WWII battles remembered at Corregidor Island
Corregidor Island Travel Blog› entry 6 of 6 › view all entries
My former classmate, Joanne, was driving like a 'speed racer' because we needed to be at the ferry boat by 7:30 AM - CCP Bay Terminal A, Pasay City. I woke up early enough but we ate breakfast first which consisted of pancit, left over from dinner and ensaymada bread. Joanne did all the bookings for this day trip - 1,999 PHP (included were the ferry boat, tour with guide and lunch). All I need to do, was show up and be entertained. My interest peaked about Corregidor after watching the World War II documentaries of Ken Burns 'The War.' The Japanese army truly performed many atrocities during the pacific war. So, much history and it was just in 'my backyard.
Our ferry boat was filled with ithe 75% Korean tourist, many student groups from various schools (Santa Isabel College) and other tourist like me. We wanted to document this day so we were photo happy all day. I'm glad to report that the boat had good air conditioning and super clean bathrooms. No need to worry about terrorist because your bags were searched before you enter the boat + about 4 Navy guards were in for the ride equiped with M16s rifles. They even had a host with a microphone gearing us for the day ahead.
We rode on the bus/trolley number 4 and visited the Mile Long Barracks. The foundations and walls were still holding up after years of restoration. The Light and Sound show in the Malinta tunnel was worth the 150 PHP entrance fee because it explained the final days when the Japanese almost bombarded the island to smitthereens to defeat the Americans.
Touching and seeing the guns/cannons were awesome! Many of them were bullet ridden. You could feel the grooves of the bullet holes. I would have hated to be there during the battle because my eardrums would have popped from the explosions. It tooks a while to get a decent photo of the canons without people due to tourist were everywhere.
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Mile Long Barracks - The most photographed area in Corregidor, this 1,520-foot barracks served as quarters of some 2,000 US officials, including Gen. Douglas MacArthur. What was once a recreational indoor pool can still be seen today.
Malinta Tunnel - The highlight of the visit would be the 30-minute Lights and Sound Show at the tunnel, which chronicles the significance of the place when it served as the center of American operations during the World War II.
Pacific War Memorial - Located at the highest point of the island, it was completed at the cost of US$1.23 million in 1968; one of only two memorails built by the US government to mark the war. The other memorial is at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii.
Spanish Lighthouse - This lighthouse used to be a checkpoint that alerts security officers in Manila of approaching galleons.
Batteries - The Americans built a total of 20 batteries in the island. These gallant guns of the Pacific are distributed in different parts of the island. Battery Way is armed with four 12-inch mortars that can fire in any direction. It has the last gun to fire out before the fall to the Japanese. Battery Hearn's seacoast gun is the longest in the island with a firing range of 17 miles. Battery Geary contains the most effective guns in Corregidor. Battery Crocket has two 12-inch seacoast guns mounted on carriages that move so that the guns could be hidden behind a parapet.
Filipino Heroes Memorial - This landmark contains sculptor Manuel Casal's murals depicting some of the country's historic battles from the Battle of Mactan in 1521 to the EDSA People Power Revolution in 1986.