Wednesday, August 6, 2014
Kamagong Journals Part Thirteen: Corregidor Island (cont.)
I have a lot of pictures of the ruins of Corregidor Island that I am going to put into this post without the history lesson included on the previous post. It amazed me at the shear amount of concrete that went into barracks (seen above) and other buildings around the island. This particular barracks was a mile long! It also reinforces to me that nothing is permanent, not even concrete.
Mortar shell storage building.
The nearby mortars.
A room with a view that you never want to see.
With huge mortars nearby, I was struck by the word silence. I'm sure it was anything but silent here during the heat of battle.
Empty ammunition bunkers and a spare gun barrel.
Gun barrel left behind.
There Philippines has a name for these trees but it escapes me. Most however, simply refer to them as spooky trees and bad luck. There is a central tree which is surrounded by another tree that wraps around it. I don't know about bad luck but I find it beautiful.
Remains of the island movie theater for the soldiers to watch the latest movies.
Another view of the movie theater from the outside.
The barracks in the top picture were in such bad shape that they were off limits to go inside. Not that I really needed to go inside because as this picture shows, there were plenty of holes from decay that allowed me to see inside and out the other.
Yet another building that is rotting apart. For only being 70 years old, I'm pondering why the concrete didn't hold up better. Is it the constant rain and humidity or poor quality concrete to begin with? I'm guessing the answer is probably both.