Lighthouses of the Eastern Philippines

The Philippines include more than 7000 islands stretching over 1750 km (1100 mi) of the western Pacific. The archipelago was a Spanish colony until the Spanish-American War of 1898, which brought the islands under U.S. administration. Japan occupied the islands during World War II (1942-45), and the country became independent shortly thereafter (1946).

This page lists lighthouses in the eastern part of the Phillipines, including the Bicol and Eastern Visayas Regions. This area includes the southeastern "tail" of Luzon and the island provinces of Catanduanes, Masbate, Samar, and Leyte. In the center of the area is the crucial San Bernardino Strait, between Luzon and Samar, the only passage from the Pacific Ocean into the central Philippines.

In the list, lighthouses are grouped under the closest major island, although a great many of the lighthouses are actually located on small islands in the nearby shipping lanes.

The lighthouse preservation movement is gaining some momentum in the Philippines. Until recently, all of the historic light stations were in very poor condition. However, the Philippines Coast Guard, which operates aids to navigation in the country, has recently repaired and renovated many of the towers. An "adopt a lighthouse" program has taken hold, and there's hope more extensive restorations will be carried out within the next few years.

Philippine lighthouses are often called parolas. Many Philippine lighthouses are not well known, so better information and photos are needed.

ARLHS numbers are from the ARLHS World List of Lights. Admiralty numbers are from volume F of the Admiralty List of Lights & Fog Signals. U.S. NGA List numbers are from Publication 112.

General Sources
Philippine Lighthouses
8 historic photos posted by Johann Stockinger.
Lighthouses in the Philippines
Wikipedia article, with links to articles on several of the individual lighthouses.
Spanish Lighthouses of the Philippines
This is the Directory's own list of the Spanish light stations, with notes on their current status.
Lighthouses in the Philippines
Photos available from Wikimedia.
World of Lighthouses - Philippines
Photos available from Lightphotos.net.
Marine Safety Services Command - Lighthouses
Lists of active lighthouses maintained by MSSC.
 

San Bernardino Island Light
San Bernardino Island Light, Sorsogon
Philippines Coast Guard photo

Bicol Region Lighthouses

Catanduanes Lighthouses
Note: Catanduanes is an island province off the southeastern coast of Luzon. The island is about 90 km (55 mi) long from north to south and 50 km (30 mi) wide; its population is about 230,000.
* Lolong Point (Panay Island) (2?)
Date unknown. Reactivated (inactive 2006-2014); focal plane 56 m (184 ft); white flash every 5 s. 30 m (99 ft) white concrete tower with two galleries. The building has an enclosed 2-story square base, an octagonal skeletal section topped by a gallery, and then a square cylindrical section topped by the octagonal second gallery. This is a structure of the "Apo Reef" class. Marc Capistrano's photo is at right, ARLHS has Capistrano's view from the sea, and Google has a satellite view. The Municipality of Panganiban calls this tower "the most modern and sophisticated Panay Lighthouse." However, Capistrano reported after a May 2008 visit that the light had lost its keeper in 2006 following a typhoon and had been out of service since. After many appeals by local officials and fishermen, the light was finally restored in May 2014. The lighthouse marks a right-angle turn in the direction of the east coast of the Philippines. Located on Panay Island, a small island off the northeastern corner of Catanduanes province. Accessible only by boat. Site status unknown. ARLHS PHI-086; Admiralty F2794; NGA 14112.
* [Baras]
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 21.5 m (70 ft); red flash every 5 s. 9 m (30 ft) concrete post with four buttresses Lighthouse painted white. A photo is available, and the light is barely visible in Google's satellite view. Located on a promontory on the east side of Baras Bay, on the southeastern coast of Catanduanes. Site open, tower closed. Admiralty F2790; NGA 14108.
* Virac
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 12 m (39 ft); red flash every 5 s. 7.5 m (25 ft) round hourglass-shaped white fiberglass tower. A photo is available, but the light is inconspicuous in Google's satellite view of the station. Located just north of the main pier in Virac, the capital city of Catanduanes, near the south end of the island. Site open, tower closed. Admiralty F2788; NGA 14104.
Sialat Point (2)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 108 m (354 ft); white flash every 4 s. 10 m (33 ft) tower, described as skeletal by the light lists but listed as concrete by the Coast Guard. No photo available, but Google has a distant satellite view. This light guides vessels in the Maqueda Channel, the strait separating Catanduanes from the mainland. Located at the southwestern tip of Catanduanes. Site status unknown. Admiralty F2784; NGA 14096.

