1888: Construction Begins on a Lighthouse in the Philippines

September 21, 1888

Construction began on the Cape Engaño Lighthouse in the present-day Republic of the Philippines. (At the time during which the Cape Engaño Lighthouse was built, the Philippines was a colony of Spain.) This lighthouse can be found at Cape Engaño on Palaui Island, which is located off the northeastern extremity of Luzon Island (the biggest and most populous island in the Philippines).

The design of the Cape Engaño Lighthouse was initially undertaken by Magin Pers y Pers and ultimately finished by Guillermo Brockman. Construction on the lighthouse was completed by the end of 1892.

In the time since then, the Cape Engaño Lighthouse – in times of both peace and war – has played a crucial role as a navigational aid for the numerous ships traveling through that region of the Philippines. One of this lighthouse’s longest-serving keepers was Gregorio Jamorabon. He served in that position from 1946 to 1968, with his wife Teresa and their nine children also residing at that facility. “It was wonderful,” recalled Teresa Jamorabon in 2006 interview. “We were happy because best of all, my husband was working while he had with him his family.”

The 47-foot (14.3-meter) Cape Engaño Lighthouse remains in service today. It is managed by the lighthouse division of the Philippine Coast Guard on behalf of the country’s Department of Transportation. (The above photo of the Cape Engaño Lighthouse was taken in 1903.)

Photo Credit: Public Domain

For more information on the Cape Engaño Lighthouse, please check out http://www.lighthousedigest.net/Digest/database/uniquelighthouse.cfm?value=4245

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