|Catchy flyer doubles as a walking map|
Why is a barracks spanning a quarter-mile named the Milelong Barracks?
Would Warplan Orange have worked better than Rainbow Five?
Was the Americans' Expansion of Good Government and Commerce a better, more convincing propaganda than the Japanese's Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere campaign?
If the Washington Treaty never came to pass, would the modernization of Corregidor spelled a difference in the sieges leading up to the second world war?
|The great returnee|
Are the still unaccounted for tons and tons of silver coins sunk around the bay still lurking in the depths or hiding in someone's private collection?
How effective was the enticement of food, wine and women in convincing the Filipinos to lay down their arms and stop their resistance to the Japanese forces?
Did former President Jose Laurel deserve the bad rap of being labeled a "Japanese collaborator"?
What is the fine line that divides and delineates an "ally" from a "collaborator"?
These are some of the questions that stirred my consciousness in three or so hours of walking with Old Manila Walks' streetwalker-guide, Ivan Man Dy, at topside of historic Corregidor Island for his "Of Bombs, Big Guns and Lost Gold" tour. Having taken the guided day and night tours on several occasions, I was eager for a different trip this time.
|Ivan at Battery Way|
After lunch, I opted not to join the optional Malinta Tunnel Light and Sound Show and instead returned (pun intended) to revisit Ate Edith at the McArthur Cafe near the Lorcha Dock for some chit-chat, an ice-cold Coke and potato chips, (By the way, their tasty and relatively inexpensive food is highly-recommended) as well as shoot the breeze, enjoy the scenery and chase the many birds that roost on the trees.
|The seeding program in the 50s turned the island into a lush one replete with birds like this|
To join the Corregidor Walking Tour, email email@example.com or go to the SunCruises terminal at CCP Bay before 7am on Sundays. Rate: P1,750/pax exclusive of buffet lunch at Corregidor Inn and the Malinta Tunnel Light and Sound Show. Tours start this February 2013. For more details, visit www.oldmanilawalks.com or the SunCruises site, www.corregidorphilippines.com