Corregidor Seen From Up Above

The Rock, shaped like a squiggly tadpole. Bataan peninsula on the right corner. There’s a ship below – they say that Corregidor got its name from the Spanish word “to correct”. Navigators has been using the island to correct their position when approaching the port of Manila.

Sometimes delays can be good. It gives you more time. I don’t know if the flight was instructed to circle around to land on the opposite runway. Because it appeared that the plane was about to approach the runway that passes through the Taguig area but at the last minute the plane suddenly shifted path to land on the opposite runway near barrio of San Dionisio in Paranaque.

Because of this sudden change, I had the chance to see the island of Corregidor and the Bataan Peninsula from the vantage point of the clouds. It was a breathtaking sight – the sky was serene. The sea was like glass, mirroring the sky above. Corregidor really look like a tadpole from up above.

Opposite Corregidor is the historic town of Ternate. The Maragondon River and the small island called Balut (an island that appears to block the river’s passage way to the Bay) is distinguishable from up above. Then there’s SM Sucat – man, these malls are everywhere nowadays. Even in the sky you can see them.

My fascination with maps has helped me recognized islands and landmarks up above the air. I never get tire of taking pictures from the window of a plane. I really don’t care if it looks silly to others. I believe that you’ll only see things once, you can revisit them again but you’ll never see it the same – nothing gets repeated in this life.

October 2010


One response to “Corregidor Seen From Up Above

  • Hildergarde Hammhocker

    Not long after the surrender of 80,000 US and Phili troops the Japanese landed 20,000 at a place called Buna on New Guinea. They included 12,000 men of the Pacific South Seas Regiment – seasoned veterans. The only force to oppose them were 542 men of an Australian Militia Battalion.
    The Australians (obviously ) gave ground. Finally at a place called Irrowaiba Ridge What was left of the Australians were ordered to stand and hold or die. They HELD! Then slowly the Japanese were driven back. This is not a myth it is documented history!

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