Hunting for Ghosts Among the Ruins in Corregidor Island, Philippines
Bombed-out ruins crumble in the midday sun; ravens with blood-red eyes fly around, a sinister reminder of what is nevermore here on Corregidor Island in Manila Bay. The aura of this devastated place is intense, yet hopeful. Walk among the ruins of the World War II army presence—the old cinema, the mile-long barracks, the swimming pool—eerie, jungle-eaten mementos of a bygone era. Then thread your way through the laterals of Malinta Tunnel, where brave nurses tended to the wounded in complete darkness. The memorials are a testament to bravery—the siege here lasted from December 29 to the end of April 1942 with the Allied forces surviving on spare rations of food and water and suffering relentless aerial and naval attacks. On May 6, Lt. General Jonathan Wainwright ended the final battle in surrender: "There is a limit of human endurance, and that point has long been passed." Psychics say ghosts are everywhere here—paranormal or not, it's worth imagining the lives lived and lost on this peaceful, hauntingly beautiful island.