Cape Engaño Lighthouse

Cape Engaño Lighthouse

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Cape Engaño Lighthouse, also known as Faro de Cabo Engaño, is a historic lighthouse located at the Palaui Island in the town of Santa Ana, the province of Cagayan, Philippines. Located at the northernmost part of Luzon Island and situated atop the summit of a hill, 92 meters above sea-level, the lighthouse provides a 360-degree view of Babuyan Island and the Dos Hermanas Island (Two Sisters) on the North, Pacific Ocean on the West and Engaño cove on the East.

Cape Engaño Lighthouse is now under the supervision of the Department of Transportation and Communications through the Philippine Coast Guards' lighthouse division.


Faro de Cabo Engaño is one of the four lighthouses built during the Spanish Colonial period, which served as gateway lighthouse for incoming ships. The construction started on 21 September 1888 and finished on 31 December 1892, where in most of the laborers are Filipinos.


The Cape Engaño Lighthouse become home of the Jamorabons for generations.They also work as lighthouse keeper,namely Gregorio Jamorabon,the longest-servicing lighthouse keeper.The complex used to shelter 7 crew members tasked to maintain the lighthouse. In that time according to Teresa Jamorabon,late wife of Gregorio Jamorabon,the lighthouse is only the place where residents enjoy electricity. Teresa Jamorabon described how well the government took care of the lighthouse keepers and the station.Their rations-rice,beans,noodles,cooking oil and kerosene-arrived every month and were shared equally among the workers,regardless ranks. Imelda Jamorabon-Leaño,Teresa Jamorabon's 8th child,recalled how she and the other worker's children

According to the Jamorabons,the name of the lighthouse was given by Spaniard seafarers when they first set foot on the cape and were so stunned by its natural beauty that they named it "Engaño".


It is initially designed by Engineer Magin Pers y Pers, who also designed Cape Bojeador and Capones Island but was continued by Guillermo Brockman.

The Lighthouse complex is composed of the housing pavilion (served as an office and workers quarter), the service buildings (served as kitchen and storage) and the 11-meter octagonal tower which houses the crown and the copper lantern (but was now a solar-based lighting mechanism) that is visible in all angles of the lighthouse. This was all built using local materials, masonry and hardwood.

  • The lighthouse in 1903

  • The lighthouse in 2011

  • Scenery on the trail leading to the lighthouse

  • The historical marker at the base of Cape Engaño Lighthouse

Visiting the Lighthouse

The port of San Vicente in Santa Ana, Cagayan is the only access to Cape Engaño. Coming from Manila, one can take a bus going to Santa Ana or a plane going to Tuguegarao.

Once you arrive at the historical lighthouse, one will find that the only remaining intact is the two-foot thick wall, while everything else is destroyed. The provincial government has embarked on a joint restoration project in partnership with the Cagayan Economic Zone Authority and other non-government organizations.

Published on : 15/02/2018 by Puerto Parrot

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