Situated at the opening of Manila Bay, this tadpole-shaped island of Corregidor was the destination of 15 Pinoy Travel Bloggers yesterday (Apr 13). Mr. Ivan Henares arranged this event and was sponsored by the Sun Cruises, the only ferry service that offers great tours at the historic island.
This is my first meet-up with fellow travel bloggers, nervous but excited. (you guys rock)
This island tour is my very first out-of-Luzon-Island trip.
This is my first ferry ride.
This is where I first entered a lighthouse.
Also my first zipline experience.
Early morning at 6:30, Chinchan and I met at UST before heading to Sun Cruises Dock Area together. When we got there, we realized that we're the first PTB to arrive. We saw sir Ivan Henares, starstuck mode, we signed in and got our tickets, yahoo!
|got my ticket!|
|So it includes the ferry ride plus a buffet lunch.|
Minutes later, the other bloggers arrived. They started figuring out who's who, I made a research the night before so I'm kinda familiar with their faces except one. I was wondering who's not with us, I counted only 14: Ada, Ian, CA, Nicely, Leo, Lloyd, Chinchan, Mica, Aleah, Marco, Marinelle, Ivan (me), Ivan H., Ferdz. I really have no idea who's the other blogger (I only found out when I got home).
We boarded at 7:40 AM, everyone was excited, Sun Cruise left Manila at 8:00 AM. Mr. Ivan H. gave us snacks and bottled water (ambait niya), after the safety demo we all headed to the upper deck (ka-hilo moments) and there we had chit-chats. Everyone brought their "bigatin" cameras out, at medyo nahiya ang aking point and shoot (woohoo, balang araw magkakaroondin ako ng SLR, sa ngayon photoshop muna). The whole cruise ride to Corregidor Island was about an hour and 30 minutes. We arrived at the island at around 9:30 AM.
|see you again Manila.|
|our service for the day|
|there's the island of Corregidor|
|my first step on the Island|
|our tram ride|
|eto kami, ang sabi magpalit ng damit, but look we keep on shooting|
Only 12 of us participated at the Adventour Challenge, Ivan H., sir Ferdz and a singkit guy who looks familiar stayed on the tram. We were given a blue backpack with essential things inside, and a flashlight. These 12 bloggers were then divided into two teams: team red and team orange.
The Red Horse Team:
The Orange Jumpshot Team:
Our first quest was to find the three parts of the map located at the Battery Hearn, Battery Smith and the Battey Grubbs. Locating the maps on these ruins was not an easy task. It was dark inside, bats were coming out. Grabe first part pa lang hinihingal na kami ng husto. When we finally got all the three parts of the map, the Red Horse Team was already far ahead of us. But we really don't care, we're really out of energy already and we're just walking our way to our next stop.
|the Red Horse Team, already on the way|
|the Orange Jumpshot Team, just relaxed|
|photo from Aleah, ang bibo namin|
|photo from Aleah. Jumpshot pa rin kahit pagod na|
The next clue leads us to the duck tunnel inside the jungle. You will certainly walk like a duck and will say quack-quack inside. It was a dark narrow underground passage, medyo mainit din sa loob, at the end is a ladder leading us back to the jungle where our next clue was waiting for us to be deciphered.
|photo from Ada. Kaya pala antagal namin naghintay sa taas, yung team leader namin nakiki-piktyur kasama Red Horse team.|
We then headed to the Red Cross Hospital, where they say ghosts are lurking every night. The Japs still bombed this area during the world war 2 despite the Red Cross Sign on the roof. It is here where we solved our third task and our minds were napiga so much. It's just that these Mind Bending Puzzles are not for me.
|photo from Aleah. we finished first kaya may time pa para mag-pose|
|photo from Aleah. After finishing the puzzles first, Orange Jumpshot now leads the race|
|this is the Mile Long Baracks, mahaba pa yan.|
|photo from Aleah. jumpshot uli bago pumasok sa Eternal Flame|
|meron sundial sa loob|
|photo from Aleah. oops, Ada's falling|
|dito na kami sa Eternal Flame|
|the Eternal Flame Monument|
|the tadpole-island's tail|
|ewan ko kung ano tawag dito, basta this is the way to the Eternal Flame Monument, parang courtyard daw ng mga bampira ayon kay Chinchan|
|old structure on our way to the Japanese Tunnel|
|photo from Aleah. woohoo, that's me at the Japanese Tunnel|
|just outside the Japanese Tunnel|
|Team Orange Jumpshot on thier way to the lighthouse|
|to the lighthouse|
Yay, I can't believe I was entering my very first lighthouse. It was very windy at the top. I wish I could stay there a bit longer, but we have to assemble the "Gone With The Wind" jigsaw puzzle. The movie "Gone with the Wind" was the last to roll on Cine Corregidor before the Japs rained bombs in 1942. Our guide told us that this was the second to the last task. After finishing the puzzle, we walked our way to the Parade Ground to finish our final task.
|photo from Ada. Team Orange Jumpshot minus Chinchan and Mica (pero hindi kami tumalon mula diyan ah)|
|wer u at?|
|the "Gone with the Wind" jigsaw puzzle|
|photo from Ferdz. woot malapit na matapos|
|off limit pero may piktyur ako|
|photo from Ada. the 14 Pinoy Travel Bloggers plus the singkit guy|
The Buffet Lunch
Yum yum. I guess was hungry already, and we all deserve a buffet lunch at Corregidor Inn. So what's up for lunch?
They got carbonara there, fresh vegetable salad, buttered veggies, cream of mushroom soup, 2 ulams of unknown name.
Sarap talaga, I am busog na already I still want to try the dessert. They have there fresh watermelons and a buko pandan.
Their pandan drink with jellies is good too.
|shoot first before eating|
My tummy doubled its size after the delightful buffet lunch. I thought we're boarding the cruise back to Manila after the meal, but hey, we still have one more activity to try. Hoorah to Zipline. That was my first zipline experience, and I really like it. Their 300m Zipline is a must try when you visit this island.
|photo from Aleah. CA on the go|
|photo from Aleah. look at Chinchan's face|
Hello again Manila
By 2:15 PM, we started to board the cruise back to Manila. Mr. Bobby Aquino gave each one of us a a nice group picture. Then I fell into deep sleep during the whole cruise trip.
|on our way back to Manila|
Upon reaching the Sun Cruises Dock at Manila, Mr. Bobby Aquino and Mr. Ivan Henares again invited us to have a Manila Bay Cruise Dinner. All bloggers joined except Sir Ferdz and the singkit guy.
*who's the singkit guy then? I found out only when I got home that this singkit guy is actually Karlo de Leon, the 15th blogger. haha. I really thought that he's just Ivan H's friend. Hello sir Karlo, nice meeting you.