Corregidor Island © cisc1970
This small island, shaped like a tadpole, has become a memorial and open-air museum commemorating the World War II stand of Filipino and American troops against the Japanese invaders. The island is the largest of several at the entrance to Manila Bay, lying off the tip of the Bataan Peninsula, about 26 miles from the city. Its strategic position made it a prime candidate for the last stand against the Japanese in the Pacific War, and its three-and-a-half square miles (9 sq km) of dry land remains littered with the detritus of battle.
Corregidor and the other small islands in Manila Bay were the final bastions holding out against the Japanese and between December 1941 and February 1942 Corregidor was the temporary seat of the Philippines government. The Voice of Freedom radio station of the USAFFE (United States Armed Forces in the Far East) broadcasted from Corregidor and the famous announcement of the fall of Bataan came from the island. Corregidor was conquered through siege in May 1942, when the remaining American and Filipino troops surrendered due to lack of food and water, but was reclaimed in February 1945.
Guided tours of the island are available by arrangement with the Corregidor Visitor's Information Centre and through numerous tour operators in Manila. Attractions on the island include the Pacific War Memorial, the Filipino Heroes Memorial, the Japanese Garden of Peace, and the Malinta Tunnel where visitors can now view an audio-visual presentation of the island's history.
Transport: There are regular ferry services available from Manila