Lighthouses of the Philippines: Romblon and Marinduque

The Philippines include more than 7000 islands stretching over 1750 km (1100 mi) of the western Pacific. The archipelago was a Spanish colony until the Spanish-American War of 1898, which brought the islands under U.S. administration. Japan occupied the islands during World War II (1942-45) and the country became independent shortly thereafter (1946).

This page lists lighthouses of a group of islands of the Sibuyan Sea in the west central Philippines, including the provinces of Romblon and Marinduque. The two provinces include the islands of Marinduque, Tablas, Romblon, and Sibuyan as well as many smaller islands. The area is part of an administrative region of the country known by the acronym Mimaropa (Mindoro + Marinduque + Romblon + Palawan).

Filipino and English are official languages in the Philippines. In Filipino a lighthouses is called a parola; an island is an isla or pulo. Many English maritime terms have been adopted into Filipino, including cape, bay, and port, and the names of historic lighthouses are often retained in their Spanish forms.

Lighthouses in the Philippines are maintained by the Philippines Coast Guard's Marine Safety Services Command.

Many Philippine lighthouses are not well known so better information and photos are always needed.

ARLHS numbers are from the ARLHS World List of Lights. PCG numbers are the Philippines Light List numbers, where known. Admiralty numbers are from volume F of the Admiralty List of Lights & Fog Signals. U.S. NGA List numbers are from Publication 112.

General Sources
Lighthouses in the Philippines
Photos and observations in blog entries by Loyd Martinez.
Philippine Lighthouses
8 historic photos posted by Johann Stockinger.
Lighthouses in the Philippines
Wikipedia article, with links to articles on several of the individual lighthouses.
Spanish Lighthouses of the Philippines
This is the Directory's own list of the Spanish light stations, with notes on their current status.
Lighthouses in the Philippines
Photos by various photographers available from Wikimedia.
World of Lighthouses - Philippines
Photos by various photographers available from Lightphotos.net.
Online List of Lights - Philippines
Photos by various photographers posted by Alexander Trabas.
Navionics Charts
Navigation chart information for the islands.


Apunan Point Light, Romblon, February 2018
ex-Google Plus photo by Hans-Joachim Schnäkel

Romblon Province Lighthouses

Romblon Province includes a group of islands at the southern end of the Sibuyan Sea, south of Marinduque, east of Mindoro, and north of Panay. The principal islands are Sibuyan Island in the east, Romblon Island in the center of the group, and Tablas in the west.

Sibuyan Island Lighthouses
Sibuyan is an isolated, mountainous island known for its unusual plane and animal life. The population is only about 60,000.
Magdiwang
Date unknown. Active; focal plane about 15 m (49 ft); white flash every 5 s. Approx. 10 m (33 ft) white concrete tower. The light is at the far left in Gilbert Villanueva's view from the sea but it is inconspicuous in Bing's satellite view. Located on a headland on the east side of the port at Ambulang, a village on the north coast of Sibuyan. Site status unknown. Admiralty F2511; NGA 14594.
* Cajidiocan
Date unknown. Active; focal plane about 12 m (39 ft); two white flashes every 5 s. Approx. 9 m (30 ft) round barbell-shaped white fiberglass tower. Jacques Beaulieu has a photo and Bing has a distant satellite view. Located on the beach south of the pier at Cajidiocan, on the east coast of Sibuyan. Site open, tower closed. Admiralty F2513; NGA 14597.
Azagra (Cauit Point (2))
Around 1994. Active; focal plane unknown but at least 45 m (148 ft); two white flashes every 5 s. Approx. 25 m (82 ft) octagonal white aluminum tower. A photo is at right, Google has a distant street view, and Bing has a satellite view. Located on heights above Azagra and about 3 km (2 mi) north of Cauit Point, the southern tip of Sibuyan. Site status unknown. Admiralty F2511.8.
San Fernando (Cauit Point (1))
Date unknown. Active; focal plane of 10 m (33 ft). 10 m (33 ft) white concrete tower with a stairway spiraling around the tower. Views from the sea of both Cauit Point lights are available and Google has a satellite view. Located on the west side of Cauit Point. Site status unknown. ARLHS PHI-019; PCG-0183; Admiralty F2512; NGA 14596.
Cresta de Gallo Island
Date unknown (2015?). Active; focal plane unknown; white flash every 5 s. Approx. 20 m (66 ft) octagonal white aluminum tower. René Peter has a 2016 aerial photo and Bing has a fuzzy satellite view. Located on an island isolated in the Sibuyan Sea about 16 km (10 mi) southeast of Cauit Point. Accessible only by boat. Site status unknown. Admiralty F2512.5; NGA 14596.5.
 
