There’s a new adventure that comes with some history lesson that will be launched this coming February 2013, it’s a tour that will take you to a remote island just an hour away from Manila. It’s the nearest island that we can visit regularly if you have the budget and time, and it’s the most affordable getaway for other people if they want to relax, enjoy the sun, do some water sports activity or try to learn and feel what was like during the year when the Philippines is invaded by the Spanish, Americans and Japanese.
only place with its own story that changed our nation and also a perfectly
preserved structures that looks like it happened yesterday.
talking about Corregidor island
an island that faced the wrath of World War
here in this blog, I used a brand new Olympus EPL-3, I borrowed it from my sister, just to test drive and see how I'll be comfortable using a mirrorless camera.
its an island, so what ?
It doesn’t have any white sand or foreigners walking
along the bay wearing their bikinis, there’s no night life or disco, or
parasailing couples doing their own photo ops while on air. Its an island that 2
countries want to conquer and it all started here. From a far, Corregidor is
peaceful as it seems with breath taking view above the mountains and a nice
breeze of air coming from the other side of China Sea. Corregidor is a place
that you should visit, especially if you are near Manila.
Cruises is the only ferry and tour operator for Corregidor island, it’s the only
service that transport everyone going to that island. They are located at the
other side of Harbour Square in CCP Complex, right after the Folks Art Theater.
They are here for years and still operating at full blast. Sun Cruises is the
official ferry transpo and tour organizer for Corregidor.
Man Dy of Old Manila Walks is the guy who is known as the China man of Binondo,
he’s the guy who tours around the tourist in Binondo and Intramuros. My first
sightings of Ivan 5 years ago, is that there’s this guy talking to a lot of
tourist carrying this file folder with photos of Old Manila. Its great to see
that someone is sharing the history of Old Manila and many pinoys really
don’t know or not aware of it. Then his popularity went boom as he tour Anthony
Bourdain for his tv show in TLC around Old Manila to try different food and
share a part of our history.
Ivan and his Old Manila Walks tour went as
far from Manila and now started his first tour outside the city and landed him in
Corregidor, to show us the different side story of the island. Not just about
World War II, there are also some stories that are not present in our text books
that occur after the war and also happened years ago, hmmm. Are you curious
then try the collaborative tour event by Old Manila Walks and Sun Cruises
titled “Of Bombs, Big Guns and Lost Gold: WWII Tales
the poster of “Of Bombs, Big Guns and Lost Gold: WWII Tales Declassified”
It’s a half day tour that you’ll enjoy with lots of adventurous walking
and a slice of history about the struggle of our country with the Spanish,
Americans and Japanese. Corregidor is considered as a stronghold and defense for
Manila, as it blocks off incoming invaders via ship that targets to invade
Manila. During the Spanish time, Corregidor is also a place where ship captains
visit and show off their passport before entering the county.
with some media, got invited to try first the tour with Old Manila Walks, I’m so
excited about this because I super enjoy Ivan’s tour and also his chat about our
history, his presentation to us is provided with hard copy of images, old
photos, maps and funny visuals that makes you feel being part of that history.
Think of that you are in a movie and you are part of story. Because their tour
is much different from the traditional bus tour organized by Sun Cruises. No
long bus ride around the island, no super long chit chat, no sweaty pants, all
are explain in a condensed manner and you got more time to do photo op with the
background and also you’ll walk in the war torn terrain.
walking in the forest, climbing up a hill, roaming around a war torn hospital
and barracks, and enter a tunnel that is haunted by ghosts forever.
boarded the Sun Cruises ferry and we left Manila at 8am, here’s a good view of
was seated and enjoyed the company with my blogger friends,then I didn’t even
felt that we are already sailing
our seat on the upper deck of the ferry
a one hour ride, or less, and here they air some Corregidor story on TV and also
some documentaries about the island
launched my Apple Maps on my iPhone4s just to map where we are and how far the
Its cool to watch this minutes after minutes.
glorious part inside the ferry is that they sell food hahahaha. I didn’t ate my
breakfast that morning and at the food booth I ordered a hot beef noodles and
then bought some hotdog sandwich.
landed in Corregidor island and here we are welcomed with garbage floating by
the bay, those garbage came from Manila.
rode the Tranvia-like bus, they use this to tour around the island
this is my 2nd time here in Corregidor island and I’m excited to visit the place
mountain view of the island, I’m glad that we got a nice cloudy weather that
day, when I visited this island 2 years ago, it was freaking hot during
first stop is here in the light house, which is considered as one of the oldest
and bomb torn structures are seen already as we tour around, they are bombed by
and lots of Americans and also Filipinos died here in
is the main office in Corregidor, nearby are the town where married soldiers are
scary to see the destruction
the Cine Corregidor or main theater, now supported by iron bars as it will help
to stood still as time passes by, 2 years ago those iron bars are not yet
present. You can see that the structures are starting to deteriorate year after
the theater, I think this is my favorite structure in Corregidor
bars can be seen here
a view inside the barracks
me is a swimming pool
2nd floor, I took many photos and wish for a luck to capture a ghost
walk started from cemented road to a grassy road to no road
view inside the battery room,its my 1st time to take this photo and its so
creepy inside. They store ammunitions here that is build 2-3 years
can shoot out of the island
view on top of the cannon gun
walks afterwards and I started to feel…an adventure!
