Next stop: Cape Bojeador Lighthouse.
I do not intend to include a historical description of the place here, as the internet could provide so much information about it. As a spectator, what’s interesting about the place for me is that it appeared alive itself–that sometime between its foundation and the present, something or someone made it breathe. It reminded me of the walls of Palma Hall in UP and the mighty acacia trees arrayed across the road beside it.
Not only did it look old, but it felt old. Ancient. If not for the pacific weather and ocean beneath it, I would have felt that it was eerie. Also, good thing that there were a few fellow visitors that came and went. But eerie as it may seem, Cape Bojeador is a fine place for camwhoring and photo ops. I liked its walls’ rustic quality. Early apology for the vain photos.
The view above overlooking the ocean. (Of course it’s a lighthouse for heaven’s sake, Danie boy!)
As we were about to leave, one caretaker approached us and asked if we ate something downstairs. We answered no, thinking that maybe someone left his trash there. Then he said in his coarse voice, “Kung kumain kayo doon, mag-iiwan kayo ha? Maglagay kayo para hindi kayo magambala.” Then it hit me. Before the trip, I looked it up on the internet and noticed that one of Google’s suggestions was “Cape Bojeador Ghost.” See. Eerie, I told you. Hahaha. We thanked the old man for the warning and made our way outside.
We left the place around 10:30am, which made our trip relatively a quick one, given that we arrived at 9am. But I didn’t feel that it was quick because I enjoyed the place and Kenz’s company.
The next and final stop was the Kapurpurawan Rock Formations. My colleagues told me once that it’s beautiful piece of art, which made the both of us excited. And true enough, it was majestic.
The rock formations were so white, so beautiful. I bet they look like pearly white teeth (in disarray) from above.
There were places where they allow people to go, and there were some protected. Kenz asked why is that so and the caretaker explained that some parts could crumble in 50 years, and they don’t want to make the crumbling faster. No one does.
Kenz said that of all the destinations on that day, the most memorable was the rock formations. Mine was the lighthouse. We left the rock formations around 12pm and waited for a bus to Vigan, Ilocos Sur. We realized that we could still go around Vigan despite the tight schedule. I didn’t know all these could be done in a day. We found bus after thirty minutes of waiting and luckily enough, it was bound to Vigan. The bus attendant said that it would take us around 4 hours to get there from Burgos, Ilocos Norte and so, just like the usual thing that we did, we slept our asses out.