When the subject of Ivatan culture and heritage is discussed, the attention inevitably gets focused on the most tangible manifestations of such, i.e. the traditional stone houses and centuries old-churches, among others. These are buildings that have withstood the test of time and the elements in the harsh Batanes climate. While those Spanish-era structures themselves capture one’s interest, it does obscure the fact that the Ivatans have a much richer prehispanic past, traces of which have survived to the present day. Continue reading
The visit to faraway Itbayat did not materialize. It was a bit disappointing considering that it was the single most significant destination I was looking forward to in this return trip to Batanes. But I’m glad that it didn’t take place, and here’s why: Continue reading
I actually had a good night’s sleep in the Tourism Office in Sabtang. This was unusual for me because I usually have difficulty sleeping when I spend the night in an unfamiliar place. It’s probably a combination of fatigue from the tour and the excellently filling dinner I had the previous night.
I woke up at around 6 am and walked around Centro. I tried to do my usual exercise regimen but my aching joints seemingly protested even the easiest warm-up routines. From my conversation with Joaquin the night before, we most likely would not be able to catch the first trip going back to Batan so that means I have enough time to walk around Centro before the second trip. I used this time to take pictures of people going about their daily lives, as well as the surroundings.