|monkeys by the road in Subic|
In Bill’s first visit to the Philippines in 2009, I took him to Subic and Clark. Subic Base, a major ship-repair, supply, and rest and recreation facility of the US Navy, was the largest overseas military installation of the United States Armed Forces after Clark Air Base. Since the bases turnover to the Philippine government in 1991, it has become an industrial park, a tourist resort, and a residential haven.
|Charo's home, former officer's, at Subic|
|Clark International Airport|
|an Aeta hut at The Villages|
|Goddess of Peace facing Japan|
a similar one is in Corregidor
|a cow being butchered in the fields|
|empty Centennial Expo|
|km 00 of the Death March in Mariveles|
On Dec. 7, 1941, the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. Four months after, Bataan fell to the Japanese. 75,000 Fil-Am soldiers were forcibly transferred to the POW camp in Capas, Tarlac. The 60 mi Death March resulted in very high fatalities inflicted upon prisoners and civilians alike and was later judged by an Allied military commission to be a Japanese war crime.
|Las Casas Filipinas in Acuzar|
It started in Mariveles near Montemar and markers are regularly placed on the road retracing the infamous route. On the way there, we paid tribute to Filipino heroes at Mt. Samat, the huge cross on top of the mountain, a memorial to those who suffered in March. In Acuzar, a town before Mariveles is Las Casas Filipinas (Philippine Houses) by the sea, a neat cluster of restored ancestral Filipino homes brought there piece by piece. Montemar is a beautiful exclusive beach resort (we watched the Pacquiao-Mosley fight there).
|hydrofoil and tram vias in Corregidor|
The strategic location of Corregidor Island at the mouth of Manila Bay prompted the Americans to make it an ‘impregnable fortress’. During World War II, Corregidor played a significant role during the invasion and liberation of the Philippines from Japanese forces. The hydrofoil trip to the island was just 1 ½ hours from the Folk Arts Theatre area in the reclaimed land on Manila Bay. Colorful tram vias, replicas of the trollies they used then took us around the island.
|ghost of Mile-Long Barraqcks|
|MacArthur's I Shall Return|
The skeletons of heavily bombed Mile-long Barracks (the longest single military barracks in the world housing 8,000 soldiers) and the remains of the cross-shaped Hospital which the Japanese destroyed despite war treaties were spectacles of the gruesome battle that lasted five months. And the fitting tributes to the brave soldiers are many…the Pacific War Memorial (with its altar and Eternal Flame), the Filipino Heroes Memorial with 14 murals of Philippine history, and statue of Gen. Macarthur who escaped to Australia where he declared, ‘I shall return’. Corregidor was retaken 3 years after.
|Malinta Tunnel from our room at Corregidor Inn|
|air passages for a lateral|
|the largest battery in the island|