As the name implies,it entails a walk around the Island on a tour like no other.For those who have been to Corregidor,this is what I call "looking at the historic place in another angle".As a first-timer,I was very lucky to have been invited to join the first ever media tour.After it,I could say that I have a concrete background on the colorful and turbulent history of this once American defense fortress off Manila Bay.
Thanks to the witty and fun narration of Ivan Man Dy of Old Manila walks,I hardly noticed being exhausted by the walk.What took place was an enlightening tour of this historic island.
FACTS ABOUT CORREGIDOR:
Corregidor is a fortified island in Manila Bay under the jurisdiction of Cavite City."The Rock" , it divides the entrance to Manila Bay into the North and South Channel making it a good defence for invading Japanese Warships during World War II.
It is a tadpole-shaped island of about 6.5 km long and 2.0 km wide with a total land area of about 900 hectares (2,200 acres). The highest elevation is at 589 ft on the Topside.The island is divided into four sections:
At the port,
SET OFF POINT of the WALKING TOUR:
From there we walked down to an area where many of the American Soldiers quarters are located.This is what Ivan refers to as the "Mount Olympus" of Corregidor where quarters of Military Officers of the American forces were.Take note,non-ranking soldiers have quarter down the hill.It's interesting to note that there are separate quarters for Officers who are married and those who are single.We were also pointed to ruined structures with their chimneys still prominent.
Beyond the Cinema is the famous Mile Long Baracks.Seeing it up close and personal fascinated me.The monotonous building damaged by the bombings of World War II is a thing to marvel at.
After the group pic at the Mile Long Baracks came the long walk down the hill.The destination,one of the most famous among the Artillery Batteries There are many of these Batteries scattered in the island.They were the main line of defence against the invading battleships of Japan.I thought those large guns (or shall I say canyons) were meant to stop raiding Japanese warplanes during the war.It was only during the tour when I learned that they were meant for warships and not planes.According to our guide,they were never intended to take down warplanes.
Our walk also took us to the Main Hospital in Corregidor during that time.A creepy place.While walking around the hospital,some of our colleagues mentioned that they feel spirits lurking around.I always feel lucky not having any third eye.Must be pretty scary indeed.This is where many soldiers died during the war of course.
Of Bombs, Big Guns and Lost Gold.
PACIFIC WAR MEMORIAL
We ended the Walking Tour at the Pacific War memorial with more scoops from Ivan Man Dy after which, we went to Corregidor Inn for lunch.Lunch on the tour is non-inclusive.
How much is the tour?
>>and Island Entrance Fee.
Buffet Lunch at Corregidor Inn is OPTIONAL(not inclusive) and maybe availed prior at P450.00/head. Plated lunch options available too.
Lunch at Corregidor Inn
Since the tour ends at around 12noon, you have time to eat lunch and have the option to do side tour (personal exploration ) of the island.There are a few activities you can try like kayaking or zip line among other things.In our case, we went to MALINTA CHANNEL which is for a separate fee of 125php per pax.
We explored the dark laterals of MALINTA CHANNEL instead of doing the usual Light and Sound Tour.It was another creepy and informative experience which deserves a separate blog entry soon.
I feel very lucky to have tried the Walking Tour of Corregidor by Old Manila Walks.For a first timer in the island, the experience has given me a very deep understanding of this historic place. Going around on foot gave ma a different perspective of the place .It's more than the usual go-around-the island-via-bus.More than just looking around,it gave me the chance to feel connected to the island and walk the paths walked by the American freedom fighters of that time.First time in CORREGIDOR? This is the perfect introduction for you.For those who have been here,this is your chance to see Corregidor in another light.
'Of Bombs, Big Guns and Lost Gold: WWII Tales Declassified ' is the 6th installment in the Old Manila Walks historical tour series. This is a collaboration between Corregidor's main logistical and tour provider, Sun Cruises and Old Manila Walks- the city's leading historical/cultural tour outfit. Unlike the bus tour which takes you on a general overview of the whole island, this historical hike is essentially concentrated on the war memorial zone (aka the historic core) of the island and uses this setting as a backdrop in the discussion of the WWII theme of the walk.
This tour provides for a broader,more chronological, contextual, insightful and perhaps even critical understanding of WWII in the country through the use of creative visuals backed by a multi-disciplpinary approach to historical interpretation (e.g. combining military as well as social,cultural and architectural history).
It's an exercise for both the body and for the mind.
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