Corregidor: The Last Frontier of Philippine Freedom
At about 1:30PM on that fateful day of May 6, 1942, Lt. Gen. Jonathan Wainwright finally ceded the control over the island to the Japanese Imperial Army as inevitable losses of lives and resources continued to mount.
Their token of resistance could no longer thwart the massive forces that engulfed the tadpole-shaped island.
Corregidor, which served during the Spanish time as a defense port, a penal institution and a signal outpost and a thriving island-city during the American era, has been reduced to ruins, far from its glorious pre-WWII days.
At the height of American-funded development, the Rock was adorned with paved roads, electric railroad track, a movie house, a school, a baseball field, a nine-hole golf course, a service club, a swimming pool, tennis courts, a bank, a hospital, shops, an airport (Kindley Airfield), officers’ two-storey officers’ quarters, barracks, artillery batteries and Spanish lighthouse.
Pacific War Memorial. Erected to the Filipino and American fighting men who gave their lives to win the land, sea and air victories which restored freedom and peace to the Pacific Ocean area.
The US government literally poured millions upon millions of dollars to develop the island formerly called Fort Mills.
Only to be leveled however by countless and huge mortar and canon shells unleashed by the Japanese.
As a result of the constant and heavy pounding, huge craters dotted the island.
Plants and trees started to grow in the desolated Corregidor as a result of three-day seeding; they used an airplane to do the work.
While the present-day Corregidor no longer mirrors its former grandeur, it still stands proud and mighty after.
And it’s worth visiting time and time again to pay homage to those who have volunteered to pour out their blood and mortgaged their future with a valiant stand for freedom and peace.
War memorials, murals, museum, and a number of monuments are erected to commemorate the war exploits of the USAFFE personnel as well as their Japanese tormentors. Include in the list of places to see are those artillery batteries and ruins that remind us both the horrors of war and the gallantry of the fighting men and even women in this side of the Pacific Theater.
Suggested places to see:
Malinta Tunnel and the light and sound show
Battery Way, Battery Hearn, Battery Geary, Battery Grubbs, Battery Crockett, and many other heavy seacoast batteries, and light and medium fixed and semi-fixed artillery batteries.
Pacific War Memorial (Pacific War Memorial Museum, Filipino Heroes mural, Dome of Peace, Monument of the Eternal Flame of Freedom)
Filipino-American Friendship Memorial
President Manuel L. Quezon Memorial Park
Sergio Osmeña, Filipino Guerillas, and Filipino Woman monuments
Japanese Garden of Peace
Douglas MacArthur monument and Lorcha Dock
Mile-Long Barracks and Middleside Barracks
Fort Mills Headquarters
Cine Corregidor ruins