I looked up, and saw the outline of the towering Bojeador Lighthouse, hazy due to the drops of rain falling like tears on my old eyeglasses. It was like Severus’ giant wand ready to cast the unforgivable Imperius Curse to the world – hoping to control its chaotic ways. And I was like an elf, climbing the cold stone steps, diminutive, weary and nonchalant.
|Towering Cape Bojeador Lighthouse|
|Cape Bojeador Lighthouse view of the balcony from the courtyard|
|Stone steps from the main tower going to the living quarters with rusty decorative grills and woodcarvings.|
|View from the romantic Spanish Balconaje|
|Stairs leading down the courtyard|
|The living quarters|
The tower, which constitutes the highest level situated in the rear a few meters higher than the pavilion is also suffering the demise of Ferdinand Marcos. No restoration efforts was visible and climbing inside the tower going to the overhanging balcony is no longer allowed due to rusty spiral metal stairs.
|Entrance going to the elevated main tower|
Creepy tales of the light keeper
|Awe-inspiring view of the ocean from the foot of the lighthouse's main tower|
|the barefoot light keeper telling his scary tales|
We are the only group that time and he enthusiastically showed us the place like welcoming us on his own home. He felt sorry because he can’t allow us to go up the tower. He said it’s dangerous, and it’s fine with us.
There are four big rooms in the living quarters, each with huge creepy doors. First he allowed us to inspect the first room which served as the mini museum. The room is musty and dark with old photos inside glass cases.
|Old window from one of the rooms|
|Fantastic view from one of the rooms|
Never miss talking to Mang Ruben when you visited Cape Bojeador Lighthouse. He himself is like a living old relic of the Faro Cabo making the lighthouse a real blast!
Sometimes just visiting a place gives me a sudden spark of wisdom – that’s the beauty of travel, makes me lapsed into an introspective state. While touring and camwhoring at the Cape Bojeador Lighthouse, I sensed that it was trying to tell me something. It’s not like those creepy sensations but a peaceful one.
Cape Bojeador Lighthouse is a perfect metaphor for many things in our life. It is a perfect metaphor for my life. I would definitely love to go back or visit other lighthouses. Or perhaps buy an island with an old lighthouse and live out there. Immense loneliness will be there but intense spiritual connections can be made only on those places.
|Our favorite Lighthouse boyband shot [courtesy of Bar's smartphone]. From left: Aldan, Bern, Bar and Yodz|
I am a sinner on the run; this is what the lighthouse told me.
HERE ARE THE DETAILED POSTS ABOUT OUR Ilocandia Time Travel
- Ilocos Tour » Laoag-Pagudpod-Vigan Impromptu Weekend Getaway
- Ilocos Tour – Laoag, City of Sunshine » Waking up in the Sparkling Gem of Ilocandia
- Ilocos Tour » Sinking Bell Tower and McDonalds’ Rising Golden Arch
- Cape Bojeador Lighthouse » Death of Elegance, Creepy Tales and A Spark of Wisdom
- Bangui Windmills » Catching Scattered Memories Beyond the Wind
- Pagudpud Beach in Saud, Ilocos Norte » Detecting Your Average Summer Happiness Level
- Kabigan Falls, Pagudpud Ilocos Norte » The Best Lazy Trekking to Waterfalls in Ilocandia
- Jun and Carol Beach Resort Review » Affordable Pagudpud Beach Front Accommodation
- Patapat Viaduct and Kalbario Patapat Natural Park » Pagudpud Tricycle Tour Pit Stop
- Magical Blue Lagoon and the Cascading Agua Grande » Pagudpud Tricycle Tour Pit Stop
- Allegory of the Bantay-Abot Cave and Timmangtang Rock » Is there such a thing as end-of-the-road?
- Batac City, Ilocos Norte » Understanding the Final Argument of a Dictator's Town
- Paoay Church in Ilocos Norte » Architectural Heresy and Our Obsession with Heritage
- Ilocos Tour - Guerilla Style » 5 Interesting Places to Visit On Your Way Out of Ilocos
- Calle Crisologo Vigan Ilocos Sur » Sojourn to the Past
- Best Pasalubong from Ilocos
Sources of Facts and Citations:
» Wikipidia Article. "Cape Bojeador Lighthouse" [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cape_Bojeador_Lighthouse] Retrieved: 03 May 2011
» Cape Bojeador Lighhouse Images and Photos (via Mobile Phone Photography - Samsung Galaxy S I9000) : Taken by Yodz Insigne: 26 March 2011
» Philippine National Historical Institute - Cape Bojeador Lighthouse Historical Marker
Complete Historical Inscription Reads:
"Idinesenyo ni Inhenyero Magin Pers Y Pers, 1887. Isinaayaos at natapos ng Servicio de Faros sa ilalim ni Inhenyero Guillermo Brockman, 1890. Itinayo bilang Faro de Primera Orden na may tore at mga pabelyon sa burol na Vigia de Nagparitan ng bayan ng Burgos. Nagsilbing gabay-tanglawsa mga sasakyang pandagat mula 1892 hanggang sa kasalukuyan. Natatanging halimbawa ng parola at arkitektura ng ikalabinsiyam na dantaon. Ipinhayag na Pambansang Palatandaang Pangkasaysayan ng Pambansang Suriang Pangkasaysayan, 13 Agosto 2004, at Pambansang Yamang Pangkalinangan ng Pambansang Museo, 20 Hunyo 2005."