The ruins and the ruined.

Corregidor Travel Blog

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The United Nations row. With Nicki and Jason.

I've been so excited to finally join this trip. Not only because Corregidor was a tourist attraction I so longed to visit but also because I was going out of town with virtual strangers. With a budget of Php 3000 for the tour, I didn't have to think twice. The difference between a one time meet up for me versus a weekend out of town is that most would have their best foot forward for the former and you get to know the people on a more intimate level on the  latter.

This is exactly what happened to us on the Corregidor trip. Everyone was on a getting-to-know-you basis.

Energy was extremely high on the first day from the time we met up at Starbucks to the ferry ride.

The exotic row, sorry to cut you Foyan!
With the rest of the call center and foreign tourists dozing off, several of us remained awake. While the rest, getting dizzy from all the excitement, standing around, and the continuous toss of the waves decided to enjoy the free ammonia and their seats, I kept busy chatting and viewing the deck. It did take us sometime to see the clearer waters of the Manila bay. The ferry ride took at least an hour and 15 min.  

Docking in Corregidor we boarded the cute replicas of the trams from the war, bus no. 5, with the highly amusing and fluent Carlos as our guide, who I totally fell in love with (metaphorically!) We were on a hectic itinerary from the time we set foot till the day ended. Non stop touring of the Mile long barracks that would sometimes make the hairs on my back stand, seeing all the damage brought about by the tons of bombing the island endured.

We took our vitamins!
I greatly appreciated the way the structures were preserved, in all it's raw beauty. What was very interesting was the fact that there are no permanent residents of this island to give way to it's being a War Memorial. I can imagine the pollution it can face if it did have more inhabitants.

The Sounds and Lights show costing Php 150 was a great eye opener. Not that exciting to be honest but nonetheless interesting if you're a history freak. The bronze statues and voice overs trying desperately to give you a closer insight on the events of the war. With our famous broadcaster, Frankie Evangelista doing the voice of our former President Manuel L. Quezon, I'd say it wasn't so bad. I always get amazed when old age pictures are still preserved enough to get shot for a slideshow, though the quality was definitely not good, at least that was realistic.

Low battery charge
By the time this tour ended most were sweating and just wanted to board the bus (or was I speaking for myself?!) But funny enough I never knew the history of Corregidor till I took that tour, kudos to Sun Cruises!!!

Tons of batteries were viewed all around the island, all of which were repainted to preserve it I guess. I loved the part that Carlos threw the joke on a huge littered gun that lost its base, sharing that they've been trying to dispose of it for years to tourists as a souvenir but was obviously not very appealing. This he said could be creatively used by the women as pendants which got not a few guffaws and comments from our very wholesome group :p

We saw the disappearing guns which based on the explanation got its name from the direction of the bullets shot from it which my tired brain unfortunately could not digest at that time.

Most people dozing off while listening to our exciting speaker on Corregidor history

I liked the experience of going up the 56 steps of the lighthouse with my blood vessels on the verge of popping and me hyperventilating from my childhood fear of heights. The size of the steps are not so friendly though so better be careful lest you see yourself joining the Corregidor spirits in the future.

The effort of trying to get pictures and looking alive in the others was hilarious! A trait I love about Filipinos! As an example we decided to have our pictures taken at the lighthouse deck which was a narrow one-way metal floored path, how adventurous can you get!

We got our long anticipated rest for about 2 hours in the afternoon. Enjoying our time bonding while swimming at the beach and playing volleyball. What's really nice about the island is that it's so deserted so you can be as crazy and natural as you want to be without getting public attention.

Hurrah!! Now seeing the cleaner part of Manila bay

I took the overnight tour with 14 other Travel Buddies so I could partake of the sunset and sunrise tours (ideally!). The sunset tour involved going around another battery and the old hospital tour (which was the creepiest of all!) which supossedly had a cross design for its head. I didn't have the uncanny ability to see spirits but this place definitely gave me the creeps! Seeing all the graffitti again with the dates marking them, yikes, I could almost imagine myself in the actual scene! Feeling compassionate yet scared of what the soldiers endured during this era.

We then had to wait for the sun to set at a high part of the island. With the group's comedians keeping us entertained we were able to patiently wait for the majestic sun to set, a sight to really look forward to.

The buffet lunch we had did not last us long, though excited to wolf down our dinner, we still had to take the 1 hour tour around the tunnels.

We went through the same entrance in the lights and sounds show but went through the sub-lateral tunnels in greater detail. Armed with our Japanese soldier and hard hats (which I got allergies from as I think the Japanese smell was too fresh and realistic!) and our flashlights, a group of over 40 started exploring.

We got to experience the view of the huge limestones, bombed to create the tunnels, and concrete floors that had secret hideouts underneath. We had to be careful what with the all the huge steelbars protruding left and right and the rocky path as an after effect again of the heavy bombing.

