Faro de punta Santiago


During the 18 century Spanish has been building light houses along the shores of batangas. mariners ply from verde isla and mindoro towards manila use the beacon of light to help them navigate through the rough waters of  balayan bay. These lighthouse were very important in the early 18 century as the only way to travel inter island in the Philippines is by shipping vessels.  if you have visited light towers along the coast of luzon, one can notice the similarities of its architectural design. Built from bricks and corals with victorian inspired facade like the neighboring Faro de Punta de Malabrigo and the northern Faro de Cabo Bojeador, all of this are built by the same Engineers. the lighthouse started its construction in December 15, 1890 by an engineer named Magin Pers y Pers. it was completed though after several years by Engineer Guillermo Brockman. The light house in punta de santiago was built after a part of land was donated by Don Santiago Zobel, which later on named after him. Located in parola the last town of Calatagan,  the light house can be reached by driving through long and winding unpaved road but as you reach the tower you can meet the friendly light house keeper mang jun. with a lot of stories to tell. he is the 3rd generation of  keepers in the light house and after a very informative chat from the keeper he had to leave us for his daily chapel duties and gave us direction going down to the shore, on the lower part of the property we went for a glimpse of the ocean. it was a rough coral and pointy bushes sprung on top of dirty white sand. it was a sight as natural as it can be. a perfect shot from the shore was enough for me to call it a day. thank you Calatagan on another day of adventure in the books!