The island of Corregidor is located about 48 kilometers or 30 miles from the Manila Bay entrance. Today Corregidor Island is a tour destination and memorial remembering the thousands of Filipino and American soldiers who fought with courage and valor during the invasion by Japan during World War II. Today, Corregidor is referred to as "The Rock" by many locals who work here taking care of the island. In December of 1941 the Japanese forces invaded the Philippines, during this time Corregidor Island was key in defending the Philippines, and provided General Douglas MacArthur a strategic location for planning.
Today during your Corregidor tour you will see the many large guns, now silent, and the many buildings once housing thousands of soldiers now just lonely ruins, left to tell the story of a place once alive with courageous men and women.
Corregidor Island Tour Package
Corregidor Island Tour Highlights:
Mile Long Barracks – A three-story building made with re-enforced concrete had been built to withstand the strongest hurricanes. This building was the headquarters for General Douglas MacArthur and also housed both American offices and it's enlisted men working at the garrison. The total length of the building is 1,520, and with that it quickly became known as the longest barracks in the world.
Pacific War Memorial – Completed in 1968 to honor both the Filipino and American soldiers who fought and died during the Pacific War, and was financed by the United States of America Congress. The beautiful alter at the center offers a victory wreath with the inscription at the rim, "Sleep, my sons, your duty done, for Freedom's light has come; sleep in the silent depths of the sea, or in your bed of hallowed sod, until you hear at dawn the low, clear reveille of God". There is also a small museum here with historical items and memorabilia related to the Corregidor Islands history.
Eternal Flame of Freedom – Symbolizing freedom is a large metal structure shaped like a large flame, and located just to the back of the Pacific War Memorial on a large raised platform, from which you have a wonderful view of Manila Bay, the coastline of Cavite and the Bataan Peninsula. The Eternal Flame of Freedom was created by Aristides Demetrios, and today stands to remind that all men who fight for freedom, stand as one.
Spanish Flagpole - Serving to remind us of our historic past, like so many of the relics found here on Corregidor, the Spanish Flagpole was at one time the might mast upon a Spanish Warship that had been captured by American soldiers belonging to the Admiral George Dewey fleet, during what is known as the "Battle of Manila Bay" on May 1, 1898. After it's capture the mast was removed from the ship and and erected here by Americans soldiers.
During a ceremony held on October 12, 1947 that would come to signify the turning over of Corregidor Island to the Philippines Republic, the American Flag was taken down for the final time, and hoisted in it's place would be the flag of the Philippines, Corregidor, again, now belonged to the people of the Philippines.
Cine Corregidor - As you approach the Pacific War Memorial you are greeted by the ruins of the Cine Movie Theater, built during the pre-war period for both military personnel and their families. Today there is not much left of the old movie house, however there are a few stairs and much of the stage is still in tact. At what once was the lobby there are now two vintage cars, both are black and were once used by both the Philippines President Quezon and General Douglas MacArthur.
Spanish Lighthouse - The original Lighthouse built on the island of Corregidor was constructed on during 1836, later destroyed during the fighting of World War II, now some sixty-plus years later a new and larger lighthouse has been built. Erected on the same location with an elevation of 628 feet above sea level.
Since the lighthouse offers the highest viewing point for Corregidor Island, tourist coming here are in for a really special viewing of Manila Bay, the provinces of Cavite and Bataan and of course the South China Sea. Near the lighthouse you will find gift-shops, restrooms and a small museum offering historical photographs and information.
Malinta Tunnel – On Corregidor Island there is a hill call Malinta, with an elevation of 390 feet. Construction here started in 1922 and was completed in 1932, with the main tunnel running from east to west at 24 feet wide and over 835 feet long, and consisting of 13 lateral tunnels on the north side and 11 laterals on the south, with and average of each lateral consisting of 160 feet by 15 feet wide. In the main tunnel and electric trolley was used, called a "TRAM", and was powered using a double track that had been electrified.
Visitors today can enjoy a really nice and educational experience with the Malinta Tunnel Tour, which offers a vivid show using stage lights and sound, scripted by film director Lamberto Avellana, which offers a re-enactment of the dramatic events that took place during that time of World War II.
Battery Crockett - Constructed in 1905 at a cost of just $290,049 is just one of 6 disappearing gun batteries that made-up a connecting field of fire that created a circle around the island of Corregidor. Each gun was 12 inches in diameter, and was mounted on a disappearing carriage that sat safely behind a concrete parapet. These guns had a maximum range of 17,000 yards with the capability of traversing 170 degrees, which allowed them to overlap the fields, creating a full coverage area of 220 degrees.
Battery Hearn - The Americans created the Battery Hearn in 1918, at a cost of about $148,105 US dollars, each gun offered a 12 inch barrel, with a maximum range of 29,000 yards, with the capability to fire in any direction. The Battery Hearn was one of the last major additions to the island of Corregidor's system of defense, intended to defend the enemy from the South China Sea.
Battery Way - The Battery Way was built in 1904, and named to honor a 2nd Lieutenant, named Henry N. Way, who had been killed during his service in 1900 in the Philippines. With it's 4, 12 inch mortars, and the capability of sending a 700 pound explosive shell some 14,610 yards in any direction, and with the ability to pierce through the deck armor of any warship of that time, made this a very deadly force.