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Biking to Cape Santiago Lighthouse in Calatagan, Batangas


Calatagan’s seashore has all the time been the first cause for my visits to this charming a part of Batangas. The picturesque white sands and breathtaking views have lured me again to Stilts Calatagan a number of instances. Throughout my current journey with household and associates, I made a decision to deliver my folding bike to discover the close by areas, together with the century-old Spanish lighthouse, Cape Santiago, or Faro de Cabo Santiago – one of many well-preserved remnants of Spanish structure within the nation.

Cape Santiago Lighthouse
Cape Santiago Lighthouse
Cape Santiago Lighthouse

Biking to Parola

Situated simply 6km away from Stilts Calatagan, Cape Santiago rests within the hills of Barangay Bagong Silang, as soon as often called Barangay Parola. The highway main out of the resort was tough, however as quickly as I reached the nationwide highway, it reworked right into a conveniently paved route. Regardless of being a slim two-way avenue, it skilled minimal site visitors. I relished the agricultural ambiance, passing by a couple of resort institutions scattered amidst huge grasslands and rice fields. Quickly, I noticed a small signal pointing to Cape Santiago, main me again onto a mud highway.

Cape Santiago Lighthouse
Cape Santiago Lighthouse
Cape Santiago Lighthouse

Cape Santiago Lighthouse

Cape Santiago is without doubt one of the 24 Spanish lighthouses constructed between 1846 and 1896, as a part of the “Masterplan for the Lighting of the Maritime Coast of the Philippine Archipelago.” Though the preliminary plan was to construct 55 lighthouses throughout the archipelago, solely 24 had been accomplished. On the time of writing, 21 of those lighthouses nonetheless stand (To be confirmed).

Cape Santiago Lighthouse
Cape Santiago Lighthouse

Spanish engineer Magin Pers y Pers, famend for designing Cape Bojeador and Cape Engaño lighthouses, proposed the positioning for Cape Santiago. Don Santiago Zobel, a affluent hacienda landlord, donated a one-hectare plot the place the lighthouse stands, giving it its title.

Designed by Spanish engineer Guillermo Brockman, the lighthouse attracts inspiration from European castles, constructed with brick and lime in a rounded form. Adjoining to the tower, the lighthouse keeper’s home was constructed. It was formally lit on December 15, 1890.

Cape Santiago Lighthouse

Philippine Coast Guard Takeover

The tough highway continues to the gate entrance of the lighthouse space, the place non-residents are charged an entrance payment of P50, whereas Calatagan residents pay P25. The lighthouse is open from 6 a.m. to five:30 p.m., and there’s a parking payment of P10.

A notable function close to the doorway is a Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) Search and Rescue (SAR) helicopter displayed by the ravine. This BQ–105C gentle utility helicopter, developed by Bulkow of Stuttgart, Germany, in 1967, was constructed by the Coast Guard Aviation Power. In October 2007, the PCG proposed adopting and preserving the lighthouse as its headquarters. On March 17, 2021, the PCG of Calatagan was entrusted with the preservation of the lighthouse.

Cape Santiago Lighthouse

I explored the world, noticing the National Historic Fee of the Philippines (NHCP) marker on the facade of the lighthouse keeper’s home, designating it as a Nationwide Historic Landmark on March 12, 2018.

Cape Santiago Lighthouse

The encircling areas had been well-maintained and pristine. The very best view of the lighthouse was from the again, the place its complete 51 toes peak and round construction had been seen. Perched atop a hill, it supplied a panoramic view of the Verde Island Passage. Whereas entry to the precise lighthouse was restricted, the encircling space supplied a breezy and tranquil ambiance. Cape Santiago stands as an awe-inspiring piece of historical past that has weathered the cruel surroundings and the brutality of struggle. I’m delighted to have lastly visited this magnificent construction and extremely suggest it as a aspect journey once you’re in Calatagan.



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