Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Corregidor Island - Bloodstone Beach (Watery Wednesday)

Bloodstone Beach at the South Dock of Corregidor Island is called as such because of various pebbles on the shore with natural blood splatter design on its surface. Legends say that these stones were tainted by the blood of Filipino, American and Japanese soldiers who fought and died on the beaches of Corregidor during World War II.

Geologists, however, explained that the coloration is a chemical reaction caused by sea water on the type of rocks found in the island.

The South Dock is formerly a US Navy wharf. It offers a convenient alternative for landing on days when strong winds make it difficult to dock at North Dock. Today, the Philippine Navy uses this dock for their vessels, as well as yachts and ferry boats that visit the island. Employees in the island and their families usually come to the dock to fish. There are picnic huts nearby.

Bloodstone Beach, Caballo Island at the horizon
South Dock
a naval ship and ferry of the Sun Cruises

Posted for Watery Wednesday


escape said...

those stones are really interesting. naming that area by those stones means it's really abundant there.

Unknown said...

When I read the name of the beach, reminded me of the Red Beach here in Palo where MacArthur and his troops landed to liberate Phil. It was also named Red Beach coz of the blood spared during the war. Nice photos of the place. I love that first one.

P.S. Re Balut: me too, I still couldn't make myself try it, am always in for the penoy, that's how far I could get.

Mojo said...

The wide shots are awe inspiring, but I htink my favorite is the closeup of the rocks on the beach. Like a mosaic or something.

Oman said...

i love this historic island. i was there about five years ago pa and i enjoy the island tremendously kahit malakas ang hampas ng alon. di ko malilimutan ang endless ghost stries when iw as there.

have a meaningful lenten season to you and GOD bless us.

Indrani said...

Interesting story of the Bloodstones, but I think I will go by the geologists words.

J Bar said...

Great shots.

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2sweetnsaxy said...

Great pictoral tour. Love the first shot and the info about the red stones. How amazing! Would love to see that in person some day.

Caprice- said...

Miranda I was mesmorized by these stories and photos. How wonderful for our American soldiers to be honored by your country. I am ashamed that I recognized the name Bataan but don't know much about it when it was such a horrendous event for both your country and mine. Thank you for bringing it to our attention. Like 9/11 some things should never be forgotten.

April said...

Very cool! I really want to visit there now.