Moving around to avoid getting seasick
Our flip flops certainly endured some beating. An exciting moment was the tour guide making us turn off our flashlights for over 2 minutes to experience the dark deafness of the tunnels. The only thing giving us the feeling of safety was the huge company. This was not too successful though when snickers started to burst from the back. The second time we were asked to endure the darkness was when we were asked to walk through a concrete tunnel. Again, this did not last long as scaredy cats kept on cutting the experience by switching their lights from time to time to see the path.

The regional accent of our tour guide this time was highly amusing (right Andy?!) but made his dry jokes fall on deaf ears most of the time (at least for me!)

Finally we got dinner close to 9pm and then decided to enjoy the  karaoke.

Acting sleepy! Wooh! Apo knowing his picture was being taken.
I did not find this fair though as we had to have tons of change since you had to drop a Php 5 coin into the machine for each song. The incriminating moments came after 2 bottles of rum and tons of beer. By this time almost everyone had tried out singing (even Nicki! hurrah!) with Andi, Foyan and Josh interpreting every live tune being sang! We did get to discover talented individuals such as Laineey, Lynne, Yhleen and Claire with Laineey always bagging the 100% score!  Yes I was bitter, I did honestly think the machine was picking favorites haha!! For a slow camera, mine got a fill of its crazy shots that night.

As expected, only one of us, our courageous Dennie was able to bear getting up for the sunrise tour, as I heard she got to experience the Japanese tunnels and trekking up to the highest point of Corregidor to see the sunrise, that must have been definitely something.

What the hey were you guys doing?!

Breakfast was just spent on reminiscing the embarassing moments of the evening and deciding on our next course of action. The Travbuddy's used up the rest of the morning taking another dip at the beach, chatting, reading stuff or getting sentimental MTV shots.

The boat trip back was more endurable for me, I no longer needed ammonia, I had the company of Foyan, Josh, Andi and Laineey. Separation anxiety was evident, upon bidding farewell to the island almost everyone still had a really late lunch together at Tokyo Cafe at Mall of Asia. After which some still continued on to watch the Dark Knight.

Every trip for me is memorable. You may or may not see the same people again but keeping in touch with them across the globe on at least one event would definitely last you a lifetime.

Getting excited with the tour
Go Travel Buddies!! Cheers to more travels!! Don't be a stranger!

