The day that followed after my Bagatao Island Lighthouse was intended for my visit to San Bernardino Island Lighthouse located in Bulusan, Sorsogon.
Shortly before we left for the San Bernardino Strait, the boatman and guide told me that the sea is unsafe for travel due to amihan, and will last for three days.
The plan was to get to Aroroy for the Punta Bugui Lighthouse the next day and to Jintotolo Lighthouse in Balud the following day. We met some local fishermen as our boat approached the beach of Bugui Point.
As early as 5am, Sir Edwin and I left Masbate for Aroroy. Being unfamiliar, we asked a couple of them to walk with us up the hill toward the lighthouse.
Postscript: While in Pilar, Sorsogon, I am indebted to Mr, Joel Navora, the friendly Tourism Officer of the town of Pilar, Sorsogon, who assisted me and bought my ticket before it get sold-out and personally handed me maybe the last ticket available for that trip.
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Capt Jessup Bahinting's body was recovered the day after along with the plane wreckage on Wednesday, August 22, while co-pilot Kshitiz Chand's body was found floating off Masbate early Thursday morning.
Bugui Point Lighthouse was part of the initial plan during that massive construction frenzy during the Spanish colonial era in the Philippines.
Its design, a Victorian style of architecture, was made of masonry of what seemed to look like coral stones cut in accordance to wherever it may fit the solid wall about one meter wide.
Decorative metal grilles creatively designed surround the fence, balconies and windows.
Faro De Punta Bugui is located in Bugui Point, Aroroy in the northwest point of the province of Masbate.
The lighthouse's location, the route from San Bernardino Strait going to Manila also called as "Southern Passage", was considered a prime spot during the famed Manila-Acapulco Galleon Trade and this lighthouse was the first to be identified as being of great significance.