For some of you who may not know, the Philippines was colonized by the Spanish/Spaniards for over 300 years from 1521 to 1898. Don’t be surprised if you visit the Philippines and you see Spanish-looking houses, churches, or buildings especially up in Northern Philippines or you find that some of the Filipino food have some Spanish influences or that the Filipino language has some similarities with the Spanish language.
With that being said, this post is about Cape Bojeador Lighthouse or Burgos Lighthouse which was built during the Spanish-era and is one of the many things Spain left behind for the Filipinos.
On December 24, 2013, my family went on an Ilocos roadtrip and one of our stops is the Cape Bojeador Lighthouse located on top of Vigia de Nagpartian hill in Burgos, Ilocos Norte, Philippines.
Magin Pers and Pers designed the lighthouse in 1887 and was finished by Guillermo Brockman. The lighthouse was first lit on March 30, 1892.
This 65-foot-tall lighthouse is made with bricks and was mainly used to serve as a guide for the galleons that sail by Cape Bojeador during the Spanish Colonial period.
The lighthouse is now considered by the Philippine Government as a National Historical Landmark and a National Cultural Treasure since August 13, 2004 and June 20, 2005, respectively.
“After over 100 years, it still functions as a welcoming beacon to the international ships that enter the Philippine Archipelago from the north and guide them safely away from the rocky coast of the town.”
It is now believed that Cape Bojeador lighthouse is haunted. I am too scared to google about the ghost that resides in the lighthouse so I could not tell you any more about it.
Want to know more about Spanish colonization in the Philippines? Click this.
Want to know more about the town of Burgos in Ilocos Norte, Philippines where the Cape Bojeador lighthouse is located? Click this.