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Cavite: Dig into History and Adventure

Extensive ruins, secret tunnels, hidden chambers, and heritage sites—these are the attractions that mark the most historical province in the Philippines. Cavite is most popular for the bomb-torn memorial Corregidor Island, the chilly vacation spot Tagaytay, and the seven-storey maze-like mansion Museo ni Emilio Aguinaldo.

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Revel in the Ruins of War with Corregidor's Island Tours

Cavite City, Cavite

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."

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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.

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