Cape Santiago Lighthouse

Calatagan, Batangas

Cape Santiago Lighthouse, also called Punta de Santiago Lighthouse, is the southwestern point of the island of Luzon located within the municipality of Calatagan in Batangas, Philippines. It is a cape at the southern tip of Santiago Peninsula which faces the South China Sea to the west and Pagapas Bay, an arm of Balayan Bay, to the east. The cape has been the site of a navigational aid since the 1 ...

890s.

The area surrounding the lighthouse was slated for a resort development but did not materialize after its developer, the Resort Association of the Philippines, Inc. owned by former Batangas governor Antonio Leviste, was found in violation of environmental laws when it reclaimed some 9,000 square meters of sea area adjacent to the lighthouse. In October 2007, the Philippine Coast Guard Auxiliary proposed to adopt and restore the lighthouse as its headquarters.

Cape Santiago Lighthouse or Punta de Santiago News

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