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Under The Skies Of Batanes

Posted on Aug 5, 2013 by in Travel | 1 comment

Dark clouds were approaching when I stepped out of the Basco airport.
It turned windy, which made me wondered if October was the wrong time
(of the year) to visit Batanes. It turned out to be the opposite, when
I was admiring the lighthouse moments later. In front of Basco’s
iconic landmark was a panorama that seemed to be taken from a page of
“Wuthering Heights”: the lawnlike slope came to life; the sea became
animated; and the cows were witnesses to such a spectacle. Maybe
Heathcliff and Catherine were the only ones missing in the picture,
but I was delighted nonetheless. This was the northernmost part of the
Philippines.

 

Basco Lighthouse in Batanes

Basco Lighthouse in Batanes

 

It doesn’t mean that fair weather makes Batanes less charming, but
rainy weather reveals the province’s beauty. I could attest to that,
when I visited the former abode of Pacita Abad the following day. I
envied the late painter, as her home offered a breathtaking view of
the rolling hills, Mount Iraya, and Valugan Bay. All of these were
Batan Island’s must-see, and it took me less than a day to see them
all. The day after next, I headed to Sabtang Island, which could be
reached by boat in two hours or less. It was a fine morning, when the
sun showed another aspect of the province.

 

Morong Beach

Morong Beach

 

Half an hour after my departure from the wharf, I stared at the rocky
arch that adorned Morong Beach. The coastline was stunning on a late
morning, but I was told (at the municipality of Sabtang) that there
were other fine coastlines. Then I headed to the island’s leftmost,
where the village of Chavayan was found. Going there was an
experience, as I passed by narrow roads, grassy inclines, and stone
houses, all of which were eye candy. I nearly forgot the view below,
waves lapping the gray seashore, which almost put me on spellbound.

 

Stone Church in Chavayan

Stone Church in Chavayan

 

But images of the ashen sky and dewy hillocks came back (to mind), and
lingered.

 

 

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1 Comment

  1. Sadyang napakaganda ng mga lugar sa Pilipinas. :) Hindi maikakaila na isa na doon ang Batanes at Morong Beach. Ipinagmamalaki ko ang Pilipinas dahil sa natatangi nito’ng natural na Ganda. Ang bansa kung saan ako nagmula. ANg bansa kung saan ako isinilang. Tunay na maipagmamalaki ang Pilipinas. :)

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