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While checked in at The Oriental-Legazpi, I had the chance to visit a tourist attraction that was first discovered in 1945 by American soldiers who liberated Bicol, including Legazpi City. Simply called the Japanese- Built World War II Tunnel, the man-made hole was dug at Ligñon Hill by Japanese soldiers after they arrived to occupy the city in December 12, 1941.
The gated tunnel was still padlocked when I arrived, so she opened it for me. She opined that she had to keep it that way -- locked when not being used for tourism purposes -- to prevent any further stealing of the light bulbs by some local residents living nearby.
The Tunnel Now and Then
The tunnel seemed to be 3 feet in height in most areas and 4 feet in some, so I had to bend down to my waist (I stand 5'7.5") in the duration of my tunnel exploration which did not last more than 15 minutes. The caretaker shared that the L-shaped tunnel was originally longer back in WWII when it was said to stretch all the way to the city's municipal hall. The Japanese soldiers just had to collapse the soil in that stretch to probably evade the American liberators or permanently bury their ammunition. This was because the tunnel was created by the Japanese to store ammunition and a few other stuff during the war.
Most of the relics found inside the tunnel were already removed and are currently stored in another place. What's left there now are some effigies of the typical Japanese soldier which were used to scare off Filipinos and the invading forces of the United States.
According to the lady caretaker, she would only get a bit scared when inside the tunnel every afternoon of Tuesday and Friday. She couldn't explain why.
M O R E L E G A Z P I CI T Y - D A R A G A P O S T S
+ My Infinity Pool View of Mayon Volcano at The Oriental
+ My Meaningful Cagsawa Ruins Visit
+ Abundance of Time at the Albay Park & Wildlife
H E L P F U L L I N K
Here's an online map for bus commuters from Metro Manila to Legazpi City.
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