This is Batanes


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The hills are alive to the…. this reminds me of the “The Sound of Music” except that this is not Austria. Its not like even the Philippines, but it is.  They call it Racuh A Payaman or Marlboro Hills – where sheeps,cows, carabaos, and sometimes horses graze upon the tropical forage.  It is as if you are at the edge of the  world, but definitely its abundance of infinite vistas make you wonder such beauty and magnificence. One of the most famous spot in Batanes. They say it is comparable to the cliffs of Irelend, the vastness of any Southern European country, but it is Philippines. Where the coldness of the winds are melted by the warmth of the Ivatans, This is Batanes. 

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A wilderness of viridian hills where cows and goats graze upon, rugged cliffs where rocks and boulders cling unto, and the haul of the strong waves upon the shore brought by the enduring cold winds of the Northern Hemisphere.

This is Batanes.

Dramatic, poetic, almost surreal.

Located at the northern part of the Philippines, about 280 kilometers from the country’s main island of Luzon, one may sense the feeling of seclusion and austerity. Yet despite its distance, it is a place where everybody can be at home with nature. Nothing fancy and loud, but the simple and rich culture and lifestyle of the friendly Ivatans, the smooth whistle of the frigid winds upon one’s body, and the breadth of vistas despite its small expanse.

This is Batanes.

Where one can be humble and grateful at the same time.

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Reflection Upside Down at Chawa View Deck

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Mahatao Idjang Boat Shelter Port

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White Beach

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Imnajbu Panoramic Road

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The honeymooners on Vajay ni Dakay –  the oldest house in Batan Island.

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Machuca Tiles and a Clay Tiles on the floor of Ivana Catholic Church

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This specie interest me, i haven’t seen one like this my entire life – Euphorbia cyathopora, cousins to the Poinsettia. 


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Meandering Roads of South Batan

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The mighty carabao at home with the grass. 

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Pandanus tectorius fruit. This specie grows wild on the land of Batanes. 

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Tayid Lighthouse

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This is yet another interesting plant, reminds me of a female body part. Goggled it any yes it is called Centrosema pubescens and its vernacular term is Pukinggan…and yes it dont sound that goof for a Filipino word.

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The crawling thunbergia species clads the doorway of  Mt. Carmel Church 

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The coral stones on top of each other and the bed of  groundcover on the landscape of  Boulder Beach in Valugan.  Huge waves crashes to these huge boulders.

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Vayang Rolling Hills, where everything seems so infinite. 

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One of the ruined houses in Basco City. 

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We rode a bike to reach the Basco Lighthouse in the city.

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This is Batanes.

An isolation with nature

A revelation of God. 

 

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