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Corregidor Island

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Corregidor Island is 48km west of Manila. The name Corregidor came from the Spanish word Corregir which means to correct. It was first used by the Spanish as the first line of their defense against any trespassers as Corregidor island lies at the very mouth of the Manila Bay. It served as a checkpoint before any ship could enter Manila. It is also called the Gibraltar of the East.

The Spanish left the Corregidor and the Americans took over the Corregidor Island. This island served as an American military base. They built barracks for their soldiers, headquarters, hospitals, and other recreational buildings. But in the World War II everything was destroyed by the Japanese Army dropping bombs in the island. Since all the building were destroyed from the bombs, the American soldiers moved to the Malinta Tunnell. The Malinta Tunnel was created to use as a storage area for the American supply. But in the World War II it became a quarter for the Philippine President, Office, and was able to hold 1000 hospital beds to cure all the soldiers that were hit.

General Douglas McArthur escaped thru a secret passage and was not noticed by the Japanese troops and he went to Australia to wait for his superiors command to return to Manila. Corregidor then was occupied by the Japanese in 1945. General McArthur was given his command to return to the Philippines and he landed in Leyte to fulfill his promised return. The American troops conquered the island with the use of the parachute which the Japanese troops thought impossible. The Japanese detonated the tunnell killing about two thousand of their soldiers and many more American troops who were inside that tunnell.

Corregidor has become a tourist attraction here in the Philippines to anyone who are interested in the World War II. They will be able to see the remains of the devastated headquarters and barracks, gun batteries and heavy armaments. There were also many monuments. During the tour you will be able to see, touch the ruins of General Douglas McArthurs headquarter, the mile long barrack, gun batteries and the Spanish lighthouse which gives a good view of the Manila Bay. You will also be able to see the light and sound show which is inside the Malinta Tunnell. For overnight stays, you may also want to join the sunset tour which takes you the another gun battery with a good view of the sunset, the hospital tour and inside the malinta tunnell.

Corregidor Inn is the only hotel you will find in Corregidor. They have many airconditioned room and they have a restaurant that served good meals. But if you are on a tight budget, you can also eat at the McArthur's lodge. They also have a campsite if you want to experience staying outdoors with your tent. For more information about this Corregidor tour, you can book with Sun Cruises at www.corregidorphilippines.com .

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