Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Ilocos Norte: Cape Bojeador Lighthouse in Burgos

After a fun photo shoot in Kapurpurawan Rocks, we boarded our hired tricycle once again and headed further south towards the direction of Laoag City. Our next destination is a cultural heritage structure built in Burgos, Ilocos Norte during the Spanish Colonial period: Cape Bojeador Lighthouse also known as Burgos Lighthouse.

From Kapurpurawan, we traveled about 9 kilometers before we reached the access road to the lighthouse in Barangay Paayas, Burgos. A signage points to a paved road that starts from the Maharlika Highway and goes uphill to the base of the lighthouse. This hill is named Vigia de Nagpartian and overlooks Cape Bojeador, an important passageway of galleons during the Spanish Colonial period.

Because it is easily accessible, Cape Bojeador Lighthouse is the most visited lighthouse in the country. I observed a number of vehicles in the parking lot of its base. From the parking lot, we climbed a flight of concrete stairs which leads to the perimeter wall.

I started to perspire as the midday sun swelters. Good thing I wore a dri-fit sleeveless which did a good job in wicking away my sweat and keeping me comfortable despite the heat. It made me realize that I should be bringing this kind of clothing during my travels. As opposed to cotton shirts, dri-fit tops has lighter weight, dry fast and easier to pack.  It can also be easily ordered from online shops like Zalora so there's no need to leave the comfort of my home to shop.

Inside the gated fence is a courtyard where the service buildings and cistern stood. A T-shaped stairway leads to the verandah of the main pavilion. The  rustic brick walls, floor tiles and wooden windows, rendered the verandah a really beautiful old world charm.

The lighthouse was declared a National Historical Landmark on August 13, 2004 and a National Cultural Treasure on June 20, 2005 by the Philippine Government.

A museum is situated along the hallway which goes straight to the covered stairs leading to the entrance of the 66-ft. tower. Unfortunately, we were not able to enter the tower since it is already restricted upon order of the Philippine Coast Guard. So we just hang out in the tower's foot and enjoyed the beautiful view of  Cape Bojeador and the South China Sea.

How to Get There:

1. Cape Bojeador Lighthouse or Burgos Lighthouse is situated about 35 kilometers north of Laoag City. A signage along the highway serves as its landmark. From the highway, a concrete access road leads uphill to the base of the lighthouse.

2. If you're coming from the town proper of Burgos, tricycle can be hired for 300 pesos good for two persons. The driver will take you straight to Kapurpurawan Rock Formation and Burgos Lighthouse.


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