Last May 18, 2016 me and my friends decided to take a trip to Guimaras. Our destination? Guisi Lighthouse!

This historical site is located in Dolores, Nueva Valencia, Guimaras. Guisi Lighthouse (Faro de Punta Luzaran) is an 18th century Spanish colonial lighthouse located at Guisi Point. It is the second oldest lighthouse in the Philippines and was lighted for the first time in 1894. The lighthouse was built to help guide mariners passing through the Guimaras straight.

I already heard about the lighthouse from friends who visited Guisi beach. Actually what they recommended was to visit the beach but we were more curious about the lighthouse because of its history. The trip to Barangay Dolores, Nueva Valencia is uneventful. It was our first time to visit the place. I’ve never been to Guisi before and I’m not very familiar about the area. But one time, I saw a signage directing to Guisi Lighthouse when I went to Baranggay Lucmayan so I thought that the lighthouse is just nearby. I was wrong.

From Jordan Wharf, it took us almost an hour before arriving at the turning point to Baranggay Dolores then another 15-20 minutes jeepney ride to a drop off point where we have to ride motorcycles in order to reach the Guisi beach. However, we enjoy the journey. As we pass by, we saw a lot of people on the street. It looks like they have a cleanup drive because everyone is doing their best to clean their front yards and the side streets. We were fascinated by their camaraderie. I admire these people for their willingness to work together to keep their surroundings clean.

Because we don’t have a specific beach resort to visit, we decided to go to the nearest resort to the lighthouse. Our choice is La Pachira.

From La Pachira, the Guisi Lighthouse is just a 3 minute walk. We follow a small trail leading to the entrance.

Faro de Punta Luzaran was built at top of the hill with a great view of the sea. From afar, we can see the first lighthouse and the other 2 lighthouses built after it as well as the ruins of an old Spanish colonial outpost.

When we enter the gate of the ruins, it feels like we were transported back to the 18 century. The architecture and the layout of the building tell a story of how people from that century lived.

At the center of the yard we saw a hole. I can’t tell whether it’s water well or a secret passage but I’m quite sure it served a great purpose in the past.

At the end of the old corridor of the Spanish colonial post, we came upon the rotting remains of the metal lighthouse structure.

Although the lighthouse is old and dangerous to climb, it stood proud at the top of the hill, looking down at the sea which it served for a number of years. It is quite sure of its purpose and its place in the history. The Guimarasnon is sure proud to have the second oldest lighthouse in the country.

Published by Anabelle Suravilla