Philippines Corregidor Island

The Famous Philippines Corregidor Island

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The Philippines Corregidor Island is located at the mouth of Manila Bay which has a shape similar to a tadpole so it is very easy to spot.

Philippines Corregidor Island

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This place is very significant to the Philippines because during the Spanish invasion, it became a fortress in order to signal the Filipinos soldiers that enemies are approaching. It was also an outpost and a prison. The island’s name was derived from the corrective effect of labour to the prisoners that were being held there at the time. “Corregir” means corrector in Spanish and the word Corregidor is also known to be “the rock” due to the landscapes surrounding it that are full of rocks.

The size of Corregidor Island is 4 km in length, 1.5 km in width, and the overall area is 3 square miles. The tip of the island is where Caballo Island is found approximately 2 km south. These 2 Islands are part of the province of Cavite.

Philippines Corregidor Island

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A brief history of the island

In the year 1898 after being under colonization for 400 years, the country was handed to the United States by the Spaniards after they were paid $20.M. Since then, the island became the army post if the Americans and called it Fort Mills to honour Brig. Gen Samuel M. Mills. They started to construct bomb shelters, hospitals, trails, and concrete structures in the island. In the year 1922, they built Malinta Tunnel to shield their military installations and creations against war. They placed 56 Coastal guns within the island, 13 anti-craft batteries for artillery, searchlights were installed in 10 different locations.

Philippines Corregidor Island

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During the year 1941, after the Japanese bombed the Philippines for several hours, it paved the way for the Japanese to invade the country. The Corregidor Island was where the Filipinos sought resistance after they have retreated while the Americans were battling the Japanese. From the year 1941 to 1942, the island was used by Gen. Douglas MacArthur as a base for the allied forces. Aside from the Americans using the island, it was also a place for President Manuel L. Quezon and his family to have a shelter for 2 months which happened before exiling Philippine Commonwealth Government. When the fall of Bataan happened in April 9, 1942 because of the Japanese the island had to surrender after 27 days.

Tourist attractions in Corregidor

You will find the Malinta Tunnel (Featured Image), the memorial for Filipino Heroes, Pacific War Memorial, the Spanish Lighthouse, concrete emplacements for guns, the Eternal Flame of Freedom, ruins of the barracks, Filipino-American Friendship Park, Aviary, and a theme park.

Philippines Corregidor Island

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Philippines Corregidor Island

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Accommodations in Corregidor

You will find the Corregidor Hotel, which has amenities like a swimming pool, souvenir shop, restaurant, and bar. You will also find a tennis and basketball court in the hotel. You can easily walk to the North Dock and the beach near the wharf from the Corregidor Hotel.

Philippines Corregidor Island

Image by Gareth Williams / Flickr

Make sure when you visit the Philippines, Corregidor Island will be one of your stops because it will take you back to a history that should not be forgotten about the Philippines.

Philippines Corregidor Island

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Philippines Corregidor Island  – By Ysabel Carbello

Featured Image by Reuel Mark Delez and other Flickr images are licensed under CC BY 2.0

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Philippines Corregidor Island

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