Information comes my way that the Rock Marathon 2018 has been cancelled.
I have no information other than this, no verification, no crosschecking.
Obviously one must be disappointed for the folk who did their best trying to get it to happen, but surely there are workable ways to retain the island as a memorial , to increase the tourist numbers, and to earn adequate funds for the island. Of course there are, but . . .
These images are from the WW2 RADIO Facebook Website run by Peter De Forest. He reproduces them in a larger size, and the site is definitely worth a visit because you are sure to be diverted for hours.
I was surprised at the extent of the bombing, as was Karl, and I was wondering why so few of the images ever made it into the public consciousness? Was it that America couldn't cope with more disaster and defeat? Did the photos not suit the narrative? Had the facts overtaken the story? ("The most important news is never to be found in the newspapers, its the stories that the newspapers don't print that are most important," my father used to say.) Of course, within days, the Japanese were in control of Manila and its newspapers, but these photographs presumably remained in Carl Mydans' possession. Maybe there wasn't enough time to get them published. Maybe Carl Mydans didn't want to make himself unpopular with the Japanese? Indeed, were there newspapers being published at that time? Anyone got any ideas?
MANILLA - DECEMBRE 1941
Bombardement japonais sur Manille en décembre 1941. Photos Carl Mydans - LIFE Collections
Welcome to the last member of the 2017 year to "buddyssweetheart" who writes: "My Grandfather served in the Philippines in World War II. While there, his childhood best friend whom he grew up with and served with was killed in action. I know where he was buried in 1945. I am in the process of trying to find any surviving family and when I do, I would like to be able to tell them where their loved one ended up."
I have just released Volume II of BLESS 'EM ALL, The 503rd Parachute Infantry Regiment.
The web is both strangely permanent and deeply impermanent, often in exactly the way you don’t like.
Websites are ephemeral, transitory beings, likely to disappear at the slightest wisp of late payment of their hosting fees. (It looks as if my attempts at getting a long term hosting guarantee have fallen in a heap, so no plans exist at this point for continuity of my websites. This proboards forum is hosted by a commercial provider, and so there's no guarantee of them staying around either - look at what happened to GeoCities when Yahoo! bought them out - Yahoo! succeeded in destroying the most amount of websites in the shortest amount of time, certainly on purpose, in known memory. Millions of files, user accounts, all gone. Pffft! GeoCities was for millions of people the first experience dealing with the low-cost, full-color, world-accessible website and all the possibilities this contained. That's where Corregidor Historic Society started. Phfft, gone in a commercial world. In more recent times, consider what Photobucket did to us all. So it's a commercial world, we understand. For that reason, I decided that I should make a permanent version of the BLESS 'EM ALL website, something that could survive a few decades on your bookshelf. Something you'd be proud to leave on your coffee table. Something you could read without the necessity of batteries.
That's what prompted me. But as is often the case, the reasons we start something often change in the course of our doing it.
“BLESS ‘EM ALL” is taking on the character of a hardcover reference series. It’s part of a major event in my semi-retired life to establish in print the history of the 503d PIR to fresh generations of "ROCK REGIMENT" veterans, their families and their friends.
VOLUME II, now released, follows the Regiment to Leyte and Mindoro, and sets up the preparation for the retaking of Corregidor. It is now part of a Regimental Combat Team.
In the course of creating my websites, I've acquired images and copies of documents relevant to the 503d. Volume II contains most all of the Orders packet for the Corregidor Operation, and the Battalion's S-1 Journals 21 September 1944 to 31 January 1945. Plus a lot else besides!
Vol II is published in Blurb’s large landscape format, 13 x 11 in (33 x 28 cm) and comes in at a whopping 308 pages. At this point, it is available ONLY in hard copy versions.
I have just released an Adobe PDF File Version of Volume II. The cost is $9.95. The pdf version is created in a screen resolution file size which is suitable for internet delivery, but not suitable for high-quality paper printing. It will show as good as your screen can show it.
If you are considering getting a hard cover version but are choking at the price, I suggest you get the pdf version and see if you like it. If you want a hard copy for your library shelf, then you can get one later. Couldn't be fairer than that!