Albay Lighthouses
San Miguel Island
2009(?). Active; focal plane about 15 m (49 ft); two green flashes every 4 s. Approx. 10 m (33 ft) round barbell-shaped white fiberglass tower. Mark Edson Rodriguez has a distant view from the sea, and Google has a distant satellite view. Note: There is another San Miguel Island Light in Masbate (see below). Located at the northwestern tip of San Miguel, an island off the south coast of the Lagonoy Gulf. Site status unknown. Admiralty F2800; NGA 14129.

Lolong Point Light
Lolong Point Light, Catanduanes, May 2008
photo copyright Marc V. Capistrano
used by permission

Ungay Point (2)
Date unknown (station established 1911). Active; focal plane 94 m (307 ft); white flash every 7 s. 10 m (33 ft) round aluminum tower, according to the Coast Guard. No photo available, but Google has a satellite view of the station. The original lighthouse was concrete. This lighthouse marks the Albay Gulf, leading to the seaport of Legazpi, the largest city of southeastern Luzon. Environmentalists are protesting mining operations in the area. Located at the eastern end of Rapu-Rapu Island. Site status unknown. ARLHS PHI-064; Admiralty F2808; NGA 14136.

Sorsogon Lighthouses
Note: Sorsogon is the southeasternmost province of Luzon, occupying the extreme tip of the Bicol Peninsula.
* Barcelona
Date unknown. Active; focal plane unknown; white flash every 10 s. Approx. 10 m (33 ft) round hourglass-shaped white fiberglass tower. A closeup (3/4 the way down the page) and another photo (about 2/3 the way down the page) are available, and Google has a satellite view. Located near the ruins of a Spanish fort on the south side of Barcelona, a small port on the extreme east end of Sorsogon. Site open, tower closed. Admiralty F2818.4; NGA 14145.
San Bernardino Island
1896. Active; focal plane 41 m (136 ft); white flash every 10 s. 12 m (39 ft) granite block tower with gallery, painted white. The original lantern and 3rd order Fresnel lens were removed in the late 1990s. They were replaced by an extension of the tower with a second gallery and the light mounted on a mast. The extension is painted white; the original tower, originally unpainted, is now also white. 1-story keeper's houses in ruins. A Coast Guard photo is at the top of this page, and Joel France has a photo, but Google has only a fuzzy satellite view of the island. Located atop a small island at the eastern entrance to San Bernardino Strait, the passage into the central Philippines between the islands of Luzon and Samar. Accessible only by boat. Site and tower closed. ARLHS PHI-052; Admiralty F2488; NGA 14148.
Bagatao Island
1904. Active; focal plane 41 m (135 ft); white flash every 5 s. 9 m (29 ft) tourelle steel tower with octagonal lantern and gallery, painted white. Keeper's houses demolished. A Coast Guard photo is at right, a blog post about a 2013 visit has two photos, the top of the tower is visible on the ridge in a view from the beach, and Google has a satellite view of the station. The lighthouse was ordered by Spanish authorities and prefabricated in France; it was one of several such lighthouses installed by the U.S. early in its administration. According to Manual Noche, the small lighthouse is rusty but appears reasonably sound. Located at the eastern end of the island, in the entrance to the Bay of Sorsogon west of Magallanes. Accessible only by boat. Site status unknown; the island is accessible by passenger ferry from Magallanes. ARLHS PHI-006; Admiralty F2536; NGA 14164.
* [Bulan]
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 10 m (33 ft); red flash every 5 s. 8.5 m (28 ft) square concrete post with a stairway winding around it. A photo (last photo on the page) is available, but the slender tower has not been found in Google's satellite view of the town. Located near the waterfront in Bulan, a town on the west side of Sorsogon facing the Ticao Pass. Site open, tower closed. Admiralty F2546; NGA 14160.
Bagatao Island Light
Bagatao Island Light, Sorsogon
Philippines Coast Guard photo

