“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Corregidor Island, Cavite Province, Philippines

Corregidor Lighthouse

Corregidor Lighthouse Marker image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, January 28, 2013
1. Corregidor Lighthouse Marker
Corregidor Lighthouse is a functioning historic lighthouse located 6,972 miles west-southwest of San Francisco, 3,044 miles north-northeast of Sydney, Australia, 692 miles south of Hong Kong and 628 feet above sea level, on the topside of Corregidor Island, Philippines.

Delight in the breathtaking view of the Manila Bay, the South China Sea, Bataan and a birdís eye-view of the island from atop the lighthouse.

The tower is 14.5 m (48 ft.) high. It consists of an octagonal whitewashed stone tower with a lantern and a double gallery that rises from the middle of the single–storey stone keeperís house. There are windows which are arranged in the shape of crosses on the four sides of the tower. The lighthouse emits three white flashes every 20 seconds. The light, generated by solar panels, is visible as far as 36 miles away in the South China Sea. It has a focal plane of 193 m (633 ft.).

The lighthouse is one of the most important in the archipelago. The old Spanish lighthouse was constructed by Spaniards in 1835. It was commissioned in 1863 to guide ships entering and leaving Manila Bay and was improved by the Americans in 1900ís. Damaged in World War II in 1945, and repaired by Corregidor Foundation, Inc. (CFI) in 1989. The present-day complex includes Vessel Traffic System (VTS) Tower, Spanish Photo
Corregidor Lighthouse and Museum image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, January 28, 2013
2. Corregidor Lighthouse and Museum
Exhibit and souvenir shops bounding the quadrangle. The lantern was replaced in the 1990's with a solar powered light as part of the Maritime Safety Improvement Project (MSIP) by the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG). In 1994, the MARINA improved the lighthouse tower by increasing its height and installing more luminous revolving lights.
Other facilities in the complex were constructed and maintained by CFI, the mandated administrator of Corregidor Island since 1987.

Adjacent to the Lighthouse Complex is the Vessel Traffic Management System (VTMS) radar station tower located outside the quadrangle which was constructed by Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) and made operational in 2005 to monitor seacrafts in Manila Bay and guide them sailing similar with an airport control tower for aircrafts.

[Map/photo captions – left side column on marker panel]

Corregidor Island Tour Map . . .
The distance from Topside to Bottomside is three kilometers long. Its width is five kilometers at its widest point. Corregidor Island has an elevation of 626 feet above sea level at Topside and 50 feet above sea level at Bottomside.

The Lighthouse, 1899

The Lighthouse, 1945

[Photo captions – right side column on marker panel]

The modern Vessel Traffic System (VTS) and Radar Towers operating near the old lighthouse image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, January 28, 2013
3. The modern Vessel Traffic System (VTS) and Radar Towers operating near the old lighthouse
- with the Spain-Philippines Friendship Garden in the foreground.
Aerial View

The Lighthouse Today

Vessel Traffic System (VTS) Tower

Seal of the Corregidor Foundation, Inc.
Erected by Corregidor Foundation, Inc.
Location. 14° 22.756′ N, 120° 34.616′ E. Marker is in Corregidor Island, Cavite Province. Marker can be reached from the Topside Tour Trail just east of the Road to Battery Wheeler. Click for map. The marker plaque is attached to the veranda wall of the souvenir/snack shop/comfort station bungalow which faces the Spanish courtyard in front of the lighthouse - out of view to the right in photo No.2, but visible on the marker itself in the photo of "The Lighthouse Today". Marker is in this post office area: Corregidor Island, Cavite Province 4125, Philippines.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Spanish Historical Marker (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); 503rd Airborne- "The Rock Force" -Memorial (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); To the Angels (approx. 0.6 kilometers away); General Jonathan M. Wainwright Memorial (approx. 1.4 kilometers away); Corregidor (approx. 1.5 kilometers away); Malinta Tunnel (approx. 1.6 kilometers away); "For the Repose of Souls" (approx. 2.6 kilometers away); "Tribute to the Brave Heroes" (approx. 2.7 kilometers away). Click for a list of all markers in Corregidor Island.
Also see . . .  Lighthouses in the Philippines. (Submitted on April 18, 2013, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
Additional keywords. "'Spanish' Lighthouse"
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. This page has been viewed 469 times since then and 85 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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