The Parola at Cape Santiago in Calatagan

By Homerun Nievera, |

It was during my 5th grade in Don Bosco Makati did I first encounter the Lighthouse in Calatagan, Batangas.

I was then a member of our school’s Junior Aspirants’ Club which was known as a stepping stone to the priesthood. We had a field trip to Calatagan and in one of our walks on the beach, we reached theParola as it’s locally known.

The word Parola is actually a literal Tagalog translation of Lighthouse, from the Spanish word Farola.

On this summer road trip, my wife Sweetie and I went to Calatagan just to look for the Parola. We were in Calatagan about 3 years ago but missed finding it. It seemed like a lost icon from my childhood. I had to find it this time.

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