Burgos: Kapurpurawan Rock Formation
We’ve been always visiting Kapurpurawan Rock Formation for almost 6 years, yet I always revel in that wonderful art of nature. The white rock (probably that’s why its name comes from puraw in Ilocano which means white) is the pride of the town of Burgos and the whole Province of Ilocos Norte, as it attracts many tourists in every season of the year.
Since the rock is situated on the coastline, the strong wind and waves of the sea certainly the instruments for molding its unique shape for thousands or millions of years.
Surely with my lifespan, I can’t be a spectator of how God made Kapurpurawan Rock from the beginning to what it is now. But at least, I became a witness to the changes and developments made there.
A few years back, it’s still underdeveloped and you have to undergo uneven road just to get there. We’re not restricted on going anywhere around the place, even near above the rock formation or below it were the very rough coral rocks located. Years later, the government started developing the road and walking trail to Kapurpurawan, and placed a very long rope and some signs to limit the access of visitors. It was on summer of 2012 when we found near the rock a makeshift stone cave and some props that were said to be used for the “Enteng Kabisote” movie. And the tourist guide said that Mario Maurer and Erich Gonzales was there for the movie, “Suddenly it’s Magic” the day before we got there (nice timing, at least we saw the two at Paoay Church). I guess the place became so popular even to moviemakers. Locals also started offering horse rides to skip the edgy coral rocks for only 50 pesos.
And on December 2014, the place is completely developed. The access road and walking trail are completed. Man-made windmills near the entrance complement the scenic view of the natural-made coast. We were also welcomed along the trail by a statue named “Bertong Bayawak” made by Paul Quiano. What is dismaying is the restriction of going up to the rock like we’re used to. Though we can’t blame the government as they only do this to preserve the area and avoid any vandalism and accidents. Just be contented to see the beauty of Kapurpurawan Rock from afar.
PhP10 – Entrance Fee
PhP50 – Horseback Riding
- Before reaching the Burgos town proper from Manila is a sign pointing to Kapurpurawan Rock Formation. From the highway there is a five kilometer road leading to the drop-off point.
- It is advisable to go also to Cape Bojeador Lighthouse on your trip before or after visiting the rock formation.