About 48 kilometers west of Manila lies a small rocky island known as Corregidor. This fortress witnessed the courage, heroism and valor of Filipinos and American soldiers who bravely fought against the Japanese forces in World War II. The small rocky island is divided into several geographic sectors. Each sector has its own story to tell and this can be seen by the structures found in each sector.
The first sector is known as the Topside, it is the highest part of the island and is about 400 feet above sea level. In here, you will find the ruins of Mile-long Barracks which is a concrete building which is hurricane-proof according to its designers. The American enlisted personnel and officers used this as their garrison. The Spanish Light house is also found in this sector, it was originally built by Spaniards in the year 1836. However, after sixty-one years another lighthouse was built in replacement of this old one.
The second sector is the Middleside which is approximately between 100-400 feet above sea level. In here you will find different parks such as Filipino-American Friendship Park, it commemorates the friendship between Unites States and the Philippines during World War. There is also an Aviary and Theme park that houses both local and foreign varieties of feathered animals such as Philippine horned owl, Indonesian parrot, the red-vested cockatoo and a lot more.
The Bottomside is the lower part of the island and the landmarks that can be seen on this sector are the North and South Dock, Lorcha Dock and Barrio San Jose. These docks played an immense role during the World War II and most of them are currently being used to dock yachts, boats and vessels from the Philippine Navy.
The last sector is the Tail End, it looks like a twisted tail and that is where it got its peculiar name. There are several parks found in this area such as President Manuel Quezon Park, Japanese Garden of Peace and Statue of the Filipino Woman.
There are souvenir shops located in each sector for visitors to purchase memorabilia. You would see several point of purchase display to give you ideas on what are the stories behind the memorabilia.