Tag Archives: Luzon

Rest of Batan: Mahatao

When I think of Mahatao, this simple church is the first thing that comes to mind – not the lighthouse, Photo taken in 2006. and certainly not the boat shelter, An island detached from the main island provides shelter for … Continue reading

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Rest of Batan: Imnajbu Point

I have taken a photo of this same spot every time I come to Batanes. Taken in 2006 It is, after all, one of my favorite spot in Batanes because of how the road cuts through the low-lying hill leaving a … Continue reading

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Rest of Batan: Rakuh A Payaman

Where wild cattle and carabaos (water buffalos) roam in endless rolling hills – a communal pastureland offering picturesque scenes of farm fields and the Pacific Ocean. There is also the Mahatao lighthouse and Mt. Iraya in the distance, adding to … Continue reading

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Basco Jaunts: Quaint Little Café in Naidi Hills

Heard one of the bunkers in Naidi Hills is now a café.  Open only after office hours because the owners have day jobs.  So I noted to self: to have dinner there tonight. Naidi Hills used to just be a … Continue reading

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Basco Jaunts: Vayang Rolling Hills

Credits: Red overlay by Kari Holts or iKari Design. It is perhaps the most visited in Basco.  This place somewhat epitomizes Batanes in the minds of many… endless rolling hills, blue skies and magnificent views of the sea, the South … Continue reading

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Basco Jaunts: Valugan Bay

Credits:  Quickpage by Antonia Krajicek using the “4Ever” kit, a collaborative kit created by Jessica Sprague.com; Suede Alpha by Miss Behaving 2011. From where we got off, I could hear the splash of the waves; the boulders hardly visible. The … Continue reading

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Birding in Basco

“Wanna tag along?”, invites my birder friend, Christian.  “Why not?”, I’ve never seen an owl before.  Not that I’d see it up close, I realized when we were trekking in the woods… at night, obviously, they’re nocturnal creatures.  Duh.  I’ll … Continue reading

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Torongan Cave: Not To Miss in Itbayat

When asked about the places I have liked the most in my travels, high up there with Africa, my answer would always include Batanes. When I look back at the adventures I had in this northernmost province of the Philippines, our trek … Continue reading

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Itbayat: On a Hunt for Halo-Halo

It was the middle of May; the blistering heat was rapidly zapping my energy… I wanted halo-halo.  We knocked on Nanay Laura’s house as her canteen was closed. A keepsake with Nanay Laura. Her charming Larez Carinderia beside her house … Continue reading

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Siayan

We scrambled through rocks, walked through pastureland until we reached a beautiful beach. As with Y’ami, a shore entry wasn’t possible. The boat took shelter at one side of the island, hidden by a cove of volcanic rocks; the boat … Continue reading

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