Japanese Memorial Garden 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|
Corregidor Island is a tadpole-shaped island at the entrance to Manila Bay. Together with other nearby islands such as El Fraile, Caballo, and Carabao, Corregidor Island served as a military outpost to incoming and outgoing ships for nearly 400 years. During World War II, the island was heavily bombed, leaving dramatic ruins, artillery relics, and almost 7,000 dead Filipino, American, and Japanese soldiers. Today, the island serves as a military memorial and a major tourist destination in the Philippines. Sun Cruises operates tours of Corregidor on behalf of the Department of Tourism and Corregidor Foundation. The usual day tour package (starts at P2,350/adult, P1,500/child) begins at 7 am at Sun Cruises Ferry Station, near Coconut Palace at the CCP Complex, Manila. From there, guests are ferried to the island for an hour, followed by a five-hour tranvia tour of the island, lunch included, and a ferry back to Manila. Meanwhile, outdoor enthusiasts may consider a guided walking tour (P1,800/head, lunch included) or a do-it-yourself bike tour (P1,400/head). Exploring Corregidor Island is best relished for two days, however. Its hotel and restaurant readily accommodate tourists (starts at P1,500 for a single room). For those on a tight budget, you may opt to camp on the island instead (P50/head; bring your own tent). Other optional activities on the island include the Malinta Tunnel Tour (P200/head), zipline (P100/head), outdoor activities (P250/head), kayaking (P500/hour, serves two), and animal watching (free). The island's forests host migratory birds, pythons, cobras, lizards, and about 2,000 monkeys.
The most photographed ruin in Corregidor, Middleside Barracks is named so for its location on a plateau in the middle of island. The barracks comprise of two three-storey buildings made of advanced concrete technology and infused with tropical design sensibilities, such as high ceilings and capiz shell windows. The barracks served as the quarters of the 65th Coast Artillery anti-aircraft regiment US Regular Army, and the 91th Coast Artillery Philippine Scouts, until it was bombed during the World War II.
Standing at 628 feet above sea level, this Spanish Lighthouse marks the highest point on Corregidor Island. The original lighthouse was built by Spaniards in 1865. About 60 years later, the lighthouse was demolished and rebuilt with a bigger one. This was destroyed during the World War II, however. About a decade later, the lighthouse was reconstructed with a different design. Visitors are free to climb up its spiraling stairs to see breathtaking views of the entire island, nearby islets, Manila Bay, and the coasts of Bataan and Cavite.
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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.
Getting there and around
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