9 Days & 8 Nights Tour

April 30, 2011

Organized by Pat Wang

Nov. 2011

Organized by Robert Hudson

Jan. 2012

Liberating forces group

Edna Binkowski, author of CODE NAME HIGH POCKETS (True Story of Claire Phillips, an American Spy, and the resistance during Philippines WWII)

will narrate the beginning of WWII in the Philippines, the battle for Bataan, life under Japanese rule, and the liberation period as she takes

you to the former battle sites and memorials.

DAY ONE: Arrive Manila International Airport NAIA
Hotel car or bus from Bayview Park Hotel will pick up the tour participants.  Bayview Park Hotel is located along Roxas Blvd, right across the U.S. Embassy, walking distance to Old Manila's famous park Luneta, and to Robinson Mall.  Bayview Park Hotel is a historical place, stories happened there during the "Sack of Manila" which others refer to as "Warsaw of Asia."

DAY TWO: Manila to Bataan.
7am breakfast at a private dining area of the hotel.  Meet your Historian Guide, Edna Binkowski, to brief you of the whole tour.  Half day city tour to visit the Luneta Park, University of Santo Tomas (former internment camp for the American civilians and allied citizen during the Japanese occupation); Intramuros, the Spanish town, and Fort Santiago, the place where the captured resistance and underground members were held.  Proceed to Bataan.  Stop at the Battle of the Layac Junction, the initial line of defense, an event that delayed the Japanese invasion for a week, a showcase of bravery displayed by Sgt. Jose Calugas, a Filipino who was awarded the highest U.S. Medal of Honor.  Check in at Villa Edna Executive Homes. 

Visit the Forgotten Nurses Memorial built by Edna in Limay.  Visit the General King Marker built by the Battling Bastards of Bataan, the Last Stand marker, the General Wainwright surrender marker, pass by Cabcaben where the Jungle Hospital was formerly located, take the Sisiman road where the PT boats were docked near the navy tunnels, visit the ZERO Kilometer in Mariveles (start of Death March), take the zigzag road.  Listen to the story of Lt. Earl Stone's dogfight with the Japanese Nate, and the ongoing expedition to search the wreck.  Proceed to Pilar-Bagac area, and visit the Battle of the Tuol Pockets, Pantingan Massacre, and Mt. Samat Shrine and Museum.  This is a national landmark not to be missed by any visitor to Bataan.  Dinner Party at Villa Edna. Hear Edna sing and play guitar.


Visit the bronze recreation of surrender party in Balanga City on the way to Fort Stotsenburg/Clark Field, and  Subic.  Overnight at Subic.

Visit the Hellship Memorial in Subic.  Proceed to Capas Museum, and lay a wreath to Capas Shrine (former Camp O Donnel, known as the hell hole, where thousands of allied soldiers died in captivity, starvation, physical abuse, and disease.  There's one box car on display at this very sad place.  Proceed to Cabanatuan for overnight.

Lay a wreath at Cabanatuan Memorial.  Reflect on the heroism of the resistance/underground movement who risked their lives in order to send medicine, money, letters, and other aid to the most sickly ones, reflect on the daring rescue mission staged by the Filipino guerillas, the Alamo Scouts and the Sixth Ranger Battalion.  Proceed to the American Cemetery for another wreath laying.  Enjoy the spectacular and hilarious dinner show at Zamboanga Restaurant.

Early breakfast at 6am, check out for ferry trip to CorregidorIts a world class tour. Listen to the narration of Steve Kwiesinski, whose father was the heroic commander of Battery Way at this historical fortress known as The Rock. Steve and his wife Marcia reside in Corregidor. Island.

DAY EIGHT:  Corregidor Island - Manila 
Back to Manila.  Check in at Bayview Park Hotel.

DAY NINE:   Manila International Airport (NAIA)

OPTIONAL:  Extra Nights at Corregidor Island




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