Corregidor Island Off The Beaten Path

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    THE CONCRETE BATTLESHIP

    by davidjo Written Sep 2, 2014

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    During the tour of Corregidor the tour guide may ask you how many ships you can see out on the ocean. You will most likely see 4 or 5 but he will always say that it is actually one too many as one of the ships is not actually a sea-faring vessel as it is the CONCRETE BATTLESHIP!!!!!
    It used to be an island called EL FRAILE which was flattened and constructed upon to produce a concrete battleship that was actually a fort called Fort Drum. This was a key island at the entrance of Manila Bay, so it was fortified to protect Manila and Subic Bay, and was one of the harbor defenses. Installed on the battleship were two 14 inch guns which were capable of firing up yo 12 miles against the enemy. The outside walls were 16-60 feet thick reinforced concrete and the deck was 18 feet steel reinforced concrete. Construction began in 1909 and took 5 years to complete the 350 ft long, 144 ft wide and 40 ft high structure. The fort held out for 5 months against heavy Japanese bombardment until the Americans finally surrendered. in May 1942. In 1945 the Americans took control of the ship but they were unable to get the Japanese that were hidden down below deck so they poured drums of two parts diesel and one part gasoline into the air vents, ignited the mixture with tracer bullets and the Japanese were annihilated, but the fire continued to burn for several days.
    Today if you are passing by on a ferry it is easy to mistake for a ship.

    You can see old photos of what the battleship used to look like.

    http://www.finewaterline.com/pages/gallery/everything%20else/pffortdrum/pffortdrum.htm

    well, what do YOU think?
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    Grafitti of Jabidah Massacre Victims

    by Cess8 Updated Nov 26, 2011

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    It was the late 1960's. The Philippines was pressing its claim over Sabbah. To aid the Philippines' claim, President Marcos, together with some military officials cooked up a brazen plan: recruit Muslim youth to train for covert operations to destabilize Sabbah. Thus, Project Merdeka came to life.

    The terrains of Corregidor served as the group's training grounds. In their boyish playfulness,and as part of team spirit, they would write their names, nicknames, hometowns and messages on the walls of their quarters in tar, not knowing that these playful deeds would serve as the silent testaments to their gruesome fates.

    Later, it was said that discontent rose among the ranks as they were fed poorly and were not paid the promised allowance. They also discovered the real reason for their recruitment and they were loath the kill their Muslim brothers. Another account was that the British intelligence found out about the project, causing Malaysia to rise up in furor. Of course, Marcos had to disavow the existence of the Project and all traces of it must be wiped away. Either brought about by discontent or its premature discovery, the fact remains that the gruesome massacre occurred. By some miracle, a sole survivor managed to live to tell the story of the brutal evil done to these doomed men. This is yet another sad, sad part of our history, (largely kept secret and unknown to most) but one we should never forget and allow to be repeated.

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    10 minute hike to Japanese Tunnel

    by the_wanderlust Written Apr 20, 2008

    if you availed of the sun spotting package, the Japanese Tunnel visit is included. After the sun rises,the guide will lead you to the tunnel. be wary, steps inside the tunnel are quite steep and slippery. better have those rubber shoes ready.

    entrance of the tunnel
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    Officer's Mess and NCO's Mess

    by victorwkf Updated Jan 18, 2008

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    Located on a large patch of open-space on the middle-side of Corregidor Island are the remains of the Officer's Mess and Non-commissioned officers (NCOs i.e. sergeants, corporals) Mess for the soldiers to relax, have recreational activities, drink etc during time off from their duties of defending this island fortress.

    Officer's Mess and NCO's Mess from a distance
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    Ordnance Repair Shop

    by victorwkf Updated Jan 18, 2008

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    When you are travelling on the tramvia at the Middle-side of Corregidor Island, you will come across the Ordnance Repair Shop used by the american troops stationed on this island during World War 2. However, the tramvia will not stop at this location so you need to take the photos on the move.

