Cape Bojeador Lighthouse: Your DIY Guide

Cape Bojeador Lighthouse, also known as Burgos Lighthouse and Faro Cabo Cape Bojeador, is located in the town of Burgos in the politically powerful province of Ilocos Norte. This hundred-year-old structure is not just a working lighthouse but also now a must-see historical tourist site.

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Location

Address: Burgos, Ilocos Norte, Philippines

Coordinates: 18.5122° N, 120.5977° E

Map:

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Business Hours
  • Open anytime. Curfew may be imposed at some point and circumstance.

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Fees
  • Entrance Fee: Php20.00

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Contact Person/Group/Website/Page

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Under the Piercing Lights of the Tallest and Oldest Lighthouse in the Philippines

Cape Bojeador Lighthouse, also known as Burgos Lighthouse and Faro Cabo Cape Bojeador, is located in the town of Burgos in the politically powerful province of Ilocos Norte. This hundred-year-old structure is not just a working lighthouse but also now a must-see historical tourist site.

The Cape Bojeador Lighthouse is located atop a Vigia de Nagpartian Hill overlooking Cape Bojeador along the northern part of the West Philippine Sea. It is considered as the highest-elevated lighthouse in the Philippines and the northwesternmost in location (the northeasternmost being Cape Engaņo Lighthouse in Palaui Island, Santa Ana, Cagayan) [1].

The lighthouse was erected over a hundred years ago as part of galleon navigation. It still functions and serves ships that enter the Philippine Archipelago from the north and guide them safely away from the rocky coast of the town.

The lighthouse had been commissioned to Eng. Magin Pers Y Pers and completed the design on 1887. After a reconfiguration by the head of Lighthouse Service Eng. Guillermo Brockman, Faro de Cabo Bojeador became operational April 1890. However, it was only on 1892 that the structure was lighted. The original lighthouse lens and mechanism had been operational until damaged during the 1990 earthquake.

The whole complex is composed of three levels. The courtyard serves as the lowest level. Approximately three meters above the courtyard is the service building, the second level. This pavilion has three apartment and two offices. The walls are a combination of wood and bricks. About five meters above the pavilion is the tower, the highest level. The octagonal stone tower, being the most prominent structure in the light complex, is 65 feet (20 meters) high. The tower is built from locally-made bricks.

The road winding up to the lighthouse concludes in front of this brick structure.

From the end of the road, you can see portions of the three levels of the lighthouse complex. You need to climb these stairs dotted with plants on its sides.

From the courtyard (lowest level), you can have a glimpse of the tower and the front side of the pavilion.



Stairs leading to the base of stone tower, the third level.

The stone tower of cape Bojeador Lighthouse, the highest elevated lighthouse in the country.

View of the West Philippine Sea from the deck on the base of the tower.

In conclusion, the operation of Cape Bojeador Lighthouse will outlast generations as it is a historical site and a tourism magnet. This is a place to go to when you love history in a beautiful landscape.

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How to Get To Cape Bojeador Lighthouse

By land. Take any bus heading to Laoag City.

  • Manila buses bound to Laoag City are Partas, Dominion Bus, Aniceto Bus, Viron Transit, Florida Bus Line, Fariñas Trans, Maria De Leon Bus Lines, RCJ Bus Lines and F. Franco Transit. Make sure it is bound to Laoag, though most of these buses also have Vigan to Laoag trips. Tell the driver/conductor to drop you at the junction to Cape Bojeador Lighthouse.
  • From Baguio City, you can take a Partas bus near SM City Baguio or the ordinary mini-buses in Bayanihan. Make sure it is bound to Laoag, though most of these buses also have Vigan to Laoag trips. Tell the driver/conductor to drop you at the junction to Cape Bojeador Lighthouse.
  • GMW Liner and Florida Liner have buses plying a vice versa Abra and Tuguegarao with a stop in Laoag City route. Tell the driver/conductor to drop you at the junction to Cape Bojeador Lighthouse.

By air. Cebu Pacific and Philippine Airlines flies from Manila to Laoag International Airport.

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Helpful Local Phrases
  • Good morning: Naimbag a bigat; Good afternoon: Naimbag a malem; Good day: Naimbag nga aldaw; Good evening: Naimbag a rabii
  • How are you?: Kumusta
  • Thank you: Agyamanak
  • What is your name?: Ania ti nagan mo?
  • I don’t understand: Diak maawatan
  • How do I get to…?: Kasantnu ak a makapan sadiay…?
  • One: maysa, two: duwa, three: tallo, four: uppat, five: lima, six: ennem, seven: pito, eight: walo, nine: siyam, ten: sangapulo
  • How much is this?: Sagmamano daytoy?
  • Help!: Arayat!
  • Sorry: Pakawanennak

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Other Notable Nearby Places

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References

[1] Web.archive.org. n.d. Burgos Ilocos Norte Philippines Online. [online] Available at: <https://web.archive.org/web/20101016095733/http://www.pasyalan.net/ilocos_norte/burgos/> [Accessed 5 March 2021].

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