El Fraile (Fort Drum) Island | Things to do in Ternate-Cavite
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Puerto Azul is a 3,300-hectare gated complex with beach resorts, an 18-hole golf course, and high-end residential areas. Built in 1980 as a luxury destination, it was a popular vacation spot for the moneyed elite. Inside the complex is the Puerto Azul Beach Club, an exclusive beach resort with a swimming pool and sprawling clubhouse designed by National Artist Leandro Locsin. Today, the clubhouse is still operational, the beachfront cottages are open for guests, and the pool is fairly well-maintained. Most of the facilities, however, are in need of upgrades. Fridays Paniman is another beach resort inside Puerto Azul. There are picnic huts by the beach for day trips and a rest house which can be rented for overnight stays.
At 300 meters, Kaybiang Tunnel is the longest road tunnel in the Philippines. The tunnel bores through Mt. Palay-Palay, and connects Ternate, Cavite to Nasugbu, Batangas. Right after exiting the tunnel at the Nasugbu side, travelers have a seaside view of islands Limbones, Carabao, and El Fraile. The tunnel opened in July 2013 as an alternate route to Tagaytay and Batangas.
A 15-minute downhill trek from a trailhead on the side of the Nasugbu-Ternate highway leads to a natural pool in the middle of a river. The area is known to locals simply as "Forestry" because of the thick forest cover surrounding it.
Enclosed by huge rocks, the pool is deep enough to swim in and the river current is mild. The place is ideal for picnics, hiking, and river trekking but the trail going there can be tricky to find. It's best to go with a local or someone who knows the area well.
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Corregidor is a small rocky island in the Philippines about 48 kilometers west of Manila which is strategically 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."
Where to stay
A quaint boutique hotel, Corregidor Inn is nicely nestled within the lush green tropics of the island and its rich history. It’s the perfect getaway if one is looking for a little peace and quiet, a moment away from the bustling city life.
The hotel has 31 rooms, 16 of which are twin rooms, 13 double rooms, and one suite room. All rooms are fully air-conditioned and comfortable. The inn also has a mini-size pool, an outdoor tennis court, and a basketball court for all the fitness lovers.
Unwind and get close to nature at this resort in Maragondon. This place invites you to take a breather away from the hustle and bustle of the city, while still offering you the basic amenities you need. Whether you're looking for a new adventure, in a new town or a quiet respite from your busy schedule, this relaxing getaway has you covered.
Nestled within the tropical paradise of Pico de Loro Cove is Pico Sands Hotel. This Batangas beach resort is a seven storey, 154-room hotel offering spacious rooms equipped with modern amenities and captivating views of the lush mountains and tranquil lagoon. Furnished with natural materials in soothing palette of seashell white and sandy creams, the rooms offer a relaxing retreat from the hustle and bustle of city life.
Getting there and around
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