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[With Video] Visit Corregidor Now And Relive The History

July 4, 2019, we commemorate the Filipino-American Friendship Day and it is very timely for Corregidor Foundation, Inc. (CFI) invites us to revisit and take another look at Corregidor Island. I am so excited about this because Corregidor has been part of my career life before when I was still working with Travel People, a sub business unit of Magsaysay Shipping. I’ve been to the Island several times and I’ve been wanting to visit again with the kids since we are homeschooling. Yes, Corregidor is a perfect classroom for homeschool mom like me.

Photo credit to  https://www.blog-ph.com

Photo credit to https://www.blog-ph.com

Corregidor Island holds historical narratives of war that represents the tight for the country’s freedom. Known as the “Isle of Valor" or "The Rock”, the 358-kilometer island holds more treasures apart from the history carefully preserved in the island.

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With full support from Department of Tourism through its marketing arm, the Tourism Promotions Board (TPB), and the Tourism Infrastructure and Economic Zone Authority (TIEZA), CFI unveils the new brand of Corregidor in a media launch held at Conrad Hotel.

President Rodrigo Duterte has appointed former DOT Undersecretary Cynthia Carrion as the new Corregidor Foundation Inc. Chairperson and CEO. She will be spearheading the new strategic campaign, dubbed “Corregidor Now," which aims to deliver a stronger and unified voice for the whole island, bringing it to greater heights as a tourism attraction. “For years, Corregidor Island seemed to be perceived solely as a popular historical site, with its idyllic features unknown to many,” Carrion said. “With our campaign, we hope that it will usher in a new era for this eco-historical location, making it known as a place of sanctuary where one can enjoy a relaxing opportunity to revel in the past."

Corregidor Now seeks to entice tourists to live and experience Corregidor island in more ways than one! Corregidor Now invites guests to learn the unique story of Corregidor Island and explore spots around the island that are waiting to be experienced, making it a unique and exciting tourism destination.

With the campaign, they seek to actively promote the island’s various attractions, such as

  • middle-side barracks

  • battery grubs

  • Pacific war memorial complex

  • Cine Corregidor

  • Spanish lighthouse

  • Japanese garden of peace

  • Filipino heroes memorial

  • Malinta tunnel

  • Lorcha dock.

Beyond historical relics, the island boasts of a multitude of opportunities for every type of traveler to enjoy. Here are just some of the fun activities in the island.

  • biking

  • bird watching

  • camping

  • fishing

  • hiking

  • island runabout

  • kayaking

See below video to have a short glimpse of Corregidor.

This initiative, according to TPB Chief Operating Officer Marie Venus Tan. aims to attract more domestic and international tourists to visit Corregidor Island.

In support of this endeavor. TIEZA Chief Operating Officer Pocholo Paragas said they greatly recognize the island’s historical value and strong tourism potential, which can make it a flagship Tourism Enterprise Zone (TEZ).

TIEZA is developing a comprehensive master plan for the redevelopment of Corregidor and the proposed rehabilitation of the Corregidor South Dock Pier. Under the marketing campaign, they will implement more proactive promotional efforts in various forms of media to inform the public and entice target markets to visit the island.


With all the tourist destinations in the Philippines, Corregidor Island is the only one where you can truly dive deep into history while enjoying the best of tropical Philippines. it is the picture-perfect showcase of the variety of fun and adventure offered on its land, sea, and air. Carrion invites Filipinos to come together, enjoy, and explore the historical paradise that is an ultimate relaxation and fun adventure sanctuary.

To book a tour may it be for family trip, field trip, homeschooling session, team building or even photo shoots or know more about Corregidor, please see their contact details below:

email: info@corregidorisland.com.ph

Website https://corregidorisland.com.ph/

Facebook: www.facebook.com/CorregidorNow

Instagram @corregidorph

Phone Number +632.8233281

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(Photo credit to Corregidor Now Facebook and Tourism Promotions Board)

Better, Faster, Stronger Day 2 (shooting drills)

I wasn’t able to take a video of the entire session because my 2 girls woke up late. So I do not have their drills video but I was able to capture their shooting drills!

If you know Addy, you know how shy he is. Today, My mom just dropped him off then we just followed 20 minutes before we were supposed to pick him up. But Addy wanted to stay! That’s a good sign. He normally doesnt want to be alone especially this is his second time only. Normally, he will wait for my husband or his uncle to play ball with him but never alone. I was so happy to know that Addy had fun. It is also nice to know that our coach sincerely cares for Addy. It resonates because Addy doesn't show any signs of nervousness. He is excited to go and he even wakes up early.

