Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Ilocos Road Trip Part 2

About 35 kms away from Laoag is the 114 year-old Burgos Lighthouse, also known as Cape Bojeador. You can't miss it when you're driving going north to Pagudpud from Laoag, right on top of the Vigia de Nagpartian Hill. It's probably the tallest & highest, still functioning lighthouse in the Philippines. The town of Burgos is at the most northwestern tip of Luzon island.

There, we met Mang Jun Acoba, the caretaker, who says his grandfather & father were the caretakers before him. Mang Jun had tried his luck in Manila (he used to be a teller at Prudential Bank!), but came back to Ilocos Norte, where the air is clean, the food is fresh & chemical-free. Can't say I blame him.

The view from the lighthouse was breath-taking to say the least. It's one of those places that you're glad still exists in the Philippines. The South China Sea to the west and the lush green landscape to the east. This was where the Smart TV commercial was shot with Regine Velasquez.

The shot above was taken last August 9, 2006 - at around 5pm, nearing sunset - the sunlight had a great effect. This hasn't been altered with Photoshop, it's just plain natural light - but it turned out great. One of my better shots so far :-)

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