Masbate Lighthouses
Note: Masbate is a fishhook-shaped island located south of Luzon's southeastern Bicol Peninsula and northwest of Samar. Geographically it is the northernmost of the islands known as the Visayas, but it is governed along with southeastern Luzon as part of the Bicol Region. Aroroy, on the north coast, is the major port.
* Jintotolo (Gintotolo) Island
1890s. Active; focal plane 57 m (187 ft); three white flashes every 10 s. 15.5 m (51 ft) square cylindrical stone tower with lantern and gallery. 1-story keeper's house. A photo is at right, Michael Denne has a 2011 photo, the lighthouse appears on a postage stamp, and Google has a satellite view. Located on an island off the southwestern tip of Masbate in Jintotolo Strait, an important shipping route to and from the central Philippines. Accessible only by boat. Site status unknown. ARLHS PHI-035; Admiralty F2292; NGA 14624.
* Bugui Point (1)
1903. Inactive. 15 m (49 ft) masonry tower. Keeper's house. Aaron Vicencio has a photo, and the lighthouse appears on a postage stamp, and Google has a satellite view of the station. This lighthouse has Spanish architecture; it was apparently constructed by the Spanish, but it does not seem to have been in service by 1898; apparently the Americans activated it. The lighthouse has been abandoned and is clearly deteriorating; the roof of the keeper's house has collapsed. Located at the northwestern point of Masbate, a landmark on the traditional Southern Passage to Manila from San Bernardino Strait. Site apparently open, tower status unknown. ARLHS PHI-070.
* Bugui Point (2)
Date unknown (station established 1903). Active; focal plane 66 m (218 ft); three white flashes every 10 s. Approx. 15 m (49 ft) white round cylindrical tower with flared top. The Coast Guard has a fuzzy closeup, and Aaron Vicencio has a photo of the station. Located next to the historic lighthouse. Admiralty F2510; NGA 14600.
Ajuga (Ajoga) Point
2008. Active; focal plane about 22 m (72 ft); three white flashes every 10 s. Approx. 10 m (33 ft) round barbell-shaped white fiberglass tower. A view from the sea is available, and Google has a distant satellite view. Located at the southeastern tip of Burias Island, one of the three major islands of Masbate province. Site status unknown. Admiralty F2503; NGA 14602.
Jintotolo Light
Jintotolo Light, Masbate, 2010
Panoramio photo copyright Leanne19951; permission requested
Malapingan (Bagasiong Point)
2008. Active; focal plane about 22 m (72 ft); white flash every 5 s. Approx. 10 m (33 ft) round barbell-shaped white fiberglass tower.No photo available, but Google has a distant satellite view. Located on a headland on the south side of Burias Island, about 30 km (19 mi) northwest of Ajuga Point. Site status unknown. Admiralty F2503.2; NGA 14602.5.
* Colorado Point
1908. Active; focal plane 33 m (109 ft); two red flashes every 5 s. 5 m (16 ft) concrete tower with keeper's house. No photo available, but Google has a satellite view. There may have been a Spanish light at this location, but the present lighthouse is American. Located on the west side of the entrance to the harbor of Aroroy, on the north coast of Masbate. Probably accessible only by boat. Site apparently open, tower status unknown. ARLHS PHI-020; Admiralty F2508; NGA 14604.
San Miguel Island (Tikao Island, Ticao Island)
Date unknown (station established 1907). Active; focal plane 68 m (223 ft); three white flashes every 15 s. 11 m (36 ft) slender square concrete tower with an external concrete stairway winding around the tower. A distant view is available (click on the photo for magnification), and Google has a satellite view of the station. This relatively modest light is an important waymark for ships sailing the Southern Passage south of Luzon. Note: There is another San Miguel Island Light in Albay (see above). Located on a small island at the end of a ridge extending from the northwestern tip of Ticao, an island that lies parallel with the north coast of Masbate. Accessible only by boat. Site status unknown. ARLHS PHI-054; Admiralty F2502; NGA 14612.
Matabao Island (Argos Point) (2)
Date unknown (station established 1907). Active; focal plane 32 m (105 ft); white flash every 5 s. 10 m (33 ft) round white concrete tower. No photo available, but Google has a satellite view of the station. It is possible that the original lighthouse, a "concrete house," also survives here. Located at the southeastern end of Matabao, where it marks the north side of the southern entrance to the channel between Masbate and Ticao. Accessible only by boat. Site status unknown. ARLHS PHI-005; Admiralty F2498; NGA 14616.
* Masbate Harbor (1)
Date unknown. Inactive. 13 m (43 ft) square skeletal tower, mounted on a 1-story building. The tower was painted with red and white horizontal bands, although the paint has faded. A photo is available. Located close to the modern lighthouse (next entry).
* Masbate Harbor (2)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 16 m (52 ft); red flash every 5 s. 13 m (43 ft) round hourglass-shaped tower. Entire lighthouse is white. A photo is available, but the light station has not been found in Google's satellite view. Located on the waterfront of Masbate city. Site open, tower closed. Admiralty F2506; NGA 14608.
Caduruan Point
2007(?). Active; focal plane unknown; two white flashes every 10 s. Approx. 10 m (33 ft) round barbell-shaped white fiberglass tower. No photo available, but Google has a distant satellite view. Located at the southeastern tip of Masbate Island. Site status unknown. Admiralty F2505.5; NGA 14606.

