luis Quezon - I have been t…
Manuel Luis Quezon - I have been …
Karir!
Karir!
tadpole looking island
tadpole looking island
the museum
the museum
guns guns guns
guns guns guns
goodbye corregidor
goodbye corregidor
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