Day Trip to Historic Corregidor

A tour of Corregidor offers an interactive history lesson of World War II.

By Abet Lagula
January 26, 2011

Abet Lagula, freelance architect and photographer, shows through his pictures the Corregidor of today and allows us a glimpse of its past.

Perhaps there is no other place in the Philippines that bears more scars of the Second World War other than Corregidor. This small island, strategically located at the mouth of Manila Bay, has historically been an important base for coastal artillery and ammunition. For centuries, Corregidor stood as the last bastion of defense for the harbor of Manila, such that whoever controlled the island would win the capital city as well.

Such was the importance of Corregidor during the fierce fighting that took place in World War II. By 1942, Japanese forces had captured Bataan; Filipino and American troops stood their ground and lost their lives defending the island before surrendering a month later. It took almost three years before Allied Forces led by General Douglas MacArthur recaptured Corregidor and in turn freed the City of Manila from the Japanese Regime. After the war ended, much of the island was left in ruins.

Today, the island of Corregidor is at peace. The ruins of buildings and other structures and the presence of artillery serve as a reminder of a war that killed thousands. War veterans and relatives of soldiers who lost their lives flock to the island to commemorate these unsung heroes and to learn about the history behind the Battle for Corregidor.

Tourists wishing to visit Corregidor can book a ferry trip thru Sun Cruises or their affiliate tour companies. A Day Tour package includes roundtrip boat transfers, a guided island tour, and lunch. Guests wishing to extend their stay can also spend a night or more in Corregidor Hotel.

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