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Cavite: Mile-Long Barracks Ruins

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Located in the Topside sector in Corregidor Island in the province of Cavite, Mile-Long Barracks is known as the world's former longest military barracks. Now all that remains is its roofless skeletal ruins which serve as a haunting icon of the destructiveness of war.  Topside Barracks/ Mile-Long Barracks Marker for the Mile-Long Barracks The barracks can't fight Mother Nature forever Morning drills in front of the barracks aerial view of Mile long barracks before the war Built sometime in the early years of the 20th century, the Mile-Long Barracks is a 1,520-foot (1/3 of a mile), three-level building with a distinct Pre-war American architectural design.  Also known as the Topside barracks, because the building was built on the Topside part of the island, it housed American personnel during the Pre-war until the early days of the war. It was also said that the famous General Douglas MacArthur once had his headquarters in one part of the barracks. The f

Cavite: Corregidor Island Lighthouse

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Located in the Topside sector in Corregidor Island in the province of Cavite, Corregidor Island Lighthouse was a Spanish built structure built to guide ships through the dangerous entrance of Manila Bay. Built under the Royal Order of the Spanish Governmen t in 1846 , the lighthouse was finally completed seven years later in 1853. This makes the lighthouse in Corregidor and the one in Caballo Island as the second oldest lighthouse established in the Philippines after the lighthouse at the mouth of Pasig River. Try climbing up the top! A view from the top A peek from the cross Corregidor Island Lighthouse was built on the highest point of the island. The lighthouse is measured 60 feet from its base to the top of the wind vane. All in all the tower stands 639 feet above sea level. As seen from a distance After years of service, it was only during the time of the Americans in 1902 that the lighthouse was repaired and restored. It was repainted gray in 1903 and wa

Cavite: Middleside Barracks Ruins

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Located in the Middleside sector in Corregidor island in the province of Cavite, Middleside Barracks is probably the first of the many ruins that you'll encounter once you avail the day tour package to Corregidor. Middleside Barracks  Of course, I have to have a souvenir photo.  A picture from the tour bus That's actually the NHI marker Hmmm, you have to zoom in to read it. The facade of the building Built in 1915, Middleside Barracks is a large military structure that is made up of two three-story buildings. The barracks was referred to as Middleside Barracks because it was constructed in the Middleside part or sector of the island. This damage was actually done by a typhoon It was said that the cement used to build the structure was imported from Japan. Ironically, it would be the same country that would have its troops bombard the island (and the Middleside Barracks) with thousands of bombs. The barracks was called home by the 60th Coas

List of Festivals in the Philippines: February

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Do you want to witness and be part of the exciting and colorful cultural activities in the Philippines in this month of February ?  Then check out the list of popular fiestas or festivals happening this month. Tinagba Festival Location:  Iriga City, Province of Camarines Sur Details:  The festival is celebrated every first until the second week of February. Its highlight is the carabao parade where farmers decorate their carabaos and carts with colorful props for tourists to admire. The carts would then be filled up with their best products which will be blessed in a mass before finally sharing it to the less fortunate townspeople. This festival is a thanksgiving to the bountiful harvest in the upcoming months. The word  tinagba  means "first harvest offering" in Bicolano. Suman Festival Location:  Baler, Province of Aurora Details:  The festival is celebrated every 14th to 19th of February. Its highlights are the float parade and the coronation of the Binibining

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