Pacific War Memorial at Corregidor Island

Pacific War Memorial at Corregidor Island

Back in summer, I got a privileged to be invited to explore the beautiful island of Corregidor. I’ve been reading and hearing stories from old folks about Corregidor Island especially about the old war days and I am literally intrigue. It was a really fun and educational day tour around Corregidor Island, and I will share you the stories on a many different blog posts. The island has its unique beauty and I think I want to come back to capture more stories.

During our day tour, we’ve visited the only museum in the island called the Pacific War Memorial Museum.

Disclaimer: If historical war wasn’t your kind of topic, and gives you anxiety or maybe trauma, or causes depression, I suggest you click back and visit my other travel stories here.


Okay back to the memorial museum.

One of the main attractions in the island is the Pacific War Memorial. It was built by the United States Government to honor American and Filipino servicemen who participated in the Pacific War. It costs approximately $3,000,000 and was completed in 1968.

Truly the word “war” is a very sensitive topic, and for many people of the new generation, this sounds a quite boring topic.





Inside the Museum

Pacific War Memorial at Corregidor Island

Pacific War Memorial at Corregidor Island

It just happens that I’m a type of person who have interests on history, and old things like antiques, etc. and anything that exists many decades ago, because I find it a blessing to get a glimpse of that life today.

Pacific War Memorial at Corregidor Island

It was truly admiring that some concerned citizens have managed to secure these many remains, like maps, photographs, soldiers’ pins and badges, clothing, newspaper clippings, etc. During those hard times, I understand that keeping them would be the last thing on their minds, moving from places to places and try to survive and defend the island from many invaders. For the contributors of these remains, thank you for your great efforts!

Pacific War Memorial at Corregidor Island
Portraits of many American Generals and officials. Like seriously, there are f**king good looking officers! Are military men always this good-looking?

Pacific War Memorial at Corregidor Island

Pacific War Memorial at Corregidor Island

Together with the group of Filipino war veterans, we toured inside the memorial museum. I noticed the some of them are very quiet staring blankly on the photographs, some are even flowing in tears (maybe remember their comrades from the photographs). I couldn’t help noticing their gestures and took a few photographs of them, carefully not bothering them during their silence.

Pacific War Memorial at Corregidor Island

There are times that, I felt my tear drops flowing down my cheeks seeing those remains inside the enclosed glass cases, while observing these many brave war veterans and I admit it is quite hard to take photographs during those moments. I have to take a deep breath, and took some courage to understand these things in front of me… war days are tough, and indeed I can’t say if I can make it.

Pacific War Memorial at Corregidor Island

If you are into airplanes, you will definitely appreciate these old war airplane models proudly displayed on the wall. I wonder if the museum has a plan to create a replicate of one of these war plane. The production of replica would cost more, but I think it would be a wonderful addition to the museum.

Pacific War Memorial at Corregidor Island
More small souvenirs of war such as this old telephone, bottles, padlocks, and photographs news clippings.





Pacific War Memorial at Corregidor Island

These might have no value to some but their existence narrates the story of the disastrous events during the Pacific War.

Pacific War Memorial at Corregidor Island

Pacific War Memorial at Corregidor Island
The Corregidor Flag, which as you’ve noticed have resemblance to the United States flag.





The Pacific War Memorial Grounds

Pacific War Memorial at Corregidor Island
Aside from the museum, part of the Pacific War Memorial is the beautiful open garden, which also stands an old remains of the building next to the museum.

Pacific War Memorial at Corregidor Island
This is quaint structure next to the museum, which I think is the remains of the hospital building.

Pacific War Memorial at Corregidor Island

Pacific War Memorial at Corregidor Island

You’ll also noticed this huge round-shaped structure with a skylight over its dome apex which serves as a shrine. It is believed that for three consecutive years on the 6th of May, the sun shines down directly on the altar. It is also the day when Corregidor was retaken from the Japanese Army.

Pacific War Memorial at Corregidor Island

The pathway going to the Eternal Flame of Freedom, a sculpture made of steel which is designed by Aristides Demetrios stands near the place where General Douglas MacArthur celebrated Corregidor’s retaking from the Japanese. Those walls have engraved names of fallen Filipino and American servicemen.


