Ilocos Norte: Cape Bojeador Lighthouse

Located in the municipality of Burgos in the province of Ilocos Norte, Cape Bojeador Lighthouse is a cultural heritage structure built during the Spanish Colonial Era. The lighthouse stands 66 feet and is built on top of Vigia de Nagpatian Hill.

Cape Bojeador Lighthouse
Also known as Burgos Lighthouse, cape Bojeador Lighthouse first lit up the seaways of the north on March 1892. Just so you know the lighthouse marks the northwestern-most point of Luzon.
A view of the West Philippine Sea
NHI marker
Cape Bojeador Lighthouse up close
My wife and I
Going in the rusty gate
Going up the lighthouse
Today, more than 100 years after its light first served as the beacon for Spanish galleons, Cape Bojeador Lighthouse still guides ships to safety, away from the rocky coast of the town.

The lighthouse
Personally, it pains me when  first saw the lighthouse. I know that with the invention of the GPS and satellites, lighthouses are in the brink of losing their purpose. When I visited Cape Bojeador Lighthouse, I was quite disappointed that the structure seem to be ill-managed. It is visible that rust are already eating away the metal parts of the lighthouse. Vandalism is visible in some part of the structure specially the old house beside the lighthouse which probably served as the residence of the caretaker. Even the signboard near the main road didn't escape those stupid  vandals. Just thinking out loud -I don't know why some Filipinos spray paint nonsense "gang" insignias and abbreviations in signboards. Can somebody please tell me what benefit we would get from seeing these stupid vandals?
Tsk! Tsk! Vandals have ruined the sign board
I do hope that the National historical Institute or some private organization restore Cape Bojeador Lighthouse to its former beauty. In the case of the old house, It would be great if it is transformed into a museum that showcases the history of the lighthouse.

A nice view from the vicinity
Just some romantic moments
...and another one
With our guide kuya Jomar
If that happens, not only would the tourists flock the lighthouse, younger generations would also learn to value what the past left behind.

Looks like:
The lighthouse of Alexandria

Minus:
the grandeur.

Getting there by land: 


There are bus lines that offer daily trips bound directly to Pagudpud. It's an 11 to 12 hour trip, but it sure is cheaper than taking a plane to Laoag City then hopping on a bus to reach Pagudpud. Ask the conductor to drop you off at the Cape Bojeador Lighthouse signage. From there expect an uphill walk. (It's definitely good for the heart.)

Getting there by air: 
Most airline companies offer daily flights to Laoag City. From Laoag City hop on a bus bound for Pagudpud. Although this option is quite expensive, this trip would only take 2-3 hours of your time to travel to Pagudpod. Ask the conductor to drop you off at the Cape Bojeador Lighthouse signage. From there expect an uphill walk. (It's good for the heart)

bus fare: P600-700

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Comments

  1. Oh no decrepit na talaga ang site. the caretaker can only do so much. i was there last year. and now i see on one of your photos na bumigay na rin yung cemented fence sa isang part ng tower. t'was good that the weather was lovely when you, two, were there.

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    1. That's true, nakakalungkot mang isipin pero napapabayaan na ang mga lighthouses natin. The place was nice plus the people there are friendly. I want to go back there again soon. =)

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  2. Nice lighthouse :) Is sad to see the sign defaced though. It's like some people have no respect for history or anything. Good thing it's only on the sign though :)You would like Grand Manan, the island I'm from. It's warm in the summer, and we have scenery much like behind the lighthouse... Awesome cliffs, and trails... a boardwalk, haha.

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    1. Yup, some people have no respect for history. That saddens me.
      When I go to Canada, Grand Manan would surely be on my list of places to visit. =)

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  3. Hi, It seem you miss going to Kapurpurawan Rocks Formation also in Burgos..It's own of the best tourist spot in that area...

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    1. That is correct. Hehe. Sadly we missed the chance to visit the place due to the damage done by the storm before our trip. Maybe next time?

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