Bagacay Point Lighthouse
|Year first constructed||1857 (first)|
|Year first lit||1908 (current)|
|Construction||concrete and stone tower (current)|
stone tower (second)
|Tower shape||octagonal tower with balcony and lantern (current)|
cylindrical tower with double balcony and lantern (second)
|Markings / pattern||unpainted tower, white lantern (current)|
|Tower height||22 metres (72 ft) (current)|
|Focal height||44.5 metres (146 ft) (current)|
|Original lens||3rd order Fresnel lens|
|Range||20 nautical mile|
|Characteristic||Fl W 5s.|
|Heritage||National Historical Landmark|
The lighthouse tower stands at a height of 172 feet in an uphill area overlooking the Mactan Channel. It sits on an elevated 5,000-sq m government property. With a focal plane of 146 feet, the third-order flashing light was first lit on 1 April 1905. The present octagonal tower is all masonry and painted white. The landmark was built by virtue of an executive order issued on 28 July 1903 by William Howard Taft, the first American Governor-General of the Philippines who came to the country in 1900 as president of the Philippine Commission. The point light was originally established in 1857 by the ruling Spanish Government.
For over 100 years, this lighthouse has provided guiding light to mariners, navigators and fishermen from coastal towns in northern Cebu. It has been a favorite subject of many painters and photographers for its notable architectural design.
All navigational aids in the Philippines are managed by the Philippine Coast Guard.
- Bagacay Point Lighthouse The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Retrieved March 11, 2016
- "Lighthouse Depot Explorer", Retrieved on 2010-0414.
- Bureau of Insular Affairs-War Department,"Sixth Annual Report of the Philippine Commission, 1905 Part III", pg.282. Washington Government Printing Office, 1906.
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- Rowlett, Russ. "Lighthouses of the Central Philippines". The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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