The lighthouse of Cape Engaño not only brings you to the past. It also brings you closer to nature—the rolling hills and the grassland, the turquoise ocean and the howling winds of the Pacific.

If you can’t sleep, start counting sheep. But here, count carabaos. I’ve seen at least five, and I bet they’re the only carabaos in the island. Our guide, Ate Prosy, said there’s one family overseeing the island. No one else is allowed to stay overnight and have a dinner date with the Spaniards in the lighthouse. @


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