I kind of feel like in my mind our trip to Manila is divided into three clear parts - the first half spent in the old town, the final in the new town and in between a historical trip to Corrigador.
Rich took this photo of me next to our "bus" there are no vehicles on Corrigador apart from these buses, which they are a bus of sorts. They were actually modeled off the cable cars in San Fransisco and the reason they were chosen for tours is they are the same kind of vehicle that the US Army used to move their troops around the island on prior to the second world war.
We were the only non-Filipinos in our tour group and I think the only ones who didn't want a photo with the general!
When we stopped here our guide explained to us that by the time the Japanese started bombing Corrigador, the guns on the island were hopelessly outdated. Guns like these had no impact on the planes that were being used in warfare at that time by the Japanese.
However, the Japanese could easily reach the American and Filipino soldiers on the island with their superior guns and technology - there's plenty of evidence of that.
Our guide told us that before the second world war, Corrigador was a place a lot of US soldiers wanted to be stationed as it was considered to be an island paradise. The island even included a golf course and a cinema. Some parts of the cinema have remained despite the bombing, our guide told us the last film to screen here was 'Gone with the Wind'. It must have been a pretty grand building in its day.
After lunch in the only hotel in Corrigador (which was also where we spend the night) it was time for a bit more exploring. I took less photos on the second half of the day because it was a million degrees and I was struggling a bit!
Our first stop after lunch was another battery - which had some pretty beautiful views when you climbed up near the top.