There has always been something about Corregidor that aroused my curiosity. Maybe it was the history, maybe it was the presence of paranormal events, or perhaps just the plain thrill-seeker in me. But whatever propelled me to visit Corregidor makes me really thankful that I made the right choice in choosing to visit Corregidor.
Corregidor is an island situated at the mouth of Manila Bay. It became a fortress for naval defense for the military due to its strategic location back in the time of World War 2. It has been deemed as “The Rock” because of its rocky terrain and its man-made fortifications.
Our journey to Corregidor was very convenient as we availed of a packaged tour by Sun Cruises where everything was almost included in the package. We were ferried from Harbour Square at Manila Bay to Corregidor. It was a convenient 1 hour and 15-minute trip. Upon getting to Corregidor, we were picked up by beautiful tourist tranvias, complete with the geared-up security to fulfill the Corregidor experience.
First stop! Malinta Tunnel
From the name itself, Malinta Tunnel got its name from the Filipino word “malinta” which means full of leeches. Back to the time of its construction, prisoners of that time were used to level the mountains which were filled with leeches, thus the name “Malinta”. was initially a bomb-proof tunnel complex built by the United States. Later on, during the war, it was converted into a 1000-bed hospital to serve the wounded American and Filipino soldiers injured by the Japanese.
The Malinta tunnel was given life through the lights and sounds show by National Artist Lamberto Avellana.
Afterwards, we headed to Lorcha Dock. Lorcha Dock was the dock where General Douglas MacArthur departed towards Misamis Oriental and eventually towards Australia.
After Lorcha Dock, we headed back to Corregidor Inn, where we checked-in our baggages and had a hearty buffet lunch. Corregidor Inn had a scenic view of the island and the entirety of Corregidor.
Next Stop! Battery Way,Middleside Barracks,Topside Barracks, Battery Hearn, and Battery Grubbs
Afterwards, we headed to Pacific War Memorial and Pacific War Memorial Museum. This was where they remembered the heroism of the Filipino and American soldiers, along with the solidarity that was established along with their friendship.
Next Stop: Old Spanish Lighthouse
This has got to be my favorite part of the tour! I adore lighthouses and being able to explore the lighthouse and even go up the highest point of the lighthouse was more than amazing!
The day was almost over, but we didn’t want it to be over yet! We joined the Sunset tour and the Malinta Tunnel exploration tour. However, due to cloudy skies, we were not able to see the sunset from Corregidor. But nevertheless, joining the Malinta Tunnel Exploration was worth it. Along with that came the excitement of scaring yourself with the presence of different entities inside the tunnel.
It was scary, but the experience was still worth it!
The next day, we woke up early in the morning as we availed of the Sunrise Tour. We were quite hopeful to see the sunrise this time, because we failed to see the sunset the day before. To our dismay, the sunrise still cannot be seen due to cloudy skies. Nevertheless, we were extra enthusiastic to join the trekking towards the Japanese Tunnel. However, we were not prepared for it because we were just wearing slippers and shorts then.
And for our final stop, SOUTH BEACH!It was beautiful. However, it needed serious cleaning. Attention Corregidor authorities, may we inform you that there is a need to maintain your beach. Nevertheless, Pao and I enjoyed the moment.
It was so interesting to personally experience and walk through history! Personally taking a walk through Corregidor’s history gave me a deeper understanding of how it actually happened. Somewhat similar to “learning by doing for understanding”. We had such a wonderful field trip! We recommend everyone who hasn’t seen Corregidor to pay it a visit. THE PHILIPPINES IS A BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY. Pay it a visit!