Cape Engaño Lighthouse

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Cape Engaño Lighthouse
Cape Engano Angle.JPG
Cape Engaño Lighthouse is located in Philippines
Cape Engaño Lighthouse
Location Palaui Island, Sta. Ana, Cagayan
Coordinates 18°34′47.51″N 122°8′15.68″E / 18.5798639°N 122.1376889°E / 18.5798639; 122.1376889Coordinates: 18°34′47.51″N 122°8′15.68″E / 18.5798639°N 122.1376889°E / 18.5798639; 122.1376889
Year first constructed 1892
Year first lit 1892
Construction Stone Masonry
Tower shape Octagonal tower in the middle of an enclosed court
Markings / pattern Light gray tower
Height 47 ft (14.3 m)
Focal height 316 ft (96.3 m)
Original lens First-Order Catadioptric lens
Current lens n/a
Range 27 miles
Characteristic One flash and shows double flash every 30 sec
Fog signal none
Admiralty number F2732
NGA number 14020
ARLHS number PHI-013[1]

Cape Engaño Lighthouse also known as Faro de Cabo Engaño is a historic lighthouse located on the Palaui Island in the town of Santa Ana, in the province of Cagayan, in the Philippines. Located on the northernmost part of Luzon Island and situated atop the summit of a hill, 92 meters above sea-level, the lighthouse makes a 360 degrees view of Babuyan Island and the Dos Hermanas Island (Two Sisters) on the North, Pacific Ocean on the West and Engaño cove on the East.

Cape Engaño Lighthouse is now under the supervision of Department of Transportation and Communications through Philippines Coast Guards' lighthouse division.[2]

History[edit]

Faro de Cabo Engaño is one of the four lighthouses built during the Spanish Colonial period which served as gateway lighthouse for incoming ships. The construction started on the 21st of September, 1888 and commenced on the 31st of December, 1892 with most of the laborers are Filipinos.

According to the Jamorabons, a local family who had lived on the lighthouse for generations, that the name of the lighthouse was given by Spaniard seafarers when they first set foot on the cape and were so stunned by its natural beauty that they named it "Engaño". [3]

Structure[edit]

It is initially designed by Engineer Magin Pers Y Pers, who also designed Cape Bojeador and Capones Island but was continued by Guillermo Brockman.

The Lighthouse complex is composed of the housing pavilion (served as an office and workers quarter), the service buildings (served as kitchen and storage) and the 11-meters octagonal tower which houses the crown and the copper lantern (but was now a solar-based lighting mechanism) that is visible in all angles of the lighthouse. This was all built using local materials, masonry and hardwood.[4]

Visiting the Lighthouse[edit]

The port of San Vicente in Sta. Ana Cagayan is the only access to Cape Engaño. Coming from Manila, one can take a bus going to Sta. Ana or a plane going to Tuguegarao. Upon arriving to the island of Palaui from San Vicente port, it will take a short hike going to the lighthouse.

Upon arriving the historical lighthouse, the only remaining intact is the two-foot thick wall and everything else is destroyed. The provincial government was embarking on a joint restoration project in partnership with Cagayan Economic Zone Authority and other non-government organizations. [5]

Cape Engaño lighthouse in 1903
Cape Engaño lighthouse in 2011

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Cabo Engaño/Cagayan Light". Amateur Radio Lighthouse Society. Retrieved on 2010-06-27.
  2. ^ "Faro de Cabo Engaño". ICOMOS. Retrieved 2 May 2014. 
  3. ^ "Faro de Cabo Engaño". ICOMOS. Retrieved 2 May 2014. 
  4. ^ "Faro de Cabo Engano". Filipino Heritage Festivals. Retrieved 2 May 2014. 
  5. ^ "Cape Engano". ICOMOS. Retrieved 2 May 2014. 

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