I've been to Capones island four times already and thrice I climbed over to the lighthouse which was just a few walks upward away. My first published travel article was all about Capones Island. This time though we took the longer route since our temperamental boatman does not like the idea of docking near the lighthouse, didn't mattered though as it was still a fairly easy hike of around 45 minutes coming from the back of Capones that faces the Pundaquit shoreline.
Coming from an overnight camping trip at Nagsasa Cove, we passed by Anawangin and at around lunch time proceeded to Capones island. Where we spent a few hours waiting for our boat which went back to Nagsasa to fetch other people and ferried them back to Pundaquit. We didn't mind waiting though because we embraced the idea of just doing nothing and bumming around trying to steal some sleep while within earshot of the splashing waves and the hissing winds.
We took the leisurely hike towards the lighthouse after consuming what was barely left of our camping trip food. A few crackers here and there, Tuna Paella from San Marino and an abundance of a great camaraderie injection. The lighthouse was the same as I've seen it before, though gone are the yellow and golden grass that surrounds it. What lies over it now are traces of bush fires which got me wondering why people still resort to burning dead grass thinking its the only way to replace it with the greener ones.
Anyway, we went up the lighthouse and feasted our eyes on the sensational 360 degree view of the blue waters off Zambales. We went down and back to the beach after 30 minutes of resting at the circle top of the lighthouse.
The lighthouse known as Faro de Punta Capones first went operational in 1890 after 7 years of constructions and stands approximately 15 meters and a little bit over 50 meters from the sea level. It has been operational for more than a hundred years guiding ships that passes by the waters of Subic bay.
The lighthouse is perched on top of a ruined structures composed of signature red brick walls that are present in most Spanish colonial structures. It sits squarely on top of a hill that offers breathtaking scenery of the surrounding blue waters and the coastline of nearby Pundaquit.
A whole afternoon can be easily spent inside the ruined small structure that houses the lighthouse, a cool breeze emanates from all direction making an afternoon nap sounds like a wholly good idea almost as good as making love to your girlfriend at the bell of midnight.
There's a well in front that is still being used and looking down you'll see a few 5 peso coin thrown by obvious wish-happy folks. I didn't threw a five peso coin, but I wished just the same that the lighthouse of Capones - same with other lighthouses all over the Philippines to remain as it is, to be conserved into the next hundred years and to continue being operational and guide passing ships into safety from the shallow depths and rocky islets that surrounds the whole Philippine archipelago.
We went down and back to the beach where we stayed until 3:30 PM, this time the pace was brisk and slow with no hurried movements just to enjoy the path leading back walking into the woods, stepping over rocks and staring occasionally at the sea.
After 30 minutes we were back, some of us decided to swim while I just sat there and stared for the last remaining minutes of our brief layover at Capones, at my surroundings. It was a sight to behold indeed, especially when two "models" came out of their two person tent dressed in sexy suits gamely posed for photographs with two lucky dudes carrying heavy DSLR's with long lens and acting the part of "fashion photographers".
It was for their "modelling portfolio" - They can surely hire me to play the part of a 'photographer' next time and it will be for FREE and it will come with a promo, because not only they will get my services for free, they will also receive lots of loving from me. Anyway it was a great plus witnessing that brief photo-shoot at Capones as we boarded our boats that'll ship as back to Pundaquit and back to the real world. Till next time....
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