Friday, March 6, 2015

LakbayLoyd Lighthouse Series 20: EL FARO DE ISLOTE TANGUINGUI, Tanguingui Islet, Madridejos, Cebu

El Faro De Islote De Tanguingui

If there's a will then there's a way. My fascination to visit all the historic lighthouses in the Philippines has brought me to this flat coral rock island of Tanguingui where the Faro De Islote De Tanguingui stands. The island is under the jurisdiction of the town of Madridejos, Cebu, and is located approximately 30 km from the northernmost tip of Bantayan Island.

El Faro De Islote De Tanguingui was originally designed in 1893 and necessitated to be build on this islet to guide vessels going to ports of Iloilo and Cebu and passing through the Visayan Sea. But the lighthouse was not finished until the end of the Spanish regime. The US Govenrment realized the importance of the lighthouse and therefore ordered to erect a fixed white lantern light 45 feet above high water on December 1903. The lighthouse became operational a year after.

Through the help of both DOT Officers Ms. Joy Tan of Bogo City and Mr. Gary Fernandez, I was able to contact Mr, Melchor Samson, DOT Officer of Madridejos who provided me ahead of time with all I need, including a boat to get to the island immediately upon arrival in Madridejos. A bit bumpy towards the end, we finally reached Tanguingui Islet after almost 2 hours.
With Mr. Mechor Samson

That fine day, I was able to have a short tour of the town. I noticed that, provided with the much needed funding and support, Madridejos holds a promise of providing tourists with a perfect getaway away from the crowded metropolis and nearby more popular beaches. Quite evident, the people have managed to rebuild what was lost and damaged when typhoon Yolanda hit the province of Cebu.

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