Eastern Visayas Region Lighthouses

Samar Lighthouses
* Capul Island
1896. Active; focal plane 43 m (142 ft); white flash every 7 s. 12 m (39 ft) round granite block tower with gallery, painted white with red trim. The keeper's houses are in ruins. Japanese gun emplacements nearby. Manuel Noche found the light station to be in "deplorable" condition around 2000, but obviously it has been restored recently. A photo is at right, a 2009 photo shows the keeper's house, the Coast Guard has a fuzzy photo, a distant view is available, Stockinger has a historic photo, the lighthouse appears on a postage stamp, and Bing has a satellite view of the station. Located at the northern tip of the island facing the western entrance to the San Berbardino Strait and also marking the northern entrance to the Samar Sea. The island, site of a 16th century Spanish mission, is accessible by passenger ferry from Allen in northwestern Samar. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS PHI-045; Admiralty F2492; NGA 14152.
* Allen
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 12.5 m (41 ft); white flash every 5 s. 10 m (33 ft) round barbell-shaped white fiberglass tower. R. Madronero has a photo, and Google has a satellite view. Allen, near the northwestern corner of Samar, is the terminal for ferries linking Samar to Luzon. Located on the ferry wharf. Site open, tower closed. Admiralty F2474; NGA 14988.
* San José
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 13 m (43 ft); green flash every 10 s. 10 m (33 ft) round barbell-shaped white fiberglass tower. A distant view from the sea is available, but Google has only a fuzzy satellite view of the town. Located on the waterfront of San José, a fishing town on Samar's north coast. Site open, tower closed. Admiralty F2482; NGA 14992.
* Batag Island (1)
1907. Inactive. 31 m (101 ft) round cylindrical concrete tower with double gallery, unpainted. The accompanying keeper's houses are in ruins. Romel Jumalon has a photo and a distant view, a blog has closeup photos (about 3/4 the way down the page), the Coast Guard has a fuzzy historic photo, and Google has a satellite view. Built early in the U.S. occupation, this historic tower marks the northeastern corner of Samar and the southern entrance to San Bernardino Strait. The lighthouse is a sibling of the much better known Cape Bolinao Light in northern Luzon. Intended as a landfall light, it is at least 2 km (1.25 mi) from the sea. Located on Batag Island about 20 km (12.5 mi) northeast of Laoang. Accessible only by boat, but ferry service to the island from Laoang is available. Site open, tower status unknown.
#Batag Island (2)
2000 (station established 1907). Destroyed by Typhoon Milenyo (also called Typhoon Xangsane) in September 2006. Approx. 20 m (66 ft) round cylindrical tower. No photo available. As of the end of 2010 this light had not been replaced, although it is still listed officially. The light was located near the historic lighthouse. Site open. ex-Admiralty F2448; NGA 15004.
Capul Island Light
Capul Island Light, Samar, April 2006
Flickr Creative Commons photo by potocraze
Divinubo Island
1906. Active; focal plane 41 m (136 ft); white flash every 5 s. 14 m (46 ft) square white concrete tower with four buttresses and an external stairway spiraling around the tower. Josiah Sicad has a photo, and a second photo is available (fifth row of thumbnails), but only forest is seen in Google's satellite view of the island. Located on a small island southeast of Borongan, in southeastern Samar, marking the entrance to the harbor of that town. Accessible by a hiking trail. Site status unknown. ARLHS PHI-082; Admiralty F2450; NGA 15012.
