Ilocos Norte: Cape Bojeador Lighthouse of Burgos
Fascinated by Philippine history and old architecture, lighthouses were my favorite age-old structures built by colonist in the country. From the coastal town of Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte, the journey took us south towards the town of Burgos to see a historical landmark called Cape Bojeador Lighthouse.
Ilocos Norte‘s northwestern town, Burgos, named after a Filipino mestizo secular priests and hero Jose Burgos, is famous among the province visitors for the town’s Cape Bojeador Lighthouse, otherwise known as, Burgos Lighthouse. Sitting atop Vigia de Nagparitan Hill, the structure continuously watches over passing ships and other sea vessels for over a hundred years as they enter the Philippine coast from the South China Sea.
Overlooking the South China Sea from the balcony in Cape Bojeador Lighthouse.
Standing 65 feet tall, Burgos Lighthouse’ octagonal tower was first lit in March 30, 1892 to guide merchant ships like Spanish Galleons as they pass by the rocky coastline of the town. Once illuminated by old Fresnel lenses but due to earthquake damage in ’91, it was replaced by a solar-powered electric lamp.
Pavilion made by red bricks.
Admiring the magnificent view from the verandah.
Entrance of corridor that leads to the tower.
Concrete stairs lead us to the pavilion covered with red old bricks. Rain puddles made verandah’s red tiled floors quite slippery that day, nonetheless, it still rewarded us with a breath taking view of the South China Sea hovered by thick rain clouds of the brewing storm.
From the verandah, the corridor took us to the spiral staircase of the tower. The view got even better as we peeked through the staircase’ windows but we none was comparable to the 360 view of huge mountains and the open sea from the lantern chamber.
Window from the spiral staircase.
Cape Bojeador Lighthouse is very much similar to that of Capones in San Antonio, Zambales from its Spanish architecture, and somehow, the layout. Both, however, serve the same purpose as they continue to guide seafarers on their voyages along the Philippine archipelago.
Now, here are some fast facts that may help you on the trip:
1. How to get there:
The Hill is located along the Maharlika Highway in Baranggay Paayas in Burgos. From the highway, there is a signage of Cape Bojeador which leads to a steep winding road until you reach the parking lot.
2. There is no entrance fee.
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4. This was from my 2008 trip to Ilocos Norte.
5. Enjoy and have a safe trip.