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    JAPANESE SOLDIERS IN THE LATERALS

    by davidjo Updated Aug 26, 2015

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    In Malinta Tunnel one of the lateral shows the scene that depicts the Japanese soldiers standing around the officer's desk. Each lateral was about 160 feet long and fifteen feet wide. There were twenty-four laterals altogether, 13 on the north side and 11 on the south side.

    LATERAL IN MALINTA TUNNEL
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    THE JAPANESE ANTI-AIRCRAFT GUNS

    by davidjo Updated Aug 25, 2015

    Several anti-aircraft gun relics are in the Japanese Memorial Gardens. The gardens were made for the Japanese soldiers who died during WWII. Thousands of Japanese died on the island with many committing suicide towards the end of the conflict when the Americans took back the island.

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    NOT ONLY KAMAKAZE PILOTS

    by davidjo Written Sep 2, 2014

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    The Shinyo (SEA-QUAKE) Class Boat was a suicide motor boat and when the Japanese were about to be defeated on the island many Japanese volunteered to try and ram their boats against the American naval boats. They were packed with explosives and detonated when they came in contact with the enemy boats. They were part of the Special Japanese Attack Units. The motor boats were manned by a single person and went up to speeds of 30 kms an hour, and had bow-mounted charges up to 700 lbs, as well as two anti ship rockets mounted on launchers on both sides. 6,200 boats were made but most of them operated during the Philippine Campaign. Those were used in Corregidor and i believe that the tour guide mentioned that they were able to sink 3 American ships. 45% of all the suicide attackers died in the Philippines.
    The mounted information sheet can be seen in the small pavilion at the Japanese Memorial Gardens.

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    REMEMBER THE JAPANESE TOO !!!

    by davidjo Written Sep 2, 2014

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    The Japanese War Memorial Garden is situated in a picturesque area overlooking the sea. There are several shrines and a display of Japanese anti-aircraft guns pointing towards the sea. The gardens were made for Japanese soldiers who died in WWII. Many of the Japanese soldiers committed suicide rather than face the shame of defeat. There is also a small pavilion that has some photographs and other memorabilia.

    view from the gardens we are here as you enter pleasant gardens
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    WE SHALL NOT FORGET

    by davidjo Written Sep 2, 2014

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    There is a rather simple memorial with a rifle whose bayonet is sticking into the ground with the words "We shall not forget" written on a plaque at the base. this is to honor the fallen soldiers of the Philippines.

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    SMALL MUSEUM, VIVID PAINTINGS

    by davidjo Written Sep 2, 2014

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    Under the statue of the Guerilla there is a small museum which is named "LESSONS OF WAR IN THE 20th CENTURY". There are large colorful paintings, all made by the artist Lideo A. Mariano, as well as some old photographs. Do not miss this as the paintings are well worth looking at.

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    THE TWO PRESIDENTS

    by davidjo Written Sep 2, 2014

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    President Osmena and President Quezon both have small areas , each with a statue that remembers them.
    Underneath the statue of Pres. Quezon are some words that he spoke-----I am not the president of the rich, and i am not the president of the poor either! I am president of the Philippines, of the Filipino people, rich and poor alike. The duty of the president of the Philippines is a duty which he owes to the whole Filipino people.
    I have an abiding faith in our people. I know that they have all the faculties needed to become a powerful and enlightened nation. The Filipino is not inferior to any man or race.

    President Osmena President Quezon
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    THE PHILIPPINE WAR HEROES MEMORIAL

    by davidjo Written Sep 2, 2014

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    This memorial is a recent addition to the island which honors Filipino heroes and martyrs, not only the heroes of Corregidor. It is a 6,000 sq. m. complex which was inaugurated by President Ramos in 1992. The complex was designed by Francisoc Manosa and the murals and statue were sculptured by Manuel Casal. There are 14 murals associated with different scenes in Philippine History as well as various statues commemorating the country's greatest heroes. The murals are displayed on a wall that encircles an open area. On top of the wall and above a small museum is a statue that commemorates the Philippine guerillas.

    plaque on top of wall the guerilla the guerilla murals commemorating special events in the country
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    HEADQUARTERS IN THE TUNNEL

    by davidjo Written Sep 2, 2014

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    General George Fleming Moore (1887-1949) had his headquarters in one of the laterals in the Malinta Tunnel. He fought in the Bataan Campaign and later became Commander of the Subic and Manila Bay Defenses, before commanding the Philippine Coast Artillery with about 5,000 men and 4 forts to defend on Corregidor. However he and General George Wainright surrendered the garrison to the Japanese in May 1942 and was held as a prisoner of war for 3 years.

