|On to the Lighthouse|
A disintegrating metal tower amidst a ruined stone outpost knotted by roots and vines made up the Guimaras attraction known as the Guisi Lighthouse. Known locally as Faro de Punta Luzaran, this 18th century Spanish-colonial lighthouse beside the beach marks the southern entrance to the Island of Panay and built to guide fishermen and sailors passing the Iloilo and Guimaras strait.
The original metal lighthouse was built by the Spanish government in 1890s and is no longer operational. What remains of the 58 feet octagonal cylindrical tower are rusty pieces of metals that although, it stays erect, it is not safe to enter it for the hazards that scraps of metal might fall into you or that sharp, rusty slivers might hurt your skin.
|The New Light House|
I have learned from the caretaker that for safety reasons, they no longer allow visitors to go inside the lighthouse and climb its spiral stairs. Looking-up at the tower, I could only imagine how beautiful the beach and the seascape might have looked from up there. The entire light station is in ruins; the lantern is gone from the tower and the roof is gone from the 1-story stone keeper’s house.
|Cracks of Time|
|The Rotten Spiral Staircase|
What’s nice about the place is that there are large roots and branches of trees that wave intertwined with the old concrete. It is similar to old ruins of Cambodia but on a much, much lighter scale. Also, there is an awesome view of the Guisi Beach as can be seen from the windows of the ruined outpost.
|View of Guisi Beach|
At present, a new lighthouse painted in white is erected inside the ruins. It is a new structure built inside the ruins that can be considered not really that aesthetically pleasing but it do serve it’s purpose of guiding the mariners in their trip at night. By the way, there a minimal entrance fee of Ten bucks which you can pay to the care-taker of the place.