Scenic vista from above Maragondon's Carabao Island. Carabao Island houses a military garrison that now lies in ruins. The Americans fortified the island and named it Fort Frank after they acquired our country from Spain in 1898 through the Treaty of Paris (still remember your Araling Panlipunan days?). In early 1940s when World War II broke out -- that's what we know as "Panahon ng Hapon" or Japanese Occupation in the Philippines -- Carabao Island, alongside Corregidor Island and three other islands situated in Manila Bay, was used to protect the capital Manila from invasion. Ever wonder why Corregidor overshadowed Carabao and other islands in terms of popularity? Because the command unit of these island bastions was headquartered in Corregidor where a famous battle took place. Story coming up on www.pinoytravelogue.com.