Memories of Batanes: Philippine Travel Stories

We have a number of our own travel stories on Batanes, from the 12 Ordinary Things that Look Gorgeous in Batanes, the Top 5 Thoughts While Standing on the Rolling Hills of Batanes, to the 15 Tips for your Batanes Travel. There are more Batanes stories in our lumang baul, but let’s give way to photos with our tags or with #visitpinas in Instagram, specially now that Batanes, together with the rest of Northern Luzon, appears to be on the path of Typhoon Ompong.

Where you na?

Waiting for someone is no big deal in Batanes. The view is gorgeous, so much so that you’d want to just sit alone all day and soak the positive energy. Even if you’re the impatient type, you can still entertain yourself by taking awesome selfies, like this selfie at Vayang Rolling Hills, North Batan, courtesy of Maj Flores (check her Instagram account, @majflores, for more photos).

We’re Here Na!

That appears to be the ready reply of these gentlemen, perched on top of the famous “Blow Ur Horn” road sign you see everywhere in breathtaking Batanes. For his description of this laid-back photo, Erwin Navalle (check his Instagram account, @erwinnavalle, for more photos) used a quote from JRR Tolkien: “Not all those who wander are lost.” Not that it matters when in Batanes. You can’t possibly get lost in these small islands. Besides, as we said earlier, it’s ok to get “lost” in these gorgeous islands, as you’ll have more time exploring its beauty.

Sturdy Stuff

Any visitor to Batanes will immediately notice that the island — both in terms of natural and man-made structures — is built, or shaped, to withstand adverse weather conditions. Tourists can still see the solid stone houses, even the newly-built ones like the Fundacion Pacita (home of our favorite camote cake), shown in this photo by Mike Plana, a TV commercial director based in Manila, Philippines (check his Instagram account, @mikeplana, for more awesome photos).

Stay Strong

Batanes has withstood centuries of typhoons that came its way, with its lighthouses and people standing strong. Batanes will weather this storm. It will remain beautiful, as its beauty is shaped by forces of nature, like this view of the Tayid Lighthouse. “Mahatao landscape of rolling hills is a beauty itself. But adding Mt. Iraya on the backdrop is another #BreathtakingBatanes to behold.” Thanks, Paul Labiste, for sharing your story and photo with us (check his Instagram account, @wander_paul, for more photos).

Shelter from the Storm

“Did you know that Batanes is made up of 10 islands? Only three of these are inhabited: Batan, Itbayat and Sabtang.” This is a trivia from Batanes Travel & Tours (check its Instagram account, @batanestours, for more photos), which says that they are the “most dependable source of travel packages to Batanes.” They shared this photo of Mahatao Shelter Port in Batanes:

This port is a safe haven for small ships during storms.

Lilipas din ang Gabi

The night is darkest before the dawn, they say. As we said above, Batanes has endured countless of storms, but has stayed beautiful, even when it’s dark. This awesome shot of the Batanes night sky, complete with the Batanes lighthouse, is also from Maj.

We’re going to update this post, so tag us with your Batanes photos and stories.

[Photos reproduced with permission (thanks). Tag your Philippine travel photos with #visitpinas so we can track it down. Photos will be featured in this blog’s photo of the day and in instagram/VisitPinas, facebook/VisitPinas, twitter/VisitPinas.]

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