I have always been fond of lighthouses since I was a kid, mainly because of the encounters I’ve had with them in stories I read or watch. Hence I made sure this stop was part of our itinerary when my family visited Ilocos Norte.
Almost 70 meters up the hill on a weekday, we were lucky to be accommodated by Manong Vicente, the caretaker of the majestic Cape Bojeador Lighthouse, also known as Burgos Lighthouse. He takes pride that the place was declared a National Historical Landmark on August 13, 2004 and a National Cultural Treasure on June 20, 2005 by the Philippine Government.
The octagonal stone tower, standing at 66 feet or 20 meters high, was first lit on March 20, 1892. It is now powered by solar panels, far from the pressurized kerosene lamps it was provided before.
The building is made of bricks which were baked right at the bottom of the hill where it stands, Vigia de Nagpatian. We were intending to climb up the lens room,