Cauit Point Light
New Cauit Point Light, Azagra, January 2013
photo copyright islandgirltraveller.com; used by permission
 

Romblon Island Lighthouses
Romblon is a relatively small island, about 20 km (13 mi) long and 6 km (3.5 mi) wide, located between Sibuyan and Tablas. The population is about 75,000.
Port Romblon (Binagon Reef)
1907. Active; focal plane 5 m (17 ft); green flash every 5 s. 5 m (17 ft) square white concrete tower with double gallery. A photo is available, Google has a distant street view, and Bing has a distant satellite view. Located at the north end of a reef projecting from Binagon Point in Romblon harbor. Accessible only by boat. Site open; probably nothing prevents climbing on the tower. Admiralty F2516; NGA 14552.
Agbatan Point (?)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane not listed; red flash every 5 s. No description given, but an approx. 9 m (30 ft) square skeletal tower on the point probably carries the light. Google has a distant street view but the tower is not seen in Google's fuzzy satellite view. Located on a point opposite the ferry terminal of Romblon. Site status unknown. Admiralty F2517; NGA 14556.
* Sabang Point (2?)
Date unknown (station established 1904). Active; focal plane 35 m (115 ft); white flash every 5 s. 5.5 m (18 ft) white concrete tower. Keeper's house and other station buildings, probably abandoned. The tower is not seen in Bing's satellite view. Although this station appears to be accessible no photos of it have been found. Site open, tower closed. Admiralty F2514; NGA 14560.
* Calabago (Calabogo, Calabugo) Point
2002(?). Active; focal plane unknown; white flash every 7 s. Approx. 11 m (36 ft) round cylindrical tower with a flared top. Entire lighthouse is white. A photo with a brief account of a November 2008 visit is available, a closeup (halfway down the page, #9) is available, and Google has a closeup street view (also seen at right) and an indistinct satellite view. Located beside the coastal highway on a promontory on the central east coast of Romblon. Site open, tower closed. Admiralty F2519; NGA 14550.
* Apunan (Agpanat) Point (2)
1973 (station established in the 1930s). Active; focal plane 30 m (98 ft); white flash every 10 s. 19 m (62 ft) octagonal white metal tower with gallery. The earlier lighthouse was described by NGA as a "steel framework tower." Hans-Joachim Schnäkel's view from the sea is at the top of this page, Kathrin Hachenberg also has a photo and a view from the sea, and Google has a satellite view. Located at the southern tip of Romblon Island. Site open, tower closed. Admiralty F2520; NGA 14548.

Calabago Point Light, Romblon, September 2016
Google Maps street view

Tablas Island East Coast Lighthouses
Tablas is by far the largest of the islands in Romblon Province, about 80 km (50 mi) long north to south and about 25 km (15 mi) wide. The northern tip of the island is separated from Romblon by the 15 km (8 mi) wide Romblon Pass; its southern tip is separated from Carabao Island by the 8 km (5 mi) wide Cabalian Channel.
Gorda Point (2?)
Date unknown (station established 1930s?). Active; focal plane 65 m (213 ft); two white flashes every 5 s. 19 m (62 ft) round concrete tower with lantern and gallery, painted white. Keeper's house and other station buildings in ruins. NGA lists this light as a framework tower. James Ricera's closeup photo is at right, Erwin Apao has a 2018 closeup, Jhay Fornal also has a closeup, a distant view from the sea is available, and Google has an indistinct satellite view of the station. Located on a promontory at the northeastern tip of Tablas Island. Site status unknown. ARLHS PHI-026; Admiralty F2529; NGA 14568.
Biaringan Island
Date unknown. Active; focal plane unknown; two white flashes every 10 s. Approx. 9 m (30 ft) white fiberglass tower. A very distant view (2/3 the way down the page) is available, and Google has a distant satellite view. This light marks the entrance to Carmen Bay. Located on an uninhabited island off the northeastern coast of Tablas Island. Accessible only by boat. Site status unknown. PCG-0177; Admiralty F2528.5; NGA 14566.
* Carmen Bay
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 11 m (36 ft); white flash every 3 s. Approx. 9 m (30 ft) concrete post with a stairway spiraling around the tower. No photo available but Google has a satellite view. Located just off the beach north of the Carmen Bay pier in northern San Agustin. Site open, tower closed. Admiralty F2528; NGA 14576.
* San Agustin
Date unknown. Active; focal plane about 12 m (39 ft); white flash every 5 s. Approx. 10 m (33 ft) hexagonal aluminum post, painted white, mounted on a square concrete pad. A 2017 photo and a 2016 closeup photo are available and Google has a street view and a satellite view. Located just north of the jetty in San Agustin, the terminal for ferries from Romblon and Sibuyan. Site open, tower closed. Admiralty F2527.8; NGA 14564.
Calaton Point (Calaton Hill)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane unknown; white flash every 10 s. Approx. 10 m (33 ft) round barbell-shaped white fiberglass tower. No photo available but Google has a distant satellite view. Located on heights of the heavily forested Calaton Peninsula at the southeastern corner of Tablas Island. Site status unknown. Admiralty F2527.7; NGA 14593.
Gorda Point Light
Gorda Point Light, Tablas Island, May 2011
ex-Panoramio photo copyright James Ricerra; used by permission

