"CORREGIDOR: ISLAND OF VALOR" Corregidor Island by agent8971
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“From the depths of the aquamarine sea, Corregidor Island gently rises like a tranquil emerald haven…
Once an island under relentless siege, Corregidor Island is now a sacred tribute to the heroes who took part in its dramatic past. It is a veteran’s historic isle of remembrance, and an eternal witness to the valiant heroism and chilling horrors of war.
Now, only the gentle lapping of the waves fill the silence and lush greenery veils the scars. Amidst all these, the memories of rousing victories and devastating defeats march on in the shattered ruins and noble relics.
After years of seeming deep slumber, Corregidor Island comes to life. It has slowly transformed into a leisurely tropical isle where you will discover a world of natural and man-made treasures. Families and friends can stay for the day or overnight at the local hotel, Corregidor Inn, so there can be more time to experience the thrills of the Malinta Tunnel Light and Sound Show, go nature tripping, beachcombing, stargazing, reminiscing or simply strolling.
Yet the saga of this Philippine island fortress continues….and the best is still to come. The Corregidor Island of the future will remain an inviolable historic shrine animated by visitors. Pre-war villages like Barrib San Jose will rise from the rubble to metamorphose into scenic restaurants and shops. Deserted beachfronts will transform into seaside havens dotted with cottages and a resort. Overgrown pathways will resound with the laughter of adventurous trekkers and bikers.
Immerse yourself in the awesome sights and sounds of Corregidor Island. It is an experience you will never forget” ...
These phrases, taken from a colorful brochure produced by the Philippine Convention and Visitors Corporation (PCVC) aptly describe what Corregidor Island is now at the present. I was in Manila at the time the opportunity came for me to check the place out, thanks to Sun Cruises, Inc. which extended me the courtesy of a complimentary Pass to join one of the regularly-run daily tours to the Island. Our guide, an elderly gentleman whom I presumed must have been around during the last war, eloquently elaborated on the history of the war- as well as that of the Island itself.
If my memory serves me right, I think it was about an hour’s ride via a tourist ferry that leaves daily from the dock near the Philippine Cultural Center in Manila. Upon arrival at the island, the guests are taken around the sights within the Island on board a bus-tram. Those sights include visits to the various “big guns” (reminds me of the “Guns of Navarone”), the “Mile-Long Barracks”; the Pacific War Memorial; the Japanese Memorial Garden; the Filipino-American Friendship Park; and the old Spanish Lighthouse & Museum. For those who want to stay a little longer to savor the ambiance of this war-torn Island, you have your choice to either stay at the Corregidor Inn or at the Beach Resort Complex. A first class Restaurant- the McArthur’s Café’ & Souvenir Shop (where we’ve had our lunch for the day) serves the needs of your discriminating appetite.
Apparently, the “Lights and Sounds” Show that transpires inside the Malinta Tunnel is the usual highlight of this Day Tour- worthy and more than enough in exchange for a few Pesos you pay for the experience. My visit to the Island, though only once and for the first time at that, was a memorable- as well as an enjoyable one, that somehow seemed to have transported me back in time when both Filipinos and Americans fought it out together- side by side, in the name of Freedom.
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