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.
So…I 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 😉
How to get there:
From the town proper of Capul, look for a habal-habal and ask the driver to take you to “Parola.” 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: