It didn’t take us long to reach our next destination in Ilocos Norte. We’ve finally entered Burgos and before we get the chance to see the Kapurpurawan Rock Formation, we had a quick stop over to one of the most notable places in Ilocos Norte ~ The Cape Bojeador Lighthouse. Lighthouses never failed to amuse me as they offer this unique picture-worthy atmosphere and a refreshing scenery that you can simply marvel. The Parola in Tanay Rizal and the Lighthouse in Sisiman Mariveles were both equally stunning but the Cape Bojeador Lighthouse is something really special.
The Cape Bojeador is perfect example of a well maintained and well preserved piece of architecture. It was first lit on March 30 1892 and interestingly, it is still functional and the place is still standing strong! For nearly 125 years, this century-old Spanish lighthouse has witnessed numerous events in Philippine history. The lighthouse is built on top of the Vigia de Nagpartian Hill where it overlooks the Cape Bojeador ( the northwestern tip of the island of Luzon ). This is where the early galleons during the Spanish period used to sail by.
Since I was accompanied by elders who were all exhausted after the recent trip to Malacañang of the North and none of them seemingly had enough energy to climb the series of stairs going to the lighthouse, I decided to enter the place alone despite the fact that I’ve heard a lot of ghost stories about the Cape Bojeador. It’s freaking day time after all hahaha. I also like to note that the parking lot is quite far from the actual building where the Lighthouse is erected but you can ride a tricycle for Php10 per head. A tricycle can carry up to 3 passengers but if you got enough stamina, you can actually walk from the parking lot to the lighthouse.
You need to pass through a long flight of stairs before reaching the main exit. It is very important to note that there is an admission/entrance fee to Cape Bojeador Lighthouse. You can access the building for Php20 (adults and kids share the same rate).
The place is seemingly well maintained and you can see the Spanish inspired designs all over the place. The whitewashed brick walls are adorned with red paints and roofs which are perfectly complimenting to each other. Before you can reach the actual lighthouse, you will pass through a series of rooms and galleries that showcase different well preserved furniture from the late 19th century and early 20th century. It also features some parts and apparatus from the old lighthouse.
The stairs as viewed from the corridor
The picture worthy corridor overlooking the Cape Bojeador (a glimpse to the West Philippine Sea)
Old pressure vessels for the light house. The original mechanisms and parts of the lighthouse were still functional during 70s but they were greatly damaged by the earthquake the shook the region in 1990. The original lens (fresnel lens) and other parts are no longer operable. The beam now comes from a modern electric lamp that is powered by solar panels.
A piece from the First order Fresnel Lens
An old gauging apparatus on display.
A picture showing the construction of the Cape Bojeador Lighthouse in 1890s. The lighthouse was first designed by Magin Pers y Pers in 1887 and was finished by the Lighthouse Service under Guillermo Brockman. It is a typical Spanish Lighthouse which is built in masonry made with bricks.
Aside from the apparatus from the old lighthouse lens, you will also witness some old furniture in some of its gallery. They look kind creepy though.
The 66-foot-tall (20 m) octagonal stone tower. It is not the highest-elevated nor tallest lighthouse in the Philippines but the highest elevated still original and active Spanish era lighthouse in the country. The octagonal tower is topped with a bronze cupola surrounded by glass panes. Unlike before, the tower is no longer publicly accessible. The door that leads to the lighthouse has a High Voltage sign which prohibits the visitors to enter.
The scenic lighthouse of Cape Bojeador
The West Philippine sea (Cape Bojeador). Because of the place’s huge historical significance, Cape Bojeador Lighthouse was declared a National Historical Landmark on August 13, 2004 and a National Cultural Treasure on June 20, 2005 by the Philippine Government.
Things You Should Know Before Visiting the Cape Bojeador Lighthouse
►The Cape Bojeador Lighthouse was first lit in March 30, 1892 making it 125 years old already
►Despite being over century old, the lighthouse is still functional but now using modern electric lamp
►It is the highest elevated still original and active Spanish era lighthouse in the country
►The entrance fee to Cape Bojeador Lighthouse is Php20 for both kids and adults
►The building houses various galleries of old apparatus and furniture from the late 19th century
►Although features a refreshing ambiance of the Burgos coastline, it could be extremely hot so make sure to bring some protection like caps or umbrella.
Where to Stay In Ilocos
►A day is actually not enough to explore the entire Ilocos Norte. Paoay Sand dunes and other notable destinations in Paoay are just few of the most interesting places to visit in Ilocos Norte. You can check this list of affordable hotels in Ilocos Norte and check which one will suit your needs and your budget!
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