Here is a short clip of his training today.

 

Better, Faster, Stronger Day 1

Addy started his interest with basketball when he was five. My husband taught him the basics in our parking lot. They will practice shooting at Timezone. He never really had a formal training not until summer of last year. My husband's nephew, Enzo and Addy enrolled at Don Bosco Summer camp. During their graduation, Addy was asked if he wants to join the varsity team of DBTI. He was unsure at that time if we will be enrolling him at CSA or Don Bosco. 

When we finally enrolled him to Don Bosco, he had another set of basketball camp with them and after the graduation he was advised to bring his practice gears the next school day. Since Aug last year, he trains with the varsity every MWF, 4PM to 6PM.  

But we know that he needs to work double if he really wants to succeed. He never tried out for it so he missed the try out drills. He encountered challenges with team plays. He wants to have a one on one coach so he can catch up. At the same time, make his weekends worthwhile.  

We found a new basketball court with gym facilities near our place especially my mom's. I immediately inquired last January but their schedule was full. We waited for a slot to open. Addy had his skill test two Thursdays ago. From there the coach arranged his training plan based on Addy’s skill.

 

Check out Addy's first day.

I think I need to have a decent editing app.  

Philippine Air Force Aerospace Museum

Kids love airplanes regardless of their genders. Arriana would often waved goodbye when she see it up in the sky. Every Sunday, we visit Mamun and Tangkad at The Heritage Park. We thought it is nice if the kids can see an actual one (not the usual PAL or Cebu Pacific planes cause they've been on one already) The only place where you can actually see and enter an airplane / helicopter is at the Aerospace Museum.

The Philippine Air Force Aerospace Museum is located at the PAF Headquarters at Villamor Air Base. This one is beside Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3. It is formerly named Nichols Field, named after Captain Henry E. Nichols, a US Navy commander who served during the Philippine-American War. Then it was renamed after Jesus Villamor, one of the most prominent pilots in Philippine aviation history who served during World War II fighting the Japanese forces.

Upon entering the indoor museum, big planes will welcome you already. We were asked to pay P20 for JB, myself, Addy (9) and Arriana (2) Amanda is free since she’s an infant. No receipt or ticket but I did not mind. As they say, “Saan makakarating ang bente pesos mo?” This is by far the best P20 expense. The place is air conditioned and well maintained.

The museum is dedicated to the glorious history of the Philippine Air Force. Take note that these are the actual ones and not replicas.

There is a display of miniature airplanes and airport on the second floor, which is a hit with the toddlers. You can also see the antique telephones, cameras, and other stuff used during World War 2. Their different uniforms are showcased as well.


After roaming the indoor museum, you may proceed to the outdoor display of commercial planes, air force planes, and helicopters. It is like an outdoor playground with real planes and helicopters where kids can climb inside and look around. For children, it can be a special treat to be in actual planes and helicopters used in air defense during WWII.

The UH-16 Albatross was designed to take off and land at sea to rescue downed pilots. Its V shaped hull helped the aircraft to land in rough sea conditions. UH-16 Albatross is a utility amphibian plane.  It can take off and land in both land and water.  It's perfect for water rescue operations.

Look how happy we all are while Amanda is sleeping soundly in her stroller.

The Douglas C-47 Transport or also known as the Gooney Bird, is the most famous commercial transport plane in the world. This model was actually one of the first postwar aircraft delivered to the Philippines, from the US, after its use as military aid. It was also used for rain making and rain suppression operations. It served well in the Air Force as a transport aircraft, a fighting aircraft and for weather reconnaisance operations. 

Please don’t forget to bring hat, sunglass, sunblock and umbrella! We were there at 2pm and it was very hot! Addy had a class in the morning so the only way to go there on a weekend was after his class.

Aermacchi SF-260 Marchetti, this plane was used as a trainer aircraft for PAF pilots but was also modified to serve in combat missions.

Aermacchi SF-260 Marchetti, this plane was used as a trainer aircraft for PAF pilots but was also modified to serve in combat missions.

NAMC YS-11A VIP transport is considered as the Air Force One of the Philippines during the Marcos era. Before you can actually go inside but not anymore. This was used mainly for transporting the President and first family, which means Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos used to get around in it.

The Bell UH-1H Iroquois helicopter, also known as the Huey, was acquired from the US; it was used for front-line casualty evacuation and deployment of troops during the Vietnam War. The first models, as well as updated models, are currently in use by the PAF and the US air force. It is the only helicopter where you can actually go in to check out. The Huey is perfect for troop transport and extraction and casualty evacuation.

