The Cape Bojeador Light House

Jul 24, 2012

The Cape Bojeador Lighthouse, also known as the Burgos Lighthouse is located at the town of Burgos in Ilocos Norte.  We missed the road sign going to this place because we were enjoying the beautiful, beautiful ocean scenery on the other side.  Good thing we saw another sign and turned back, otherwise, we would have missed it! It was one of the places that we really intend to visit in this Ilocos trip.

According to Wikipedia:  "Cape Bojeador Lighthouse, also known as Burgos Lighthouse, is a cultural heritage structure in Burgos, Ilocos Norte, that was established during the Spanish Colonial period in the Philippines. It was first lit on March 30, 1892 and is set high on Vigia de Nagparitan Hill overlooking the scenic Cape Bojeador where early galleons used to sail by. After over 100 years, it still functions as a welcoming beacon to the international ships that enter the Philippine Archipelago from the north and guide them safely away from the rocky coast of the town.The light marks the northwesternmost point in Luzon. The 65-foot-tall (20 m) octagonal stone tower, the most prominent structure in the vicinity, can be seen from as far away as Pasuquin town in the south and Bangui on the east on a clear day."
The lighthouse was designed by Magin Pers Y pers and finished under Guillermo Brockman. 

There is also a small museum that highlights the history of the lighthouse, with mainly old photos of  the lamps and the construction.

The lighthouse was made mostly from bricks and some of them are already fading. But the view is still breathtaking and the veranda is perfect for picture taking!
The view from the light house veranda is simply breathtaking!  I can stay there all day and just watch the horizon! It was perfect.  We are really blessed to have these wonderful views to lighten our hearts. I am very grateful to have seen such a beautiful part of the Philippines!  I would rather do this than visit an amusement park in Hong Kong or Singapore.
One thing that caught my eye is these solar panels, which I found out were powering the lighthouse.  According to Wikipedia: The lighthouse was originally fitted with first-order Fresnel. The intense earthquake of 1990 that hit most of Luzon damaged the lenses and displaced the mechanism alignment of the original first-order apparatus making it inoperable.The beam now comes from a modern electric lamp that is powered by solar panels. The light before was provided by pressurized kerosene lamps very much like "Coleman lamps". 

The light house tower itself is closed but the caretaker allowed us to take pictures of the stairs leading to the view deck. The wrought irons looked really sturdy but we did not want to try to steal our way up :)
It was enough for me to see the lighthouse and marvel again at the rich history of the Philippines.  Make sure to put the Cape Bojeador light house in your itinerary when you visit Ilocos!  It is indeed a must-see and one you should not miss!

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