Corregidor Island

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photo credits to lindavdahl

Corregidor Island is one of the important historic and tourist sites in the Philippines as it played an important role during the invasion and liberation of the Philippines from Japanese forces during World War II. It was heavily bombarded in the latter part of the war, and the ruins left on the island serve as a military memorial to American, Filipino and Japanese soldiers who served or lost their lives on the island.

During the American Colonial period, the island was a military paradise. It was called Fort Mills by the Americans as a part of the Manila Bay Harbor Defense Fortifications they set up after they acquired the Philippines from the Spaniards. The island had ruins of cinema (Cine Corregidor), a school, and mile-longbarracks for both American and Filipino soldiers residing there in the past. It has been said that Military personnel would have dance parties as they built more fortifications around the island itself and its neighboring islets as protection for Manila Bay. Among its attractions are the Pacific War Memorial with its dome ceiling and marble altar, the Battery Way, the Filipino Heroes Memorial and the 830-foot-long Malinta Tunnel. The said tunnel is a bomb-proof storage facility which was built from 1922 to 1932. It has a main tunnel that runs for over 800 feet with several lateral tunnels branching out on each of its sides. When war broke out in the Pacific, some of the lateral tunnels were turned into a 1,000-bed hospital facility. During the battle of Corregidor in 1942, it became the headquarters of General Douglas MacArthur. It also became the hiding place of President Manuel Quezon. He and his Vice President Sergio Osmeña also took their oath at the tunnel’s West Entrance. There are also murals that depict different battle scenes in Philippine history.

But there’s more to Corregidor than just the history. It has a lot of things to offer that we often miss. Corregidor Island also offers a jungle survival camp, forest trails, scenic boat rides, bird watching areas, and yes, even a beach! The tour to this Island is an effective reminder of the sacrifices of soldiers who fought for freedom and what they believed in.

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Disclaimer: All pictures taken are mine

Source of infos: Wikipedia, Corregidor Island