Tubbataha Lighthouse

The lighthouse of Tubbataha Reefs, Cagayancillo, Palawan is perhaps the loneliest of all the lonely sentinels of the Philippine seas. Located in the uninhabited and isolated islet in South Atoll in the vast Sulu Sea, the Tubbataha Reefs light is one the lighthouses built during the American era. The station was established in 1915 but the original lighthouse was erected only in 1938. What stands now is a concrete tower built by the Philippine Coast Guard in 1980 to replace the original wooden skeletal tower….Continue Reading “Farola Series: The Tubbataha Reefs Lighthouse”

Cape Engaño Lighthouse

The northeastern most tip of the main island of Luzon harbors a lonely yet beautiful sentinel of the sea – the lighthouse of Palaui Island, officially named Cape Engaño Lighthouse or Farol de Cabo Engaño by the Spaniards. The lighthouse of Cape Engaño is situated on top of a hill, overlooking a beautiful cove, a rolling hill reminiscent of Batanes landscapes, the nearby islands of Dos Hermanas and the vast sea where Pacific Ocean and Babuyan Channel meet. It was built in 1888 and first…Continue Reading “Farola Series: Faro de Cabo Engaño (Palaui Island Lighthouse)”

Capul Island

Standing proud on the northern tip of the island town of Capul, Northern Samar is the lonely sentinel of San Bernardino Strait, the Faro de Isla Capul or Capul Island Lighthouse, one of the few remaining operational Spanish Era lighthouses in the country. Situated on hill known as Titoog Point of Barangay San Luis, the lighthouse of Capul Island is a towering 39 feet conical structure made up of granite. It was constructed in 1893 and partially completed in 1896 when it was first lit….Continue Reading “Farola Series: Faro de Isla Capul (Capul Island Lighthouse)”

The bone shaped island of Capones, off the coast of San Antonio, Zambales, hides a lonely sentinel that for years, decades and even century survived the wars, earthquakes and countless storms but still standing and serving its purpose – the Faro de Punta Capones. One of the few remaining old Spanish lighthouse in the country, the Capones Island Lighthouse was built in the late 1800’s and became operational in 1890, purposely to guide the ships entering and leaving Subic Bay, and to warn passing ships…Continue Reading “Farola Series: Faro de Punta Capones (Capones Island Lighthouse)”