    Ordnance Repair Shop, Corregidor Island
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    Distance & direction signboard

    by victorwkf Updated Jan 18, 2008

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    When you are at the Spanish Lighthouse area, there is an interesting signboard which points to the directions and distances of some major cities in the world. Such signboards can also be found at some other attractions all over the world. This is an interesting place to have your photos taken :)

    Distance & direction signboard, Spanish Lighthouse
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    Rock formations

    by victorwkf Updated Jan 18, 2008

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    Overall, Corregidor Island is a rocky island with most of it's coastline being made of rock formations. The island is also called "the rock" and this can be clearly seen on the ferry ride to the island as well as when you move along the coastal roads.

    Rocky shoreline of Corregidor Island
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    Spanish Jetty

    by victorwkf Updated Jan 18, 2008

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    While on the Corregidor Island tour on the tramvia, our guide told us of the Spanish Jetty located along the north coast of the island at the Middleside of the island. Managed to take a photograph while moving along on the tramvia.

    Spanish Jetty, Corregidor Island
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    Caballo Island

    by victorwkf Updated Jan 18, 2008

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    Caballo Island is a small island located south of Corregidor Island. This island can be seen if you are travelling along the south area of Corregidor Island, especially the area near to the Filipino Heroes Memorial.

    Caballo Island as seen from Corregidor Island
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    Japanese Tunnel

    by Cess8 Written Jun 20, 2007

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    This is not part of the usual day tour. Our guide, Kuya Armando got excited 'coz of the age and small size of the group so he decided to throw in bonus sights such as this. He showed us this tunnel where the japanese holed out during the end of the war. High-powered explosives were dropped off, its high temperatures, interestingly causing the walls to glaze and appear glass-like. Very unique cave experience!

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    Don't Explore by yourself

    by precy828 Written Jun 13, 2007

    After the daytour package, you are certainly on your own at the island. Just don't try to explore by yourself because there are lots of things that could happen to you since it's very remote and has lots of unexplainable things could happen. so beware...i suggest that if you want to go out, you have to ask the information desk to help you get a van and take you where you would like to go. it's the safest way to drive around with tourguide because their drivers also act as tourguide. They are very helpful. All you have to do is ask them where you would want to go.

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    This Way or That Way

    by bike_packer Updated Jan 24, 2006

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    "Which way now, ma?"

    This directional sign pointing to 8 destinations around the world stands at the foreground of the old Spanish Lighthouse. Great to have an orientation (which way and how far) of well-known cities around the world. My growing-up kids noddingly appreciated the infos.

    Directions!
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    Mt. Mariveles, Bataan

    by bike_packer Updated Dec 2, 2005

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    Very visible and looks very near to Corregidor, Mt. Mariveles at the southern tip of Bataan Peninsula is the last stronghold of the Fil-American forces in the mainland before the Fall of Bataan. The proximity of Bataan to Corregidor Island gives the feeling of how those stationed in Corregidor felt helpless as their comrades in Bataan are captured and herded to Camp O'Donnell of the infamous Death March. The fall of Corregidor followed later expectedly.

    Mt Mariveles as seen from the Hotel.
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    Bombed Holes at Battery Grubbs

    by bike_packer Updated Nov 23, 2005

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    The 12-inch thick concrete top of the bomb shelter at Battery Grubbs is littered with holes. The holes are obviously made by bombs dropped from the air such that outward shrapnel scars on the surface formed like rays emanating from the 8-inch holes. Seeing these holes can make one feel the "run-and-cover-for-your-life" action then when the bombs were being dropped by planes.

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    Hospital Ruins at Dusk

    by bike_packer Updated Nov 23, 2005

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    Mg Jose, our night tour driver-cum-guide made a stop by the commissary and hospital ruins just minutes before the sunset viewing at Battery Grubbs. This location is included in the night tour package only, coincidentally or in purpose. It was quite getting dark with tall trees covering the area; and it felt a little creepy. We still tried to get some snapshots of us in the place and it was a quick one.

    When we finally left the place, the group was in a joking mood telling each other to scrutinize the pictures later for some unexpected figures to show up.

    Hospital Ruins
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