Showing posts with label Historical Landmarks. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Historical Landmarks. Show all posts

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

5 Interesting Facts About the Island of Corregidor Plus Its New Campaign "CORREGIDOR NOW"

5:32:00 PM

When was the last time you visited Corregidor or have seen it on a post card? Well, me, it's not interesting to know that I haven't been to Corregidor and knowing that I'm a History graduate (not proud of that). I have only seen it on photos and videos plus read stories about the place on different print medias. This is one of the  historical place that plays an important role in our history, the Philippine History, and I missed a lot of opportunities to go there. Never been there but longing to visit and experience the place.

Just recently, July 4, I attended a press launch and unveiling of the new brand of Corregidor. It is an event where the Corregidor Foundation (CFI), the Department of Tourism through its marketing arm, the Tourism Promotions Board (TPB), and the Tourism Infrastructure and Economic Zone Authority (TIEZA) launched it new brand called CORREGIDOR NOW.  This the agencies way of creating better improvements and plans for the tourism of the island. The launch was held on a date where Filipinos and Americans are celebrating the Filipino-American Friendship Day.

It was sad to know only few people have been to Corregidor and I'm one of them. Perhaps for some few reasons, and one of which is going to Corregidor really takes time and effort.


Today, I was hoping that after the introduction of the plans and changes maybe more will be enticed, excited and encouraged to visit the place.

But before you take the tour in Corregidor here are some facts that you should know about the place.

1. Corregidor was once been the capital of the Philippines. At the break of World War II, President Manuel L. Quezon move the capital of the Philippines to Corregidor and took office in the island together with his cabinets and other officials. This is one of the most secured military bases and garrisons during that time. But as the battle begun and the US and Filipino forces were on the loosing end, President Manuel L. Quezon together with other officials and cabinet members were secured and fled to Australia.  

2. The Americans funded $150M for the construction of the facilities and weaponries inside the island of Corregidor. These includes facilities such as hospital, barracks, movie houses, recreational facilities, commissary, and other structures that you usually find in a base. It took much time before it is completed but was finished in time before the World War II breaks out.

3. The Malinta Tunnel's lateral section is believed can accommodate 100 hospital beds that is why during the World War II many soldiers and civilians were treated here. At the same time a lot of people died in the place that according to some there were sightings and 'paramdam' were felt by some visitors. Malinta Tunnel is a 836-foot-long, fishbone-shaped system of bombproof tunnels with three 227meter by 8 meter main sections and 24 49meter x 4.5-meter laterals. The cement used for the its 30-foot to 40-foot thick walls are called Asada cement which was bought from the Japanese. 

4. Corregidor island's 'disappearing' gun batteries. These guns were created and mounted on a disappearing carriage that enabled the guns to hide from direct attack. The Battery Crockett and Cheney, each had two 12-inch 'seacoast guns', while Battery Grubbs had two 10-inch guns. All-in-all the whole island of Corregidor together with the adjoining islands have 56 coastal guns and mortars in 23 seacoast batteries and 76 (28 3-inch and 48 50-caliber) anti-aircraft guns in 13 batteries. That's why it is one of the strongest defense during World War II. 

5. The island of Corregidor does not only have its ruins of the past but also the diverse ecosystem within it. That's why it is a paradise during the time it was built because of the tropic island features.

After the appointment of Cynthia Carrion by President Rodrigo Duterte as the Chairman and CEO of Corregidor Foundation Inc., she spearheaded the new strategic campaign, dubbed as "CORREGIDOR NOW", which aims to deliver a stronger and unified voice for the whole island, bringing it to greater heights as a tourism attraction.

"For years, Corregidor Island seemed to be perceived solely as a popular historical site, with its idyllic features unknown to many," according to Carrion. "With our campaign, we hope that it will usher in a new era for this eco-historical location, making it known as a place of sanctuary where one can enjoy a relaxing opportunity to revel in the past," she added.

TIEZA is developing a comprehensive master plan for the redevelopment of Corregidor and the proposed rehabilitation of the Corregidor South Dock Pier, Under the marketing campaign, they will implement more proactive promotional efforts in various forms of media to inform the public and entice target markets to visit the island.


With all the tourist destinations in the Philippines, Corregidor Island is the only one where you can truly dive deep into history while enjoying the best of tropical Philippines, It is the picture-perfect showcase of the variety of fun and adventure offered on its land, sea, and air. Carrion invites Filipinos to come together, enjoy, and explore the historical paradise that is an ultimate relaxation and fun adventure sanctuary.

To book a tour or know more about Corregidor, please email info@corregidorisland.com.ph or visit www.corregiorisland.com.ph or call +632.8233281.







Friday, May 10, 2019

A Walk Through San Juan City Heritage and History From Past to Present

10:48:00 PM

San Juan, the smallest city in Metro Manila run by one of the warmest, loveliest and interesting person I've met, Mayor Guia Gomez. A mother, a celebrity and a leader. Perhaps her traits compliments the city she's administering and you can really tell by just simply being in the city of San Juan. A city rich in history and culture built in more than 2 century.

The New San Juan City Hall

This is not my first time to meet leaders and government officials but this is my first time to see a person that have leadership, beauty, heart and brain. You cannot turn a city into something without those traits.

Mayor Guia showing the development of the Pinaglabanan Shrine

By the way Mayor Guia is the mother of reelectionist Sen. JV Ejercito. So it really runs in blood, the trait of being a leader and serving the public.

The morning in the open, organized and elegant office of Mayor Guia welcomed and entertained us by sharing the brief history and stories of San Juan City. How once a very historic place and witness in the beginning of the Philippine revolution became forgotten left to to be ruins of the past, now restored to commemorate its true value in Philippine History. It was a struggle and took time to build the now City Hall and the Pinaglabanan Shrine.

Exceptional doll collection of Mayor Guia. 
The outfits of these dolls are hand woven and made by locals of San Juan.

To know more about the city we were toured around and introduced to places and historical landmarks which are the products of the leaders in San Juan City.

The New San Juan City Hall, where the offices and significant features of the city are located. One of which is the Central Emergency and Disaster Operations Center or CEDOC where everything in the city is monitored for fast and immediate response.

The CEDOC Command Center

The Council Hall

The walls in the lobby of the City Hall is painted with three different murals that depicts the past and present of San Juan.




The Pinaglabanan Shrine which is decorated and made beautiful by the fire trees is now a historical landmark to visit.


The El Deposito de Aguas turned museum is once the depository station of potable water the whole Manila area. This is the very first water management system in the country which is design by Palacio. The City Hall, the Shrine and its surrounding area is the entire water management system of El Deposito, unfortunately is now being rebuilt only as a memoir of the once water management system that serve Manila.




The Museo ng Katipunan where you will learn more bits and pieces of history that are not written in textbooks, like what really KKK stands for which Kataastaasang Kagalanggalang Katipunan ng mga Anak ng Bayan.


San Juan National High School and Science High School are part of the master plan of having schools in the city developed during the time of its former Mayor Joseph Estrada which is continued by JV Ejercito. Part of its plan also is having a estate college university which the PUP.

The Sunctuario of San Juan del Monte and Santo Kristo and some of the century old churches which is a proof of the people's faith and being religious.




Other places visited were the Old City Hall which now part of the San Juan Medical Center, the old pipeline of the El Deposito, the Entertainment and Recreational Arena for the People, the shopping malls and some old houses that make up the now San Juan City.

The Old City Hall now part of San Juan Medical Center


Like mother like son, the instilled traits of a good leader and the heart in serving the public. Mayor Guia continues to take care of the city and her constituents as she took care of Sen JV, teaching and supporting him in life and in work. The r
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