blurbmoi says:
Gosh I just went through this blog again after so long and I freaking miss all you PINOY TB's I was with here. Sniff. We definitely had a crazy time then.
Posted on: Jun 22, 2010
blurbmoi says:
Thanks for the other great pics btw, Yheleen
Posted on: Aug 02, 2008
blurbmoi says:
I would like to thank....sniff, sniff.....God, my family and best of all..... my friendships!!!! Thanks for all the smiles and comments! I hoped to have given justice to our meet up. Got the features coz of all of you, sniff, sniff. You all rock!!! Keep smiling and travelling friends!!!
Posted on: Jul 24, 2008
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The United Nations row. With Nicki…
The United Nations row. With Nick…
The exotic row, sorry to cut you F…
The exotic row, sorry to cut you …
We took our vitamins!
We took our vitamins!
Low battery charge
Low battery charge
Most people dozing off while liste…
Most people dozing off while list…
Hurrah!! Now seeing the cleaner pa…
Hurrah!! Now seeing the cleaner p…
Moving around to avoid getting sea…
Moving around to avoid getting se…
Acting sleepy! Wooh! Apo knowing h…
Acting sleepy! Wooh! Apo knowing …
What the hey were you guys doing?!
What the hey were you guys doing?!
Getting excited with the tour
Getting excited with the tour
First stop: I shall return! McAr…
First stop: 'I shall return!' McA…
Sweet shot with Laineey and Yhleen
Sweet shot with Laineey and Yhleen
Gimik group
Gimik group
The first tunnel we saw
The first tunnel we saw
Loving the humor of our first tour…
Loving the humor of our first tou…
The american barracks
The american barracks
Creepy hallway
Creepy hallway
Yhleen negotiating with me to take…
Yhleen negotiating with me to tak…
We were all obviously athletic. Ku…
We were all obviously athletic. K…
Wait!!! Another picture! Whats th…
Wait!!! Another picture! What's t…
Supposed to look effort-ful but lo…
Supposed to look effort-ful but l…
Apo and the spirits! Dya see it?
Apo and the spirits! Dya see it?
Our cute tram
Our cute tram
the War Cannons, that are historic…
the War Cannons, that are histori…
The Corregidor bombers, in modern …
The Corregidor bombers, in modern…
More ruins caused by the numerous …
More ruins caused by the numerous…
Paying tribute to Shiva
Paying tribute to Shiva
Another statue, Gabriella Silang?!
Another statue, Gabriella Silang?!
Andi with all his might!
Andi with all his might!
War memorials
War memorials
Another view from the island, you …
Another view from the island, you…
Amazing that its safe to walk aro…
Amazing that it's safe to walk ar…
You wouldnt want your house to ha…
You wouldn't want your house to h…
The lights and sounds show
The lights and sounds show
Statues of the soldiers showing th…
Statues of the soldiers showing t…
You have tuberculosis! Get out of …
You have tuberculosis! Get out of…
Quezon raising the flag for the la…
Quezon raising the flag for the l…
Raising the flag, very dramatic
Raising the flag, very dramatic
Meeting adjourned
Meeting adjourned
The infirmary, why the typewriters…
The infirmary, why the typewriter…
In the War museum
In the War museum
In tribute to those who died in th…
In tribute to those who died in t…
Another porn star shot at the Paci…
Another porn star shot at the Pac…
Beautiful structure. With the sun …
Beautiful structure. With the sun…
The tadpole shaped island of Corre…
The tadpole shaped island of Corr…
So excited to climb the 56 steps o…
So excited to climb the 56 steps …
The view from the top of the light…
The view from the top of the ligh…
Full wal map
Full wal map
We cant complain, the opposite on…
We can't complain, the opposite o…
Views atop the lighthouse
Views atop the lighthouse
Boy was I scared, crowding around …
Boy was I scared, crowding around…
I think a fly caught in my throat!…
I think a fly caught in my throat…
I think this was the disappearing …
I think this was the disappearing…
Starting off the ruins
Starting off the ruins
Window view
Window view
I was not prepared!
I was not prepared!
Not without effort Jear! For the b…
Not without effort Jear! For the …
Old style hotel rooms.
Old style hotel rooms.
Wonderful view
Wonderful view
Exit through the window, for what?…
Exit through the window, for what…
Even the hallways were vintage
Even the hallways were vintage
The Corregidor hotel
The Corregidor hotel
Starting to feel spooked. The hosp…
Starting to feel spooked. The hos…
Writings from the old inhabitants,…
Writings from the old inhabitants…
The old kitchen
The old kitchen
Waiting for the sunset
Waiting for the sunset
Getting there
Getting there
Finally!!! the sun is sinking
Finally!!! the sun is sinking
Sunset skies
Sunset skies
Trying to look creepy.Guess whos …
Trying to look creepy.Guess who's…
Night tours through the limestone …
Night tours through the limestone…
The sweatshop of Japanese-helmet-e…
The sweatshop of Japanese-helmet-…
Not without effort, with the huge …
Not without effort, with the huge…
Yikes! See anything?
Yikes! See anything?
Exotic girls!!!
Exotic girls!!!
Enjoying the freedom
Enjoying the freedom
Sarj: You spilled the rum-coke!!!
Sarj: You spilled the rum-coke!!!
Nickis first try at Black Velvet…
Nicki's first try at 'Black Velve…
The cult dance!
The cult dance!
The spirits are getting disturbed …
The spirits are getting disturbed…
Elaine definitely has talent!!!
Elaine definitely has talent!!!
Getting intimate? LOL!!!
Getting intimate? LOL!!!
Je-ar: I did not kill anybody?!!!…
Je-ar: 'I did not kill anybody?!!…
What is happening in the backgroun…
What is happening in the backgrou…
Woohoo!!! Go Elaine!! 2nd 100% sco…
Woohoo!!! Go Elaine!! 2nd 100% sc…
In full force
In full force
Finally! Josh has given in. Lets …
Finally! Josh has given in. Let's…
Foyan aka Paula gets gutsy to sing…
Foyan aka Paula gets gutsy to sin…
Getting busy with the 2nd bottle o…
Getting busy with the 2nd bottle …
Jason trying to redeem himself aft…
Jason trying to redeem himself af…
Steph: That glass is mine
Andi: O…
Steph: That glass is mine Andi: …
Sarj trying to be tall:p
Sarj trying to be tall:p
Dance lessons anyone?
Dance lessons anyone?
After spilling 2 glasses of rum-co…
After spilling 2 glasses of rum-c…
Hala sige!!! Define drunkenness
Hala sige!!! Define drunkenness
Water after an episode
Water after an episode
Steph: No pictures please!!!
Steph: No pictures please!!!
Je-ar what are you up to? with Foy…
Je-ar what are you up to? with Fo…
Were getting serious
We're getting serious
Drunk talk
Drunk talk
Trying to wake myself up
Trying to wake myself up
With the hearthrobs! LOL!
With the hearthrobs! LOL!
Groupie, so excited!!!
Groupie, so excited!!!
Beautiful girls!
Beautiful girls!
With tour bud Laineey
With tour bud Laineey
Awww..getting sentimental at sunse…
Awww..getting sentimental at suns…
Crazy at sunset!!!
Crazy at sunset!!!
Trying to read through the sunstro…
Trying to read through the sunstr…
Niña alor? thanks for the screen …
Niña alor? thanks for the screen…
Corregidor Hotels & Accommodations review
A historic experience
Being the only hotel in Corregidor, this resort boasts of vintage designs from the bedroom, toilet to the hallways. The ambience of the rooms were… read entire review
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