The memorial was erected in 1968 in honor of American and Filipino soldiers who participated in the Pacific war. Every May 6, the sun falls directly on the dome's open center casting a direct light on the altar.
Be inspired by the inscriptions on the wreath-like altar:
"Sleep my sons, your duty done. For freedom light has come. Sleep in the silent depths of the sea, or in your bed of hallowed sod - until you hear at dawn the low, clear reveille of God."
There is more to see at the Pacific War Memorial than the Museum. Don't fail to explore the Chapel & Eternal Flame which are found behind the Museum. The Chapel has a dome ceiling with an opening at the top, allowing the sun rays to fall directly on the circular altar below. The giant Eternal Flame is a monument that serves as reminder that we all must fight to defend our nation's freedom
Memories are best remembered through photos, so take a shot at the historical markers on your tour destinations and whatever fancies your attention. The pictures will serve as guide to your blog-postings.
Be nice to your assigned tour guide and driver. During breaks, engage them in conversation or treat them to a cold drink.
We didn't join the rest of the tourists who went inside the Malinta Tunnel for the Slides & Sounds Presentation. We opted to take pictures outside. After engaging our tour guide in small talk,he offered to bring us to the Church for a side tour, Visita Iglesia and more photo shoot before the tram fetched the other tourists at the other end of Malinta Channel. He also brought our group to the ruins of the Hospital & Nurses Dorm which is no longer included in the regular tour route. This place was where the Jabida Massacre supposedly happened.
Malinta tunnel is a 835 feet long man made tunnel which was the headquarters of the Philippine Government after Manila was declared Open City. The Malinta Tunnel, which is the last stronghold of the joint Philippine and American military prior to the Japanese takeover during the last world war, is now home to an audio-visual presentation of the history of Corregidor duirng World War II.
Battery Way are 12 inch Coastal Guns scattered around the Topside of Corregidor Island. One Such Coastal Gun in Corregidor is the Battery Hearn, which was a 12-inch seacost west-ranged gun that had a maximum range of 29,000 yards and was capable of firing in all directions. It was one of the last major additions to Corregidor's defense system which was intended to defend the island against enemy naval threat from the South China Sea. Battery Hearn had been in action firing towards Cavite from February 1942 and on April 8 and 9, 1942, towards Bataan. This gun emplacement was captured nearly intact by the Japanese when Corregidor fell and it was subsequently repaired by them and put back into action. It was, however, completely neutralized by American aerial bombardment in January and February of 1945.
The Pacific War Memorial here in Corregidor of the second of only two Pacific War Memorial Dedicated to Pacific War Veterans (the other is is PunchBowl in Oahu, Hawaii). Standing on the highest part of Corregidor's west side is the Pacific War Memorial, which was built by the United States Government to honor the Filipino and American soldiers who participated in World War II. It was completed in 1968 at the cost of three million dollars.
Battery Geary is a famed part of Battery Way in Topside. Battery Geary had a battery of six 13-ton, 12-inch mortars before the war and 5 after the war (one was destroyed during the Battle of Corregidor in 1942). You can also view the Magazine room where they kept the giant mortars used by the Americans then. It is now a popular tourist attraction in Corregidor.
We avail of the P150 tour package of suncruises which includes sunset viewing, lateral tunnel adventure and the next day sun rise viewing and a little hiking on up to the spanish light house.
It's so sulit. nakakatuwa, andami talagang pwede pang gawin sa corregidor..
I just wish that they will have bikes for rent soon.
Many people do not know that the day tour is only a brief introduction to the history of Corregidor Island. The day tour is guided and controlled as a fixed itinerary/schedule has to be maintained. That way everyone is back on the ferry returning to Manila on time.
Those who spent the night there have probably done another short tour or two such as the Malinta tunnel night tour and sunset/sunrise etc. Although these are great, there is still much more for the more adventurous types and explorers amongst us. I remember an overnight guest telling me that now he had seen it all.... I have to disagree with that opinion.
Here is a link to over 700 photos I have taken there so please make up your own mind. There are still many places I have not seen yet either. Lots of these places are easy to get to but some are not.
Click on which ever album you want.
I know many filipinos who are proud of this island and rightly so. It is an amazing place. In March of this year was my sixth visit to Corregidor and I shall return also :-)
Have a great trip.
the lights and sound show of Malinta tunnel chronicles the significant events that occured in Malinta Tunnel during WW2. what really stirred me was the speech (actually it was announcement over the radio) that Bataan has fallen. if you really listen to the words spoken, you'll really feel the loss (over the war) at the same time pride (for the valor shown by the Filipino soldiers), i had goose bumps while i was listening.
this was the annoucement...
Radio Broadcast - Voice of Freedom - Malinta Tunnel - Corregidor - 9 April 1942
Bataan has fallen. The Philippine-American troops on this war-ravaged and bloodstained peninsula have laid down their arms. With heads bloody but unbowed, they have yielded to the superior force and numbers of the enemy.
The world will long remember the epic struggle that Filipino and American soldiers put up in the jungle fastness and along the rugged coast of Bataan. They have stood up uncomplaining under the constant and grueling fire of the enemy for more than three months. Besieged on land and blockaded by sea, cut off from all sources of help in the Philippines and in America, the intrepid fighters have done all that human endurance could bear.
For what sustained them through all these months of incessant battle was a force that was more than merely physical. It was the force of an unconquerable faith--something in the heart and soul that physical hardship and adversity could not destroy! It was the thought of native land and all that it holds most dear, the thought of freedom and dignity and pride in these most priceless of all our human prerogatives.
The adversary, in the pride of his power and triumph, will credit our troops with nothing less than the courage and fortitude that his own troops have shown in battle. Our men have fought a brave and bitterly contested struggle. All the world will testify to the most superhuman endurance with which they stood up until the last in the face of overwhelming odds. But the decision had to come. Men fighting under the banner of unshakable faith are made of something more that flesh, but they are not made of impervious steel. The flesh must yield at last, endurance melts away, and the end of the battle must come.
Bataan has fallen, but the spirit that made it stand--a beacon to all the liberty-loving peoples of the world--cannot fall!
Located at the highest point on the island (around 600 feet ASL), the lighthouse offers a scenic view of Manila Bay, South China Sea and the whole island. Do take the climb up and enjoy the views.
A (very small and boring) Spanish Museum is also located here, together with some souvenir shops.
San Jose Church, I was expecting to hear mass because we stayed all Sunday but the celebration never came. The Church stood right beside our Hostel, me and my friend explored it, he reminisced the days when he was under the cloth...
This is the Spanish School House, there were barangays before in Corregidor… I’m not sure what happened to them, our Tour guide was more inclined in speaking Japanese so I had no way of knowing... and I was too tired to ask.
This is an Air vent, where robbers usually slide down for them to be able to get in and loot the tunnel, the sound it produced was kinda ghost like… hence the infamous gaustly ghost sounds of the Malinta Tunnel... We went there at around 8pm...they turned off all the lights and we were given flashlights to get around... great place for ghost hunting...