This traveler revisited all the Batanes locations her grandmother went to in 1995

Irene Maligat
This traveler revisited all the Batanes locations her grandmother went to in 1995
'Taking these photos, it was like we were living in the past, present, and hopefully, future of Batanes,' writes Irene Maligat

In the process of becoming a part of the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage list, Batanes is a destination that should be preserved and protected by all – government, locals, and tourists. With its breathtaking scenery, abundant marine life, and admirable integrity & culture, we wouldn’t want Batanes to change. While progress is welcome, the culture and most of its landscape must stay intact. 

After my 2015 Batanes trip, I discovered my grandmother’s photos from her own Batanes adventure way back in 1995. (READ: Budget guide: 5 days in Batanes)

All I could do was collage them side by side but during our recent trip, my sister & I along with the great efforts of Kuya Harvey & Kuya Arbin of BISUMI Tours & Services, we were able to locate all the photo spots of my grandmother and took photos of them in real time.

Basco Airport. Photo by Irene Maligat

Brgy. Savidug in Sabtang. Photo by Irene Maligat

Cariaso House. Photo by Irene Maligat

Chadpiran Boulder Beach. Photo by Irene Maligat

Mahatao Port. Photo by Irene Maligat

Telegraph facilities at the lighthouse area. Photo by Irene Maligat

View from PAGASA Tukon Radar Station. Photo by Irene Maligat

View of Basco town from Naidi Lighthouse area. Photo by Irene Maligat

White Beach. Photo by Irene Maligat

It felt like fate when we traveled to Batanes and took those photos. The travel dates were actually during the 6th death anniversary of our grandmother. We remembered her by revisiting all the sites she explored back in 2015. 

It felt meaningful being able to stand and take photos where my late grandmother stood almost 20+ years ago. What’s more significant is that nothing has changed. In some sites, there might have been a few restorations but through most of it, it was still the same breathtaking scenery… just taken with a modern camera. 

Marlboro Hills. Photo by Irene Maligat

The spot where my Lola took a photo at Racuh a Payaman (Marlboro Hills) is no longer accessible to tourists because of the aggressive herd. 

When we were at Song Song beach & Kuya Harvey was asking the locals where a specific spot was, they joked, “yung lola nila nandun naghihintay”.

Song Song Beach. Photo by Irene Maligat

 

Taking these photos, it was like we were living in the past, present, & hopefully, future of Batanes.

 

Paderes Point. Photo by Irene Maligat

San Carlos Borromeo Church. Photo by Irene Maligat

San Jose de Ivana Church. Photo by Irene Maligat

Homoron Blue Lagoon. Photo by Irene Maligat

Viewpoint near Homoron Blue Lagoon. Photo by Irene Maligat

Valugan Boulder Beach. Photo by Irene Maligat

If you’ve been to Batanes, have your photos printed and keep them in an album – let’s see if your kids or grandkids do the same as we did. 

The photos are an indication that even after more than 20 years, Batanes is still as beautiful as ever and we should keep it that way. – Rappler.com

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