exploring corrigedor island part 1

December 15, 2006 at 7:11 pm (Uncategorized)

whew… been very busy for weeks.. hay nakakamis magblog πŸ™‚ anyways im here to post the pics of my last trip to corrigedor πŸ™‚ well they are not good pics but enough to check out πŸ™‚

i had a really great time at the island, and enjoyed our overnight stay.

we arrived at the island on Nov. 25, Saturday at 9:45 via sun cruises from CCP Bay Terminal.



Corregidor is a small rocky island in the Philippines about 48 kilometers west of Manila which is stragetically located at the entrance of Manila Bay. This island fortress stands as a memorial for the courage, valor, and heroism of its Filipino and American defenders who bravely held their ground against the overwhelming number of invading Japanese forces during World War II.

Also known as “the Rock,” it was a key bastion of the Allies during the war. When the Japanese invaded the Philippines in December 1941, the military force under the command of Gen. Douglas MacArthur carried out a delaying action at Bataan. Corregidor became the headquarters of the Allied forces and also the seat of the Philippine Commonwealth government. It was from Corregidor that Philippine President Manuel Quezon and General MacArthur left for Australia in February 1942, leaving behind Lt. Gen. Jonathan M. Wainwright in command. ( check also the brief history )


The first stop of the tour was at the Lorcha Dock, where you could find Gen. Douglas McArthur statue.

Lorcha Dock – ( it was at this dock where on March 11, 1942, Gen. Douglas MacArthur boarded PT (torpedo) Boat 41 under the command of Navy Lt. John Bulkeley which took him to the Bogo dock of the Del Monte Pineapple Canning plant in Misamis Oriental where he later proceeded to Australia by aircraft. Only the ruins of the dock could now be seen aside from rusted tracks of an old railway system which connected Lorcha Dock with Malinta Tunnel. This rail transportation not only brought personnel to different parts of the island but it also allowed the quick and efficient transport of ordnance and war materials from this dock to the tunnel. )



gen. douglas mcarthur


we passed by this chapel named San Jose Chapel ( this chapel was reconstructed at its former location and based on its original architectural and structural design. During the pre-war days, religious services were conducted in this chapel for the military personnel in the garrison as well as for their families. ) Today there were no regular sunday masses being held at the said chapel according to our tour guide.



San Jose Chapel



they are called “Angels”
an inscription at the base of the monument reads: “Dedicated to the Filipino Woman, for her involvement in the many events in our history. But more importantly, served as a symbol of peace and inspiration to our gallant men in their fight for the preservation of our honor and freedom.”


filipino farmer-soldier

the statue is for the honor of filipino farmer-soldier who fought during the WWII.



front of malinta tunnel


malinta map || malinta dedication



the malinta tunnel is one of tourist attration in corrigedor, during day tour you can witnessed a sound and light show which they offer for P150php. Inside the tunnel there are some laterals that contains figures which represent what happened during the war toghether with a vioce over.





laterals and figures at malinta tunnel


typewritter used pre-WWII

after the malinta tunnel trip we headed for the corregidor inn to eat lunch, this was a great relief to us because we haven’t check-in our things yet and the weather is too hot that i badly wanted to wash my face and freshen up and to eat πŸ™‚

and while we were eating three great musikeros serenade us which added a good ambience πŸ™‚ and we are fascinated with their voices πŸ™‚



corregidor inn



harana boys πŸ™‚

after lunch, we went again on the tour, and this time we visited the building ruins, guns, bullet holes, bullet, museum, lighthouses and cannons…


ruins of buildings

these were the buildings occupied by the souldiers, nothing has been touched on these buildings after the WWII, you can’t go near some of the buildings beause some of them are weark that causes the falling debris.. super tingin ang ginagawa ko dyan sa mga building na yan feeling ko kasi may magpapakitang multo hehehe..



ruins of cine corregidor

akalain mo yun, may sinehan na pala sa corregidor πŸ™‚


these are the cannons used during the WWII..



cannons


bullet holes

bullet


spanish light house

i had a fun time at corrigedor, sobrang enjoy ang nature at ang history of the place.. on my next post, i’ll be posting our night lateral, sunrise and sunset trip πŸ™‚

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8 Comments

  1. Iskoo said,

    mukhang marami ng pagbabago na nangyari sa corregidor, kailangan kong bumalik dyan! ang ganda ng mga kuha mo sa ruins, ruins nga sila pero maganda pa rin maging subject sa photoraphy. ahhhh, kailangang makabalik ako dyan sa lugar na yan sa madaling panahon!!!

  2. sc said,

    hello there jhenny.

    Well, its nice to have someone blog about corregidor every once in a while. Those are one of the places where bravery is spelled out as it should be.

    Just to add something, those buildings are actually very strong — the cement and the iron bars that they used are of the highest grade. I think sometimes the tour guides are just a bit cautious so they don’t want the visitors to go there. I’ve been to the place several times before. Both times I was able to climb the buildings. I tried to take an iron bar souveneir but its too tough, won’t give in even if I bent it back and forth several times — an indication of being a high grade material used for the war before.

    Just to add: in those buildings, specially in the mile-long barracks, the people who died there is actually minimal. Only the cooks, janitors and the housekeepers actually died there during the war. When Japan started to invade the Philippines(and eventually, Corregidor), the soldiers were all in their battle stations and command centers(in the cannons that you visited). When Japanese bombs started dropping on Corregidor, those office and barracks buildings were almost empty. πŸ™‚

    nice meeting you!

  3. Ferdz said,

    Grabe! Inggit ako! Hehe! Hindi pa ako nakakapunta sa Coregidor, kahit malapit lng sya sa Manila. Mukhang enjoy ka dyan. Dapat cguro ilagay ko na to sa ibabaw ng listahan ko for next year.

  4. jhenny said,

    ello ferdz and iskoo! thanks for dropping by πŸ™‚ yeah you should go there guys and also you should experience the night lateral tour, it is exciting πŸ™‚

    hi sc! welcome to my blog πŸ™‚ i appreciate your comment, and thanks for dropping by πŸ™‚

  5. risk said,

    ganda nga dyan sa corregidor, i think 2 years ago pa yung last na visit ko dyan… pero di na kami nag guided tour, sariling plans lahat kaya mas mura, 900 each lang (including pamasahe na ha, at overnight pa yun at may quick island tour, hehehe). sana e makabalik ako dyan next year. sinabi ba sa inyo ng guide nyo na ang corregidor inn is the best in the island? aba’y natural, nag-iisa yun dun e, nyahahahah!!!!

  6. M I C H E L L E said,

    ang ganda ng mga kuha, sana one day makapunta din ako sa Corregidor.. inggit naman ako sayo, dami ko pa di napupuntahan sa atin lalo na mga historical places natin.

  7. isk said,

    fascinated ako sa mga lighthouse, gusto kapag nagtapat ako sa aking iniirog sa ibabaw ng isang lighthouse na nasa gitna ng dagat πŸ™‚

    salamat sa laging pagdalaw πŸ™‚

  8. jhenny said,

    ello risk! yes overnight po kami, sa corrigedor inn kami nag-stay πŸ™‚ we went to night lateral tours too and the sunrise and sunset viewing πŸ™‚ very very nice πŸ™‚

    ello misyel! you should visit talaga corrigedor, mag-e-enjoy ka πŸ™‚

    hi iskoo! hanep lalim nun ah.. iniirog hehehe… just keep on blogging πŸ™‚

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