I have no plans to release it as an ePub version at this time. The book's layout, fonts and layouts are designed and produced for high-quaity print production, and it would look completely crappy if converted to ePub format. This is because E-Versions must change the fonts to a limited selection of licensed fonts, and the new fonts all have different line spacings. It's theoretically possible to produce the book as a series of graphics, yes, but it would take me months - and it would interfere with my preparation of the next volume. If you're a cheap Charlie, read the website.
Now, about the price. $222. Yes, it is unreasonable. Here's why. "BLESS 'EM ALL" is released as print-on-demand product by the Blurb printing company based in San Francisco. The cost of print-on-demand books depends on their physical size and the number of pages which they contain, the type of cover, end-pages, etcetera. It's not so much like a book produced in their hundreds but 150 double-sided color prints hard bound. This book is hardcover, full color on quality paper, and presented in a large coffee-table size of 13 x 11 inch (33 x 28 cm) format, and delivers in at 306 pages. Blurb's actual printing costs are 95% of the price that you pay. You heard that right! To that, they add shipping. Complain to them, not to me, I have to pay their prices too.
You capture my view beyond simple agreement. There is no shortage of superior architectural talent in Manila, and no shortage of Heritage charm available as the means to give a place a special or memorable ambience. The opportunity to refurbish the Inn was an opportunity too important to squander. The character of the Inn informs visitors to Corregidor of the primacy of heritage and remembrance, or at least it should have, or might have done. It should have set the tone for the overnight visitors. "Come to Corregidor and enjoy our nineteenth century ambience" is what they might have said. But what have we got? An architectural hodge-pudge of conflicted tropical clinicality, and modern style licks. One of our group, he might not appreciate my mentioning his name in the context of being an architectural critic of this refurbishment, used the word QUIRKY when recalling the old Inn. It certainly was all of that, quirky, and it was a loveable, nostalgic quirkiness indeed. It welcomed one in, embracing us with that other world charm. So what do we have today?
A charm bypass, so far.
It has been said that, in military-historical fields, the Philippines in WWII was "the place where good planning comes to die". That can be said of a lot of places, though, to be fair. Yet even the Japanese author/propagandist Kazumaro Uno, who wrote about the American loss of Corregidor, termed it an "Isle of Delusion." He was lording it over the Americans, of course. 16 February 1945 would come, soon enough. Perhaps the more things change, the more they DO remain the same. None of us are immune.
The Corregidor Inn, which has been closed for more than a year (just long enough to allow memories of it to mellow into nostalgia). is now being completed. Its not all completed yet, so the photographs which are below are prior to them getting the decorators in. At least, we hope they are going to get some decorators in.
A little birdie tells me that I'm not the only person who has had mixed feelings about the Corregidor Inn, and the way it has been managed and morphed through the years. They used to have a bad habit of ignoring your reservations when they could take a block booking of the entire place. I've been going there more or less annually for about twenty years. (Since their chef departed, they never could toast bread properly.) For several years I have been commenting that the Inn needed to be reinvented, because its management had allowed it to become tired. It sure had a quirky and lovable character, though. Resorts, and with them resort hotels, have a life-cycle, and they need to reinvent themselves when they start approaching the end of their cycle.
This is not the reinvention I was hoping for.
I've started this thread into an area of our board where people can make a post without being members, so that we can find out what they really think. So you should be able to post anonymously.
Of course, criticism (constructive or otherwise) makes no difference to the Corregidor Inn, for they are a monopoly. Besides, it's clear already that they have already decided to take it to a different market, and that the market is not us. I’d kind of hoped Sun Cruises would at least have been clever with with a heritage décor, but they weren’t. I don’t even like the look of it, sorry. It is what I would call “modern minimalist sterile”, which is fine for generic, characterless, antiseptic apartments but not for a holiday resort hotel.
I am told the overnight rate is 4,500 peso - which is about three times what it might be had for prior to the refurbishment. Recently, I was on business in Phnom Penh and was staying at a boutique hotel at US$45 a night. Life warns us generally to give anything named "boutique" a wide swerve, but the hotel was bloody brilliant, well maintained, luxurious, fantastic cleanliness, great facilities, exemplary room service etc - and at less than half the price.
