Zf549. The Three Amigos. We visited Corregidor between the 14th and 18th of Feb. 2022 to commemorate the raising of the first US Flag on Corregidor by the Rock Force, the paratroopers in particular after the surrender of the Philippines to the invading Imperial Japanese Military. We called this event: “First Flag, 16th Feb. 1945 on Corregidor, 77th Anniversary Detail”. This image is curtesy of the Bamban Historical Society and Bamban Museum of History
Forget the hassle of traveling to Manila. Forget to have about 15 passengers, having to book the 15 passenger craft available thru the Corregidor Foundation (CFI). Forget the long boat ride. Also remember, the Corregidor Inn is temporarily closed and the ferry service from the Mall of Asia area is not available anymore because the operator, Sun Cruises, gave it up.
Recently the “Tree Amigos” from Central Luzon done it; here is our experience. We were Mr. Gerald Randy Anderson Sr., the creator of the Hell Ships Memorial in Subic Bay, Mr. Rhonie Dela Cruz, the owner of the Bamban Historical Society and Bamban Museum of History and Karl Welteke, resident of Olongapo City.
Zf445. The dramatic image of the WWII image of Paratroopers raising the first US flag on Corregidor on the 16th Feb. 1945. T/5 Frank Guy Arrigo accompanied by Pfc Clyde I. Bates raised the flag. Photo – courtesy of Corregidor.org
Step #1 Contact CFI, here is all contact information:
Sales & Marketing Officer
Corregidor Foundation Inc
Rm. 10 Bay Terminal, CCP Complex,
Roxas Blvd, Malate, Manila
Tel # +63 2 8823.3281
Mob # +63 977.643.4819
Or visit our forum page, all the requirements are in writing; this is the URL, it is page 4 and it is first entry, click here:
Zf455. The location of the CFI Office and where the 15 passenger boat/craft leaves from here and you can park here.
Zf456. The CFI Office in Manila at the CCP Complex.
Boats are available from the South East Corner of Bataan, from the Villa Carmen and the boat COOP of Cabcaben. We chose Villa Carmen, it is easier to get to by car.
They charged us for each trip, (two different days) 3000 pesos, so the total was 6000 pesos divided between 3 passengers.
This is the Villa Carmen boat contact information from CFI: Boat transfer Brgy Mountain Dew, Villa Carmen, Mariveles, Bataan to Corregidor, Mr. Albert 09159209035
ZF550. The location of boat service to Corregidor from Villa Carmen, big picture.
ZF551. The location of boat service to Corregidor from Villa Carmen, zoomed in.
Zf552. So the bill from CFI for 3 people, 4 nights was 19,950 peso and 6,000 more for the boat service. Although the Corregidor Inn is not available CFI has rooms at 1000 peso (2 people) one night.
Three pictures that show the boat crossing to Corregidor from Bataan.
Zf232. The Villa Carmen beach area they do have a plank to enter the boat but I prefer to get my feet wet and just have slippers on. This picture is from last year, 2021; but it shows the Villa Carmen beach situation.
Zf553. Mr. Rhonie Dela Cruz, the owner of the Bamban Historical Society and Bamban Museum of History on his smart phone. While on Corregidor he posted several entries in his Facebook account, click here:
Zf235. We are crossing the North Channel of the Manila Bay harbor entrance and sometime it has real ship traffic. This picture is from last year, 2021.
Zf554. This is the boat landing at the North Shore at Bottomside on Corregidor Island, the former Fort Mills. The landing should be improved; it is sometime a hairy situation to get on and off these banca boats. And yes, sadly, the trash problem in Manila Bay is not under control yet.