The Windmills of Bangui, 15 of these structures stand on the Pebble Beach. (The orange speck on the right is a bulldozer, so imagine the height of this structure)
This would be the last entry for Northern Luzon adventure and would be a perfect climax for the series. When going to Pagudpod, you’ll never miss these spectacular windmills left-side of your view. It’s one of the most amazing view you’ll see up there on the north. When at the beach of Pagudpud you’ll still be able to see these afar.
Cape Bojeador Lighthouse stands in Burgos, said to be the tallest lighthouse in the country.
On your right (coming from the south), amidst the mountain terrain, you’ll see the towering structure of Cape Bojeador Lighthouse in Burgos. Both mega structures, the former a new construction, and the later a true historical monument.
The windmills of Bangui towering 70 meter in height is the first of its kind in South East Asia.
The Windmills of Bangui consist of 15 towering turbines, spanning 70 meters high, with blades 40 meters long. It’s the brainchild of Ferdinand “Bong-bong” Marcos, to supply renewable energy for the Ilocos region. The development started at least a couple of years ago and still ongoing at this time. Right now it’s one massive tourist attraction in the region.
Speaking of Renewable Energy, please Vote for Renewable Energy in the Philippines Bill. The PowerSwitch! campaign is pushing for this Bill, which supports the development of renewable energy such as wind, biomass, hydro, solar and geothermal.
Cape Bojeador Lighthouse’s spiral staircase. Would’ve have been a fave shot, if not for my foot getting into the picture.
Now for our last stop on our way home is Cape Bojeador Lighthouse, which is a wonder in itself. It’s quite old but I could feel a lot of history in its walls. The caretaker, was very accommodating. And what timing, there were celebreties there when we came. Manong Caretaker (we forgot to get his name) was very accommodating. He first showed us the museum. We learned that the lighthouse was completed in March 30, 1892 and used old fashion mechanism of counter-weights to rotate the light at the top. The lighthouse keeper’s job is to rotate the mechanism at the top to ensure the rotation of the light lens throughout the night. Tough job! But up to now, even if the structure suffered heavy damage during the 1990 earthquake, it is still working. Though right now it’s automated, you could see solar panels atop the house connected to the lighthouse which it takes energy from.
Wheels, ropes and machinery.
I was fascinated with the old texture of the lighthouse inside. From the steel staircase, to the windows along it and the mechanism to operate it as well. During the Spanish war, this was also used as an outpost to view incoming enemies and also serve as basecamp for soldiers.
The source of light.
Pasenya na lang ke Jericho Rosales di ko sya nakilala nung nakasalubong ko sya. Di kasi ako mahilig sa showbiz eh. Pero nung makita ko si Heart Evangelista na parating na nakaputing damit nakilala ko kasi madalas ako manood ng MYX. Akala ko Panday ang i shoot nila pero mukhang Music Video.
Windows and staircases
Ferdz Decena is an award-winning travel photographer, writer and blogger. His works has found print in publications such as Singapore Airlines’s Silver Kris, Philippine Airlines’ Mabuhay, Cebu Pacific’s Smile and Seair InFlight. He has also lent his expertise to various organizations like the Oceana Philippines, Lopez Group Foundation, Save the Children and World Vision, contributing quality images for their marketing materials.