The Haunted Hospital of Corregidor - Beautiful Sunday

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Aside from the rich WW2 history and the beauty of nature. Corregidor Island in the Philippines is also know as one of the most haunted places in the Philippines. Ever dare to visit a haunted hospital at night? Here if you go on a tour, night activities includes ghost hunting. Well, since we were on a budget we were our own. Armed only with a navigational app we headed out to find and visit the most talked about hospital on the island. Come with me today on a tour where others do not dare to go.


The Haunted Hospital of Corregidor



Previously I have shared some of the famous tourist spots on the island. If you would like to see and read more about Corregidor. Feel free to visit the earlier parts of our adventure.

Part 1 Voyage to the Island of Corregidor


Part 2 Exploring the Island of Corregidor


Part 3 The Ruins of Middleside Barracks


Part 4 The Last Stand of Battery Way


Part 5 The Colossal Gun of the Island: Battery Hearn


 


After my solo trip to Battery Hearn. I headed back to meet up with the family as our next stop was the Hospital. From our location, we checked the map and it was a bit mysterious as the road that suppose to lead to the hospital does not exist. We could only see trees and wild growth. It seems that there was something that was preventing us from finding the site.


Refusing to abandon our adventure, we back tracked a bit and found a trail. There were no signs or markings where the road leads to. My wife was a bit hesitant to proceed in following the trail and she said that maybe they closed it up.


Still we followed the quiet, mysterious trail knowing that end we would be seeing the hospital.


The road was too quiet which was kinda creepy. No insect sounds nor songs from the birds can be heard.


We came over this ruin which the kids though was the hospital. I said that it was too small and the photos that I saw online was very much bigger.




I do not know what this structure was, but from the looks of it may also have been bombed during the war.


No markings to identify the building unlike the other ruins that we saw which gave a little information. The walls and parts of the ceiling were all busted up.


As we walked a little further, the kids went running and shouted, "Wow we found it, it's so huge!"


Surrounded by trees it fully came into view and it was like a scene from a horror movie.


Coincidentally, we came across another group with a tour guide. We asked the guide if it was safe to come inside and he said that it was already made safe for visitors. They also offer a ghost hunting tour at night for around 150 pesos per person which is around $3.00 USD. Well, I'm not sure if I would be up to, but I guess some thrill seekers would be jumping on the opportunity.


As for us, we prefer to just see it during the day time. We wouldn't want to see something that we would regret. There are things that you wouldn't want to wish for as you might just get it.


Before entering, I wanted to see each side of the building first and then plan where to start.


The right wing building is already very big with a lot of rooms to explore. With the little time that we have left we will try to explore the most parts of the site, but it was hard to decide where to start.


The back part of the right wing looks very dark even in daylight so we decided to check the front part of the building instead.


Here we saw the stairs leading the left wing building and I said that we will start there first.



Built in 1912 the hospital is composed of four buildings and formed a shaped like a cross from above. The reason behind this is to be identified as a medical facility. Under the treaty of the Geneva Conventions medical facilities are to be spared during armed conflict. This is not the case for the Japanese, they still bombed the building even though it was identifiable as a hospital. Today it lies in ruins and gave birth of sightings of spirits in the area.


We were ready to come inside and as we came closer a lot of creatures came flying outside as if they are expecting us. At first, we thought they were bats, but was relieved to find out that they were birds.


My wife didn't want to go in and said that she would just wait for us outside. Out hearts were beating a bit faster as we approached the building.


Surprisingly, it was clean inside and debris were all piled up in certain areas.


We found this wall covered in graffiti by soldiers who lived and stationed here.


Names, ranks, dates and where they are from were either carved or painted on the walls. I have noticed that some of the dates on the walls were during 1960's and 70's which got me thinking. These soldiers were not from WW2 which was puzzling and I had to find out why these soldiers were here during that time.



 


 


There were also messages left on the walls. "No one is allowed to enter the room", we do not know what room is being referred to or what was done in that room. All would remain a mystery.


There are dark rooms in corners and best to heed the warning.


