Corregidor played a vital role in Philippine history, especially during the invasion and liberation of the country from Japanese forces.
The island had been fortified with coastal artillery to defend the entrance of Manila Bay from attacks of enemy warships. It had been heavily bombarded during the latter part of the war. Today, the ruins serve as a military memorial to Filipino, American, and Japanese soldiers who served or lost their lives on the battlefield.
As the Philippines celebrates its heroes—April 7 is Veterans Day and April 9 is the Day of Valor (Araw ng Kagitingan)—the public remembers Corregidor.
Corregidor Island, now categorized as an eco-tourism site, is currently undergoing improvements following a 10-month tourism masterplan by Palafox Associates.
Corregidor is managed and operated by the Corregidor Foundation, Inc. (CFI) under its current chairperson and chief executive Cynthia Carrion.
CFI, with the Department of Tourism and Tourism Promotions Board, jointly manage Corregidor to remind everyone not so much of the horrors of war, but rather how high a price we must pay for our freedom and how we must all work to keep the peace.
Corregidor Island attractions include the Pacific War Memorial with its Dome of Peace, and a sculpture called the Eternal Flame of Freedom.
There’s also the Pacific War Memorial Museum that houses World War II memorabilia.
Walking down history lane is made more engaging in Corregidor via the guided tram tour of the island. As the tram passes through the Malinta tunnel, there’s a light and sounds show that simulates what it was like during the island’s darkest days during the Second World War for the visitors to experience.
Aside from a repository of history, the island also has fun activities for visitors. A fully functional beach resort and campsites are available for families and friends to enjoy.
Go to www.corregidorisland.com.ph for more information.
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