ISLAS DE GIGANTES | North Gigantes Medium Lighthouse
Gigantes Group Of Islands In Photos Virtual Tour
A set of four stairs before coming out in the hatch at the top and see the sweeping panorama of the Visayan Sea and the hills of Gigante Norte Island. The stairs aren't much of a challenge but once you stand in the viewing deck and realize the height of the tower plus the rocky cliffs you'll know it is gut wrenching.
Here's the iron door of the tower, serving as entrance to the viewing deck. It is locked in place with screw-in locks.
As seen seen from the open viewing deck. The adjacent island in contrast to the high sun.
The actual lighthouse is a new iron structure donated by Japan, of medium size and like many new lighthouses today, it is solar powered, charging everyday and providing a guiding light to sailors at night. This was formerly a site for one of the 27 major Spanish lighthouses built by Spaniards. The old lighthouse was destroyed when Typhoon Frank hit hard on Western Visayas especially Panay a few years back. The old brick house beside the tower is a reminder of the heritage we lost, and with it the great historical value.
For the most part, the caretaker keeps the hatch open except the main door at the entrance as visitors come here at any time so the caretaker is kept busy logging the visitors and keeping the keys, also maintaining the cleanliness of the place. This looks to me like a good sight for a photo op, with the old brick house in the back drop and the small tended garden. The two edifice is a showcase of great amalgamation of old and new structure, against the modern and the dilapidated. The house is not vandalized, good to know that it is kept that way.
It's not just the height of the tower, but the steep cliffs towards the rocky shores.
The site is not very far from the Gigantes Hideaway Resort in Brgy Asluman, you can hire a Habal-habal ride going through a paved one way road for the most part, with a short trail for walking about 5 minutes. The ride is Php 60.00 back and forth, and donations are requested by the Lighthouse caretaker. If one wants to climb the stairs and experience the awesome viewing deck the caretaker will have to open the tower and the hatch at the top.
In contrast to the new tower. This is the dilapidated brick house and the base of the old tower.
Here is my brother gazing at the tower while standing before the foundations of the Old Spanish Lighthouse, see that there is a circular indention in the floor.
We walk for about 5 minutes from where the paved road ended, past the community trail through thick bushes and covered in thick foliage. A small fork at the road towards the right leads to the brick house and the tower. Without a guide/habal-habal driver, we would have been lost.
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.
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