More names of soldiers on the walls and we will never find out if they are still alive.



We left the room and moved to a different location. We wanted to see more of the writings of the soldier and maybe some could tell a story.


The kids explored a room close by and I told them to stay close. I do not want them wandering around without me.


I asked my daughter if she was scared, she said the place was kinda peaceful and quiet.


Maybe it would be a different story if we came here at night, but right now everything seems to be going fine.


My daughter asked if we could check what was on the second floor. Since the guide said it was safe and the structure is now stable. I guess we can proceed to the second floor. Talking about the guide that we encountered earlier. Where is the guide and the other group? I guess they already left and we are now on our own.


The planes may have bombed this part of the building due the damage of the floor.


Stories has been told of many sightings and paranormal activities in this building. Other tourists who visited said that they heard sounds of people in pain. Other reports they heard sounds like activities in a busy hospital.


Ghostly footsteps are one of the most common things that people report. Here it is so quiet it would make you easily hear the slightest sound or footstep that may follow you.


 


They say that if you look for them they might just find their way to you. I kept telling myself that we are not looking for anything, but just simply visiting. We do not mean to disturb those who rest within these walls.



Other sightings includes headless ghosts and medical staff running around the rooms. I do not really believe in ghosts, but I wouldn't want to encounter anything like that. I felt that we needed to leave this room and move on.


Each room that we visited is filled with writings of soldiers to leave their mark. This one seems to be decades ago, but still not during WW2. This island may have been used as a training ground by soldiers during this time.



Apart for the other writings on the wall, we found something very disturbing. I have learned that this place was also a site of a massacre.


 


This was called the Jabidah massacre. The government claimed that the north eastern part of Sabah belonged to the Philippines. The code name Jabidah is composed of Muslim trainees, trained for jungle warefare who's purpose is to reclaim the north eastern part of Sabah Malaysia. Initially they were informed that they are being trained to fight communists in the country. When they learned the truth of their true mission they refused to obey orders due to their religious connections to their muslim brothers in Sabah. The trainees were taken out and killed. The officers behind the massacre were never convicted.


Aside from the chilling ghost stories, this massacre I guess is more frightening.

On other parts, some soldiers claims to be the fastest gun like in the old west.


After seeing this part I felt it was time for us to go.


I called my daughter and said that we have seen everything that we need to. It was time for us to leave the hospital in peace.


Before we left I kept thinking what draw us to visit this site. Was it the stories of the sightings? I guess what we were looking for were stories and mysteries of people who lived within these walls. We weren't out here for thrills, we were here to learn about and pay respects to those who perished.



As we climbed down the stairs, we felt relieved and thankful that there were no paranormal encounters of any kind. We were thankful that we got a chance to visit this site and experience another part of this beautiful island.


Thank you very much for joining us today and I hope you enjoyed the tour. Do join us again on our next adventure and please do leave some comments. Let me know if you had any paranormal encounters. Until then enjoy the rest of the weekend and keep the love alive.


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I like your post you see that you dedicated it, I always liked the urban explorations, the places abandoned by humans caught my attention, I don't know why; that sites always keep something beyond its history there is always more, by the way you did not see something strange or paranormal, hehehe greetings

Glad you liked the post. It is interesting that you like urban explorations you may want to check out part 3 the Middle Side Barracks which is a beautiful ruin. I do not often visit ruins but I do find it very interesting especially where there is a historical significance. As for the paranormal I was glad I didn't see any hahaha.

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That must have been quite a place once. I can imagine making a lovely house out of it

I tried to look for a photo of the original hospital when it was still whole but couldn't find any.

In the Chinese custom, we've been told not to take any photos in places that have strong spiritual power. As these photos sometimes may carry part of the spirits.. if unfortunate bad ones, and it will follow you home..
So, I'm no fan of such places.. Maybe that's why I don't fancy historical or museums of any kind

Hey you just gave me goosebumps lol. I actually do not believe in ghosts but it is always good to be careful. I bet you know a lot of ghost stories. This is actually the second said to be haunted place I have visited so far.

