It's one of unique experiences that I failed to write about in 2013. I finally got to go to Corregidor Island early last year thanks to Manila City Walks.
The main travel experience I wrote here: Of Bombs, Big Guns and Lost Gold: The CORREGIDOR ISLAND WALKING TOUR. But there was one interesting sidetrip that was not originally part of the tour but we decided to have anyway.
Light and Sound Show
Today, visitors can experience the thrills of Malinta Tunnel in the vividly staged Light and Sound Show called the “Malinta Experience.” Scripted by national artist and film director Lamberto Avellana and sculptures made by national artist Napoleon Abueva, the show is a re-enactment of World War II’s dramatic events. This show is optional part. You pay an extra amount.
There is a special tour of the Malinta Tunnel which is not included during the regular day tour. It is a night tour which may be availed of only by those who remain overnight in Corregidor. This tour allows visitors to see for themselves the different laterals of the 1,000-bed capacity Fort Mills Hospital which was used during the siege of Corregidor.
This was similar to the special tour we were given, only that it was done during the day for us members of new media.
It was a surreal experience and a scary one too. With this, and thanks to the clear and insightful narration of our guide, I got to imagine how it was in these dark confines during the last few days of the battle over the island. American and Filipino forces were not detected at first but when the Japanese found out that our forces were here, the fierce effort to capture them started. It must have been hell. Imagine the sound of missiles and dynamites bombarding the outside hills and the condition inside wherein hundreds of soldiers, doctors, nurses and the wounded were cramped inside in poor ventilation and barely no light at all.
The rocks inside the chambers were testament of how fierce it was inside. Many sections are dark in soot. Gunpowder, our guide told us. At one point, the Japanese ever resorted to pouring gasoline inside the chamber through vents that go through the hill and burned the forces inside.
I never felt this thankful I don't have third eye ( if it's ever true) coz I never felt any spirit lurking around or saw any ghost for that matter. Even so, I felt verrrrrry afraid at that moment I immediately closed my eye. The anticipation of my other senses playing tricks at me though almost scared me to death. It almost felt like I was alone in a dark confine.
And I know now why it took me so long to write about this. I usually blog at night and recalling the events as narrated by our guide scares me that I put off writing again and again. Other stories such as the escape of top generals of the US Military and the decision of then President of the Philippine Commonwealth Manuel L. Quezon. to stay behind you have to discover when you visit Malinta Tunnel. This is not to be missed when touring Corregidor Island. ^^