Rediscovering Corregidor Island (Philippines)

   

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MY SECOND VISIT TO THIS HISTORICAL ISLAND situated at the mouth of Manila Bay  is worth sharing and hopefully this post will encourage readers around the world to include this island trip in their  future Philippine holidays.  My first trip to this former custom station during the Spanish era was in 2005 as part of a camera club out-of-town photo shots.  Rediscovering this island provided myself a more detailed visual experience of what this place’s role during the American and Japanese occupations in the Philippines. With a package arrangement from SUN CRUISES  for 1,999 pesos (29 sterling pounds/44 US dollars), I really enjoyed the guided tour and the buffet lunch!            

Prior to WW2, the island served as a penal institution and a fortress of defense as well as a customs station during the Spanish era. Its name derived from the Spanish word, corregir which means "to correct". Situated 48 kilometres away from Manila City, Corregidor became the American military camp during the war with an underground complex, the Malinta Tunnel which contains a network of 24 laterals including a hospital, sleeping quarters and administrative offices. The island is divided into 3 main sections: topside, middleside and bottomside. The topside is the location of the major ruins: batteries, offices, shops, headquarters and entertainment facilities. The middleside is used for barracks, hospital, schoolhouses and officers quarters. This section is also the site where youths campsite and YMCA were built. The bottomside has the three piers and the underground complex, the Malinta Tunnel.

INTERESTINGLY, during the short trip, I had the chance to speak to STEVE – who happened to be the son of one of the American soldiers that settled in Corregidor during the war. Steve is now retired and decided to stay in the island temporarily with his wife, MARCIA. The couple has an existing blogsite (Steve and Marcia on the Rock) where they post their experiences in the island. Unfortunately, I don’t have the chance to ask Steve about his main motivation to stay in the Philippines, but our tour guide mentioned that he is exploring the island and share their experiences thru a regular newsletter via emails. If you are interested to know about more about Corregidor and their adventures, you can subscribe or follow them thru their blogsite.

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~ by reymos on May 29, 2010.

8 Responses to “Rediscovering Corregidor Island (Philippines)”

  1. nice, rey!! you finally made it to this historic island again. i didn’t have the chance to visit the place this time. probably on my next vacation, i will.

    glad you had a great time in our homeland. take care 🙂

  2. I’ve been wanting you go there… nice place…

    • If you have the time and resources, please visit the island, Im sure you will enjoy it. It will be nice if you have friends with you to make it more merrier and fun. The Malinta Tunnel’s walk is a must!

  3. I remember seeing Corregidor when travelling the inter island ships from the Visayas to Manila many many years ago.

    Not that bad for $44 including buffet lunch ! Thanks for the tip. I’ll try this on my next vacation to Manila 🙂

    • Yup, I also remembered that when the island is visible from the ship (coming from Visayas), passengers are very noisy, busy tidying themselves and packing their belongings because Manila port is just less than an hour away.

      The buffet lunch was excellent – alot of food choices (from soups to desserts)! Im excited to visit it again and stay overnight for less 10 dollars (500 pesos) extra!

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