One of the experiences I've had was in a clock tower nearby home.
It happened a long time ago when I was still in school.
We were site seeing and decided to take a group photo standing next to the tower.
These were the days when smart phone was not available and we had to go to the photo shop to get our photos.
One of the photos, we saw an extra hand on the shoulder of my friends.
We never spoke to it aloud and immediately burned the photo.

Ok that was creepy. So did this clock tower had a very bad history? There are many stories where photos capture spirits. Since you had an experience now I understand why you steer clear from such places. I love visiting old historical places and I hope I don't capture anything supernatural. Kinda think of it I think I may have posted something 2 years ago. Understandable if you do not want to check it out. But if you do found the old post https://steemit.com/treetuesday/@watersnake101/creepy-tree-tree-tuesday .

I wasn't sure if there was any spiritual history to the clock tower.
We were too young to do much google research then..
I dare not read it since it's night time now..
I'll try it when it's bright and sunny outside :(

I'm not superstitious and don't believe in "ghosts" per se, but when something is labeled "Haunted," I'm going to take a pass. I do believe in evilness, and possibly entities that normally exist on other planes, entering our plane. And it seems lots of evilness went on here.

Same here I believe evil spirits exists and we just need to protect ourselves thru prayer. Hey Halloween is still far away and I'm doing posts like these lol. Anyway hope you enjoyed the post somehow.

I did enjoy reading it, and I was glad to read that your daughter had a very mature grip on where she was, what had happened and still felt a peacefulness there. I think it shows you were protected from the evilness.

I hate creepy place, I can feel the chill right now! Yikes!

Aww so I couldn't drag you to visit creepy buildings? lol.

Noooooo..... Hahaha

Another great post here my friend. Maybe you and I can take our sleeping bags and go spend a night in there?
So interesting that soldiers spent time there in the 60s and the 70s.
I wonder who they were fighting, or protecting?
Just evidence that there's no ghosts in there.
Blessings!

yep true a lot of soldiers trained in this island and occupied sections of the buildings. We cannot really tell what stories they have during their stay. If you are up to it with those sleeping bags... let's go hahha.

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That's so incredible that a building that is so recent can look so ancient. It's awe inspiring and more than a little frightening that humans could make the impact in a war!

It was actually built in 1912 and buildings do hold a lot of secrets. It just happens that the scary stories are the most popular ones.

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Every place associated with war or hospital always seem to have a haunted story.

Yeah I guess it makes it more popular to the tourists. Are you willing to visit? lol. Thanks @ace108

Only in a guided tour. 😎

Ummm so many stories lies beneth those walls. The curiosity to know the life and story alwys feel exciting. I never been to ant war torn area but now I can say I saw something from inside...a hospital may be soldiers secret place to plan their strike

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A lot of plans were made here during the 1960's era and some didn't turn out well. There were so many writings on the walls, maybe too many. I even saw cursed words and love letters. I know I took photos of it but seems weird that I couldn't find it in the camera.

the place looks really creepy! great shots by the way!

It really is creepy and feels like someone is always looking at you. Glad you liked the photos. Thank you.

Your post reminded me of another place named Corregidor:

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CAMP CORREGIDOR, IRAQ
12.30.2005

It was a$hit hole of a place!

But the mantra for any good soldier is, "You go where they send you, you carry out your orders to the best of your ability, and never forget that the mission comes first."

Otherwise, more innocents die as collateral damage and/or another one of your buddies comes home in a box draped in his a flag.

Enjoyed your post.

Namaste, JaiChai

Hmm I think it might have been named after the island. I wish you could have visited during your days here in the Philippines. I cannot really comment on how hard being a soldier is. Follow orders without question and how missions are a matter of life and death. You must have seen a lot out there.

I was fortunate to operate in small units that encouraged all - no matter the rank - to question and contribute their insights/opinions during the critical mission planning phase of an op.

Whenever I was forced to work with the large organizations, I always felt that the front line troops did not have enough "situational authority" to fully adapt in the ever-changing conditions of real world ops.

Oftentimes, the time required to get permission to do something not specifically covered in the initial mission brief cost them a lot of missed opportunities or even worse, a late QRF response (rescue).

