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Cavite: Corregidor Island Lighthouse

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 Government 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 was later painted white in 1920.
Sundown view from the top of the lighthouse

When the Japanese invaded the Philippines on December 8, 1941, the lighthouses on Corregidor, Caballo, and Monja Island were shut down as part of the American defense plan. The Corregidor Island Lighthouse was then used by the Navy to facilitate the entrance of submarines carrying supplies and ammunition for the troops on the island. The lighthouse was damaged during an aerial raid by the Japanese but was still fully functional after. Sadly, it was during the retaking of Corregidor that the lighthouse was totally destroyed by the Americans.
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The lighthouse was rebuilt in the 1950s using some of the original stones from the ruins. However, the architectural design was modified and restructured. Today, the base of the lighthouse houses a museum dedicated to the lighthouse while around the vicinity of the lighthouse are souvenir shops for the island's tourists. 

Getting there:

Unless you hire a yacht (which is very expensive) or go to Bataan and rent a fishing boat to bring you to the island (which is tiring if you're from Manila), there is no other way to get to the island but through Sun Cruises.

Sun Cruises dominated, or let me say captured the tourism market for Corregidor. The good thing about it is that they have daily trips to the island.

Esplanade Seaside Terminal Esplanade Seaside Park (Seaside Blvd., MOA Complex), Pasay, Pasay City, Philippines.
Tel. (632) 354-7005, (632) 6289751 and (632) 6289752 Mobile (63)998 968-3256, (63)998 968-3056 

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