Is it obvious that this helicopter is our favorite? Look at Arriana, “feel na feel”

The F-5A , also called Freedom Fighter, which is used as a front line fighter of the PAF in securing the nations airspace against hostile intruders. The Blue Diamonds previously used this in aerial demonstrations during significant national, PAF and AFP celebrations.

The F-5A , also called Freedom Fighter, which is used as a front line fighter of the PAF in securing the nations airspace against hostile intruders. The Blue Diamonds previously used this in aerial demonstrations during significant national, PAF and AFP celebrations.

A monument dedicated to Jesus A. Villamor, a Filipino American pilot pioneer who fought the Japanese during World War 2.

A monument dedicated to Jesus A. Villamor, a Filipino American pilot pioneer who fought the Japanese during World War 2.

There is a small store where you can buy some snacks and drinks. If you get lucky, the sorbetero cart might be there and you can buy the all-time favorite — dirty ice cream for a minimum of P20. Bring extra shirts because the museum is not air-conditioned, or you can opt to buy a souvenir shirt that they sell there.

Since the museum is near the airport, watch out for the planes flying in and out of NAIA. For a better vantage point, drop by Heritage Memorial Park at around 5pm. You’ll see the airplanes landing one after another.

What to bring:

  1. Sunblock

  2. Hat

  3. Sunglasses

  4. Extra T-shirt

  5. Water bottle though you can snacks and drinks there

  6. Camera to capture your child’s happiness and for memorabilia purposes

  7. Happy face and child like heart

VISIT THE PHILIPPINE AIR FORCE AEROSPACE MUSEUM

LOCATION: Located at the Philippine Air Force Headquarters at Villamor Air Base, Manila. It’s beside the Ninoy Aquino International Airport 3, a.k.a. NAIA 3

OPERATING HOURS: 8AM TO 5PM, MONDAYS TO FRIDAYS. 8AM TO 12 NOON EVERY SATURDAYS

FEES: P20 DONATION, COMPLIMENTARY FOR AIRFORCE FAMILY MEMBER

PARKING: FREE

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Rapunzel! Rapunzel! A Very Hairy Fairy Tale By Repertory Philippines
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Rapunzel is one of the most popular fairy tales already during my childhood years The story is about a long-haired girl trapped in a tower. Her long blonde hair has magical healing and restoration powers. More recently she had been brought back into the consciousness of the younger generation by animated feature "Tangled" (2010), where Disney put its own spin to the fairy tale. Now, Repertory Philippines offers their own enchanting twist to the story.

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Last Sunday, January 23, 2019, We watched Rapunzel: A Very Hairy Fairy Tale By Repertory Philippines at Onstage Cinema, Greenbelt 1, Makati. Me, JB, Arriana and Amanda together with 30 kids from Don Bosco Parish had a grand time. Repertory Philippines (REP) Theater for Young Audiences brings you a fairly tale classic they've never done before.

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Rapunzel is a princess who had been locked away by her aunt Lady Zaza in a high tower located at the edge of a deep, dark, dank, dismal, dreary forest since she was a child. A gallant knight Sir Roderick and his best friend, the flashy hair-stylist Edgar (who is on a quest to find the perfect head of hair), embark on a quest to find and rescue Rapunzel and restore the kingdom before Rapunzel turned 18 the next day. With the help of a little bit crazy gypsy woman and Socrates the old and witty dragon who became fireless, Sir Roderick and Edgar rescue Rapunzel on time.

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Filled with colorful costumes, fancy hairstyles, and enchanting stage setup, Director Joy Virata truly knows the way to capture the attention of the young ones and even those young at heart. The play is interactive and the casts roam inside the theater gaining utmost audience participation. You can see the thrill and delight in the kids' eyes as they genuinely try to help the characters.

Rapunzel! Rapunzel! A Very Hairy Fairy Tale runs from September 15, 2018 to January 27, 2019 at the Onstage Theater, Greenbelt 1, Makati City.

We can not wait to watch again the upcoming plays from Repertory Philippines. To know what’s coming this season, check their website at https://repertoryphilippines.ph/2019-season





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Addy's Baguio Trip

This was Addy’s first time in Baguio. He went there with my Uncle Allan and Auntie Pet. It was a perfect time for him to explore the province and homeschool at the same time. Since I am not with them during the trip, it was his “field trip”.

As soon as he came home, he had to tell me what happened since day 1. Photos and videos were sent to me by my Uncle.