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Batanes lies on a group of islands collectively called Batanes Islands and they are the northernmost islands of the Philippines. They are located between the Babuyan Islands (belonging to Cagayan Province) and Taiwan. The islands are sparsely populated and subject to frequent typhoons. The three largest islands are Itbayat, Batan, and Sabtang. The northernmost is Mavudis Island. Almost one-half of Batanes are hills and mountains. Batan Island, with a land area of 35 km², is generally…
Time-warped Batanes: a glimpse of the Philippines of old | GMA News Online
If you're still thinking of a place to go to this summer, the time-warped Batanes group of islands offers a unique eco-cultural experience, allowing visitors to glimpse the Philippines of old.
Batanes Travel Guide
Taming the wind and the waters in the northernmost Philippine frontier, the relatively isolated islands of the Batanes, the home of the resilient and welcoming Ivatans, with its rolling hills, subtropical climate, ancient cultures, windswept traditional stone houses and breathtaking landscapes and seascapes which perhaps make it one of the prettiest corners of the world.
Pacita Abad, a renowned artist and a true Ivatan, had this stone studio built shortly before she died of lung cancer in December of 2004. Abad, who was known for her colorful artworks and vibrant spirit, had this to say about the studio: "Over the past year, I also built a studio in Batanes, the island where I was born, which will enable me to be away three months of the year, to be alone and paint. The studio, high on the top of a hill, surrounded by pastureland and overlooking the Pacific…