Monthly Archives: April 2008

Corregidor Island Trip

Our good friend JC over at Margarita Station sent us a link to a great trip report on Corregidor Island which he recently went to and offered us to let all our members know about it here on AE.

Corregidor is a small rocky island in the Philippines about 48 kilometers west of Manila which is stragetically located at the entrance of Manila Bay. This island fortress stands as a memorial for the courage, valor, and heroism of its Filipino and American defenders who bravely held their ground against the overwhelming number of invading Japanese forces during World War II.

Also known as The Rock, it was a key bastion of the Allies during the war. When the Japanese invaded the Philippines in December 1941, the military force under the command of Gen. Douglas MacArthur carried out a delaying action at Bataan. Corregidor became the headquarters of the Allied forces and also the seat of the Philippine Commonwealth government. It was from Corregidor that Philippine President Manuel Quezon and General MacArthur left for Australia in February 1942, leaving behind Lt. Gen. Jonathan M. Wainwright in command.

Although Bataan fell on April 9, 1942, the Philippine and American forces held out at Corregidor for 27 days against great odds. On May 6, 1942, their rations depleted, the Allied forces were forced to surrender Corregidor to Lt. Gen. Homma Masaharu of the Japanese Imperial Army after having successfully halted the Japanese advance on Australia. It was only two years and ten months later in March 1945 when the Allied forces under the command of General MacArthur recaptured Corregidor … making good his promise to return to the Philippines.

The big guns of Corregidor are now silent and the ruins of buildings, structures, and tunnels in the island tell a very moving story of a war that has claimed so many lives. A visit to this former battleground is a memorable experience especially for those who cherish and value peace and freedom. In his speech delivered at the signing of the surrender of Japan aboard the U.S.S. Missouri at Tokyo Bay on September 2, 1945, General Douglas MacArthur said, “It is my earnest hope and indeed the hope of all mankind that a better world shall emerge out of the blood and carnage of the past – a world founded upon faith and understanding, a world dedicated to the dignity of man and the fulfillment of his most cherished wish for freedom, tolerance and justice.

You can read all about JC’s report by clicking below. There are a ton of great pictures there as well!

Interview With A Filipina

Interview with MARYANN

1.) Why did you come to Angeles?

I come to Angeles because I want to help my family and to have a

better life. I want to find a foreigner boyfriend, and they can support

me what I need. Because we are a poor family and I really want to give a

better life to my parents .

2.) Why did you get job in Chatroom?

I not want to work in a bar dancing. I get job in chatroom because my cousin worked before in chatroom and she tell me about the job.

3.) How long before you found a boyfriend?

I find a boyfriend in chatroom after more than 3 months. And I realize its

really hard to find a boyfriend, because I don’t know who is serious to

me. And a lot of guys doing bola bola to the girls all the time.

4.) Why did you choose that guy and what was he like?

I choose that guy because I feel in love with him. He has always time

for me and understand my job. And nice person, then after a couple of

months he suggest me to stop working in web site. And he decided to

support me for not working in chat. He say he like the Filipino woman because they are sweet, kind, and understanding.

5.) What happen when you meet him?

When I meet him its hard for me because I hear that first he go to the province to meet his old girlfriend. It hurt me to know he was in the province with his old girlfriend. This girl is already married to another foreigner. He just said they only a friend. But I didn’t believe what he

saying to me when we meet. Then he come to Angeles with his old girlfriend and we meet. She tell me that her husband know she is with my boyfriend and he OK because he think they are just good friends. Then he get me a computer so I can work in Chatroom from my apartment.

6.) What happen after he left Angeles?

Until he go home on his place until now were still together and I don’t

know if his old girlfriend and him has still communication each other.

I’m just happy working in web site again, I’m trying to find a new boyfriend even if I’m working on my other boyfriend business because it hurt what

he done to me. But I will move on and someday I can find a right guy

for me.

7.) What did you do when you find out he bola bola you?

When I found out he bola bola me of course its really hurt and hard to

forget because I really love him. I want to kill him because I hate

him so much for falling me down. After a few weeks I realize that I need

to survive and make a new life again. So I go back to work for him but na I look for new boyfriend as well.

8.) How is your life now?

I’m still working in web site for my first boyfriend and he give me P15,000 a month include my salary for webchat. My second

Boyfriend send me P10,000 per month. My 3 rd boyfriend send me

P10,000 a month but I said each of them I have only one boyfriend every time they ask me

9.) What happen if 2 of your boyfriend come to Angeles at the same

time?

If my 2 boyfriend come here in Angeles I will meet the one who give

Me a big support. And I will stay with him, of course I will stay with

Him because I love him as well. While my second boyfriend I will lie

To him, I will tell him that I’m going to Manila or province to have a

Short vacation and visit my family .

Thank you MaryAnn.

You are welcome Miss Sinag