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Cavite: Battery Grubbs Ruins

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Found in the island of Corregidor in Cavite, Battery Grubbs is composed of two Model 1895M1 guns on Model 1901 disappearing carriages. They were part of the Harbor Defenses of Manila and Subic Bays.
Battery Grubbs is known for the Spanish-style arch that welcomes visitors to its gun emplacements. Construction began in November of 1907 and was completed on February 2, 1911 at the cost of $212,397.88. 
Battery Grubbs played a minimal role in the defense of the Philippines during World War II. During the early days of April 1942, the Number 1 gun already suffered mechanical failures making it unusable. The Number 2 gun weren't as lucky, an aerial bomb hit the power plant which put the Number 2 gun out of service. Then, five days later, a direct hit took out the Number 2 gun which also destroyed the Battery Commander's station.

When the Japanese captured the island, they attempted to restore Battery Grubbs, however US bombardment of the island in 1945 damaged the installation renderi…

Quezon: Zigzag Road

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Located within the Quezon National Forest Park in the municipalities of Atimonan, Pagbilao, and Padre Burgos, Zigzag Road is one of the most popular roads in Southern Luzon.

The Zigzag Road is the most famous landmark withinQuezon National Forest Park.  Also known as Bitukang Manok or Eme Road, the Zigzag Road is considered by many drivers as a place to conquer to prove their driving skills.
One of the well known parts of the Zigzag Road is what locals call the siko or the elbow. It is a part of the roadway that looks like a bent elbow. One mistake on this part could bring you to the afterlife.
Hundreds of motorists have already perished in this area. Because of its reputation, some motorists would avoid the Zigzag Road especially at night. There were some stories of hitchhiking ghosts that would suddenly appear inside your car especially when you're alone then suddenly vanish before the end of the Zigzag Road. Other stories tells of a floating female that would suddenly…

Cavite: Battery Hearn Ruins

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Found in the island of Corregidor in the province of Cavite, Battery Hearn is a 12- inch Seacost west-ranged gun, which is also the longest gun in the island. It served as part of the Harbor Defenses of Manila and Subic Bays.
Formerly known as Smith No. 2 after the Smith Brothers, the manufacturers of a formerly popular brand of cough drops during those days. The battery was later renamed under General Orders No. 11 in honor of the late Brigadier Clint C. Hearn.
Battery Hearn was made famous by the Japanese Banzai Victory photograph. 
The guns were constructed in September 1918 and was completed on June 1921. The cost of the construction was  $148,105.32 which is equivalent to 2 millions dollars in today's money.
Battery Hearn was used for bombing Japanese positions in the island of Cavite and Bataan. After the fall of Corregidor, the Japanese used American POWs to repair the gun and put them back into action. The gun however, received a near hit from American aerial bombardment in Ja…

Cavite: Battery Way Ruins

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Found in the island of Corregidor in the province of Cavite, Battery Way is a battery of four 12-inch mortars that served as part of the Harbor Defense of Manila and Subic Bays.
Named after Lt. Henry N. Way of the 4th U.S. Artillery. Battery Way was part of the fortifications program initiated by the Taft Board. The battery was constructed sometime between 1908 and 1914. The construction cost of was $112,969. Battery Way's four 12-inch mortars were designed to fire high trajectory armor-piercing shells to any warships threatening Manila Bay at a distance of 14,610 yards. 
However, Battery Way had a very limited role in the defense of the Philippines during World War II. The first time the mortars were fired was on April 28, 1942 towards the Japanese positions in Bataan. Being exposed to air reconnaissance marked the end of Battery Way. Continued bombardment and air attack reduced the battery's usable guns. On May 6, 1942, the last of the mortars froze tight after firing continuo…

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