Friday, November 29, 2013

Travel Diaries : Island of Valor and Peace Part 2

As promised, here's the second part of my recent travel adventure in Corregidor.

The ruins of the military barracks is often the subject of photography and TV features about Corregidor.


According to our guide, the structures used to be dormitories, hospital, offices and entertainment centers for the military personnel stationed in the island. Since the place sits away from the city, it became a self-sustaining community and home for the military personnel and their families.

In order to ensure preservation and safety, tourists are restricted from entering these structures.


In my mind, these structures could have been preserved if the Philippines didn't become a casualty of World War II.


This is another common sight in Corregidor. Cannons and artillery of all sizes and functions were restored and preserved.




Nothing was changed in this storage site for ammunition since its existence.
 
 The construction of this park was funded by the US government. The main attraction in this area is inside the white dome. 

The entire place should be considered as a sanctuary. If there is one area I considered sacred, this marble structure relates everything.


The surrounding areas of the park that provide
 tribute to all the enlisted American and Filipino soldiers. 
Two drunk soldiers Heehee 

The statue is a representation of the brotherhood that existed between Filipinos and Americans. 



As we explored the area that surrounds the park, we ended up in this breathtaking view

My friend B described this as heaven. It reminded us of the Filipino movie, Hihintayin Kita sa Langit, which plot was adapted from Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights.
The sprawling horizon personified the book and movie's depiction of heaven.

Who would not fall in love with this view? 

The last item in our itinerary is the famous Spanish Lighthouse of Corregidor.

There were two lighthouses in Corregidor. The tallest is not accessible for tourists and guests.

This is the lighthouse we dared to trek ;)
Entrance to the lighthouse

We made it to the top and was surprised with a better view.

It was time to say goodbye.

I never had much expectations for this trip. Most articles I read emphasized the fact that there's nothing spectacular to experience in Corregidor. A friend even told me that the entire island is just a huge cemetery for all the casualties of WWII.  Despite the discouraging feedbacks, I enjoyed my short tour in Corregidor. I actually like the place. For reasons I can't understand, I felt relaxed and rejuvenated in the island. If given the chance, I would love to revisit the place. I don't have regrets of spending a weekend in Corregidor.


Back to city life, back to reality!

My trip to Corregidor would not be possible without my dear friend and sister B. Thanks Ate B! Hope to see you again soon, perhaps on another travel adventure away from Manila. 

2 comments :

  1. Corregidor looks like the perfect place for a WWII fanatic. Philippines is made up of so many islands, I'm sure you won't run out of places to visit :)

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  2. Really wonderful post, Diane!
    That view is gorgeous, but most of all I love the pictures of the lighthouse! I love lighthouses :)
    Impressive memorial too. Glad you got to visit and share it with us!

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