We went on a trip to Corregidor, a tadpole shaped island located 48 kilometers west of Manila.  From Manila we took an hour and half ferry ride to the island. Okay, so one of the things I noticed from ferry ride – there were more foreigners than Filipinos. Actually, there were more Japanese (most of them seniors) and Americans.

Upon arriving, the guided tour started immediately, going around the ruins of the island. The Japanese filled one bus – around twenty people. They had a japanese speaking tour guide especially for them. As for the other buses, I think    there were four to five buses with English speaking tour guides.  The tour bus

I’ll start with our tour guide – an old man, about fifty to sixty years  old who spoke with heavy Filipino accent and tried to make jokesthat  did not make us ‘laugh’. Honestly speaking, I want to go on another  tour again because the tour guide was so boring that half the time my  mind was drifting off. Like I said, he was an old man who, from my  observation, did not enjoy his job. He’s just going to say what he’s  supposed to say – bits of trivia and explanation and that’s it! I’m not bad mouthing the whole tour itself, just this one tour guide.

 

 

First stop of the tour was at the Malinta Tunnel,

Malinta Tunnel

This is the entrance to the tunnel

where we had to pay another P150 to see the lights and sounds show – a narrated account of what exactly happened at the island during World War II.

 

Inside the tunnel

During the lights and sounds show

According to Wikipedia (I did not listen to our tour guide again when he described the place) Malinta Tunnel  is a tunnel complex built by the United States Army Corps of Engineers. It was initially used as a bomb-proof storage and personnel bunker, but was later equipped as a 1,000-bed hospital.

Lateral tunnel

Lateral tunnel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ruins

(One of the ruins in the island, I took the photo in black and white to give it the 'old' feel. Those were real cannons, by the way)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ruins

(What was left after bombing the building...)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ruins

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Can you imagine manually operating this cannon while the island is being bombed?)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

More cannons

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(One of the two disappearing cannons in the island)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The tour ended at around past two in the afternoon and the bus took us to the port again where the ferry waited. Most of the tourists chose to go back to Manila, but we took another bus to the only hotel in the island, where we stayed overnight. It was a pretty old hotel and I was (again) expecting ghosts to pop in front of me every time I turn in the hallways, but no.

 

The only hotel in the island where we stayed overnight

The hotel offered night tours at the Malinta tunnel, specifically at the hospital. I wanted to join but since I hated walking in the dark because of poor eyesight, I had to pass. Also, the hotel offered other activities such as biking, sunset and sunrise viewing, hiking, camping adventure, birdwatching, rock balancing and island hopping.

 

(The japanese characters read "HEIWA TO AI" - peace and love, everyone!)

War…nothing really good comes out of it. Everyone wants peace then why do they all have to go to war to get the peace they wanted? In the end, everyone will be in mourning – from both sides with the lives that have been lost.

 

 

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