Hello everyone! Still in Batanes, but no tour today. Our free day – yay! We woke up late, had a sumptuous breakfast and basically just took it easy. We walked along the street, had some coffee, went to their church, bought some souvenirs, went to have our nails done, found a nice restaurant to have late lunch/ early dinner and went back to the lodge. We watched television at night and talked to the receptionist and other friendly staff. All in all, we really had a great holiday in Batanes.
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Happy Mothering Sunday! I wrote a poem for my mother and I rang her. Anyway, here’s sharing with you our third day of Batanes Tour – the southern part. We started with Chawa View Deck – turbulent waves smashing at the foot of the coast lining with craggy cliffs, the view in Chanarian or Chawa view deck is nothing short of spectacular. Then we stopped at Mahatao, which is the town next to Basco when you’re going to the island’s southern portions via the National Road. Mahatao is divided into four barangays: Hanib, Kaumbakan, Panatayan, and Uvoy. It’s the smallest town in Batan in terms of land area but has the second largest population next to Basco.
Tayid Lighthouse a.k.a. Mahatao Lighthouse. This modern structure was built only in 2000 and completed in 2004. This used to be a functional lighthouse but is now regarded as a tourist attraction. It is rightly located on a hill at the east side of the Batan Island, from which cows graze on the hills. Once there, a stunning view of immense jagged mountains cliffs, hedgerows and a panorama of the Pacific Ocean can be seen.
Liveng/Hedgerows – This quaint quilt-like/ labyrinth-like patterns across farms divide farm lots, protects crops from wind and animals, control soil erosion, host migrant bird, and provide wood and reeds for domestic use. They constitute the sustainable agricultural systems of Batanes. The reeds are also used as ceiling materials for the traditional houses with cogon roofs. These hedgerows add up to the already picture-perfect landscape of Batanes.
Hailed as the “Marlboro country” of Batanes, Racuh A Payaman is a place that makes its every visitor wonder and ask themselves, “Is this real or I am dreaming?”, or “That such a place still exists in the Philippines? ”
Marlboro Country might be one of the most photographed places that an avid photographer would be looking for. The blue skies, green fields, and the hilly terrain and mountains – all of these blend the perfect color of nature that picturesque a perfect creation from a perfect Creator.
A store that lets you buy coffee, souvenir items, and food and leave the payment and just write it down in the logbook. That’s real honesty for you. This place is more of a store than a coffee shop,they sell variety products such as souvenirs,local foods/snacks,there’s also buko juice at the back and surprisingly,there’s motorcycle available for rental.You can also rent the traditional Ivatan stuffs for picture taking,like the headdress (Vakul for women and talugong for men) and Yuvuk which is the woven basket used by farmers.
The San Jose de Ivana Church, also known as Ivana Church, is a Roman Catholic church located in Ivana, Batanes, Philippines dedicated to Saint Joseph under the jurisdiction of the Prelature of Batanes.
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