Aerial view of the ruins and a memorial to American defenders of the island during World War II.
The largest of five islands guarding the entrance of Manila Bay, a tadpole-shaped Corregidor was once a mere fishing village with a lighthouse and signal station for all ships entering and leaving Manila Bay.American colonizers built full-scale fortifications on the island, complete with long-range tractor guns, anti-aircraft guns, tunnels an underground command center and a hospital for wounded soldiers. In the last Pacific War, Corregidor became a vital combat zone between the Japanese Imperial Army and the allied forces.It was the last stronghold to fall in the hands of the enemy. Today,memorials to peace and to those who died stand alongside the silent cannons and rusting artillery.The island is now a favorite tour destination with a first class hotel and resort facilities.
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