Discovering Corregidor

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Looking for something adventurous yet educational for your family or just for yourself this summer? Discovering Corregidor must definitely be on your list. Lying at the borders of Cavite and Bataan of Manila Bay, this tadpole-shaped island is for its beauty and historical value. It was named that way with the same meaning of the Spanish words "to correct". During Spanish occupation, ships containing documents for correction are sent in Corregidor. Surprisingly, Corregidor is part of Cavite and not Bataan.

Upon arriving in the island, we immediately rode a special tram bus with our very humorous and fun guide, Armando. Historical tours are usually boring but Armando made it very informative and fun. We tour the island for five hours.

Lights and sounds show inside the Malinta tunnel is also part of the tour but you have to pay an extra hundred pesos if you’re only in day tour because it is not included but completely optional.  Malinta Tunnel is where more than 2,000 Japanese soldiers died due to bombing. It is called Malinta because there are so many leeches there back then. Linta is leech. Japanese soldiers would rather die by their own hands than to be killed by their enemy, American soldiers.  

Here are the places to see in Corregidor which is also part of the Day Tour:

Top side: 
Long Barracks, Cine Corregidor, Pacific War Memorial Dome & Eternal Flame of Freedom 
Middle side: 
Filipino American Friendship Park, San Jose Chapel & Corregidor Hotel
Bottom side: 
Gen. Mc Arthur Park, San Jose Chapel & Corregidor Hotel
Tail End: 
Filipino Heroes Memorial, Pres. Manuel Quezon Park, Pres. Sergio Osmena Park & Japanese Garden of Peace

And it has a lot of activities to offer aside from the usual Corregidor historical tour and impeccable scenery. A perfect place to shoot photos. Photographers haven.
  • All-Terrain Vehicle Rentals - Ride one of our several off-road four-wheel all-terrain vehicles and explore the island with more adventure and fun!
  • Biking (Bring your own bike) - A newly-introduced activity in the Island. It gives the biking enthusiast the opportunity to conquer the well-paved biking trails and get a glimpse of the Island's scenic and historic spots.
  • Corregidor Adventure - Live and learn about the great outdoors in a specialized team building program that can be tailor-made to suit your needs. Grab your compass, check your map, and be ready to hack through vines or to drop down into mysterious tunnels in search of clues that will lead you to winning the adventure challenge.
  • Kayak Rentals  - Enjoy Kayak rentals in the South Beach of Corregidor Island. We offer great kayaking opportunities for either day trips or extended tours. 
  • The Light & Sound Show at the Malinta Tunnel -  which is about half an hour long, is an optional part of the Day Tour and costs Php 100.00 per person. The Light & Sound Show is a must-see for first time visitors.
  • Easy Hike - Hike through rediscovered trails to forests and hillsides and discover landmarks of ruins. Follow the trail of pink cadena de amor with a sweeping view of Manila bay reaching the island's tail.
  • Sunset Experience - Catch the lovely sunset at Battery Grubb's, one of the disappearing guns perched on a hill overlooking the magnificent Peninsula. 
  • Sunrise Viewing - Brave the chilly mornings in Corregidor as we drive you to the island's tailside to catch the sunrise.
  • Night Lateral Visit - This is done inside the tunnel's unexplored side. A 1,000-bed hospital area during World War II. A walking tour of the tunnel's unexplored side.
  • Island Roundabout - Circle the island on sturdy outrigger boats and view the neighboring isles, La Monja, Caballo (Fort Drum), and the scenic coast of Mariveles. Then stop over at the perfect fishing spots nearby for enjoyable day sport fishing. 
  • Hiking - Hike along the woodland trails of Corregidor on a wondrous adventure game. Grab your compass, check your map, and be ready to hack through vines or to drop down into mysterious tunnels in search of clues that will lead you to winning the adventure challenge.
  • The Camp Adventure - Live and learn about the great outdoors in a specialized camp training program designed to enhance your knowledge and skills about nature. With jungle survival and exploration instructors, you will learn to respect and develop the confidence to survive in a world of trees and bushes, manmade underground caverns and exotic creatures. 
  • Bird Watching - Bird watchers have spotted species of birds at Corregidor island such as White-Collared Kingfishers, Zebra Dove, Blue Rock, Asian Glossy Starlings, Eurasian Tree Sparrows, Black-naped Orioles and just recently, Philippine Cockatoos have been spotted flying over the grassy area near the Eternal Flame. Bird watching has now been added as a worthwhile activity in the island. Commune with nature and be one to spot what could be migratory or resident birds of the island.
  • Rock Balancing - Corregidor, also known as the "Rock" boasts of unique rocks called "bloodstones". These rocks have been aptly called so because they are white in color with nice splatters of red. Rock balancing is an ephemeral art (short-lived art masterpieces) which has recently been introduced in the island. This is a nature activity which aims to boost eco-tourism and build awareness on nature conservancy. Rock balancing is often linked to photography and landscape art. 
  • Zipline - the 40-foot high 655-foot long free-fall cable ride stretches from the Corregidor Inn all the way to the South Beach. 

The beautiful island of Corregidor is now being preserved for tourism and academic purposes. There are no residents in the place, only the employees and their families. Everybody is welcome to explore the beauty and wonder of the island. It is also known for ghost-hunting activities where you don’t really need to hunt one, one is already waiting for you inside your hotel room. Hehe!             

Corregidor historical day tour will cost you Php 2,500.00 for a day tour with a buffet lunch via Sun Cruises.

The beauty of the island is undeniable - you will feel like you're too far from manila when in fact it's just an hour away. But the value and terror it brings to people upon knowing the history and stories of it will still be the main reason why people not only here in the Philippines should visit the island. In fact, until now there are still mysteries and stories that is unknown and untold.

Our tour is made possible by Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA) under their Chief Operating Officer Mr. Mark Lapid. Thank you!

P.S. I lost all my files of this tour, the reason why I had very limited photos. :(

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