Corregidor Inn mustn't be relying upon "word of mouth" to redevelop their market.
The photos are hosted and posted by permission.
Remember the wooden the staircase railing? Mahogany I assume. It is now painted white.
Last Edit: Dec 21, 2017 11:52:38 GMT 8 by Registrar
I was doing a search, and saw this post from 2010, and thought it would be interesting to compare what was happening then with the state of play as to what's happening now:
EXTRACT FROM MY OCTOBER 2010 POSTING:
Following the shifting of approx 25,000 files (no kidding!) I advise:
1. Corregidor Then and Now (aka corregidor.org) has been rearranged, redefined, call it what you will.
2. The 503rd PRCT Heritage Battalion, which involves the history and heritage of the premier paratroop unit of the PTO, is now at 503prct.org .
3. A new website involving the Battle of Manila has been created at battleofmanila.org -- some assistance with caption writing would be appreciated. Thanks to John Tewell for unrestricted access to his collection.
4. The Fort Drum website formerly run by the late Richard Johnsen, is now being entirely reworked and will appear at concretebattleship.org after a short delay. Presently the website at that address is as Richard Johnsen left it. The new site is presently in Beta. (What it is doing in Tennessee, I have no idea.)
5. The websites involving the Coast Artillery of Manila and Subic Bays seeks a sponsor to allow it a separate web address.
6. The website involving the Leathernecks at Corregidor seeks a sponsor to allow it a separate web address.
7. Web hosting is now by godaddy.com who -- early reports indicate -- seem to deliver signal faster than the former guys. It's anecdotal.
8. Special thanks to Paul D. Whitman of Sydney, Australia -- who is not me -- for his assistance, without which none of this could have been accomplished.
9. Thanks to those who deserve them, always.
10. I am still seeking the voluntary talents of someone with Expression Web experience able to create pages to a standard layout.
When it comes to sponsors, no one presented themselves. Our hosting is partly paid for by income earned from the sale of membership maps, much thanks Martyn Keen. When that gets thin, I kick in myself. I also thank some good friends who assist (and put up with) me when I am in the Philippines.
Corregidor.Org is more than twenty years old. Given that the average website lifespan is 2 years 7 months (Actually it was 2.66 years which is 2 years, 6 months and 27 days, but close enough), that's an achievement I can be proud about.
The website domain 503prct.Org has done well. It's been going more than seven years now. I am proud that it hosts the 2/503 Vietnam Newsletter, of which there are more than eighty issues. Along the way, I have been recognized, officially, as an honorary member of the 503d Infantry Regiment.
There still isn't a website called "Coast Artillery of Manila and Subic Bays". When it came to anyone accepting the responsibility of creating a domain, nobody stepped up to the plate.
No one was found who admitted any expertise with Expression Web, let alone volunteered any.
I completed the rebirthing of concretebattleship.org website myself, with the moral support of Richard King and Shawn Welsh who assisted in the transfer of the domain and with mucho images. (I have't added to it in a long time.)
Leathernecks at Corregidor died stillborn.
The offer for permanent (30-year guarantee) hosting made by Roderick Hall / Filipinas Heritage Library/ Ayala Museum looks dead in the water. I won't give up trying, because it means a lot to those who have supported us through the years, and who have been so badly treated by the Photobucket Disaster.
The sites, all of them, need refurbishing, and at this point I am unable so to do. My priority is transferring their materials into book form. If you are interested in preserving some aspect of what is on my websites, I suggest you copy it all to your hard drive and start getting familiar with self-publishing.
What's all this say about the "personal interest" internet website phenomenon? Essentially, that we have lived through its golden days. Individually developing and maintaining a website that might pass for professional, is no longer possible. Website technology is now too complex for one person to master. As soon as you learn to cope with one web technology, another comes along to supplant it. Or worse, because like the way that automobile manufacturers made backyard home mechanics redundant, the software companies are making individual website creators dinosaurs of their own domains. The pun is intentional.
