Batanes' charm lies not only in its breathtaking sights, but also in its people. The Ivatan hospitality makes the outsider feel at home. And believe the woman who's been here four times already (ehem), this place is like heaven-- zero crime rate, kind-hearted people and giggling kids!
Who wouldn't resist cute chinky-eyed kids with smiles plastered on their faces all the time?
I was lucky to have met lots of Ivatans, but this boy's my favorite. He's not only charming, but he's the friendliest of them all :)
Don't we all love the golden hour? One of the must-capture moments when traveling is the sundown. My favorite vantage point for this, so far, is Ivana, Batanes. I caught five sunsets right beside Sabtang island, facing the South China sea.
"Artista ka, 'no?," an Ivatan girl peeked outside her door and asked me with a smile.
On this side of the world, I could sometimes pass as a celebrity. Sure it is flattering but it is the kind of compliment I cannot accept simply because I am an outsider who just happened to look and act differently from everybody else. Yes, a fish out of its water, I tried my best to experience more of the Ivatan culture.
Going here for the fourth time may seem strange for some. But then again, I knew that there is so much yet to learn and see in Batanes. Hence, I deported myself to its rural town, Ivana, located fourteen kilometers away from Basco.
Batanes will always be my favorite destination in the Philippines. Everywhere you look, there is something profound to marvel at. And everything seems to sit in the perfect place, with the perfect music and with all the hyperboles you could ever imagine. I have too many things to say about this breathtaking province, but first, let's start with one of its scenic destinations-- an Old American station.
"You must be joking. You must have taken the jeepney!"
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