Cape Bolinao Lighthouse is about 351 feet above sea level. The land elevation, according the Bureau of Geodetic Surveys, is 250 feet, while the lighthouse structure itself is 101 feet high. It has a large revolving lens. A system of gears turned by pendulum weights held by a steel cable, much like a clock, causes the light apparatus to rotate. Visibility from the lighthouse reaches up to 20 miles midsea towards a lighthouse at Poro Point.
Cape Bolinao Lighthouse was constructed in 1905 by American, British, and Filipino engineers to guide ships and boats plying Cape Bolinao in order to prevent sea disasters.
Its original third order apparatus was made in England and the lantern with kicks came from France, making the replacement of spare parts difficult were it not for the ingenuity of Filipino mechanics, who were able to make accurate replicas of the original parts.
For the first 80 years of its operation, the lighthouse apparatus ran on kerosene. By the 1980s, the Pangasinan I Electric Cooperative (PANELCO) extended its powerlines to Barangay Patar. It is now a favorite tourist site, being set among impressive rock formations and offering a panoramic view. The lighthouse has been slated for conservation, with a 19 million peso budget from the Philippine government.
The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), the sole owner of the lighthouse under the Adopt-A-Lighthouse Program, has united with the municipality of Bolinao in an agreement to improve and conserve the lighthouse. The PCG is responsible for the maintenance of the equipment while Bolinao is responsible for the preservation of the structure and the environs of the lighthouse.
This is part of my 2D1N Alaminos-Bolinao Trip in 2015
- The Hundred Islands (ALAMINOS)
- Saint James the Great Parish Church (BOLINAO)
- Cocos Beach Resort (ILOG MALINO)
- Rock View Beach (PATAR)
- Cape Bolinao Lighthouse (PATAR)
- Patar Beach (PATAR)
- The Enchanted Cave (PATAR)
Have fun, Juan!