PHILIPPINES WORLD WAR II HISTORY TOUR
3 DAYS / 2 NIGHTS SPECIAL INTEREST TOUR
Php 14,995 per person, minimum of 2 persons
6.30 am Pick up from your hotel . Drive to Pier to board 7 am ferry for a pleasant 1.5 hour ferry ride to Corregidor island . This island fortress stands as a memorial for the Filipino and American defenders who bravely hold their ground against the overwhelming number of invading Japanese forces during World War II. You start walking with guide by 9.30 am . Please bring water and cap. Depending on your pace, it takes about 4 hrs to walk the top of the island.
Tunnel Light – and Sound show excluded.
After lunch (included), you leave the island at 2.30 pm. The car will be awaiting you to comfortably bring you back to your hotel. Overnight stay in a hotel in Manila (NOT included in this tour price).
Day 2 :
Early pick up from your hotel and drive to the Santo Tomas University (1611) in Manila and visit its museum . The Santo Tomas Internment Camp was the largest of several camps in The Philippines in which the Japanese interned enemy civilians, mostly Americans, in World War II housing more than 4,000 internees from January 1942 until February 1945.
Before we leave the city of Manila for our 2,5 hours drive up North, we pass through a local street to witness ’Lechon” making , a local delicacy.
By the end of the morning we visit Clark Museum and Stotsenburg parade ground.The bombing of Clark Air base Dec 8 1941 by the Japanese signalled the start of WWII in The Philippines. A stronghold of the combined Filipino and American forces during the end of World War II and until 1975, the base formed a backbone of logistical support during the Vietnam War. Following the departure of American forces in 1991, after Mt Pinatubo eruption, the base is now part of Clark International Airport.
From Clark we drive to the San Fernando Train Station. It was here where prisoners were forced to ride to Camp O’Donnel Camp in Capas, Tarlac serving as the last station of the 1942 Death March.
After lunch (personal account) we drive to the small village of Bacalor. We visit the San Guillermo Church (1576) and its surroundings and witness up close-up the incredible consequences of the 1991 Mt Pinatubo eruption burying the church by half its original height.
We depart for Bataan Peninsula and stop at the Monument of Layac Junction, where our English speaking local guide will join you to explain more about the war. This junction was the key position designated by War Plan Orange 3 (the defense of Bataan) as the first line of resistance (MLR) of the Filipino-American forces. It also marks the 68th km of the Death March which 75,000 Filipino soldiers, 10,000 American soldiers and 20,000 civilians were forced to walk.
Hidden behind the elementary school of Balanga we find the exact site where Major General King and his staff formally surrendered to Japanese Colonel Nagayama (who represented Gen. Homma) on April 9 1942, the 70,000 troops on Bataan.On May 5, the Japanese attacked Corregidor and on May 6, in the interest of minimizing casualties, Wainwright surrendered. By June 9, Allied forces had completely surrendered.
It has been a long, but interesting day. Your local guide will go home. While the sun sets over the rice fields, we drive the last half hour to a stunning open air museum in Bagac featuring a collection of 18th to early 20th century Philippine heritage houses . It is in their Paseo de Escolta studio deluxe room where you will stay overnight (included in this tour price). A relaxing swim in the ocean is just a few steps away in case you opt not to use the swimming pool.
Day 3 :
Early set breakfast to start your day.
8.30 am English guided walking tour of ‘Las Casa Filipinas de Acuzar’’ after which you can check out.
Back on the road by 10 am latest we stop atThe Zero Kilometer Death March Marker in Bagac , a reminder of that fateful day of April 11, 1942 when the POW Filipino and American soldiers of the United States Armed Forces of The Far East were forcibly gathered by the Japanese Army to start the march to Camp O' Donnel in Capas, Tarlac.
Drive by Bagac’s Bell Tower, a 27-meter high tower inaugurated in 1975 symbolizing the peace and reconciliation between Japan and the Philippines after the bitter war. On our way from Bagac to the town of Pilar ,we stop at “Battle of the Pockets Marker” and the Pantigan River bridge where over 400 men were singled out and executed.
Stop at Mt Samat Shrine: a historical shrine located near the summit of Mount Samat. Consisting of a Colonnade and a large Memorial Cross, the park was commissioned in 1966 by then- President Ferdinand Marcos for the25th Anniversary of WWII and as a remembrance to the soldiers who fought and lost their lives in the Battle of Bataan during World War II. On a clear day, there is a panoramic view of Corregidor island and Manila City.
We visit Mt Samat War Museum displaying a wide array of collections from pictures to paintings of the Philippine heroes, to armaments used by the Filipino, American and Japanese forces during the battle.
Time to head back towards Manila (2.5 hours). You can request your driver to make a stop to eat late lunch along the way (personal account) . Depending on traffic , we drop you off at your hotel later afternoon.
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Tour validity until further notice, rates subject to change.