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 :)
I met this boy in 2009. He toured me around his Baranggay Chavayan, even showing around a typical Ivatan's kitchen and stock room. And when I came back a year later, I gave him his printed photo. That was my proudest moment as a wannabe photographer, seeing the happiest eyes of a kid who showed his small Kodak moment to his friends and relatives like he's a matinee idol. I returned again the following year, and this time he remembered me as the lady who gave him a photograph a year ago. He toured me again like a long-lost friend, and even joined the "kid" in me with my jump shots.
Now you know why Batanes will always be my favorite place. Breathtaking sights + nicest people = who wouldn't want this perfect combination?
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