Tablas Island West Coast Lighthouses
Cabalian Point
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 37 m (121 ft); white flash every 5 s. 9 m (30 ft) square white concrete pillar with four ribs, gallery, and a stairway spiralling around the tower. Keeper's house in ruins. No photo available but Google has an indistinct satellite view and the top of the tower is seen above trees in a Google street view. Located at the southern tip of Tablas Island. Site status unknown. Admiralty F2527.6; NGA 14592.
Port Malbog
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 7 m (23 ft); red flash every 5 s. 7 m (23 ft) light atop a square equipment shelter mounted on a concrete pier. Lighthouse painted white. A closeup photo is available and Google has a fuzzy satellite view. Located at the north end of a reef off the waterfront of Port Malbog, a small fishing port in southern Looc Bay, a broad inlet on the southwest coast of Tablas Island. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. Admiralty F2527; NGA 14588.
Looc Reef
Date unknown. Active (?); focal plane 14 m (46 ft); green flash every 5 s. 14 m (46 ft) slender square concrete tower, with an external concrete stairway winding around the tower, mounted on a square platform supported by four robust concrete piers. A photo is at right, a second photo and a third photo are available, and Google has a satellite view. Located at the north end of a large reef in the harbor of Looc. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS PHI-038; Admiralty F2526; NGA 14584.
* [Looc Pier]
Date unknown. Active; focal plane about 7 m (23 ft); white (?) light, pattern unknown. Approx. 5 m (16 ft) round white fiberglass (?) tower. Mapio.net has a photo, Google has a street view, and Bing has a satellite view. Located on the pier at Looc village, on the north side of Looc Bay. Site open, tower closed. Not listed by the Admiralty.
Guinawayan Point (Ferrol Bay)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane unknown; white flash every 7 s. Approx. 10 m (33 ft) round barbell-shaped white fiberglass tower. No photo available but Google has a distant satellite view. Located on a promontory at the southern entrance to Ferrol Bay on the west side of Tablas Island. Site status unknown. Admiralty F2525; NGA 14582.
* Odiongan
1928. Abandoned but still listed with focal plane 10 m (33 ft); red flash every 5 s. 9 m (30 ft) slender square concrete tower, with an external concrete stairway winding around the tower. A photo is available, Rudy Mariposky has a closeup, and Google has a 2016 street view, but the light is not seen in Google's satellite view. Clearly trees would hide any light displayed from this tower and a Facebook post describes it as "no longer in use." The light was restored with local contributions in 2007. Odiongan, on the west coast of Tablas, is a major ferry terminal and the largest municipality of Romblon Province, with a population of about 45,000. Located on the waterfront street in Odiongan. Site open, and visitors can climb the stairs of the tower. Admiralty F2524; NGA 14580.

Looc Reef Light, Tablas, April 2017
ex-Google Plus photo by Jolly Juls
Poctoy Point (Bantiano Point)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane about 13 m (43 ft); continuous red light. 10 m (33 ft) slender square concrete tower, with an external concrete stairway winding around the tower. No closeup photo available. Kokoy Severino has a view from the sea, and Google has an indistinct satellite view. Located beside the Sato Dizon Beach Resort, just north of the ferry port on the north side of Odiongan. Site status unknown. Admiralty F2523; NGA 14578.

Simara Island Lighthouse
Simara Island (Corcuera Point) (2?)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 20 m (66 ft); white flash every 10 s. Approx. 14 m (46 ft) octagonal cylindrical white metal tower. Several nearby buildings may be remains of a historic light station. Khim Fadallan has a 2018 photo, Kokoy Severino has a distant view from the sea, and Google has a satellite view. NGA lists a 10 m (33 ft) tower at this location. Located at the western tip of Simara, an inhabited island about 18 km (11 mi) north of Tablas. Site probably open, tower closed. Admiralty F2530; NGA 14572.

