CAPE SANTIAGO- Calatagan, Batangas

CAPE SANTIAGO – Calatagan, Batangas

“Truly it is not what you’re getting away from but what you’re getting away to.”

I looked up to this weekend in great anticipation.

playa calatagan
Courtesy of: http://www.mycondo.com.ph/playa-calatagan-ad472.html

Eyeing two lighthouses in Batangas (One is Malabrigo in Lobo) is definitely exciting since the rest from my list of Lighthouses (here and abroad) are thousands of miles away from me.
Unexpectedly, it also took me 5 looong hours travel from my house to this lighthouse in Calatagan, Batangas. Two vans passing by Tagaytay which made me and my foodie buddy be able to eye new and exciting places to visit, and 1 tricycle (rented at p300) from the town proper to the “parola” as they call it when we asked them to “please bring us to the light house.”

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We’re so near and yet so far…lol!

Kuya Junior as people calls him is already warning us and apologizing in advance that he can no longer accommodate us when darkness sets in. It’s already half past 5pm when we reached the town proper. The information that the travel will take us only 3 hours is never true.

Kuya Junior by the way is the official care taker of the light house. According to him he is taking care of 15 more parolas though Cape Santiago is the most visited and the one that was restored and claimed by the government as one of Batangas’ Heritage sites.

My eyes are fixed on the road waiting to see that arrow signage that says:“Cape Santiago”. Upon reaching where it used to be, a new bigger signage was installed and the smaller one that I often see from most blogs was placed under. I assumed they can’t afford to throw it away.

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It used to be on the right side of the road..

The strict kuya Junior that we thought of is very friendly and accommodating in person. As our vehicle is climbing up the road to the entrance gate. We saw two bonfires and upon plight I called out “Kuya Jun!!!” As if we’ve known each other like decades. He instantly replied:”Yes maaam!” And we were laughing when we met him face to face.

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Oh there it is! ❤
facade
(–,)
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Kitchen..

It is very evident that his patience with guests taking photos of almost anything is something that is ordinary to him. He is used to it. I missed some interesting subjects and he was the one to remind me not to miss taking them souvenir photos.

center front
Entrance..
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A stray bullet during the war hit one of the balusters..
front
Can’t get enough mode..

He is well informed of the lighthouse’s history. He enumerated the turn of events while simultaneously pointing on the frames and signages to validate his claim.

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He made me do the math! Ahahaha!
signage gate
Written in Spanish.. I just saw the sailor logo..
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Entrance gate..

He is the third generation to take care of Cape Santiago. Personally, he shared with us that now he doubts if his son would want to continue the legacy as he can’t see any sign of interest. We asked him if it’s okay with him and with a smile that I could not define. He told us that he is just there to support whatever plan his son is up to. Hmmmm. Typical father. (–,)

fr the inside

back hallway

back hallway 2

dooor up
Entrance door to go up..
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History in front of me..

After taking pictures on the ground floor,

front window
Windows have always been beautiful subjects..
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Locked…
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From the hallway..
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From the backyard..
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And doors too!

I am very impressed with his spiels while we were climbing the spiral staircase for us to reach the top.

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Dizzy spells..

stairwell 2

stairwell

Honestly, I felt dizzy because it was too high but with the stories that he is narrating while we’re climbing, I forgot about my dizziness. He would pause as well if I am taking photos as if he knows that taking pictures requires concentration. I recalled how my papa taught me how to take photos, bought me a book on basic photography and I could not forget him telling me to hold my breath if I want to capture an almost perfect shot. I have been doing that ever since.

2nd window

window 1

wndow 3

Kuya Junior enumerated the # of steps, how many floors, the full height of the lighthouse while we were climbing and I jokingly asked him to repeat all the numbers that he mentioned later when I’m no longer dizzy. Ahaha!

wow legs

awed

 

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At last!

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ocean

It was awe-inspiring upon reaching the top. It awakened my sleeping soul. And while the scenic views are taking my breath away. Kuya Junior is still talking. He was very informative and I see a sense of ownership from him. Even the roofs are clean, there isn’t a single trash or dry leaf on the roof, the land around the lighthouse base.

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Clean roofing…

It is so clean and well-maintained. He also volunteered to take our pictures. And he’s good at that!

So here are the numbers that he enumerated a while ago. The lighthouse is equivalent to a 5 floor building, the steps that we took are 65 steps in total and the elevation from the sea level is equivalent to 4 floors making it a total of 9 floors. The halogen bulbs are working well however to cut on cost, they alternately use the led lights to serve as guide for the seafarers.

Much as we want to chat more with kuya Junior, another group of guests has arrived and he is still expecting one more group. He told us that they usually came from the neighboring resorts in Calatagan. Visiting the town is incomplete without experiencing history from this epic lighthouse.

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tree

tree 2

tree 3

He kindly directed us at the back of the perimeter to get a full length view of the tower as if it is the highlight of the tour. And he was right. You need to see how mighty it stands tall. You feel the rich grandeur that is in every lighthouse like an innate enigma.