** Suluan Island (2)
Date unknown (station established 1909). Active; focal plane 138 m (452 ft); three white flashes every 15 s. 16 m (52 ft) round hourglass-shaped metal tower, painted white. The 1-story keeper's house is abandoned. A photo is at right, another photo and a third photo are available, but a cloud blocks Google's satellite view. There are also ruins of the original lighthouse, which was destroyed by the U.S. Army's 6th Ranger Battalion in a raid on the Japanese garrison here on 17 October 1944, a skirmish several days prior to General Douglas McArthur's famous landing on Leyte. This lighthouse marks the northern entrance to Leyte Gulf, off the southeastern corner of Samar. Suluan is also the first landing place of Ferdinand Magellan's round-the-world expedition in March 1521. Located at the highest point of the island about 40 km (25 mi) southeast of Guiuan. Accessible only by boat; transportation from Guiuan is available. Site open, tower apparently open for climbing. ARLHS PHI-060; Admiralty F2454; NGA 15020.
* Guiuan
Date unknown. Active; focal plane unknown; white flash every 5 s. Light mounted on the church in Guiuan. A photo of the church is available; the light appears to be on the bell tower on the left of the photo. Google has a satellite view. Located in Guiuan, a fishing town on Samar's southeastern peninsula. Site open, tower status unknown. Admiralty F2453; NGA 15016.
Mariquitdaquit Island
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 18 m (59 ft); white flash every 4 s. 10 m (33 ft) concrete tower. A view from the sea is available, but Bing has an indistinct satellite view of the dark tower. Located on a small island placed dangerously in the entrance to San Pedro and San Paulo Bay, which separates southern Samar from Leyte. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. Admiralty F2456; NGA 14924.
Suluan Island Light
Suluan Island Light, Samar, January 2004
Flickr photo copyright nelleybelle; permission requested
Jinamoc Island
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 24 m (79 ft); two white flashes every 10 s. 9 m (30 ft) white concrete tower. Keeper's house and other station buildings. The light is just visible in a distant view of the island (click on the photo for enlargement), and Google has a fuzzy satellite view of the station. This guides northbound vessels approaching the narrow San Juanico Strait separating Leyte from Samar. Located on the west side of Juanico Island, about 2 km (1.25 mi) south of Basey, Samar, and 7 km (4.5 mi) east of Tacloban, the capital of Leyte. Accessible only by boat. Site status unknown. Admiralty F2458; NGA 14920.
[Catbalogan]
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 30.5 m (100 ft); red flash every 5 s. 7.5 m (25 ft) white concrete post. The light is centered in a view across the harbor, but Google has only a fuzzy satellite view of the town. Located on a steep hill opposite the waterfront of Catbalogan, a town on the west coast of Samar. Site status unknown. Admiralty F2464; NGA 15028.
Cabilison Island (Almagro)
Date unknown (1930s?). Active; focal plane 70 m (230 ft); white flash every 10 s. 10 m (33 ft) white metal tower. Keeper's house and other station buildings. No photo available, but Google has a satellite view of the station. Almagro is an inhabited island in the southern part of the Samar Sea, between Samar and southern Masbate. Located at the highest point of Cabilison Island, a small island off the southwestern tip of Almagro. Accessible only by boat. Site status unknown. ARLHS PHI-011; Admiralty F2466; NGA 15036.

