Tuesday, June 12, 2012

It's More Fun in the Philippines: Batanes

I am feeling a bit nostalgic today because tomorrow is the first day of classes in UP and I am left without any classes to study in advance for nor friends and field trips to look forward to. Thus, I opened my laptop and browsed through some photos. Now, I'd like to share with you one of the best field trips I've had in college. I went on a filed trip to Batanes last March 2011 with my classmates from the UP Asian Institute of Tourism. Batanes, the northernmost province in the Philippines, is what they call heaven on Earth with its lush landscapes and unspoiled environment. Our trip there made me realize how heavily endowed the Philippines is of natural beauty. The breathtaking scenery, the kind people (Batanes is practically crime-free!), and the good food, all make up for a fun and relaxing getaway. I'll let the photos do most of the talking from here. 

Fields in Basco makes one want to belt out The Sound of Music tunes!
Valugan Beach
Lying on grass: one of life's simple pleasures
Marlboro Country
One cannot help but snap photos of every astonishing sight
Fundacion Pacita sits on a hill in Basco
Fundaction Pacita was once the studio of artist, Pacita Abad. It was rebuilt into a lodge, with each room resembling a gallery. It is now the premier accommodation establishment in Batanes, with exclusivity and comfort unparalleled by other inns and lodges there.

Staiway leading to a better view of the ocean
I love this photo of my friends

The wind is strong and cold, but you can ditch your thick jackets for an experience you won't get in the city!

Visit the famous lighthouse in Basco and go for a stroll on the beach (Sorry, I forgot what the name of this beach is).

The typical food choices in Batanes include fish, carabao meat, yellow rice, seaweed soup, and of course,  veggies! 

This is how you get around the mountains. It's more fun on the top load! 

We also visited the famous honesty coffee shop. It was not manned by anyone, there are just rules on the walls and a price list on the table.
Would you dare to steal with this plastered in front of you?

The children of the villagers are timid and polite.
A tourist-y shot before leaving the traditional stone houses

I wish I could go back there with my family. Have you visited Batanes or any similar place, too? Share your travel experiences or leave a link to your blog! :)


  1. I've already heard about the honesty coffee shop before. I want to see it, myself. Nice photos. :)

    1. Thanks! The honesty coffee shop is just one of the astonishing things you'll find in Batanes. Everything is so picturesque, my photography isn't even doing justice to the majestic sights! ;)

  2. nice blog...

    Thanks for considering our place... Batanes!

    Dios Mamajes!

    1. Wow you're from Batanes? I'd love to go back if I could! I won't get tired of hearing the waves crash on the rocky shore and rolling on the grass in the afternoon. Such a beautiful place!

      Dios Mamajes! :)

  3. So nice! Batanes is definitely in my bucket list. :)

    1. You should definitely visit Batanes! Schedule it during the summer, though, because storms always hit the beautiful islands of Batanes during rainy season.

  4. WOW. i wanna visit Batanes, i didnt expect Batanes, to be so so beautiful :DDD

    1. It really is!:) you should plan a trip there after the rainy season! :D
      Thanks for the follow, by the way. I followed your blog, too!

  5. The view there is amazing. 0-0

    1. Indeed! Makes me sigh just revisiting our photos there..

  6. Wow! Super ganda namna ng place^^*


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