One of the cultural structures that can be found in Ilocos Norte is the Cape Bojeador Lighthouse in Burgos. It has been declared as National Historical Landmark on August 13, 2004 and a National Cultural Treasure on June 20, 2005 by the Philippine Government. Cape Bojeador Lighthouse was established during the Spanish Colonial period in the country to serve as signal and guide to early galleons. Now, after more than a century, it still functions as a welcoming flare to ships that enter the Philippine Archipelago from the north. Its ray of light is coming from electric lamp that is powered by solar panels. Cape Bojeador Lighthouse marks the most northwestern point in Luzon; most northeastern rests the Cape Engaño Lighthouse located in Palaui Island of Santa Ana, Cagayan.
Cape Bojeador Lighthouse is one of the highest elevated or tallest Spanish Colonial lighthouses in the Philippines next to Corregidor Lighthouse and Cape Melville Lighthouse in Balabac Island, Province of Palawan. Spanish colonial lighthouses have some things in common; the Cape Bojeador Lighthouse just like the one in Capones, also has masonry that was made with bricks.
The lighthouse opens to public only from 10AM – 5PM. We reached it half an hour before it closes so we failed to experience the best that it can offer but we managed to have chitchat with its caretaker.
How to Get There
When you visit Ilocos Norte, make sure to find a time to see Cape Bojeador Lighthouse. Going there should not be as issue as it is very accessible through a concrete road that starts from the Maharlika Highway in Paayas, Burgos Ilocos Norte. The lighthouse is about 35 km north of Laoag City, the capital of Ilocos Norte. You will see markers and signages on the right side of the highway that will lead you to the base of Cape Bojeador.
You can simply rent a tricycle from the town of Burgos; the rate is Php300 per tricycle for 3-5 tourist spots.
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You will also see rampant of ugly graffiti on the walls and bricks of this historical landmark.
The caretaker told us that the public are no longer allowed to go up the tower as several equipment and apparatus were destroyed and stolen by the visiting public. And the most upsetting story I have heard from the caretaker is that - even bricks that were used to construct the lighthouse are being removed by tourists and take them as a remembrance!!!
Seriously people!!! What kind of thinking do you guys have?!
To people visiting this place,
Common, you can think of better things to do than those I mentioned above. Make your trip more memorable not only for you; leave something for future generation too!