History Buffs and Travel Junkies Set Your Next Trip at Corregidor Island
by Sherry Tadeja, July 12, 2019 6:00pm
Art by Dani Elevazo
The Philippines has never been short of places to visit for any type of traveller, whether you’re a thrill-seeker, a city nomad, or a history buff. And if you’re one to have a bucket list of domestic places to visit, the Corregidor Island might already be on your list. If it isn’t yet, make way as Corregidor island preps up to be the latest historical tourist spot in the country.
“Corregidor Now” is a campaign of the Corregidor Foundation Inc., Department of Tourism’s Tourism Promotions Board (TPB), and the Tourism Infrastructure and Economic Zone Authority (TIEZA). It seeks to bring Corregidor to a brand new light where tourists can explore and experience the island in more ways than visiting its museums. Making it a unique and exciting tourist attraction.
Corregidor then played an important role during the second world war. Due to its location which is at the entrance of Manila Bay, Corregidor has historically been fortified with defense artillery to defend Manila from attacks by enemy warships. Many war remnants can still be raveled to this day at the island.
The 358-kilometer island near Batanes also once become a refuge of Filipino and American soldiers during World War II. The "Isle of Valor" or "The Rock" once too become the temporary seat of the Government.
Currently, to get to Corregidor from the metro, you can ride a bus, or aboard a ferry to go to Mariveles, Bataan. It can usually take around 2 hours total. Its secluded locations have a purpose, because the island was once the refuge camp of Filipino and American soldiers and became the temporary seat of the government.
Acknowledging both its rich history and ecology, the Corregidor Foundation Inc., launched the "Corregidor Now" a campaign to transform the island to an eco-historical location.
The campaign encourages both young and old to visit the island and try its attractions and activities such as biking, bird watching, camping, fishing, hiking, and kayaking. It also promotes historical activities like visiting the middle-side barracks, battery grubs, Pacific war memorial complex, Spanish Lighthouse, Japanese Garden of Peace, Filipino Heroes Memorial, Corregidor Ruins, the infamous Malinta tunnel, and Lorcha Dock.
Corregidor Now's master plan involves the rehabilitation and redevelopment of the island and the Corregidor South Dock Pier, welcoming investors and businesses to bring more life to the island and attract visitors to marvel at the island’s rich history.
If a historical location can be a tourist spot without alternating its rich history, then it's a bright future ahead for preserving other historical locations in the country. Corregidor Island is a good start.