hospital - one of the spookiest location
check the video here of one of the tourist just captured a ghost in video, the ghost appeared on the right side near the end of the video - http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=8_gVo0Qb7Lc
is bad for the structure, but here’s a vandal that shows some history lesson,
now perfectly preserved and looks like it was written yesterday. Names of muslim
soldiers are posted here to tribute their mission that might change the
country’s agenda, but too bad, all of them are killed. This vandal will
immortalize their bravery for the country.
out now from the hospital
backside of the barracks
up hill – this is the most tiring part. hahahahaha I hate stairs!
is an awesome guide, armed with a portable mic and speaker, we can roam around
and listen to his talks
bullets, bombs and dead buildings are still here in Corregidor
and silver coins are also still here
travel blogger friends Byahilo and Pusang Kalye
the scene shoot with Byahilo
view of the hospital
donated by the US government ages ago
the end of tour, we went to Corregidor inn and there we ate our lunch
got an offer for another extra activity, we can choose if we want to tour inside
Malinta Tunnel, a different tour and not the light and sound show, or we can
just chill out go swimming, do kayaking or zipline, additional fees are required
for this extra activities, the zipline cost at P150. Just ask Ivan for the
to Malinta Tunnel. Americans and Filipino soldiers, nurses and officials stayed
here when Japanese bombed the island, many died and after it was captured by the
Japanese, they stayed here too and then Americans bombed them too and many
Japanese soldiers died. Gen. Douglas McArthur stayed here and uses a small
tunnel for an escape going to Australia, where he mentioned “I shall return!”
and brought back lots of offensive attack against the Japanese.
the light and sound tour, you are not required to wear hard hat helmets and
bring a flashlight, here in our tour, we went inside the tunnel and walk all the
way to the end, it’s a freaky and scary tour for me and its my first time walk
in a tunnel. There are times that we put out the flashlight and felt how
soldiers live there without lights. Also we felt lots of ghost presence here..so
of the tunnel that suffered a blast
tour guide here is Mang Conrado
the deep tunnel, I bump my head to a lower rocky ceiling and I’m glad that I’m
wearing a helmet
here’s prank inside the tunnel
The tour – “Of Bombs, Big Guns and Lost Gold: WWII Tales Declassified” by Old
Manila Walks is a special tour for first timers who don’t want to get tired
around the island, since the bus tour is very tiring and covered the whole
island for a day, but with this tour, you can get a nice feel of the island for
a half a day only and you’ll still enjoy some leisure activities such as
kayaking, swimming or zipline. For old timers, it is also recommended, because
there’s this part of the tour that are not covered by the bus tour, for my
experience, I still enjoyed this and I prefer this tour with Old Manila
here are some FAQ about this tour
this tour and how is this different from the regular Sun Cruises bus
'Of Bombs, Big Guns and Lost Gold: WWII Tales Declassified
' is the 6th installment in the Old Manila Walks historical tour
series. This is a collaboration between Corregidor's main logistical and
tour provider, Sun Cruises and Old Manila Walks- the city's leading
historical/cultural tour outfit. Unlike the bus tour which takes you on a
general overview of the whole island, this historical hike is essentially
concentrated on the war memorial zone (aka the historic core) of the
island and uses this setting as a backdrop in the discussion of the WWII theme
of the walk.
This tour provides for a broader,more chronological, contextual,
insightful and perhaps even critical understanding of WWII in the country
through the use of creative visuals backed by a multi-discilpinary approach to
historical interpretation (e.g. combining millitary as well as social,cultural
and architectural history).
It's an exercise for both the body and for the mind.
For the visitor to Corregidor, this tour also provides for
more personal flexibility (tour ends at 12:30 PM and boat leaves at 2:30 PM) to
explore more of the island attractions and its various 'after-walk activities'
that can be done at leisure (see below).
2. How much is the tour?
P1,750.00/head and is inclusive of the following: Guided tour, Ferry
Transfers and Island Entrance Fee. Buffet Lunch at Corregidor inn is
OPTIONAL(not inclusive) and maybe availed prior at P450.00/head. Plated lunch
options available too.
3. Is the Malinta Tunnel Walk included in walking tour
No, it is not. The Malinta Tunnel Walk (P150.00/head) is an
'after-walk' optional activity offered by Sun Cruises that you can
avail immediately after lunch. It also includes zip-lining , kayaking,
ATV-riding and swimming (rate's vary). These maybe booked prior or on the spot.
It is recommended that the Malinta Tunnel Walk be booked prior due to guide
4. When will tour be offered?
We're looking at February 2013 with initial runs every weekends (Sundays),
please email firstname.lastname@example.org
For inquiries and reservations
you may contact
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landline : (632)
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