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Reminisce in the Island of Corregidor
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Reminisce in the Island of Corregidor

Corregidor Island, one of the most important and celebrated places of battle in the Pacific Theatre during World War 2- now that guns are finally silent, the island serves as a distinct destination for people of all ages and walks of life in order to understand, learn and appreciate the courage and bravery of Filipinos amidst the indescribable horrors of war.

I am proud that I conquered Corregidor. Just like Douglas McArthur saying this line, I find this achievement worthwhile. More than the adventure that I experienced during my overnight stay in the island, I can say that the thrill of tracing the remnants of war strengthens my patriotism as a Filipino.

The island is divided into three parts: Topside, Middleside, and Bottomside. The topside consists mostly of the fortifications and is where most batteries are located, the most famous bunch of which are Battery Way (which was named in honor of 2nd Lieutenant Henry N. Way of the 4th U.S. Artillery who died in service in the Philippines in 1900; this battery was built at a cost of $112,969US and completed in 1914), Battery Geary (which was named in honor of Capt. Woodbridge Geary of the 13th U.S. Infantry who died in 1899 in the Philippines; this was built at a cost of $145,198US and completed in 1907), Battery Crockett (one of the 6 “disappearing guns” that formed an interlocking field of fire encircling Corregidor- it is armed with 2 12-inch seacoast guns that are mounted on a “disappearing” carriages behind a concrete parapet , Battery Hearn and Battery Grubbs (which was named in honor of 1st Lieutenant Hayden Y. Grubbs who belonged to the 6th U.S. Infantry and who died during the Philippine-American War in 1899, built at a cost of $212,397US and completed in 1909). Building the guns of Corregidor was massive and one of the biggest American military expenditures in the world during its time- a timely move to protect its interests in the region.