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Farola de Isla Capul: A Silent Sentinel

In Barangay San Luis in the sleepy town of Capul is a hill called Titoog Point. This grassy hill in the northernmost tip of Capul has a very picturesque view. On clear days, one can see the outline of Mt. Bulusan, an active volcano in the nearby province of Sorsogon. Looking at the edges surrounding it, one will see the swift rush of current washing over the San Bernardino Straight which separates Bicol from Samar.

On the other side of the hill, one will see a stretch of rugged coastline. The water was calm the day I visited. But when the weather is bad, big waves usually lash the island town. The strong, eddy currents sometimes make it almost impossible for boats to go in and out of Capul.

Perched atop Titoog Point, standing proud 143 ft. above sea level, is a silent sentinel: the Farola de Isla Capul, known to locals simply as “Parola.”

The lighthouse has every right to stand proud. Recently, the National Historical Commission bestowed upon it a marker for its historical significance. The Spaniards started building the lighthouse but it was finished, with modifications, during the American occupation. Since the American period, it has warned countless of ships of the narrow treacherous waters between the Port of Matnog and Capul.

Notice the half-circle spot near the tree (first picture). It is one of the three circular World War II gun emplacements where big guns were mounted to be used by the Japanese Navy against the American soldiers.

Beside the lighthouse is a pavilion, which, sadly, is already dilapidated. But I heard from a tourism officer that this will soon be repaired. I say, it’s high time.

Soโ€ฆI hope you, my dear readers, will also visit this 7-hectare complex someday. It is a great place for having a picnic, picture taking, dating, and some soul-searching ๐Ÿ˜‰

How to get there:
From the town proper of Capul, look for a habal-habal and ask the driver to take you to โ€œParola.โ€ Ask the driver to wait for you as the place is far and it is hard to get a ride back to the town proper. Rate as of today, Sept.14, 2012, is Php200.

How to go to Capul:
Click here.

Posted 5 years, 1 month ago at 6:50 pm.


32 Replies

  1. Oh this place is BEAUTIFUL! So so beautiful! =)

  2. Hi Pepper,
    Indeed!I’d love to visit this place again. Medyo mahirap nga lang puntahan kasi madalas ay malikot ang dagat doon. Maraming salamat.

  3. aninipot Sep 14th 2012

    may college friend ako na sa samar nagwowork. Sana darating yong time na malibot ko ang samar if nagkaroon ng time na bibisita kami. Hopefully. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Ms. Ani, malilibot mo rin ang Samar. Andyan lang naman siya, maghihintay lang siya sa iyo ๐Ÿ˜‰

  5. Anong trabaho mo at parati kang naggagala???!!!!

  6. haha! Binibining Bait, wala pong kinalaman sa work ko ang paggagala ko. Pag nasa work ako, naka-strap ako sa upuan ko 9 hours a day. Minimum yun. Minsan inaabot akong 12 hours hehehe

  7. paupda man, nagpinaipa ka man la hehehe.. ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. haha! diri gad ak napaipa, den. kumusta? kumusta an schooling? sa manila ka yana? pag di ka na busy mag-collaborate kit photo project para sa Northern Samar ๐Ÿ˜‰

  9. sige gad,,, adi la ak tambay sa balay yana, waray pa kalibangan..

  10. Hi Den, aw gasi ko adto ka sa Palapag hehehe

  11. Ang ganda namn ng view dyan! I love the place! Nice photos!

  12. Hi Ms. Anney, minsan pasyalan mo rin ito. Kaya lang, wala pang mga resto sa place eh. But it is indeed a nice place.

  13. Sana makarating din kami sa Samar in the future, gusto kong makita yung pink sand beaches na namention mo:)

  14. Ah, yes, hindi naman jun pink na pink as in super pink. But the white sand has specks of pink. Yes, sana nga ay makarating ka rin sa Samar.

  15. I havent read all ur blog post, will do in the next few days medyo marami hehehe.
    Nakapunta kna dito sa Ilocos? Maganda rin pasyal ka.

  16. Thanks for visiting my blog. Oo nga, medyo marami-rami na rin akong entries hehe. Vigan and some nearby places pa lang napuntahan ko sa Ilocos. Someday, someday, i-explore ko rin ang province mo ๐Ÿ˜‰

  17. uy kaupay man ngada

  18. Aw, oo, maupay gud man didi sini nga lugar. I hope marating mo rin ito, madali lang naman puntahan as long as the weather is good.

  19. first off thank you for visiting my blog. it’s an honor to be visited by the person behind a very interesting site.

    second, the Parola in this post took my breath away. I’m not sure why but there’s something in Lighthouse that fascinates me though I haven’t been near to a real tall one.

    I sincerely like your blog, so expect me to come back in the coming days to do some back reading. and I will surely add this to my blog roll so I won’t miss all your posts (hope u can add mine back ;).

    and it’s good to know that you’re an MIBF person too! yeah this years visitor is a bit smaller compared to previous years. and the booth are more simpler this year. too

    see yah around!

  20. Thank you so much for your kind words about my blog. Ikinalulugod kitang maging bisita ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you also for adding me to your blogroll. I-add rin pita.

    I am also fascinated with lighthouses. It would have been cool to go up the parola but the person in charge of the key was not around. I hope you will be able to visit Capul someday and get the chance to see the scenery from the top of the parola.

    Pareho pala talaga ng na-observe sa MIBF. I hope next year mag-drum up ang attendance. The more people, the merrier hehehe.

    Yep, see yah around, Balut! ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. Thanks for sharing ur wonderful pictures…I realized antagal ko ng di nakabalik dito hehe…musta?

  22. Jag!
    Where have you been? Oks naman ako. Medyo dami lang work kaya di rin ako araw-araw nakakabisita sa blog ko at sa blog ng iba hehehe. Glad you came back. Puntahan ko cyberbahay mo later.

  23. I got alot of friends from this place….I feel bad..taga samar ak pero wara pa ak pakadi…grh! This is on my list pag uli ko!

  24. Aww, don’t feel bad gad, ikaw man. Keri lang. Aada man la an Capul, maghulat la sa imo ๐Ÿ˜‰ Next summer, kadto, bisitaha an Capul. Ig-upod nala liwat pagbisita an Biri ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Salamat sa im pagbisita, igkasi ko Waray blogger.

    I see you went to the Manila International Bookfair. I was there, too. Who knows, we might bump into each other next year, perhaps? ๐Ÿ˜‰

  25. .. wow. the place is so serene. mag-isa ka lang pumunta dyan miss n?

  26. Hi Rob, yes, serene yung place at wala masyadong pumupunta. Sawa na kasi yata yung mga tagaroon haha. May kasama naman akong nagpunta, Rob. Isa na dun yung driver ng habal-habal hehehe ๐Ÿ™‚

  27. wow ang ganda naman.. sarap makipagdate jan sa future groom ko miss N! ๐Ÿ˜€

  28. uuuuuuy….may balak nang magka-groom si joyo haha! Yeah, masarap ngang makipag-date dyan kasi hindi crowded at yung dagat lang ang maingay ๐Ÿ˜‰

  29. Wew! The place is so romantic! Stunning photos sis! ๐Ÿ™‚ Hope to visit this place…gaaaandaa talaga

  30. Sana ay makadalaw si ikaw ๐Ÿ™‚

  31. I love your lighthouse pic.. I collect postcards of lighthouses and have very few of the Philippines… Keep clicking away!

  32. Thanks! I collect postcards, too, of lighthouses.

    If I find a postcard of a lighthouse here in Pinas, I’ll be glad to send you one ๐Ÿ˜‰

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