I have obtained a copy of a portion of the mimeographed records of the 3d Bn, 34th Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division that was involved in the retaking and holding of Malinta Hill. I intend to republish it in full on the Rock Force Website, so as to bring it into the public domain. It is in many respects a treasure of information which cannot be lost.
Although not a 503d document, I intend to include it as part of Bless 'em All - Corregidor (Vol III), because the story of what occurred on Malinta Hill is a critical part of the Corregidor 1945 story. Not to know what occurred on Malinta Hill leaves a significant hole in understanding the retaking.
I seek a volunteer to convert the document into Word format so that I can quickly produce it on the website, but just don't have time. I am fully booked for at least another year with current projects.
The document also has several hand-drawn maps, which could ideally be overlined in black to make the lines high contrast so that I can reproduce them - they are critical to the explanations contained.
The document to be reproduced runs approx 30 pages, double-spaced. I have scanned it at 200dpi, which should be more than adequate to print and transcribe. I will provide the link to the volunteer.
Contact me at: paulatwhitmandotcomdotau or exoatcorregidordotorg
Whatever you do, don't forget to mention the indefatigable Bob Hudson who, together with his lovely wife Rosalie, are the REAL PEOPLE who maintain the Death March Markers, and who from time to time must clash with the careless workers (another description had crossed my mind, but this is a G-Rated Forum) of the Department of Public Works and Highways, who all too regularly damage them.
I can’t believe some folk – several years ago, to I put together a "cat patch" graphic and took it down to the local professional printing shop in George St., Brisbane so I could do a plaque for my wall, and sell off the others to pay for the hosting costs of my website. They said they couldn't fit two to a sheet, but could fit a number of them on each sheet so I said "That’s great!" and had them print a number of sheets. Cost me about two or three bucks a sheet. I sold off a few sheets, and when they were all gone, I forgot about it. I now see identical stuff, I am convinced someone reproduced exactly what I did, and they sell them for $35.
Every issue, Lew "Smitty" Smith features an article from our 503d Heritage Bn. website. This issue, the seventy-fifth, it's Don Abbott's writings about "The Navy Intercept Tunnel at Monkey Point (Station "C")." This month I have started using a URL shortening web service, to make it easier to visit the Newsletter's index page: tinyurl.com/503Vietnam75 so give it a try.
Dropbox has discontinued their "Public Folder" feature.
This means that some of images embedded here may no longer display, becoming broken links*.
The talents of anyone wishing to help out, and capable of converting Threads into Web Pages using Microsoft Font Page, or Communication Web are sought.
All of the files in your Public folder will remain safe, but public links to those files will stop working. If someone visits a link to a file in your Public folder, they'll see an error page. To see a list of your public links, visit your Public folder—any file in this folder will have previously had a public link associated with it. Dropbox can't convert existing public links into Dropbox shared links.
If you'd like to re-share any of the files in your Public folder, please use a shared folder or shared link.
Discussions are continuing relative to a proposed "30 year" internal hosting arrangement for hosting significant image collections. The benefit to accrue will be the establishment of a permanent link to hosted images and files. A pilot scheme is being tested by one of our senior moderators.
_______________ *Fortunately, not many have been using this means to host images.
Gary Juanico has been in contact with me today. He came across our site in 2003, and first visited Negros back in 2000, including Mt Mandalagan and Hills 4055 & 3155. He's grandson of USAAFFE M/Sgt Felipe S. Penaranda, who was MIA on Panay in 1943. He's since moved to Negros and tells me that this is the view from out of his window. He's interested in relics, and following the history of the fighting on Negros.
Za316. Negros Island Hills
View from a window from the area around Silay on Negros Island, Philippines..
Za317. Hill 3155 on Negros Island
Hill 3155 is a hill designation from US WWII maps in feet about the fighting on Negros Island, Philippines. This URL has tons of information about the airborne unit that fought here:
This is another view of Hill 3155, it is a hill designation from US WWII maps in feet about the fighting on Negros Island, Philippines. This URL has tons of information about the airborne unit that fought here:
Za320. A bayonet found by Gary on Negros Island, Philippines.
One of Gary's "finds".
