Standing at its crucial position in Manila bay, the wide part of the Island (the head part of the tadpole) faces the south sea of China and is called the top side. At its loftiest point is the erected Pacific memorial with its rotunda shape, where light pours in from the dome’s oculus. Lighting up the altar, it was built by the US government in memory of soldiers who gave their lives. Located under the Malinta hill, the Malinta tunnel which was formerly the headquarters as well as an underground hospital today functions to hold audio visual presentations of the events that transpired on the island during the war times, including the famous General Douglas’s departure to Australia. Located in the Top side, the lighthouse stands at 628 feet above the sea level and affords a superb view of the China Sea, curling beneath its feet while a ravishing view of the Manila bay is also granted to the viewers. On a more religious theme, the Japanese garden of Peace Park houses a tall Buddha statue, a Shinto shrine as well as a place of prayer for Japanese soldiers with a memorial shrine devoted them. A round tour of this rocky island indeed brings back the memories of a war trodden era that stands in vast contrast to the peace and quiet that prevails on the island today.
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