Monday, December 20, 2010

Road Trip to Northern Luzon, Part 3: The Bangui Windmills & Cape Bojeador Lighthouse.

Feeling rejuvenated after twelve hours of sleep, Sheila and I were ready to travel back to Manila. But first we had our tricycle driver take us to Ilocos Norte's most prized landmarks: The Bangui Windmills and Cape Bojeador Lighthouse.

I was highly impressed with the sheer size of these massive wind turbines, which stood 23 stories high.

I was also genuinely surprised with how relatively quiet these massive wind turbines operated, as I was certain that I would be able to hear the rotor blades slicing the wind. However, all I could hear - maybe it was due to the sound of the waves crashing ashore - was the soft humming of the enclosed generator.

The windmills, which are referred to as the Northwind Bangui Bay Project, were recently installed in 2005 and are considered to be one of the biggest - if not the biggest - in Southeast Asia.

The windmills are an alternative form of energy, albeit a source of clean energy which produces 40% of the Ilocos Norte's electricity. And before the installation of this wind farm, many of the province's inhabitants didn't have electricity in their homes.

Our next and final stop of our weekend-long road trip in the Ilocos region was to Cape Bojeador Lighthouse.

This was my second time to see one of the Philippines' Spanish colonial-era lighthouses, as I'd just seen the lighthouse on Capones Island off the coast of Pundaquit located in the province of Zambales.

However, unlike the lighthouse on Capones Island, this lighthouse appeared to be in better condition.

It's still fully functional as well, and directs ships entering the Philippine Archipelago towards safety.

Our road trip to northern Luzon was a success, and after a 12 hour bus ride from Laoag we safely arrived in Manila. Phew! What a weekend.


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