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cape

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me

Dreaming awake, I can’t wait where my next lighthouse will be. =)

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LIGHTHOUSES – beacons of hope!

CAPE SANTIAGO LIGHTHOUSE

This is the 7th lighthouse that I saw in my own eyes.

Calatagan-Batangas
Courtesy of: http://www.philippinebeaches.org/cape-santiago-lighthouse-burot-beach-resorts-calatagan-batangas/

Every time I see a lighthouse. I am mesmerized. There is something in them that makes me wonder and prompts me to wander and dare myself to new discoveries and experience as many towers I can.

The first time I saw one, right in front of me, is in Ilocos Sur:

CAPE BOJADOR

bojador
With my soul buddy…<3

I fell in love with it instantly. I wanted to embrace the whole concrete stone post if I physically can. Seeing it right in front of me, made me speechless in awe. My heart, soaring! It’s like a potion poured all over me, intoxicating my heart and my mind. Even my soul I guess. I am mired with questions like what’s it all about lighthouses that I am so fascinated by them? It was a relief to have found out that I am not the only one crazy about Lighthouses!

I reached this point of thinking that it has something to do with who I was in my past life. I wanted to do regression soon. I am extending my apologies to my uncle priest (just in case this blog will reach him), as past lives isn’t part of our Catholic faith’s orientation.

I have been seeing myself being in a place where a lighthouse is standing tall. Mighty and proud. Like a man waiting for me ready to engulf me in his strong arms. For several ocassion, I kept seeing a very beautiful woman in my dreams with her black waist-length hair softly flowing behind her, she’s in a long burgundy gown with black and gold trimmings, I see her going up in a spiral staircase with its bricked walls and bronze lamps in every turn, one of her hand holding a flame lit torch and the other holding up her long silk ruffled skirt maybe to keep herself from tripping off while climbing up.

Lighthouse_stairs_by_RTyson
Courtesy of: lighthouse_stairs_by_rtyson.

Ah, I ain’t dreaming of fairy tales in a deep slumber, she’s no Rapunzel, her hair as I remember isn’t gold. And upon reaching the top. She patiently waits on the windowsill as if anytime a man will wave at her and lovingly call out her name and she will run fast as she could towards his direction and welcome him with open arms. Is it me? I do not know. What I only know now is my-addiction-with seeing one at every opportunity.

The desire gets stronger after each encounter. I even noticed in my past scrapbooks, and pictures of lighthouses is a common thing

I must admit, fascinations like this is telling us (me) something. That is what I wanted to dig up. Like a universal feeling of self-discovery, It’ll somehow help me to know myself more. I have seen 7 all in all and apparently I intend to keep on counting. There are more than 50 in my country alone.

CAPE SANTIAGO, BATANGAS

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CAPONES LIGHTHOUSE, ZAMBALES 

Capones Lighthouse...
Capones Lighthouse…

BASCO LIGHTHOUSE, BATANES

BTANES ULET
Basco, Batanes… It’s raining..

MAHATAO & SABTANG LIGHTHOUSE, BATANES

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Mahatao Lighthouse, Batanes… Still raining…
BTANES
Huge pebble stones…

Not until I felt the contentment and bravely I will say: “I’ve seen enough. I can rest now.” If such can answer my questions, I also do not know. It’s as if in one of them? I will find the answer to my questions. Or getting deeper, I will find out who was my man from another lifetime. Who I was? What was I am capable of doing? And I guess the answers will lead me inside the arms of the man I will call mine in this lifetime.

Huge possibility that it will give me peace. Writing this in my work area, with only the sound of my keyboard accompanying me, a dog whimpering from time to time under my chair, a cat in quiet slumber on the couch behind me and the sound of silence (its half past 2:00 am) I just can’t help but smile and dream while still awake of my next encounter or where would it be… (–,)

In my dreams, I listed these:

Cape hatteras
Cape Hatteras
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I have to research on this..
kopu_estonia_lighthouse
Courtesy of: http://10mosttoday.com/10-most-famous-lighthouses-in-the-world/
lindau lighthouse germany
Lindau lighthouse in Germany is the prettiest in my eyes…
off the beaten track
And this in my own country..Capul lighthouse in Samar..
corregidor-lighthouse
Courtesy of: http://www.philippines-travel-guide.com/corregidor-philippines.html

Symbols that makes my heart skip a beat. =)

lighthouse 3
While malling, I spotted this..
lighthouse 1
Soul sis gave me this notebook! And I so ❤ it!
lighthouse 2
During grocery, I saw this. And it was funny that I got a friend from Faro.. =)

 

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Gift from Jen.
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This one too but my dog tattered it. ehehe

And two more in Pangasinan, one in Cagayan as recommended by my soul sis and Guisi from Iloilo. Whew! There’s a lot! ❤

Just last year, I was able to visit “Cape Bolinao” – the second tallest lighthouse in the Philippines.

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My heart skip a beat seeing it. =)
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The lighthouse of Alaminos, Pangasinan

I do not intend to complete all the light houses in my country, I have 5 more remaining in my bucket list. =) Any suggestions? =)