Bojeador Lighthouse | Burgos, Ilocos Norte
Even if it was first lit in March 30, 1892, the 65 ft. Cape Bojeador Lighthouse in Ilocos Norte is actually not the oldest nor the tallest lighthouse in the Philippines. It is however, the highest elevated lighthouse, unless of course someone would place a similar structure on top of Mt. Apo anytime soon.
Since then, the Faro Cabo Cape Bojeador has warned ships to stay away from the rocky coast of Burgos. The same beacon of light has served as a welcome greeting of some sort, especially for international vessels entering the archipelago from the north. Indeed, the lighthouse does not need any extra superlative (e.g. whitest, most visited, the only one with…) to continue to do what it has been doing well, into the next century and even beyond.
It is perched on Vigia de Nagparitan Hill and could be accessed by going through an uphill yet well-paved winding road. The weary hiker or anxious tourist would then be rewarded with a wonderful view of the Cape Bojeador seascape and the South China Sea from the tower’s pavilion balcony. The white rock formation that we saw from a distance was not Kapurpurawan as we have previously thought, but the area would be worth exploring in another occasion.
When we arrived there, the place was already packed with different groups of tourists. Since the mini-museum and the lighthouse tower were closed that time, we just took some photos and then left for our next destination.