"CORREGIDOR ISLAND" Corregidor Island by LoriPori

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Sunday January 9, 2012
An Island in the entrance of Manila Bay and because of its strategic location, CORREGIDOR ISLAND served as a focal point for the Naval defenses of the Philippine capital City, Manila.
The Island is about 48 kms west of Manila, is shaped like a tadpole and has a land area of 9 sq. kms. Because of its rocky landscape and the fortifications of Fort Mills, Corregidor Island is also known as "The RocK". Its bulbous head, called the Topside, was the nerve center of the Island during WWII. Here were located the headquarters, barracks, Officers' quarters and the bulk of the Batteries.
The Bottomside (Lower part of the island) is where the Malinta Tunnel can be found. The Malinta Tunnel is now home to "Light and Sound" presentation.

Hans and I, together with VT Members i-s-a and Planxty (Fergy). did a Sun Cruises Tour of Corregidor Island.

I also want to take this opportunity to thank i-s-a for arranging this wonderful tour and Hans and I really enjoyed your company and friendship.


Perhaps the most thought-provoking sights in Corregidor are the many RUINS there. The bombed out structures are a harsh reminder of how awful it must have been there during the war. One of the Ruins is of Mile-Long Barracks which was officers' quarters (housed as many as 2000 American officers) and quarters for Senior Officers. There is also Middleside Barracks Ruins and the Ruins of the Theater.
You can just picture these concrete building and how they were once bustling with activity. You can even see the stairs, most of which still remain.


To facilitate passage and to create a bombproof structure, the Americans drove a shaft from a rock quarry at Bottomside, directly through the Hill, creating the MALINTA TUNNEL. Construction of the Tunnel took about 10 years ( 1922 to 1932 ).
The Tunnel is 835 feet long, 24 feet wide and 18 feet high. Branching from it are 13 laterals on its north side and 11 laterals on its south side.
The main Tunnel is reinforced with concrete walls, a concrete floor and overhead arches.
General Mac Arthur set up headquarters inside the tunnel, where men and women would live and work during the siege of Corregidor.
Today, Malinta Tunnel offers visitors the "Light and Sound " Show, which we did (150 pesos) and which is a re-enactment of World War II's dramatic events. Each "Lateral" contained visual effects depicting various stages of the war, along with sound effects and recorded voices.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Reality check
  • Cons:It rained the whole day
  • Last visit to Corregidor Island: Jan 2012
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • davidjo's Profile Photo
    Dec 30, 2013 at 6:16 PM

    I have thought about visiting here for years and after seeing i-s-a's reviews a few days ago i am very interested in visiting, and after seeing yours i will definitely go. We actually have promo tickets for Manila in March and August, but probably cannot make it then due to medical check ups and renewing my residency at immigration, but will definitely add a day to our next visit to Manila.

    • LoriPori's Profile Photo
      Dec 31, 2013 at 4:34 AM

      I really think you would enjoy a tour to corregidor Island. It's quite an interesting place with so much history. Thanks for stopping by.

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Aug 11, 2013 at 3:15 AM

    To me Corredidor was just a name from bombastic television documentaries about the Second World War, but this is the first time I have seen what it looks like today. Interesting tips and travelogues!

    • LoriPori's Profile Photo
      Aug 11, 2013 at 4:14 AM

      Corregidor Island was a very interesting tour. Lots of things I didn't know about this place. Thanks for stopping by Don.

  • wise23girl's Profile Photo
    Mar 31, 2012 at 4:07 PM

    I am taking a virtual tour of Loris Asia

  • Waalewiener's Profile Photo
    Mar 16, 2012 at 6:58 AM

    Many of the things we saw were so very interesting we never knew anything about all this but now we do eh
    Great page Lori

  • MalenaN's Profile Photo
    Feb 17, 2012 at 11:41 PM

    It is interesting to read about the history of the island, but so sad with all the ruins, and to know what made them become ruins. Great view from the restaurant!

  • Yaqui's Profile Photo
    Feb 3, 2012 at 11:53 AM

    What a wonderful piece of history preserved for all to see. Another wonderful page Lori! I enjoyed it!

  • starship's Profile Photo
    Feb 3, 2012 at 8:57 AM

    Wow, Lori! I'm sure not too many people ever get to Corrigidor! Even with the raining day, you got some great pictures too. Thanks for sharing the history of this important part of WWII.

  • Basaic's Profile Photo
    Feb 2, 2012 at 4:24 PM

    Great Page, Lori!


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