Biliran Lighthouse
Note: Including several islands off the north coast of Leyte, Biliran is one of the newest and smallest provinces of the Philippines; it was separated from Leyte Province in 1992.
* Mabini (Higatangan Island)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane unknown; white flash every 7 s. Approx. 20 m (66 ft) octagonal cylindrical white metal towe. A closeup photo is available, and Google's distant satellite view probably shows the location of the lighthouse. Located near the center of Higatangan Island, a small inhabited island just off the northwestern tip of Leyte. Site open, tower closed. Admiralty F2413; NGA 15040.

Leyte Lighthouses
Canuay Islet
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 32 m (105 ft); white flash every 5 s. 20 m (66 ft) octagonal cylindrical white metal tower, mounted on a robust stone platform. A photo is available (about 1/4 the way down the page), but Bing has a satellite view. Located on an island marking the western entrance to the Janabatas Channel separating Leyte from Samar, about 25 km (15 mi) northwest of Tacloban. Site status unknown. ARLHS PHI-075; Admiralty F2420; NGA 14908.
Tacloban
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 16 m (52 ft); red flash every 5 s. Described by NGA as a "white structure on top of building." No photo available, and the structure is not obvious in Bing's satellite view. Located near the waterfront of Tacloban, the capital city of Leyte Province. Site status unknown. Admiralty F2457; NGA 14916.
Tolosa
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 127 m (417 ft); red flash every 4 s. "Concrete tower on fort," according to NGA. No photo available, but Google has a satellite view. The fort is now a catholic shrine, the Mt. Inapusong Sacred Heart Shrine. Located on a promontory on the east coast of Leyte about 20 km (13 mi) south of Tacloban. Site status unknown. Admiralty F2455; NGA 14928.
Abuyog
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 23 m (77 ft); white flash every 5 s. 20 m (66 ft) white octagonal cylindrical tower. No photo available, but Google has a distant satellite view. Located on the north side of the harbor entrance at Abuyog, a town on the east coast of Leyte about 100 km (60 mi) south of Tacloban. Site status unknown. ARLHS PHI-065; Admiralty F2454.7; NGA 14932.
* [Liloan Harbor]
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 10 m (33 ft); red flash every 5 s. 9 m (30 ft) unpainted concrete post light with a stairway winding around the tower. A view from the sea is available, and a blog post has a sunset photo (3/4 the way down the page), but the slender tower is not seen in Google's satellite view. Liloan is at the northern tip of Panaon Island, which is separated from Leyte by a narrow passage crossed by a bridge. It is the termainl for ferreies crosiing the Surigao Strait to Mindanao. Located on a point of land at the west entrance to the harbor. Site open, tower closed. Admiralty F2426; NGA 14936.
Caligangan
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 211 m (692 ft); white flash every 5 s. 9.5 m (31 ft) round barbell-shaped white fiberglass tower. No photo available, but Google has a distant satellite view. Located atop a sharp cape on the northeast side of Panaon Island. Site status unknown. Admiralty F2426.1; NGA 14937.
Binit Point
Date unknown. Active; focal plane unknown; white flash every 3 s. 20 m (66 ft) octagonal cylindrical white metal tower. No photo available, and the tower does not appear in Google's satellite view. Located on the southern tip of Panaon Island, marking the north side of the Surigao Strait. Site status unknown. Admiralty F2426.5; NGA 15125.
* Malitbog
