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A Tour Through History in an Island called Corregidor

The distinct sound of the bell floats through the hot summer air off an island 48 kilometers west of Manila. This is Corregidor Island. The round, high-pitched sound of the bell tells everyone to get out from the ruins and gather at the tram. The tour operators don’t use modern car horns; they use the traditional bell. This may be a cute gimmick to incorporate the old ways. I’d like to believe that it’s more than that. Continue reading A Tour Through History in an Island called Corregidor

The Old Spanish Lighthouse of Corregidor Island

What place on earth is 693 miles from Hongkong, 1,719 miles from Tokyo, 1,497 miles from Singapore, 3,044 miles from Sydney, 6,672 miles from Madrid, and 6,972 miles from San Francisco? It’s 48 kilometers west of Manila and traditionally served as a gateway into this Philippine capital. It’s Corregidor Island. The exact location of the direction marker is the Spanish Lighthouse. The lighthouse has guided mariners for hundreds of years and has seen countless battles and wars, the most destructive of which is World War II. Continue reading The Old Spanish Lighthouse of Corregidor Island

Mt. Samat Trip: Journey to Dambana ng Kagitingan in Bataan

It was a slow Saturday. The Friday before that was capped with a client dinner-meeting that extended until late at night. Add the trip home and it was already past midnight when we slept. The problem with having a regular waking hour is waking up on that particular hour; even if you don’t want to wake up to extend your rest hours. Continue reading Mt. Samat Trip: Journey to Dambana ng Kagitingan in Bataan

Corregidor Island: History in the Ruins

Corregidor Island is where Filipino and American forces made a last stand against the invading Japanese forces in World War II, our school textbooks would tell us. The books bear photos of the guns and the ruins. Seeing the real thing must be a totally different experience, I thought when I was younger. So, today, after more than 30 years of delay, I finally crossed Manila Bay to invade what the forces during WW2 fondly call “The Rock”. Continue reading Corregidor Island: History in the Ruins