Photos by Gilbert Secosana except where noted.
Sign to welcome visitors as they arrive via the Sun Cruises ferry on the North Dock
Maj. General Jose Magno leads the way to the tranvias
One of the tranvias taking special guests to the ceremony. Steve was not a guide today, he was busy practicing to be the emcee.
Cadets from the Maritime Academy of Asia and the Pacific (MAAP, located on Bataan directly across from Corregidor) preparing for the ceremony
Ms. Maricor Akol, emissary of Atty. Rafael Evangelista, National Commander of the Defenders of Bataan and Corregidor (DBC) and the Honorable Ernesto G. Carolina, Administrator of the Philippine Veterans Affairs Office, Dept. of National Defense, talking with Marcia. Maricor's sister is a pediatrician in Duluth, Minnesota - not far from our soon-to-be-home.
Maj. Gen'l James Pasquarette, Deputy Commanding General, U.S. Army Pacific (USARPAC), Leslie Ann Murray, First Vice President, Filipino-American Memorial Endowment, Inc. (FAME), and American Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines, Inc. (AMCHAM), Ebb Hinchcliffe, Executive Director, AMCHAM, Ms. Tina Malone, Public Affairs Section, Dept. of State, U.S. Embassy, and Major Gen'l (Phil-ret) Jose Magno
Maritime Academy cadets prepared to accompany ceremonial wreathes
Lt. Col Artemio G. Matibag, Executive Director, Corregidor Foundation, Inc. (CFI) and President of FAME speaking with Steve prior to the ceremony
Philippine Navy Band in their dress whites stand in the shadow of a former married-officer-housing duplex
Entry of Colors
Colors displayed during the playing of National Anthems
Lt. Col. Matibag, CFI, with Ms. Rebecca Villanueva-Labit, Director, Region IV-A, Calabarzon, Dept. of Tourism, present the first of five commemorative wreaths
Ebb Hinchcliffe and Leslie Ann Murray of AMCHAM and FAME present the second wreath
Lt. Gen'l Hernando Iriberri, Commanding General of the Philippine Army, Fort Bonifacio, and Major Gen'l Pasquerette, USARPAC, present the third wreath
Generals Iriberri and Pasquarette salute during the playing of Taps (which was played by the Philippine Navy Band after each wreath was presented)
Adm'l Eduardo Maria R. Santos, AFP, President of MAAP, Ms. Akol, DBC, and Hon. Ernesto G. Carolina, Administrator, Philippine Veterans Affairs Office (PVAO), Dept. of National Defense (DND), present the fourth wreath
Adm'l Santos, Ms. Akol, and Hon. Mr. Carolina, during the playing of Taps
Ms. Malone of the U.S. Embassy presenting the fifth wreath on behalf of Ambassador Philip S. Goldberg
Ms. Malone stands before the five wreaths during the final playing of Taps. If you've gotten the impression that the presentation of wreaths and the playing of Taps was a major part of the 70th Anniversary Commemoration, you are correct!
Marcia gives the invocation
Following Lt. Col. Matibag, Ms. Murray, Maj. Gen'l Pasquarette, and Hon. Mr. Carolina, Ms. Tina Malone of the U.S. Embassy gave the Guest of Honor message
Steve speaks about Gen'l MacArthur's determination to return to liberate all of the Philippines (as opposed to bypassing Luzon and going straight to Formosa as proposed by others on the Joint Chiefs of Staff) and how that decision saved countless lives in the Philippines.
The historic Spanish Flagpole, scene of the 70th Anniversary flag-raising reenactment. Assisting are Gen'l Pasquarette, Gen'l Magno, and Jesse Gabisay, island security. You can also see island manager Ronilo Benadero on the right.
Forty-eight stars once again fly over Corregidor! This flag was a gift to Corregidor from James Zobel, Curator of the MacArthur Memorial and Archives in Norfolk, Virginia, USA.
photo by Beth
photo by Beth
Marcia and Steve flank Lt. Adam Obregon, who serves in Italy as a member of the same unit his grandfather belonged to when he jumped onto Corregidor on Feb. 16, 1945 (503rd PRCT). This was Adam's first visit to the Rock; we hope it's not his last!
Ms. Murray watches as Gen'l Iriberri's helicopter departs Corregidor's Topside Parade Grounds
As a response to our previous post, in which we lamented the condition and near invisibility of the city of Lamao's monument marking the site of General King's Surrender on Bataan, our friend Bob Hudson, whose father was a Death March survivor, went to Lamao with a handful of black permanent markers and patiently re-colored the lettering on the marker. Notice especially the Battlin Bastards of Bataan dedication at the base as you compare the before and after photos.
Many sincere thanks, Bob, from all of us who care! Now we'll hope the encompassing market is truly temporary, so that this monument soon stands visible and proud, in honor of King and his men.
Steve and Marcia on the Rock
P.S. Happy 79th Birthday, Peter Parsons. One year and one day ago you made the big swim almost all the way around Corregidor!