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    This is the Eternal Flame of Peace (I think). It's a metal sculpture by a Greek-American artist. On the grass are some solar cells. There are no transmission lines in the island. Electricity is from generators or photovoltaics. The street lamps also have PV cells attached to it (which was cool for me - first time that I've seen those in actual, and not in pics).



    The dome of the memorial was just a few meters away. We walked towards it.

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    Any pics of Mindanao Garden of Peace?
    Commenorates the death of Moro soldiers. Was all the talk when I was in PI late 60s.

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    The inscription on the Eternal Flame


    Eternal Flame from afar. I was lucky to have clear blue skies that day. The days after this, they were grey, gloomy and rainy - wouldn't have made nice pics.

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    All those years in 'da PI and I never made it to Corrigador, but should have got off my drunken arse and made the trip after seeing your photos K.T.

    Great travel thread, as always.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Norton View Post
    Any pics of Mindanao Garden of Peace?
    Commenorates the death of Moro soldiers. Was all the talk when I was in PI late 60s.
    Sorry, there's none. I think it wasn't included in the day tour, maybe it's in the 2D/1N tour. I remember that our guide said something about it, but I can't remember everything and I didn't record him. We went to a memorial dedicated to the various Filipino revolts, and to a Japanese Garden/Memorial, dedicated to the Japanese soldiers. The Japanese memorial was made/designed/funded by the Jap gov't in the 90s (I think). The Phil gov't allowed it (enough time had elapsed for the emnity to pass) and they also exhumed so many bones of Japanese soldiers. They sent the bones to Japan. Most of the Jap soldiers on the island committed suicide (either by samurai, jumping on the cliffs or drowning on the beach) rather than surrender. There's a beach called "Suicide Beach" - pic of that later.

    Our guide also talked of Hiroo Onoda, the soldier who hid in the forests of Lubang Island for 29 years. He was ordered not to take his own life or to surrender, so he didn't. He only surrendered when his his former commander traveled from Japan to personally issue orders relieving him from duty in 1974. He passed away in 2014 at the age of 91. (with help from wikipedia).

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hiroo_Onoda
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    Quote Originally Posted by Headworx View Post
    All those years in 'da PI and I never made it to Corrigador, but should have got off my drunken arse and made the trip after seeing your photos K.T. Great travel thread, as always.
    If only we had hindsight, no? (smiles ruefully) As stated before, my regret is that I didn't know about this tour when my dad was still alive. He would've loved this tour, esp. the statue of MacArthur. My mom wouldn't appreciate as much, since she didn't grow up here. Oh well...

    Thanks for the greet!

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    The Pacific War Memorial from afar


    The walls were filled with descriptions about the Pacific War

    This area reminded me of the WWII and Vietnam memorials in Washington DC.

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    There's an "altar" in the center


    The inscription


    That's all for now. To be continued...

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    Quote Originally Posted by katie23
    We went to a memorial dedicated to the various Filipino revolts, and to a Japanese Garden/Memorial, dedicated to the Japanese soldiers
    The WW2 period and the following couple of decades was a rough time for the PI. Through it all you Filipinos have endured and done yourselves proud.

    Again, thanks for the pics and comment.

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    the only Filipino tour I've ever taken where it approached western standards even the boat was the only ferry I've ever taken where it didn't feel like it could keel over at any moment.

    I heard that the seperate westerner and Japanese tour scripts have a markedly different slant.

    our guide was a ladyboy who suffered from the curious delusion that she was a direct descendant of Douglas McCarthur, which was kind of funny.

    I was looking out for it and there was no mention in the tour about the Jabidah massacre in the tour script or in any of the exhibits. But then, in all of the Kanchanaburi museums, you can shift through every sngle exhibit and display, and you will find no mention at all that Thailand declared war on the United States and Great Britain on the same day either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Norton View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by katie23
    Camel and Lucky Strike are cigarette brands
    Used to get them in our C ration packs. How times have changed.
    Yep, four in a pack Some of those C-ration meals were sorta old- the first few puffs of that aged tobacco would kick butt

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    Our Corregidor tour leader was a feisty little Filipina that didn't suffer fools lightly. She told us about some Japanese visitors that denied any Imperial Japanese military "misconduct" in the Philippines during WW2

    She told them her frank opinion about that

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