Historical Trip to Corregidor

PauTravels on board a tram in Corregidor Island

At the mouth of the Manila Bay lies one of the most historically-rich island in the Philippines. And I was very glad to be able to set foot on this tadpole shaped island that had once become Manila’s last stand during the World War II. It is the ‘Rock’ on Manila Bay, Corregidor.

Corregidor, or the ‘corrector’ in Spanish, served as the first stop for galleon ships seeking entry to Manila. Trader’s had to aboard the island to have their cargoes checked before being allowed to dock the port of Manila. Since then this island had become an important first line of defense for Manila. In the early 1900s, the island was used by the American forces as one of their army posts in defense of this region in Asia specially during the WWII.

On June 18 of 2006, I together with two other colleagues and an American client and friend was given the opportunity of visiting this historic place. It was our tradition in our office to take time to tour our American visitors to different destinations near Manila. And, I was always asked to come as I was the most organized in the group to arrange trips. Maybe because I love to travel.

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Philippines, How Much Have I Seen of You?

My home country, the Philippines, is an archipelagic nation of 7,107 islands that is situated in the South East Asian region.  It is a tropical country bounded by three bodies of water, the Pacific Ocean to the east, the West Philippine Sea to the west, and the Celebes Sea to the south.  It is basically composed of three island groups: Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.

The country’s population is pegged at 88 Million, 90% o which are Roman Catholics.  A smaller percentage of the population is composed of Muslim Filipinos who generally reside at the southern islands.  The Philippines also has a long history of Spanish colonization, 333 years in total.  This is still evident with Hispanic architecture left.  The Philippines was discovered by the Portuguese explorer, Ferdinand Megallan under the Spanish flag in 1521.  Then it was also under the US Commonwealth rule for 40 years.

The Philippines is also composed of a diverse group of people with hundreds of different dialects though English is a second language.  And each of its 7000+ islands has a distinct characteristic on its own.  And on this journal, I’ll be listing down the different places in this country of mine that I have visited and possibly my experience with Philippine culture.  And I’ll be linking any blog that I’d be writing for each destination.

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