|Corregidor Tailside towards sunset|
Hiking through the forests, it's hard to imagine that tons of bombs were dropped on this tiny island some 65 years ago. Much of Corregidor is now covered with dense vegetation with only the ruins and newer installations serving as reminders of a dark page in our country's past. I remember an interview I did with Carlos Celdran years ago when he described the island as "the Philippine version of Angkor Wat... the remains of a lost empire". In a sense, he was right except that Corregidor isn't an altar to the deities but rather, a memorial to a war.
|Corregidor Milelong Ruins Sunset|
Daytrippers never get to see the Topside Milelong Ruins, macabre-looking in the fading light of day. Nor do they get to catch the island's tail and nearby Caballo Island bathed in golden light. Daytime guests get to see Batteries Way and Grubs which are located near the paved roads but will miss out on Battery Wheeler emerging from the encroaching jungle and accessible only via a dirt trail.
The Light and Sound Show at Malinta Tunnel at daytime offer a comprehensive if compact timeline of Corregidor's role in Philippine World War II history. It also gave some attendees the chills and discomfort of being in the dark if only for a few minutes. But after dark, the Malinta Tunnel becomes an otherworldly theater as one navigates through the laterals that served as a subterranean hospital during the war. Contrast this to the serene vista of the North Dock after dusk where the lights of Mariveles twinkle across the water and the outlines of the Mt. Mariveles range often visible in the enveloping darkness.
|Wharf Light and Lightning|