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 11 m (36 ft); red flash every 3 s. 9.5 m (31 ft) round barbell-shaped white fiberglass tower. Joel Caturan has a 2012 photo, but the tower is not seen in Google's satellite view. Located on the waterfront of Malitbog, a town on the west side of Sogod Bay. Site open, tower closed. Admiralty F2428; NGA 14940.
* [Maasin (2)]
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 11 m (36 ft); red flash every 5 s. 9 m (30 ft) unpainted concrete post light with a stairway winding around the tower. A closeup photo is available, but Google has no detail in its satellite view of the city. Located on the waterfront of Maasin, a small port near the southern tip of Leyte. Site open, tower closed. Admiralty F2430; NGA 14948.
Canigao Island (2)
Date unknown (station established 1915). Active; focal plane 24 m (78 ft); white flash every 5 s. 20 m (66 ft) white octagonal tower. A photo is at right, Larry Villaruel has a good photo, Ian Rey Abatayo has a closeup of the top of the tower, and Bing has a satellite view of the station. The original lighthouse was a 24 m (79 ft) wood skeletal tower. Located on an island in the Canigao Strait, which separates Leyte from Bohol, off Matalom in southwestern Leyte. Site status unknown. ARLHS PHI-074; Admiralty F2434; NGA 14952.
* Baybay
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 13 m (43 ft); white flash every 5 s. 10 m (33 ft) round white hourglass-shaped fiberglass tower. A photo is available, but the tower has not been found in Bing's satellite view. Located on the waterfront of Baybay, a port on the west side of Leyte. Site open, tower closed. Admiralty F2438; NGA 14960.
* Albuera
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 12 m (39 ft); white flash every 10 s. 10 m (33 ft) hexagonal cylindrical white aluminum tower. A photo and a second photo are available, and Google has a satellite view. Located on the waterfront of Albuera, a town on Ormoc Bay. Site open, tower closed. Admiralty F2440; NGA 14976.
* Ormoc
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 13 m (43 ft); white flash every 5 s. 9 m (30 ft) round white hourglass-shaped fiberglass tower. Russell Fermin has a photo, Edgar Ediza has a sunrise photo, and Google has a satellite view. Located on the waterfront of Ormoc, the principal port on the west side of Leyte. Site open, tower closed. Admiralty F2442; NGA 14968.
Canigao Island Light
Canigao Island Light, Leyte
City of Tacloban Tourist Development photo
Sacay Point
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 10 m (33 ft); red flash every 5 s. 10 m (33 ft) round white hourglass-shaped fiberglass tower. No photo available, but Google has a satellite view. Located on a point on the west side of the entrance to the harbor of Isabel, on Leyte's northwestern peninsula. Site open, tower closed. Admiralty F2443; NGA 14972.
* Palompon
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 11 m (36 ft); red flash every 5 s. 9 m (30 ft) round white hourglass-shaped fiberglass tower. A photo is available, and Google has an indistinct satellite view. Palompon is an important ferry terminal facing the Visayan Sea on the northwest coast of Leyte. Located at the north end of the Palompon waterfront. Site open, tower closed. Admiralty F2444; NGA 14980.

Information available on lost lighthouses:

Notable faux lighthouses:

  •  Embacadero de Legazpi, Albay, has a well-known observation tower and lighthouse, but (so far, at least) it is not listed as an aid to navigation.

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Posted July 24, 2005. Checked and revised September 22, 2013. Lighthouses: 43. Site copyright 2013 Russ Rowlett and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.