Text and Video by Mel Asegurado
Batanes is the northern-most group of islands in the Philippines and dubbed by tourism officials as the country’s “Home of the Winds” due to its generally cool and windy weather. It’s a small province that comprises 10 islands but with only 3 inhabited: Batan, Sabtang, and Itbayat.
With Batan being the main island and the most populated with 6 districts including Basco, the provincial capital where I lived in for 15 years.
To prove even more how small we are, there naturally was a time that we were widely unknown, at least up until mid 2000 when have to correct a popular local TV show when they declared another island below us, Aparri, as the farthest northern one.
Batan is just 190km south of Taiwan but the locals don’t speak or understand Taiwanese.
Escape, explore, wander, experience, just live, swim out, inspire, travel, learn and enjoy Batanes!
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