Nueva Valencia, Guimaras
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The Guisi lighthouse is one of the remarkable historical sites of the Province of Guimaras and is also among the oldest lighthouses in Philippines (said to be the second oldest, next to the old lighthouse in Aparri).
It is located at the Guisi Point in Barangay Dolores in Nueva Valencia and was built by the Spanish government in 1894-1896 as a part of the master plan of lighting the maritime coasts of the Philippines.
Formerly known as Faro de Punta Luzaran, it functioned as a navigational aid to the fisherman and sailors passing the Panay Gulf. .
This station on Guimaras Island marks the southern entrance to Iloilo. The lighthouse was a 58 foot octagonal cylindrical tower and appears similar to the Cape Bojeador and Cape Engano lights.
The original lighthouse is no longer operational and the keeper’s quarters is in ruins. A new lighthouse has been built by the Philippine Coast Guard. It is a white, hourglass-shaped metal tower, built after 1920, standing right beside the remains of the old lighthouse. The new tower is about 38 feet tall.
The lighthouse can be reached by following a light trail. Don’t be put off by the the 15-minute uphill trek to the Guisi Lighthouse because you get a great view of the beach along the way.
Oh, and the grounds are a great spot for photo shoots! Very mysterious...
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