At the Honesty Coffee Shop, we waited for the boat that plies the Batan-Sabtang route from the port off Ivana.
It was late. The waves were strong, delaying its arrival and so its departure. We spent the entire morning waiting to leave for Sabtang. Having hitched a ride from Basco, we can’t go too far so we stayed put exploring the church across. We eventually left for Sabtang after lunch. That was 6 years ago.
San Jose Church in Ivana looks more like a castle to me because of the crenellated walls of the bell tower.
Well preserved, the church is photogenic inside and out.
Today, the church is just as pretty though the recently built port is an eyesore.
What used to be a beautiful view of Sabtang and the sea is now partly blocked by the port.
She is perhaps the most visited and the most photographed woman in the island. Floresitida Estrella, fondly known as Lola Ida, lives in a house known as the House of Dakay – one of the oldest stone house in the island.
An earthquake in 1918 earthquake hit the island and leveled most of the town to the ground, this house survived. We did not visit her this time.
Instead, we headed to Vatang Grill and Restaurant for lunch.
Just along the main road, close to the shore.
Six years ago while waiting for the boat, we had sweet Filipino-style spaghetti for lunch in a small and perhaps the only eatery in Ivana then.
Finally, a good restaurant serving rather good local Ivatan cuisine in this side of the island.