History and Culture

Could Gigantes Island's Spanish-Colonial Lighthouse Be One Of The Most Stunning In PH?


Maui Sanvictores
Maui Sanvictores | Sep 07, 2017

Traveling to the northern shores of Gigantes Island, you’ll find another rustic charm awaiting your wonder. 

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Scurrying the island community of Isla Gigantes, one will almost instantaneously see how life in here is off-the-grid. The only means of transportation around the island is via foot or habal habal. Electricity is only available in window hours and reception can only be found in an area that the locals have come to name as “the call center.”

Children in their early age walk around town barefoot, playing with one another, and exchanging smiles with a stranger such as I. Everyone makes greets you and gives that warm welcome, making it feel like a home away from home.  

When our guide told us that we would be exploring the island to its north coast, we were thrilled to know that such an attraction exist around here. It took us around 15 minutes of bumpy ride to the lighthouse but once we had set foot on its hills, our eyes never wandered off its exteriors. 

The ruins of the Spanish era lighthouse will make one feel like walking the old hallways of an ancestral house— old woods, vibrant floral landscapes, and a cliff overlooking the sea. It isn’t too hard to see what cinematic aura this place exudes. 

So if you’re planning to go to Iloilo’s well-loved Isla Gigantes, make sure you have this ticked off your list of places to see.

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