Cape Bojeador, also known as Burgos Lighthouse, is a a famous heritage landmark situated on top of Vigia de NagaritalHill in Ilocos Norte. It is dubbed as the highest elevated lighthouse in the Philippines (160 meters above sea level).
It was built on March 31, 1892 and was designed by Engineer Margin Pers y Pers in 1887. The establishmen was reconfigured and constructed by Engineer Gulliermo Brockman.
I have always been fascinated by lighthouses. It amazes me how they serve as a guide for those who are lost in a storm or just simply seeking for the right direction. There is also something about it that makes me want to go back to the middle ages. So when my friends and I decided to visit Ilocos, I made sure we will not miss the chance to see Cape Bojeador, A centennial old Spanish colonial lighthouse built in 1892 that still operational. This place a bit more special with its interesting history.
We got so lucky to enjoy perfect weather and there were hardly any other tourists that day. There is a museum on site which can help you understand the history of the place. In addition, We were also able to get inside the light dome. My heart almost skipped a beat when I heard that The care taker was giving the permission to my buddies for us to enjoy the view at the top. You can imagine the happiness that rushed through me. Because the attendant doesn’t usually allow visitors to go up to the lighthouse for some safety reasons.
The stairs are fairly steep when climbing so it is not recommended for incapacitated and or very young children, but my friends and I were glad we had the opportunity, and the view from the top was worth it. It seems to me that time has stopped everywhere.The Panoramic view of the sea was breathtaking.
While we were all busy taking pictures and enjoying the scenery, a sudden 5.4 magnitude earthquake hit the area. At first we believed the jerkiness texture at the top was only the result of a resilient airstream. We did not even notice a seismic activity has begun If not because of the Care Taker who loudly shouted, “baba, Bumaba na kayo! Lumilindol”. The bizarre feeling was abruptly replaced with panic and great agitation. We got really scared. One of my friends could almost bare to move her body. All we wanted that moment was to reach the ground and be safe. Then on my mind I prayed to God for our salvation.
For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God. – Ephesians 2:8
All of a sudden we were able to pull ourselves right out and keep going. So on our knees, we swiftly went down without looking back.
It was a total-freaking experience. It marked as one of the most memorable moments of my life.It could almost taken our lives. But prayer can really move a mountain. God saved our lives and gave a chance to see another ray of light.