ISLAS DE GIGANTES | North Gigantes Medium Lighthouse
Gigantes Group Of Islands In Photos Virtual Tour
Part II - On Sunrise
Just as I predicted the day before, The North Gigante Lighthouse would be an amazing sight during Sunrise. My early morning alarm paid off, I'm still fresh from yesterdays Island hopping adventure and feeling a little sad that I'll be leaving this amazing islands paradise today. But with the determination that I could still capture some good photographs of Isla de Gigantes, I relented to catch the Golden hours of Isla Gigante Norte, only that the timing was hampered by Cumulonimbus (rain clouds).
I had fun time talking to the local guides and exchanging travel stories yesterday, this is when I expressed my desire to come back to the Lighthouse on the break of dawn. The call time I made with Kuya Marnie, my Habal-habal/guide was 4:30 AM, and since I slept early on after dinner, he thought I wasn't serious about making this trip to the lighthouse. So there I was, watching the lights gathering in the horizon by every minute, on full gear with my camera and sturdy tripod waiting for him.
I stood there for a good 30 minutes, thinking I was stood up, and was thinking of viable options where to shoot sunrise, I woke early for that purpose. Fortunately, some of the guest in the resort is also planning an early morning trip, so their assigned guide drove to where the Habal-habal drivers are probably staying, and there he was, Kuya Marnie to my aid. There wasn't much time to loose, as I know the Sunrise is well on its way though it's still dark. One thing I gradually learned from taking pictures is how to predict the weather by reading the clouds, and yes, rain clouds are slowly gathering.
Traipsing at dawn, Kuya Marnie dropped me off at the end of the road to take the trail towards the Lighthouse. Since I became familiar with the trail during yesterday's visit, I was confident i could make it, braving my guts past the dogs, alone. Kuya Marnie left to attend to other guest; I intend to take well before people starts pouring in and mess with my composition. The caretaker was nowhere to be found, probably still sleeping, I was rewarded with a few solid moments of blue hour, with the dramatic cloud formations mixing with amazing hues of violets and purple in the skyline, the first ray of sunlight lit the side of the lighthouse in shades of yellow, it was amazing to witness the slow unfolding of lights as it lightened the old brick house beside the new lighthouse.
The North Gigantes Medium Lighthouse is the place of the former Spanish Lighthouse that was destroyed by Typhoon Frank that ravaged the major Island of Panay. It's noted that the Gigantes Lighthouse is one of the 27 Major Lighthouses built by Spaniards all over the Philippines and which had been acquired by Americans when they colonized the country. It must have been a sight to behold, judging from the vantage point where it stood, just a few meters from the new Iron Lighthouse.
On The Map
Isla de Gigantes group of islands comprises mainly of Gigante Norte and Gigante Sur as its major volcanic islands with scattering of islets around it. Located in the western part of the Visayan Sea and approximately 18 kilometers Northeast off the mainland of Panay. The islands belong to the political domain of Municipality of Carles, Iloilo Province.
Check out my post for: Isla de Gigantes
- ISLA DE GIGANTES | Bantique Island Sandbar
- ISLA DE GIGANTES | Cabugao Gamay Island
- ISLA DE GIGANTES | Tangke Natural Pool
- ISLA DE GIGANTES | Antonia Island
- ISLA DE GIGANTES | North Gigantes Medium Lighthouse
- ISLA DE GIGANTES | North Gigantes Medium Lighthouse Part II Sunrise
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