The lighthouse of Cape Bojeador is the Philippines’ highest elevated lighthouse that is still active and kept in the original structure dating back to the Spanish-Colonial period.
Marking the country’s northwesternmost point, the lighthouse is strategically located on Vigia de Nagpartian Hill overlooking Cape Bojeador in the West Philippine Sea, where ships of the galleon trade sailed by. Today, it still serves vessels from China and East Asia to guide them away from the wide rocky coast of Burgos town in Ilocos Norte province.
A declared cultural heritage first operated in 1892, Cape Bojeador Lighthouse was designed by Magin Pers y Pers in 1887 then finished by the Lighthouse Service under Guillermo Brockman. Both Spanish engineers constructed many other lighthouses throughout the Philippines in line with the Spanish government's master plan of illuminating the archipelago.
More commonly called the Burgos lighthouse, it worked with the original Fresnel lens lamp until as recent as 1990, damaged only from misalignment caused by an intense earthquake that year. Pressurized kerosene lit the lamp for a century, now replaced by a solar-powered electric unit.
Cape Bojeador Lighthouse is located in Burgos, Ilocos Norte. If you’re coming from Burgos City Hall, ride a jeepney that will head northeast on the M. Perucho St, It will turn right onto Pres. Ignacio St then left on the Pan-Philippine Highway. Ask the driver to drop you off at Cape Bojeador Lighthouse Road.
It is best visited during the dry season, from November to April, in order to fully enjoy the panoramic view of the province.
Visitors can go all the way up to the cupola for a panoramic view for a small entrance fee.