Battery Grubbs in Corregidor Island | Things to do in Cavite City-Cavite
Open: 7:30am daily, Manila-Corregidor Ferry; 2:30pm daily, Corregidor-Manila Ferry.
Address: Corregidor Island, Cavite City, Cavite
Battery Way is armed with four 12-inch mortar carriages capable of firing highly explosive shells as far as 8.3 miles or 13.35 km in any direction. Each mortar required a crew of at least 14 men to load and fire the shells. The mortars could be lifted to a trajectory between 45 to 70 degrees, which made them ideal for targeting enemies entrenched in higher ground in Bataan. The battery was named after Second Lt. Henry Way of the 4th U.S. Artillery, who died in service in the Philippines in 1900.
Battery Hearn is home to the largest military gun in Corregidor Island. The 12-inch gun could fire 1,000-pound projectiles, at a range as far as 17 miles or 7.4 km. Another curious find in this battery is the large bomb crater sitting next to the gun. Located at the southwest of Battery Way, Battery Hearn was intended to defend the island from enemy naval threat from the South China Sea. Battery Hearn is named in honor of Brigadier Gen. Clint Hearn, who commanded the harbor defenses of Manila and Subic Bay in 1919.
Pacific War Memorial is a tribute to the fallen Filipino and American soldiers who participated in World War II in Corregidor. The memorial has three main features: the Dome of Peace, the 40-foot Eternal Flame of Freedom sculpture, and the memorial museum. The Dome has a sunlit altar inscribed with words that say, "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." Behind the Dome is the Eternal Flame of Freedom sculpture. Designed by American sculptor Aristides Demetrios, Eternal Flame sits on a deck that offers a panoramic view of Manila Bay, Bataan Peninsula, and the coastline of Cavite. Meanwhile, to the left of the Dome is the museum, which displays World War II memorabilia such as photographs, military uniforms, weapons, banknotes and coins, medals, and insignias.
Things to do nearby
Corregidor is a small rocky island in the Philippines about 48 kilometers west of Manila which is strategically located at the entrance of Manila Bay. This island fortress stands as a memorial for the courage, valor, and heroism of its Filipino and American defenders who bravely held their ground against the overwhelming number of invading Japanese forces during World War II. Also known as "the Rock," it was a key bastion of the Allies during the war. When the Japanese invaded the Philippines in December 1941, the military force under the command of Gen. Douglas MacArthur carried out a delaying action at Bataan. Corregidor became the headquarters of the Allied forces and also the seat of the Philippine Commonwealth government. It was from Corregidor that Philippine President Manuel Quezon and General MacArthur left for Australia in February 1942, leaving behind Lt. Gen. Jonathan M. Wainwright in command. Although Bataan fell on April 9, 1942, the Philippine and American forces held out at Corregidor for 27 days against great odds. On May 6, 1942, their rations depleted, the Allied forces were forced to surrender Corregidor to Lt. Gen. Homma Masaharu of the Japanese Imperial Army after having successfully halted the Japanese advance on Australia. It was only two years and ten months later in March 1945 when the Allied forces under the command of General MacArthur recaptured Corregidor ... making good his promise to return to the Philippines. The big guns of Corregidor are now silent and the ruins of buildings, structures, and tunnels in the island tell a very moving story of a war that has claimed so many lives. A visit to this former battleground is a memorable experience especially for those who cherish and value peace and freedom. In his speech delivered at the signing of the surrender of Japan aboard the U.S.S. Missouri at Tokyo Bay on September 2, 1945, General Douglas MacArthur said, "It is my earnest hope and indeed the hope of all mankind that a better world shall emerge out of the blood and carnage of the past - a world founded upon faith and understanding, a world dedicated to the dignity of man and the fulfillment of his most cherished wish for freedom, tolerance and justice."
Where to stay
A quaint boutique hotel, Corregidor Inn is nicely nestled within the lush green tropics of the island and its rich history. It’s the perfect getaway if one is looking for a little peace and quiet, a moment away from the bustling city life.The hotel has 31 rooms, 16 of which are twin rooms, 13 double rooms, and one suite room. All rooms are fully air-conditioned and comfortable. The inn also has a mini-size pool, an outdoor tennis court, and a basketball court for all the fitness lovers.
Strategically located at Lot A Commercial Area 8th Ave., Mariveles, Bataan, this hotel is a great choice for all types of travelers seeking comfortable accommodations. It has clean interiors, quality facilities, and amenities that guarantee a memorable stay.
Your stay goes beyond impressive accommodations at The Oriental Bataan. Located in Mariveles, the hotel gives you easy access to some of the province’s well-loved places including new tourist destinations. You can visit these mesmerizing locations using the hotel’s van rental services.Within the comforts of the hotel, indulge in top-notch facilities that will make your visit even more worthwhile. Revel in utmost relaxation with the outdoor spa and elliptical swimming pool. You and your team can also enjoy The Oriental Adventure Camp. After a fun-filled day, come back home to The Oriental Bataan. Our rooms is equipped with the necessary amenities for your convenience.With wonderful experiences paired with lavish facilities, your stay will be Uniquely Oriental.