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Lost heritage: Old Ivatan houses going


Simeon Hostallero counts himself as one of the obstacles to the dream of Batanes province to be recognized as a World Heritage Site for its famed stone houses here.

Posted: June 8th, 2014 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

Boat ride on furious waves a preface to surprising Sabtang

BUILT OF NATURE  This vintage stone house that stands near the colonial San Vicente Ferrer Church in Sabtang town, Batanes province, has roofing and walls 61 centimeters thick and made of cogon, reed, lime, egg white and cut stone. Picture perfect, its Mediterranean blue windows are picturesque counterpoints to the earthen hues of the structure. MANDY NAVASERO/CONTRIBUTOR

As the “falowa” leaves Ivana Port on the main island of Batan to tread the treacherous waves of the Pacific Ocean leading to Sabtang, one can easily spot the ghostly crest of Mt. Iraya looming in the sky-blue distance, a prelude to the breathtaking beauty of this northernmost of Philippine provinces, Batanes.

Posted: May 18th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Fan rooms for P400–the best of Batanes on a budget

VALUGAN boulder beach at sunrise

Last February, I was at the Travel Expo in Mall of Asia’s SMX, trying to score cheap tickets to the US for our family vacation. I ended up with a round-trip ticket to Batanes.

Posted: May 11th, 2014 in Headlines,Sunday Lifestyle,Travel | Read More »

Can you picture Batanes?

Lecturer Mandy Navasero

With many years of experience photographing Batanes, Mandy Navasero has a special knowledge that will get you the special shots you’ll be proud of.

Posted: April 20th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

Why some people shouldn’t go to Batanes

Lola with vakul hat. PATRICK UY

There are many things not to like about Batanes—lack of good hotels, frequent brownouts, a sporadic cell phone signal or lack of it outside Basco, the capital.

Posted: March 15th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Travel | Read More »