Tag Archives: World War II

The Haunted Old Diplomat Hotel in Baguio City: Philippine Travel Stories

“Art is never finished, only abandoned.” This is the description of the Old Diplomat Hotel in Baguio City, by MJ (check her Instagram account, @thebabaenggala), who tagged us with this photo. That’s one way of looking at this storied structure. There is, however, other versions of the story. Continue reading The Haunted Old Diplomat Hotel in Baguio City: Philippine Travel Stories

Photo of the Day: Post Office

There are those who believe that the traditional mailing system, also called snail mail, is going to eventually die out with the increased use of electronic mail or email. It’s just a matter of time, they say. When that time comes, the Manila Central Post Office will retain one important purpose — an important architectural marker. It was designed by Juan M. Arellano and is part of the Manila masterplan by Daniel Burnham, the same planner for Baguio City for which the Burnham Park is named. Built in the early 1900s, it was severely damaged when the Americans bombarded Manila to retake the city after the Japanese invasion. It was reconstructed after the war. While some say it was not fully reconstructed to its former glory, it is still beautiful. Here’s a shot from a differen perspective on that beautiful Philippine architecture, courtesy of Eric Jones (photos_by_eric_j). Click the photo to enlarge: Continue reading Photo of the Day: Post Office

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