Information about Cape Bolinao Lighthouse
Cape Bolinao Lighthouse
Cape Bolinao Lighthouse in Patar is one of the most significant landmarks in Bolinao, Pangasinan. It is one of the oldest lighthouse in the Philippines situated on a latge rock mountain called Punta Piedra Point, a towering hill of solid rock which is the sharp point of Cape Bolinao itself. It is the second tallest of five lighthouses in the country at a height of about 351 feet (about 107 m) above sea level, including the elevation of the hill where it was made.
This cultural site is one of the top tourists drawers in Bolinao. Tourists can visit the lighthouse for free and buy some souvenirs. The lighthouse provides a 360 panoramic view of the West Philippine Sea. According to the Bureau of Geodetic Surveys, the land elevation is 250 feet. Visibility is 20 miles at mid-sea towards the lighthouse in Poro Point in La Union.
Currrently, tourists are not allowed to climb the 140 steps spiral staircase and enter the tower and illumination room. However, tourists are encouraged to view the lighthouse from the outside. Beside it is the Cape Bolinao ruins, which used to be the administrarive building of the lighthouse. It became a popular place to take photo.
It is best to visit the Cape Bolinao Lighthouse during morning or late in the afternoon for a sunrise or sunset view. It gives you a panoramic view of the blue ocean and white beaches, offshore reefs and rock formations, as well as hills and mountains. Not far from this tourist attraction is the Patar Beach, a white sand beach with clear blue water.
History of Cape Bolinao Lighthouse
Built in 1905 by a joint efforts of the Filipino, British and American engineers, the Cape Bolinao Lighthouse was built to prevent sea accidents in the West Philippine Sea by guiding cruising vessels en route to Hong Kong, Japan, and the United of States of America for several decades.
The original lighting apparatus was made from England and the lantern along with the three wicks and chimneys are from France. The Filipino machinists created the replicas for the replacement of spare parts. The lighthouse served its purpose until its light went out and its batteries broke down in 2004. Since then, the Cape Bolinao Lighthouse has become a relic and became one of the tourist destinations in Bolinao.