Monday, July 6, 2009

My World#30 Corregidor Island

This is Corregidor Island, the biggest of the four islands in Manila Bay, Luzon, Philippines. It is a tadpole-shaped island located just at the mouth of Manila Bay making it an ideal lookout point for incoming and outgoing ships. Along with the other 3 islands nearby, it was fortified by the occupying US government before World War II began.

This was where the last stand of the combined US and Philippine forces stayed for months holding off the occupying Japanese forces. This was also where Gen. Douglas McArthur and the Philippine government led by Pres. Manuel Quezon stayed inside the tunnel plotting their next move while the war raged on.

Our guide told us that the Japanese forces predicted to entirely occupy Philippines in just a few days but because Bataan and Corregidor took almost a month (aside from the resistance they encountered in some parts of the country) to occupy due to the valiant efforts of the combined American and Philippine forces, the plan to occupy Europe was delayed.

Thousands of Japanese, American and Philippine soldiers died on this hallowed ground. When we got there years ago, one cannot help but feel the solemnity of the place and respect for the ones who died there defending the country. I consider this place a must-see for Filipinos and non-Filipinos alike.

More information about Corregidor Island here and here.

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Sylvia K July 6, 2009 at 4:13 PM  

Marvelous post! Sad, but moving memories! Thank you for the tour and for all the information. I would love to visit there some day!

☆♥ ☆Willa☆♥ ☆ July 6, 2009 at 4:26 PM  

your entry bring back a lot of memories to me, I've been there twice and hoping to go back someday with my kids. :)
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Anonymous July 6, 2009 at 4:33 PM  

I've never been there, which is really a pity. Great post.

SandyCarlson July 6, 2009 at 4:34 PM  

Must be a very powerful place to be. Just shows how one thing affects another affects another.

Lantaw July 6, 2009 at 6:35 PM  

ey musta na? buti ka pa naka punta na sa corregidor island :D

Bonnie Bonsai July 6, 2009 at 11:05 PM  

Very interesting post Maritess. I haven't been there myself, only little part of Bataan. I will visit again to read more and see them again.

Thanks for visiting My World.

Hazel July 6, 2009 at 11:59 PM  

thanks for the virtual tour. shame i haven't been there yet. seriously i think i should. may i ask who is your tour service provider?

Jenn July 7, 2009 at 12:53 AM  

Interesting place indeed. I used to bring foreign guests there. Along with Intramuros, it is a great intro to the Philippines. Great historical site.

Swarna July 7, 2009 at 2:35 AM  

Looks tranquil. Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous July 7, 2009 at 4:31 AM  

I'd heard of Corregidor, but not experienced it. Thank you for sharing the photos and for the reminder of the cost of the freedoms we hold dear.

Carver July 7, 2009 at 6:28 AM  

This is a very interesting post. Great shots and narrative.

Arija July 7, 2009 at 6:34 AM  

A place where many have died leaves a tangible aura behind, especially if the deaths were traumatic.

Shey July 7, 2009 at 10:52 AM  

I've never been there and would like to visit someday. Very informative post and great photos. Well done. :)

Gattina July 7, 2009 at 11:38 PM  

A sad place, but beautiful. Very interesting post !

BPOTW July 12, 2009 at 11:59 PM  

Quite interesting photos and info. Thanks.

Euroangel July 23, 2009 at 6:36 AM  

thanks for sharing great photos of my native land...wish to go here once i go home to the philippines!

the more i miss home as i see these photos..

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