Published on August 8th, 2018 | by NAC Youth0
Makati Youth Trip to Corregidor Island
4th of August 2018, a memorable walk into the history was given to Makati Youth as we had a trip to Corregidor. The trip also was part of welcoming Philip Nass, a historian student and a youth from Germany.
According to our tour guide, during the American Colonial period, the island was a military paradise, it was called Fort Mills by the Americans. The great experience was started as we ride in a bus called tranvia which according to them that it was a replica of the transportation way back then which used by the officials on that time. As we travelled the island, the tour guide explained to us where we are and how far are we from some places near the island like Bataan and Cavite. The first spot is the Middleside Barracks, located on a plateau at the middle of the Corregidor Island. It was destroyed by the Japanese bombs on December 29, 1941. Next is the Battery way, which was commenced 1904 and completed 1914. Armed with four 12-inch M1890 mortar carriages. Near the Battery way, the hospital in the island were located, after touring the youth there we headed next to the Battery Hearn, it is armed with a 12-inch gun 1895A2. Then right after the Hearn we go to another spot where the Topside Barracks, Cine Corregidor, Pacific Memorial Museum, Pacific War Memorial and the Eternal Flame of freedom was located, many stories from the history that were untold was enumerated on those different spots.
The next thing we had was eating our lunch, wherein we’re served different Filipino dishes which every one of us enjoyed. The youth had also a little time to chat and mingle each other over lunch.
One of the fortifications on that island is the Malinta tunnel. The name Malinta came from the word ‘linta,’ meaning leech,” our tour guide explained. “When they were digging through the mountain to build the tunnel, they found a lot of these blood sucking worms along the way.” This bomb-proof storage facility was built from 1922 to 1932. It has a main tunnel that runs for over 800 feet with several lateral tunnels branching out on each of its sides. When war broke out in the Pacific, some of the lateral tunnels were turned into a 1,000-bed hospital facility, the headquarters of General Douglas MacArthur and hiding place of President Manuel Quezon. He and his Vice President Sergio Osmena also took their oath at the tunnel’s West Entrance.
The last two spot shown to us were the Filipino Heroes Memorial located at the tail end of the island where the main attractions are the 14 Manual Casas-sculpted murals that depict the battles of Filipinos and lastly the Japanese Garden of Peace, a memorial to the Japanese soldiers who fought in Corregidor during the war and a prayer area to their kin, the Japanese Garden of Peace cradles a Shinto Shrine and a 10-ft tall stone statue of Buddha, which faces the direction of Japan.
And that was the end of our great experienced tour to one of the historical places here in the Philippines. It was just maybe a small island but full of contribution in the Philippine History. It was a tiring day yet full of funs and learnings for the youth.