Anyway, I'm just rambling 'bout stuff that neither impacts my daily life, nor should concern me anymore.

'Nuff said.

Thanks for replying.

Namaste, JaiChai

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Any historical place where so many have died and so much blood has been shed holds an air of sadness, doesn't it? You can't help but think about the waste of lives when you visit war sites. Your photos are wonderful.

Hey @melinda010100 how are you my friend. Thank you for dropping by. Yes the air here is a bit heavy especially knowing about those who perished. It is sad to say that some people never learned from the past. War only brings sadness and suffering. This trip was also a great way to educate my kids about history. Much love from all of us here.

I love seeing all the things you do with your family. You are giving them a lifetime of wonderful memories.
All is well here, except that I am feeling old! My kids have arranged and are hosting a party next week for me for my 65th birthday.

Luckily it's not dark and creepy, nature is taking care of it now.

Yea but there is a place here that I just learned about . It's the morgue where no one dared to enter. I'm glad we didn't stumble upon it during our trip lol.

I feel like I should plan a whole day to just slowly scroll through all of your Corregidor - it would be an excellent way to take a mini cyber vacation! As always, your photographs are amazing - love the balance of the desolate locations, mixed with beautiful shots of your daughter. It worked as a great sort of counter balance - old & empty with young & full of possibilities.

When the insects and birds go quiet, it's SO disconcerting! It happens every now and then when I'm outside with our dog - I know it's likely the sign of a predator in the area (hawk, coyote, or even a bear as we have a few in this neighborhood), but it's chilling when it happens.

And good call not to go at night - it's spooky enough during the day, so no need to potentially ruin an amazing visit with a scary memory, especially since, along with everything else in the building's history, it was the site of a massacre.

I think that's a beautiful reason to want to visit - not for the excitement, but to see and learn. It would be interesting if someone documented the grafitti (which doesn't seem like the right word for it, but I can't think of another way to describe it) and researched the names.

Thanks, yet again, for bringing us along on your family adventure!

I still have a couple more parts to share on our Corregidor trip. Thank you for choosing me as your tour guide lol. My daughter was a bit scared at first but felt safe as she knows I am always there to protect her. Yes I agree she did balance out the spookiness of the place. Like a bright sunshine in a dark corridor.
Hmm about the silence on the road going to the site was a bit creepy. Now I'm wondering what type of predator could be in the area. But there are no documented wild predators in the area, monkeys but I guess they wouldn't be it.
Most tourist are thrill seekers and go for the night tour in the hospital. I guess they are more attracted to the supernatural stuff. Well we are good with the day tour lol.
Oh by the way let me know if you find the right word for the writings on the wall. I also now feel that graffiti may not be the appropriate word for it. Cheers and have an awesome weekend!


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What a cool post and your photos are amazing @watersnake101. I've really enjoyed reading these informational posts. Excellent work! 👍

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Hey thanks. I'm thrilled that you enjoyed reading thru our adventure in this site. A bit creepy place but I'm just happy you enjoyed it.

All these old buildings always look so awesome and amazing. It's unfortunate that they can't really fix them up and make them usable again without losing so much of what makes them so cool as abandoned buildings.

Some places are better left to rest. These are now just a historical reminder of the suffering of war. This whole island is filled with ruins and remnants. But they still have a hotel here where you could stay. Thank you for spending a little bit of your time to check this window from our country. I appreciate it.

Wow, i enjoyed reading your post. Because of this I want to go there with my cousins, it must be so nice to all those ruins. Thanks for sharing me the history of this place. The part that I loved reading was when you were talking about the writings in the wall. Thanks for sharing this and have a great week ahead!

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Hey hey how are you buddy from Baguio? Plan that trip with your cousins and take suncruises as it is the only tour company that goes there lol. Unless you could borrow a yacht. Do an overnight trip and sign up for the ghost hunting tour. This is the second haunted place we visited. The first one was diplomat hotel I made a post about it like a year ago. I actually found it very peaceful and a great place to shoot.