Note from XO: What might be of topical interest, given the screwing over of all of us by Photobucket, is that the images on this post were sent to me via the Facebook Messenger system, and I have posted them as a test to see whether Facebook images could be linked to display here. How's I do it? I right mouse-clicked on the image, opened the "Open link in new tab", copied the link address, and then pasted it into the forum using the "Picture" button. Seems to work! - XO –
2017-10-17 Note from Karl:
XO posted these pictures from Facebook but it seems after a certain time span these Facebook hosted pictures disappear also. So they were reposted from friendlier server today
Welcome "stringbean" , who is posting out of Tokyo, and writes us: "Hi. I was introduced to this site by fots2 following an extensive post I made on a Philippines message board regarding Corregidor. Or perhaps I should say I "thought" it was a rather extensive post instead fots2 started schooling me. Ha. Would love to be a member here, and hope to be able to contribute something as well. Much thanks! Best regards, Curtis"
Welcome also to "NelsonH" , whose IP indicates Washington D.C., writes us : "Hello! I am much interested in learning about Corregidor island. My grandfather was a US army Philippine Scout assigned to the coast artillery. My father was born at Fort Mills in 1939.In fact my father's side of the family lived in the island before the war broke out as I recall my grandmother tell stories about "peacetime" then.
Karl Welteke: Merry Christmas and a happy New Year! As of tomorrow morning, will be off to a family event, Christmas at wife’s village on the San Bernardino Strait. We will be gone for two weeks. Mabuhay.
Dec 23, 2017 19:00:43 GMT 8
westernaus: Thank you Karl and the best of Christmas and new year to you and all who make this a fantastic site
Dec 24, 2017 11:17:04 GMT 8
Karl Welteke: Arrived at the Sa Bernardino Straits, did not see any enemy ships going thru yet. Got comms (internet) when power is on, but am busy setting up camp. Already found San Miguel beer, salamat. Thanks westernaus.
Dec 26, 2017 17:49:29 GMT 8
Karl Welteke: Hello de-la hyde, used some of your pictures, look at recent posts!
Jan 2, 2018 15:00:40 GMT 8
delahyde: Thanks Karl - I have updated my webpage. I like the Hotel photo you posted
Jan 3, 2018 15:39:27 GMT 8
Karl Welteke: Too bad that you did not add the URL of your last reply of the GREAT FRENCH WEBSITE and we could have looked at those pictures at full screen!!!!!!!!!!!!
Jan 6, 2018 14:41:59 GMT 8
delahyde: Hello Karl: I do not know what you mean. Bing Higgins sent me his original slides which I scanned, placed some on Panoramio, then returned AUS to US. Many people use my photos - not always with acknowledgement.
Karl Welteke: Delahyde, sorry, my comment was directed to EXO re his entry about the bombing in Manila 1941.
Jan 10, 2018 10:01:17 GMT 8
delahyde: Karl, thanks for the clarification. Good luck with your investigations.
Jan 11, 2018 14:42:10 GMT 8
sherwino: hello, folks. I feel like a newbie here after a long time.
Jan 13, 2018 13:18:36 GMT 8
westernaus: Good to see you back Sherwino and Victor and TMayer .
Jan 13, 2018 16:42:31 GMT 8
sherwino: Thanks, westernaus.
Jan 13, 2018 19:39:45 GMT 8
tmayer: Thanks westernaus.
Jan 14, 2018 6:45:22 GMT 8
email@example.com: Dear Karl Welteke: Under the original numbering of GLP, No.5 was Primera Luz Lodge while No. 9 was Island Lodge. After WW2, Minerva joined the merging into Island Luz Minerva No. 5.
Jan 15, 2018 12:25:46 GMT 8
firstname.lastname@example.org: Dear Karl Welteke: It took us a year to find the Corregidor map that showed the USWV Hall. The present hall is our best approximation.
Jan 15, 2018 12:28:08 GMT 8
email@example.com: Dear Karl Welteke: When we found the location, it was a stinking garbage dump. It was either that more accurate location or the nearby and more dignified looking former horse cadaver incineration facility. Fidelity to history won the day.
Jan 15, 2018 12:32:01 GMT 8