Today in Transportation History – March 30, 1892: The Light Shines from a Philippine Lighthouse

In the Philippines, Cape Bojeador Lighthouse on the island of Luzon was first lit. At the time, the Philippines was under Spanish rule. The lighthouse was constructed on Vigia de Nagpartian Hill at Cape Bojeador in the town of Burgos, and it overlooks the South China Sea. Cape Bojeador Lighthouse marks Luzon’s northwestern-most point.

The lighthouse was built as part of the Spanish colonial government’s ambitious plans to install lighthouses throughout the northern and western regions of the Philippines. The design and construction of Cape Bojeador Lighthouse was initially undertaken by engineer Magin Pers y Pers and ultimately finished by engineer Guillermo Brockman.

Well over a century after its debut, the 66-foot-tall octagonal stone tower remains in service as an important navigational aid for vessels traveling near one of the most hazardous coastlines found anywhere in the Philippines. Cape Bojeador Lighthouse has also become a popular tourist attraction. It was designated a National Historical Landmark in 2004 and a National Cultural Treasure the following year.

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