My penchant for Spanish-era lighthouses in the Philippines brought me cruising on the turquoise water of Masbate Pass, in search for the lonely sentinel of Bugui Point. Aboard a small outrigger boat, we reached the northernmost tip of the island of Masbate called Sitio Bajo after an hour of journey from the port of Aroroy. Sitio Bajo is a small coastal community peacefully living in their own little paradise marked with a century-old lighthouse known as Faro de Punta Bugui or Bugui Point Lighthouse. Bugui…Continue Reading “Bugui Point Lighthouse: The Lonely Sentinel of Aroroy, Masbate”
Set in the open water that separates Luzon and Visayas, Jintotolo is a small island composed of two barangays of the Municipality of Balud, Masbate. It is surrounded by rich turquoise water where the inhabitants rely their livelihood. But aside from its bountiful water and white sand coastline, its most prominent feature is the century-old lighthouse on top of a hill, the highest point of the island.
In the farthest tip of the island of Balabac, the southernmost town of Palawan with the same name, is an aging yet beautiful lighthouse that has served its purpose and survived the time for more than a century – Faro del Cabo Melville (Cape Melville Lighthouse). Built in late 1800’s and currently inactive, Cape Melville Lighthouse is one of the few remaining standing Spanish-era lighthouses in the Philippines. It was first lit in August 30, 1892 to guide ships traversing the waters of Southern Balabac…Continue Reading “Farola Series: Faro del Cabo Melville (Cape Melville Lighthouse)”
The Island of Corregidor has a vibrant yet tragic past. With its strategic location at the entrance of Manila Bay, it serves mainly as a fortress of defense to protect Manila since the Spanish era. Aside from being a fortress, it also serves as a penal institution, custom station and signal outpost during the Spanish rule; taken over by the Dutch and British during their attempts to invade the Philippines; fortified by the Americans with massive coastal artillery and ammunition magazines to defend Manila during…Continue Reading “Farola Series: Faro de la Isla de Corregidor (Corregidor Island Lighthouse)”
In late 1800’s, the Spaniards undertook a massive lighting of the major seafares of the country, they identified several strategic points in our seas and created a grand “Master Plan for the lighting of the Maritime Coasts of the Philippine Archipelago”. One that was identified was Malabrigo Point in the southmost tip of the Province of Batangas. Proudly sprawling on top of a cliff and overlooking Verde Island Passage and Mindoro Island, Faro de Punta Malabrigo is one of the few remaining Spanish era lighthouses…Continue Reading “Farola Series: Faro de Punta de Malabrigo (Malabrigo Point Lighthouse)”
Proudly standing in a small hill called Vigia de Nagparitan and overlooking the vast Western Philippine Sea is Faro de Cabo Bojeador or Cape Bojeador Lighthouse, one of the few remaining Spanish era lighthouses in the Philippines. Also known as Burgos Lighthouse because it is situated in the town of Burgos in the province of Ilocos Norte, Cape Bojeador Lighthouse is one of the first order lighthouses built by the Spaniards as part of its plan for the lighting of the coasts of the Philippines…Continue Reading “Farola Series: Faro de Cabo Bojeador (Cape Bojeador Lighthouse)”