Saturday, February 6, 2016

National Cultural Treasure Series - CAPE BOJEADOR LIGHTHOUSE - PH-01-0002-NCT

Travellers to North Luzon will definitely recognize and visit this historic landmark.

Faro De Cabo Bojeador, or commonly known as Cape Bojeador or Burgos Lighthouse, is located in Vigia de Nagparitan Hill, Burgos, Ilocos Norte. This magnificent structure was built in 1890 and still functions as a welcoming beacon to international vessels entering the Philippines from the north. From top of the hill or top of the light tower, the spectacular view of the West Philippine Sea and the awesome Ilocos seascape can be seen.

Completed on the 30th of March, 1892, the design and construction of the Lighthouse of Cape Bojeador was initially undertaken by the Engineer Magin Pers y Pers but was subsequently reconfigured and finished by the Engineer Guillermo Brockman. Built of locally made brick, the tower is octagonally-shaped and has an inner dimension of two meters and an exterior dimension of three and half meters.

As one of the few remaining active lighthouses built by the Spaniards, Cape Bojeador was declared as a National Cultural Treasure in 2005 by the National Museum. Currently, it is the most visited lighthouses in the country because of its iconic design and accessibility. The paved road leading to the lighthouse is well maintained and convenient for any type of transportation. Even hiking up the hill is pleasurable.


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