Editor’s Observations

Pacific War Memorial at Corregidor Island

Although the whole grounds is spacious and beautiful, I couldn’t helped noticing that there are a lot of improvements needed to keep this place more attractive to visit. Just like this pathway are from the Eternal Flame of Freedom sculpture going to the altar dome – both pool sides are so dry, and depressing to view. They should clean this area and reinstalled the water pipe, and maybe add some lights to make it more attractive even night time. Or they could turn these pool as koi pool garden, just like those in Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas.

Pacific War Memorial at Corregidor Island

Pacific War Memorial at Corregidor Island

Staring at this area makes me feel sad and cold – a depressing sight, which I believe shouldn’t be. War is over and it is good to remember, but it isn’t good to carry the burden of the past. At least make this area a little festive to remember how great our servicemen are.

Overall, the experience is remarkable and will helps to awaken your sleeping patriotism to the country. What I’ve learned back in school isn’t enough, and visiting this place helps to solidifies my understanding about Pacific War. I thank our fallen servicemen for their bravery, for their love for our country.

Without their sacrifices, we aren’t benefiting its worth today.

My gratitude is quite hard to tell in words… all I could give is a thankful prayer, and a moment of silence.

Thank you for the Corregidor Foundation team for inviting me for this tour. This is just a small part of the entire tour, and will share more stories soon!

Visiting the island is totally worth it!

WATCH MY VLOG HERE!



Book your tour at Corregidor Sun Cruises Tour were they offer a day tour, and an overnight tour.
(includes tour package)

Visit their website at www.corregidorphilippines.com for tour booking!


Have you visited the Pacific War Memorial in Corregidor Island? Share your memories here!


xoxo, Blair



14 LOVES AND COMMENTS:

  1. We salute our brave heroes. Their undying love to serve our country are immeasurable.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Seems like this was a very educational experience. I've visited war museums and memorials while traveling as well. These types of experiences can really have an impact on you but I love learning about the world's history. Even if that history is hard to hear sometimes.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. That's true. But the reality is, we need to feel the pain and sadness in order to fully appreciate the story.

      Delete
  3. I keep learning a lot of the world history when I travel, same like you. This memorial looks like a huge piece of inormation, which surely is interesing. Would love to visit one day.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. That would be great. Also you will enjoy the beauty of the island and the sunset!

      Delete
  4. I don't think I can get enough of museums and markets in this life. War museums have this sad feeling attached to it that kind of puts me down. Salute to the brave heroes.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. War museums are still great to visit and remember what they have done for us to enjoy the present.

      Delete
  5. What a beautiful tribute to all those brave heroes! I feel very low visiting at these kinds of War Memorials. I visited 9/11 Museum in NYC a few years ago and couldn't stop my tears for an hour. It was absolutely heartbreaking!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. One tip I could give before visiting war museums - bring some paper tissues or hanky to wipe-off tears.

      Delete
  6. I love visiting things like this when I travel because it really give you a feel for the history of the area. I agree with you, it is depressing to look at but a great reminder to say a thank you to our servicemen.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Without their sacrifices, we wont reached the present.

      Delete
  7. I visited a war memorial recently on my trip to Hawaii. It truly helps you connect with the times and the harsh reality of things that people had to go through then.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Everyone should pay a visit to any war memorial. This will help us to be grounded and humble.

      Delete

Editorial Note: Opinions expressed here are author’s alone, not those of any partner brands/company(s), beauty & lifestyle brands, airlines or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities, unless specified.

MY LATEST VIDEOS

 
Email to forurbanwomen@gmail.com for advertising enquiries, invites to special events, reviews etc. and we will get back to you within 3 working days. Thanks!


SPONSORSHIP INTERESTS LUXURY
- Events
- Travels
- Concerts
- Fine Dining
- 5 Stars Hotels
- Aesthetic Clinics
- Beauty & Hair Spas

MESSAGE US

Name

Email *

Message *

WINE GUIDE FOR URBAN WOMEN

CLICK FOR MEDIA KIT