CORREGIDOR ISLAND: GETTING THERE

Four years had passed since we last visited Corregidor Island. The name 'Corregidor' came from the Spanish 'corregir' means 'to correct', since the island was a checkpoint for vessels entering Manila Bay during the Spanish and American occupations.

Corregidor is a small rocky island in the Philippines about 48 kilometers west of Manila, which is stragetically, located at the entrance of Manila Bay. This island fortress stands as a memorial for the courage, valor, and heroism of its Filipino and American defenders who bravely held their ground against the overwhelming number of invading Japanese forces during World War II.

Getting There: (May 2003)
Reservation was made in advance at Bridges Travel and Tours for four people. I got the confirmation quickly, and then we paid in advance a few days before the trip. The package tour cost us P1,850.00 per head, which includes transportation, one buffet lunch, hotel’s overnight accommodation, shrine and terminal fees.

At 7:00 am on a drizzly Saturday morning, hb and I arrived at the Bay Cruise Terminal in Roxas Boulevard (near the Cultural Center of the Philippines Complex). After 30 minutes, my two friends Nerie and Nilo arrived. After another half an hour of waiting, we checked-in and soon we had all our tickets, brochures, stubs and bag tags.

We boarded the Sun Cruises on time and I was delighted to see the air-conditioned ferryboat. It was clean, well maintained, spacious and comfortable. The crew were reliable, efficient and always ready to provide assistance.

Inside the ferryboat

Sun Cruises is the primary source of providing regular ferry services to the Island of Corregidor.

As soon as we were settled, one of the crew members began to provide us information about the history of Corregidor. Sad to say Nerie, hb and I were not in the mood of listening because we already felt an intense dizziness and whirling sensation. Torrential rain and lumpy seas greeted the ferryboat that many of us suffered from seasickness. Aaargh!!!


ADDRESS:
Sun Cruises
Reservations Office
CCP Terminal A. CCP Complex
Roxas Blvd., Manila, Philippines
Tel. No. (632) 831-8140 / (632) 834-6857 to 58
Fax. No. (632) 834-1523
E-mail: suncruises@magsaysay.com.ph

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