Part 5 of 5
The Northwestern beaming light of the Philippines!
Burgos, Ilocos Norte
The way back from the Kapurpurawan to the pit stop to where our car was parked is another tiring activity since it was high noon and the sun doesn’t help at all. We drove another 3 km back to the National road and in search for our next stop. Seriously I had no idea to where the Cape Bojeador is, all I had research in the net is that it is 30 minutes away from the famous rock formation. I was being attentive the whole time as I search to any signage to where it is located. Then just as the car curved down the road I saw it, it was on the left side of the southbound road, high upon the hilly terrain and bordered by the thick foliage of the plants, bushes and trees. We soon then turned left, unto the road leading to it, the road. As you go nearer the structure gets narrower, so buses and other huge vehicle are recommended to park just near the national road, and then people would just need to walk uphill. Good thing that for us we don’t need to walk any further since the road can accommodate our car.
A long stairway and a high riser of the stairs will lead you to the famous Lighthouse compound. As I entered the gated compound, another stairs will greet you, and then it will lead you to the museum. Another flight of stairs led me to the lighthouse itself. My expectation flattened when I found out that the inside of the lighthouse is not open to the public! I asked the caretaker as to what the reason is, and he told me he doesn’t know. I was frustrated of the fact that I wasn’t able to get a glimpse of the famous and kinda art noveau spiral staircase! I wonder how it really look like and of how can I capture it. Nonetheless we just wandered around the perimeter of the lighthouse. It is an octagonal shaped structure of about 20m high clad in red bricks with white paints chalked and faded. Glasses soon clad the exterior of this structure upon its cupola. The view from there is magnificent, what more if you are on the top level of the lighthouse. The whole compound is rustic, the rusted iron grilles in the balcony and hand rails, the chipped wood ceilings, and the old wooden door.
It was definitely a cultural heritage site since it was built during the Spanish regime during the 1800’s overlooking various Galleons that used to sail here. Well I guess that view would totally be amazing! It fronts the Cape Bojeador and the South China Sea, beaming light even up to this date guiding international ships who enter the Philippines from the northwestern side of Luzon.
For me a Lighthouse that is something old and rustic like this, gives me the impression of romance and nostalgia. Maybe it’s the aged structure, or its position of being high upon the land, with the view of the ocean, and the surrounding landscape. Or Perhaps its main function of providing guidance and signal, the light keeper keeps you guided though he is not sailing with you in the ocean.
I wonder how it looks like as the night folds; sure enough its beaming Northwestern light would be another point of attraction, perhaps the coldness of the ocean breeze would totally add up to the dreamy experience.
Ilocos Norte, Beyond Marcos
It was past lunch time when we finished the tour of Cape Bojeador. Everyone was hungry and tired! We pig out for lunch before paying homage to the mausoleum of the famous Ex-President Ferdinand Marcos.
Tiring it is, but definitely the experience is worth it! The various landscapes and seascapes, the cultural sites, the natural formations, and the modern effort to go green are definitely something to look forward in visiting the north western part of Luzon. Now I think that is another take to the other half of the province, which is better known as the Baluarte of the former President Ferdinand Marcos, but Ilocos Norte is definitely far more beyond than that.