Corregidor Island is located in the Philippines and during the Spanish rule over the country, it served as a fortress of defense, a station for the Customs inspection, a penal institution, and a signal outpost to warn the capital of the country as to the approaching hostile ships since ships had to stop at the island for their documents to be checked.
Corregidor is a very historical place and also a scenic one. Many tourists go here for the beaches and the buildings that still stand, which were basically damaged and abandoned during the past wars. One of the most famous structures at the Corregidor Island is the Malinta Tunner. This served as a bomb-proof storage and bunker as well as a hospital. Many soldiers died here that is why there are a lot of paranormal activities reported here.
One of the beaches in Corregidor Island. (Link: https://jonnymelon.com/corregidor-tour/)
The History Of Malinta Tunnel
The Malinta Tunnel was built by the United States Army Corps of Engineers in 1932 and was completed partially two years later. The tunnel was named as such because Malinta in Filipino means full of leeches. When they were building the tunnel, it had a lot of leeches thus the name given to it.
The tunnel had a lot of lateral tunnels on the north and south side and during the Battle of Corregidor, one of the lateral tunnels on the north side was used as the headquarters of General Douglas MacArthur. The tunnel later served as the seat of the government of the Commonwealth of the Philippines in 1941.
Douglas MacArthur inside the Malinta Tunnel. (Link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Douglas_MacArthur_in_World_War_II)
Initially, the Japanese forces did not know of the Malinta Tunnel. Many of the wounded American and Filipino soldiers from the time the Japanese forces tried to take over Corregidor Island were taken here and there were a lot of nurses and doctors inside. Allegedly, some of the patients, doctors, and nurses also died when the Japanese started their move to take over the Malinta Tunnel.
A photo of the Malinta Tunnel when it was a hospital. (Link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Malinta_Tunnel_Hospital.jpg)
In 1942, the Japanese troops were successful in colonizing the Philippines and the Malinta Tunnel was part of the many structures and building seized by the Japanese forces.
American forces at the Malinta Tunnel surrendering to the Japanese. (Link: https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/08/10/national/history/corregidor-stands-silent-sentinel-philippine-history/)
Malinta Tunnel Retaken By U.S. Forces
In 1945, the U.S. forces succeeded in retaking the Corregidor Island from the Japanese forces. However, some of the Japanese soldiers were trapped inside because of a gunfire. These soldiers then detonated the explosives that were inside the tunnel as a form of suicide. Many of the laterals of the Malinta Tunnel collapsed and they were never excavated.
The Malinta Tunnel Today
The Malinta Tunnel is frequently visited by tourists because it offers a tour inside called Malinta Tunnel Light and Sound Show. The Malinta Tunnel is equipped with audio-visual presentations showing the events that occurred during the Second World War. It also has statues showing which parts were used by the soldiers in the past.
A part of the Malinta Tunnel’s Light and Sound show. (Link: https://www.visitmanila.ph/corregidors-malinta-tunnel-lights-and-sounds-show-night-lateral-tour/)
The Ghosts Of Malinta Tunnel
Like any other tunnel, the Malinta Tunnel is very eerie because it shows the places that were unfinished and even the parts of the tunnel that have already collapsed. The Malinta Tunnel reportedly gives the visitors an uneasy feeling of being confined and as if there are unseen people or forces watching them.
The entrance of Malinta Tunnel today. (Link: https://www.manilatimes.net/corregidor/225687/)
As mentioned above, Japanese soldiers trapped inside committed suicide before the American forces captured them. Allegedly, around 3,000 soldiers were inside when the explosives were detonated.
A tour of the Malinta Tunnel at night is a famous one. The tour usually starts at 6 or 7 P.M. During the tour, visitors will be able to explore the inner parts of the Malinta Tunnel that aren’t visited during the day tour. The only light that the visitors have come from their flashlights. At one part of the tour, guides will ask visitors to turn off all of their flashlights to get a better feel of how the soldiers lived in the tunnel during the time of war.
The Malinta Tunnel at night. (Link: https://nicerioadventures.blogspot.com/2015/11/malinta-tunnel-night-lateral-tour.html)
There aren’t specific ghosts hunting the Malinta Tunnel but it is believed that there is a certain energy felt from the soldiers that died there. Allegedly, there are shadowy figures seen inside the tunnels and some apparitions of soldiers dressed up like it was still World War II. Many visitors and guides also claimed that they heard voices even if there was no one there. Some of the sounds heard include voices screaming and it is believed that these screams belong to the Japanese soldiers. There are also spots inside the Malinta Tunnel where the temperature suddenly drops.
Some say that the island of Corregidor is not haunted but it is eerie because it has been the place of many deaths. That’s for you to decide. Would you dare go inside the Malinta Tunnel and explore these caves?