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    MORE SCULPTURES FROM MALINTA TUNNEL

    by davidjo Written Sep 1, 2014

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    Here are more scenes that one can see in the laterals of the Malinta Tunnel. These can be see in the Light and Sound Show which is srcipted by the national artist and film director, Lamberto Avellana. The sculptures were made by Napoleon Abueva.

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    HOSPITAL SCENE

    by davidjo Written Sep 1, 2014

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    In one of the laterals inside Malinta Tunnel you can see how life was like inside the hospital. At one time the bunks were 3-high and although the hospital was constructed to accommodate around 300 patients during the battle it was expanded to 1,000 beds and when the island fell to the Japanese there were only 20 vacant beds. And remember the patients lay there without lights so you can imagine the miserable conditions for these poor unfortunate men. Originally there were only American nurses in attendance but later there were around 40 Filipina nurses to aid the casualties.

    grim conditions
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    1922 or 1932 ? THE MALINTA TUNNEL

    by davidjo Written Sep 1, 2014

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    Depending which end you enter the tunnel you will either notice the dates 1932 or 1922, and the reason there are two dates is that the excavation started at one end in 1922 and was completed at the other end in 1932. The railroad lines pass directly through the tunnel that originated at the nearby docks and led to certain parts of the island to deliver the weaponry and supplies. The main tunnel was 836 feet long and 24 feet wide, with around 22 lateral tunnels at the sides, and another area of lateral tunnels for the Navy and hospital.
    The tunnel went under Malinta Hill from one side to the other, and both derived their name from LINTA , the Filipino word for leeches that were found in abundance on the hill, but not in the tunnel. The labor force for the tunnel was provided by 1,000 inmates of Balibid Prison from Manila, cement was purchased from the Japanese and condemned TNT from the Ordnance Dept. Obsolete mining equipment was rented from Baguio Goldminers.
    During the Battle of Corregidor General Macarthur had his headquarters there, and President Quezon and VP Osmena took their oaths of office there too. May 6th 1942 the Japanese accepted the surrender of the forces from General Wainright who had taken over from Macarthur when he departed for Mindanao. On 23rd November 1945 when the island was retaken by the American forces, the Japanese started committing suicide by blowing themselves up in the laterals, and until today these tunnels have never been excavated, and remain in the state they were in during 1945.

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    There is a Sound and Light Show which used to be available to tourists for an additional price, but nowadays this show is only available to overnight guests that are staying at the Corregidor Inn.

    entrance from the dock above the exit plan of the tunnel system troley lines are still there today a little of the history
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    THE PARADE GROUND AND GOLF COURSE

    by davidjo Updated Sep 1, 2014

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    There is a display of guns and shells that were used during the conflict at one end of the Topside Parade Ground. As well as the Parade Ground there was a 9 hole golf course for the officers to play on, which was located behind the Spanish Lighthouse.

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    WATER TANK HILL

    by davidjo Written Sep 1, 2014

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    I believe that 6 water tanks stood on the hill at the outbreak of hostilities and from the Spanish Lighthouse you can see that three of them remain today. The tanks not only stored fresh water but salt water too.

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    THIRD TIME LUCKY----IT IS STILL STANDING TODAY

    by davidjo Written Sep 1, 2014

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    The Spanish first built a lighthouse on this site in 1836 but in 1897 they replaced it with a much bigger one that still stood until WWII. It was destroyed during the war but today's structure was built after the war in 1950 using many of the original stones on the same site. At 628 ft elevation it is the highest point on the island, and tourists can climb the 53 steps to the top and have a magnificent view of Bataan and Cavite. The lighthouse had rather a strange design, the usual circular tower but it was built on top of an octagonal shaped dwelling.
    Inside the lighthouse you can see photographs of the construction method.
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    Be careful climbing up as the last 20 steps or so are on a near vertical metal ladder and easy to slip or fall, so hold on tightly. .

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