In a previous post, I shared with you some things I want to do and accomplish for this year, photography-wise. In this three-part analogue bucket list, let me tell you about the places I wish to go to and photograph in film for this year.
Lighthouses in the Philippines
The Philippines is a country with a colorful history, part of it written by almost 400 years of Spanish rule. Thankfully, it’s still possible to have a glimpse of the country’s colonial past, not through books or classroom lectures, but through the relics scattered around its islands. That is, if you know what to look for and where you can find them.
I have just begun turning the pages of my country’s rich history by going to the places where I can see, feel, and envision what happened many centuries ago: Cobblestoned streets, forts and military strongholds, rustic villages with their well-preserved colonial houses, and just recently, centuries-old lighthouses.
I have been to one of these Spanish lighthouses (Cape Bojeador Lighthouse) during my birthday trip last year and I’ve been fascinated with lighthouses ever since — so fascinated that I sought to visit most, if not all the lighthouses in my country (I actually mapped it out on Google Maps). I plan to kickstart this mission with the four nearest to Manila:
Corregidor Island Lighthouse (Corregidor Island, Cavite)
I am actually planning to visit this lighthouse for my birthday on the 30th. It’s so close to Manila (just an hour+ ferry ride away) but I’ve never been there. The island is not only a point of interest for the lighthouse, but also for many other historical spots and relics that date back to the American Colonial Period and World War II.
Cape Santiago Lighthouse (Calatagan, Batangas)
At around two hours away from Manila, Calatagan in the province of Batangas is another must-visit this year on my lighthouse-hopping adventure. Like most of the lighthouses in the Philippines, it was built by the Spanish in the late 1890s. It remains functional and well-maintained to this day, but travelers who have been there say it’s quite a challenge getting there, because there are no paved roads leading to the lighthouse, or even a marker pointing to it. Hmm.
Capones Island Lighthouse (San Antonio, Zambales)
Capones Island is actually frequented by many not only for its lighthouse, but also for surfing. Travelers who visit Anawangin Cove, a popular beach getaway, trekking, and camping site, usually include it in their itineraries. It’s just a 30-minute boat ride from Pundaquit, the jump-off point to Anawangin Cove and other islands/beaches nearby. Camping, beach frolicking, capped by a lighthouse visit — I’d say it’s quite an exciting itinerary!
Cabra Island Lighthouse (Lubang Group of Islands, Occidental Mindoro)
Last but not the least on my list are the lighthouses of Cabra Island, one of the islands in the Lubang Group of Islands. Interestingly, as pictured above, a modern lighthouse stands next to the antiquated beauty, as many travelers say the old lighthouse may be at risk of falling into ruin. So, I think I must pay it a visit and immortalize its splendor in film before that happens. Built in 1885 and first lit in 1889, this lighthouse is one of the oldest in the country, and in fact, the first of the five first-order lighthouses constructed by the Spanish during the late 1800s. Fascinating, don’t you think?
Stay tuned for the next two parts of my wanderlust-induced bucket list, and as always, let me know what you think with a comment below!