It has been a long time when the Island of Corregidor fell under the spanish colonizers. The small island has become the fortress of defense during the early spanish years. Corregidor is derived from a word corregir which simply means “to correct”. And during the spanish occupation , all vessels entering the Manila Bay were required to be checked and have their documents all corrected. It was then called the Island of Correction or Isla del Corregidor.
Corregidor made a huge participation during the second world war. It was from the year 1941-1942 when the japanese army conquered and invaded Luzon and attacked Manila . Filipino and American soldiers under General Douglas Mac-Arthur retreated in Bataan.
But on May 6, 1942 , Japanese troops sent heavy artillery to the southern part of Bataan and later on blocked Corregidor from food and water. And eventually The American and Filipino troops surrendered .
Corregidor had 13 anti-aircraft artillery batteries and had 76 guns and 10 60 inch Sperry searchlight . Over all there were 23 batteries installed in Corregidor and 56 coastal guns.
Battery way honors the coast Artillery Corps of the US troops . It had mortars that could fire on land targets in Bataan.
Battery Geary on the other hand was a battery of 8 13 ton , 12 inch mortars . On January 6 1942 , the battery Geary was blown by a heavy japanese bomb killing 31 lives.
Today , Corregidor remains a historic site as well as tourist destination. Corregidor made a great contribution during the invasion and liberation of the Philippines against the Japanese troops. The ruins left serves as just memorial to many Filipinos and americans who lost their lives during the battle.
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If I am not mistaken we arrived there ( corregidor Island) at around 9:30 am . And that’s when the extra challenge started. The main goal is to locate maps hidden inside tunnels and several places in the area . The challenge requires endurance, strength, speed and a little common sense ( the puzzle was hard) , great thing my team’s very smart and competitive . We were actually divided into two groups. The red horse team and the orange jump shot team.
What to see in Corregidor
Pacific War Memorial
Filipino Heroes Memorial
Japanese Garden of Peace
Corregidor represents war’s destruction , resourcefulness, creativity, humanity and inhumanity
After visiting the Corregidor Island , It gave me this spectacular and multi dimensional journey of my life.
Today , I am writing this to commemorate those heroes. I am sure there may be some soldiers buried unknown without identification . I know they may be sad , lying there alone, maybe they’re forgotten .
I hope that some of you will add so many memories of Corregidor.