Memoirs from Aroroy and Balud

Bugui Point Lighthouse
Built by the Spaniards in 1893 but completed by the Americans in 1902, Bugui Point Lighthouse lights the entrance to the channel between Burias Island and Masbate Island.
The last barangay of Balud, Calumpang is the jumpoff point to Jintotolo Island.
Jintotolo Island
Jintotolo Island is made up of two barangays (Jintotolo and Cantil) of Balud that rely mainly on the bounty of Jintotolo Channel and Sibuyan Sea for their livelihood.
Jintotolo Island Lighthouse
Jintotolo Island's most prominent landmark is the old lighthouse that was built in 1895 and activated in the early 1900s.
Jintotolo Island Lighthouse
Faro de Jintotolo or Jintotolo Lighthouse is one of the original 24 first-order lighthouses erected by the Spanish Government in the archipelago. It aims to guide ships traversing Sibuyan Sea, Visayan Sea and Jintotolo Channel.
Jintotolo Island Sunrise
Tourism is not in the mindset of the locals of Jintotolo but there is so much beauty in the island such as this view of sunrise.
Jintotolo Island
Or this white sand beach.
Jintotolo Island
Life is simple in this part of the Philippines, mobile signal is very weak and social media is almost non-existent if not really non-existent.
Zapatos island
But locals seem happy and contented. They are genuine, kind and unpretentious.

My penchant for Spanish-era lighthouses in the Philippines brought me cruising in the waters of Masbate Island, particularly in the towns of Aroroy and Balud, in search for the old lonely sentinels of the seas that dot the island.

Masbate is home to two of the few remaining Spanish-constructed lighthouses – Bugui Point Lighthouse and Jintotolo Island Lighthouse. These two complementing lighthouses were built before the turn of 20th century, before the Spaniards handed over the Philippines to the Americans.

Let us have a virtual tour in this part of Masbate that we rarely see, the portion of history that seems to be forgotten, the classic and beautiful lonely sentinels that have stood the test of time.