Wednesday, October 29, 2014

CAPE BOJEADOR LIGHTHOUSE

For tourists, this is known to be Burgos Lighthouse or the locals call it as Faro Cabo Cape Bojeado, being located in the municipality of Burgos of Ilocos Norte where it lies on a hill overlooking the South China Sea just approximately 35 kilometers north of the City of Laoag. Unlike other lighthouses in the country, this one which was built in 1892 is still operational serving ships passing by the northern part of South China Sea.

The stairs leading to the lighthouse


As per record, this lighthouse is considered to be highest in the Philippines erected on top of a hill named Vigia de Nagparitan with an estimated total height of around 160 meters and tower height of 17 meters. The light coming from it flashes once in every minute. This was actually completed on the 30th day of March, 1892 where its design and construction was undertaken by the Engineer Magin Pers y Pers but was subsequently reconfigured and finished by the Engineer Guillermo Brockman. Its tower is octagonally-shaped and has an inner dimension of two meters and an exterior dimension of three and half meters.

The low-lying plains as seen from the huge window of the lighouse


Because it is the most visited lighthouse in the country due to its accessibility, its pavilion has now been transformed into a mini-museum as well as lodging for guests who wanted to stay in the place for overnight or two, though except from shared cooking facilities and water from the cistern, no other amenities are provided.

Just about to climb the lighthouse tower


How to Get There:

From Laoag/Baguio/Vigan or La union : Follow the northwestern coastal national highway that is commonly used going to Ilocos provinces until you've reached some dramatic and exhilirating view of the sea and upon reaching the town of Burgos in Ilocos Norte. There is a sign board at the right side of the highway indicating the entrance to the winding road leading to the base of cape Bojeador Lighthouse.

Relaxing on the closed huge window of the lighthouse base building


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