whew... been very busy for weeks.. hay nakakamis magblog :) anyways im here to post the pics of my last trip to corrigedor :) well they are not good pics but enough to check out :)
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."
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 :)
and while we were eating three great musikeros serenade us which added a good ambience :) and we are fascinated with their voices :)
harana boys :)
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 :)
these are the cannons used during the WWII..
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 :)