Cape Bolinao Lighthouse

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Cape Bolinao Lighthouse has been standing on top of Punta Piedra Point in Barangay Patar in Bolinao, Pangasinan for over a hundred years now. It guided ships and vessels passing the international passage along the South China Sea.

Situated in the middle of dense trees, the lighthouse was built in 1905 by Filipino, British and American engineers. It is one of the major lighthouses in the country and the second tallest. It has become a prominent landmark that tourists visits.

The 30.78-meter (101-foot) tower provides a panoramic view of the blue waters of South China Sea. Once in a while, passing vessels dots the sea, international route of vessels going to Hong Kong, Japan and the United States.

The 140-step winding stairway of the tower leads to the illumination room, 76.2 meters above sea level. However, climbing up to the tower is not allowed. According to the lighthouse’s head keeper, when the lantern was still working, it is visible 44 kilometers away. A late Bolinao historian said the original light machine was manufactured in England, while the lantern, with three wicks and chimneys, was imported from France. The light machine is rotated by a system of gears like that of a big clock with a pendulum of weights, winded and suspended with steel cable.

The lighthouse was fueled by kerosene during its first 80 years of operation. When the Pangasinan I Electric Cooperative extended its lines to Patar, the lanterns were powered by electricity. The local government is tasked with promoting the lighthouse as a cultural heritage. Already, the lighthouse compound has been developed. The uphill road leading to the tower has been paved; a view deck has been put up in the area.

While the lighthouse has become a tourist attraction by itself, it has failed to do its “job” of guiding sea vessels at night. In early November 2004, the beacon lights started to dim until it finally shut off on Nov. 8. The batteries bogged down and the repair will cost about P1 million. Many of the people in Bolinao wishes the lighthouse will be working again.

There’s no entrance fee for this venue. If you're visiting by tricycle, its going to be a bit of a walk up hill. It won't be a pleasant walk for some (e.g. senior visitors, etc).
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rsvpme says:
Well done..very well done..
Posted on: Nov 27, 2013
spocklogic says:
Ah, the days when lighthouses were both functional and picturesque!
Posted on: Nov 26, 2013
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