Maestro de Campo Island Lighthouses
Maestro de Campo is a small island about 20 km (13 mi) east of Pinamalayan, Mindoro, and 50 km (30 mi) northwest of Tablas.

Tunggo Point
Date unknown. Active; focal plane unknown; white flash every 5 s. Approx. 10 m (33 ft) slender square concrete tower, with an external concrete stairway winding around the tower. No photo available but Google has an indistinct satellite view that may show the lighthouse. Located on the north side of a promontory at the entrance to the harbor of Port Concepcion, the principal harbor of Maestro de Campo (Sibale) island. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. Admiralty F2532; NGA 14473.
Port Concepcion
Date unknown. Active; focal plane unknown; red flash every 5 s. Approx. 10 m (33 ft) white concrete or fiberglass tower. No photo available but Google has a satellite view. Located on a promontory at the entrance to the harbor of Port Concepcion. Site status unknown. Admiralty F2531; NGA 14474.
Mahaba Point
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 10 m (33 ft); white flash every 7 s. 10 m (33 ft) round barbell-shaped white metal and fiberglass tower. No photo available, and the tower is not seen in Google's indistinct satellite view. Located on the western tip of Maestro de Campo. Site status unknown. PCG-0165; Admiralty F2533; NGA 14475.

Marinduque Province Lighthouses

Marinduque is an island about 50 km (30 mi) in diameter at the northern end of the Sibuyan Sea, 50 km (30 mi) northeast of Dumali Point, Mindoro. The island is well populated, with a population of about 240,000.
Baltasar Island (Baltazar Island, Tres Reyes Islands) (2)
1980s (station established 1906). Active; focal plane 127 m (417 ft); white flash every 10 s. 19 m (62 ft) octagonal cylindrical white metal tower with lantern and gallery. Original 1-story wood keeper's house in poor condition. A photo is at right, Leonilo Guevara Jr. has a 2018 photo, Joven Lilles has a photo, and Google has a satellite view of the station. The original lighthouse, a concrete tower, is said to have been damaged by typhoons. Located on a remote island, outermost of the Tres Reyes (Three Kings) Islands off the southwest coast of Marinduque. Accessible only by boat. Site status unknown. ARLHS PHI-008; Admiralty F2580; NGA 14184.
* Gasan
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 11 m (36 ft); white flash every 10 s. 10 m (33 ft) square concrete pillar with gallery and four ribs. Lighthouse is white with a red band at the base. Google has a good street view and an indistinct satellite view. Located near the ferry terminal in Gasan, on the west coast of Marinduque; ferries arrive here from Pinamalayan, Mindoro. Site open, tower closed. Admiralty F2584; NGA 14188.
Pangi
Date unknown. Active; focal plane about 15 m (49 ft); light characteristic unknown. Approx. 10 m (33 ft) round barbell-shaped white tower. No photo available but Google has a distant satellite view that may show the lighthouse. Located just off the beach about 2 km (1.25 mi) north of Gasan. Site status unknown. Admiralty F2585.
* Laylay (Boac)
1906. Active; focal plane 8.5 m (28 ft); red flash every 5 s. 7.5 m (25 ft) square white concrete post with a buttressed base. Google has a street view but the small beacon is not clearly visible in Google's satellite view of the location. Located at Laylay, on the central west coast of the island. Site open, tower closed. Admiralty F2586; NGA 14192.
Balanacan (Mogpog, Yellow Bluff) (2)
Date unknown (station established 1917). Active; focal plane 14 m (46 ft) (?); two white flashes every 15 s. 8 m (26 ft) white concrete post rising from a pyramidal base. A distant view is available and Google has an indistinct satellite view. Balanacan, near the northwestern corner of Marinduque, is located on a sheltered cove and is the terminal for ferries arriving from Mindoro and Luzon. The focal plane of the light appears to be close to 30 m (98 ft) rather than 14 m. Located between Mogpog and Balanacan, on the east side of the cove. Site status unknown. Admiralty F2588; NGA 14200.
Santa Cruz Harbor
1915. Active; focal plane 7 m (24 ft); white flash every 5 s. 7 m (24 ft) concrete post rising from a pyramidal or buttressed base. No photo available but Google has an indistinct satellite view. The harbor of Santa Cruz, at the northeastern corner of Marinduque, is sheltered by Santa Cruz Island. The light is placed so it acts as a leading light for ships approaching around either end of the island. Located on a reef south of the waterfront of Santa Cruz. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. Admiralty F2590; NGA 14204.
Baltasar Island Light
Baltasar Island Light, Marinduque, November 2009
photo by Eli J. from the Marinduque
government's blog, Marinduque Rising

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