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Sonny Belmonte is Batanes' caretaker in House

Nov 21, 2017 - 6:22 AM

The Liberal Party vice chairman is appointed caretaker of the congressional district of Batanes, a seat left vacant by the passing of LP stalwart Dina Abad

SWS survey, Dina Abad, Human Rights Watch | Midday wRap

Oct 09, 2017 - 12:31 PM

Watch the midday newscast with Marguerite de Leon

Batanes Representative Dina Abad dies

Oct 09, 2017 - 1:30 AM

'You will be terribly missed, Congresswoman Dina Abad. The nation lost another treasure,' says Vice President Leni Robredo

Photo from Henedina Razon-Abad's Facebook Page

PAL starts flights from Clark to Basco, Batanes

Oct 01, 2017 - 10:45 PM

Basco 'is now a short flight away for leisure travelers from Central and Northern Luzon,' says Philippine Airlines

NEW ROUTE. The new flight departs Clark International Airport at 11:45 am every Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday. It leaves Basco 2 pm on the same days. Photo from PAL

Popular tourist spot in Batanes gets road upgrade

Sep 29, 2017 - 1:22 PM

The P34.89-million project gives tourists easier access to the famed Vayang Rolling Hills, and helps improve travel for locals

ROAD IMPROVEMENT. The road leading to the Vayang Rolling Hills, a tourist destination in Batanes, has been improved. Photo from DPWH

Aquino on Duterte, Kian delos Santos, Isang | Evening wRap

Aug 21, 2017 - 9:15 PM

Watch the evening newscast with Acor Arceo

Senate probe, Isang, SEA Games | Midday wRap

Aug 21, 2017 - 1:36 PM

Watch the midday newscast with Mara Cepeda

Passengers stranded in Batanes as 2 PAL planes suffer glitches

Jun 06, 2017 - 10:10 PM

The planes one over the weekend and another on Tuesday June 6 had technical issues PAL says normal operations will resume Wednesday June 7 plus there will be chartered flights

PCG deploys 2 more boats in anti-poaching operations

Apr 10, 2017 - 7:16 PM

The two Monitoring Control and Surveillance MCS vessels are meant to run after local and foreign poachers in Philippine waters

POLICING AGAINST POACHERS. New boats are being deployed to help stop poachers. Image from Philippine Coast Guard website at http://www.coastguard.gov.ph

New flights to cut travel time to Banaue Rice Terraces

Mar 25, 2017 - 11:00 AM

A local airline will offer flights from Clark to reduce total travel time to the popular tourist destination

FAST TRAVEL. The new route from Clark International Airport to Bagabag, Nueva Vizcaya is expected to cut travel time to the Banaue Rice Terraces in more than half.

The Ivatan genealogy in my DNA

Mar 19, 2017 - 2:00 PM

A scientist traces his personal origins thanks to DNA

Beyond the postcards: Batanes and climate change

Mar 01, 2017 - 1:15 PM

We need to view Batanes in a different light: less glossy than in travel magazines yet less desperate than in weather reports; a real place where people affected by climate change live

DIFFERENT VIEW. A lighthouse in Batanes offers a different vantage point by which to view the island. Photo by Airah Cadiogan/Oxfam

Batanes: Facing the new normal of climate change

Mar 01, 2017 - 1:00 PM

For remote communities in Batanes weathering typhoons is nothing new but climate change threatens to uproot their homes and destroy their livelihoods Watch this 360 video on how communities in Itbayat are facing their new normal

CHANGE IS COMING. Nanang Tinang, a community elder in Itbayat, Batanes, converses with a fellow Ivatan. Photo by Airah Cadiogan/Oxfam

DOST scientists receive AFP 'Gawad sa Kaunlaran'

Dec 30, 2016 - 12:52 PM

The awardees are DOST Executive Director Dr Mahar Lagmay and geologists Peter Khallil Figueroa Ferrer and Carmille Marie Escape

Taiwan donates P1 M to Ferdie-hit Batanes

Nov 25, 2016 - 2:07 PM

This comes after Typhoon Ferdie Meranti damaged government facilities worth P244 99 million in Batanes

TAIWAN'S DONATION. Representing Taiwan, Dr Gary Song Huann-Lin (3rd from right) donates P1 million to Batanes on November 25, 2016, after Typhoon Ferdie (Meranti) made landfall on September 14, 2016. Photo courtesy of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in the Philippines

#ReliefPH: Catholic Church launches solidarity appeal for Batanes

Oct 05, 2016 - 11:00 AM

The typhoon hit province still needs food shelter water and non food items says NASSA Caritas Philippines national director Archbishop Rolando Tria Tirona

'Ferdie' victims in Batanes to receive housing aid

Sep 19, 2016 - 9:30 PM

Typhoon Ferdie causes over P500 million in damages as of September 19

AFTERMATH. Nearly 2,000 homes have been devastated by Typhoon Ferdie in Batanes. Photo from the Office of the Vice President

WATCH: Zero casualty: Government reaches isolated Batanes island

Sep 18, 2016 - 8:24 PM

We will treat rehabilitation in Batanes with urgency’ says Undersecretary Ricardo Jalad NDRRMC chief

BATANES DESTRUCTION. Photo courtesy of Ricardo Jalad

WATCH: #FerdiePH: Gov asks Duterte to help rehabilitate Batanes

Sep 18, 2016 - 10:33 AM

The initial estimate of the typhoon damage in the province is at P369 million

REBUILDING BATANES. An Ivatan family in a village in Basco, Batanes begins to rebuild their home which was destroyed by Typhoon Ferdie. Photo by DSWD/Batanes Provincial Social Welfare Office

Typhoon Ferdie: Batanes under state of calamity

Sep 16, 2016 - 5:30 PM

The province does not have power and communication lines are cut in the towns of Basco Itbayat and Mahatao

Photo by Aeron Mayor

Typhoon Ferdie: Communication lines down in Batanes

Sep 14, 2016 - 11:24 AM

The towns of Basco and Itbayat can t be contacted the regional civil defense office reports

Satellite image of Typhoon Meranti as of September 14, 02:30 UTC. Image courtesy NOAA

Northern Luzon braces for Typhoon Ferdie

Sep 13, 2016 - 1:15 PM

Classes are suspended in Cagayan and Batanes provinces while the Philippine Coast Guard monitors coastal areas for possible storm surges

Photo by Raymon Dullana/Rappler

At least 169 Cagayan Valley officials surrender in anti-drug drive

Sep 08, 2016 - 9:34 PM

Isabela has the highest number of surrenderees at 114 while Batanes has no record of any government official who surrendered to the authorities

Masyarakat Yogya belajar antisipasi radiasi nuklir

Sep 01, 2016 - 6:48 PM

Kemungkinan bencana bisa terjadi seperti ledakan dan radiasi akibat kebocoran reaktor nuklir

In Batanes, an age-old fishing tradition lives on

May 21, 2016 - 8:29 PM

Traveler Potpot Pinili trails special dorado catchers in Batanes following ancient fishing traditions called kapayvanuvanua

FRESH CATCH. Dorados are golden when they're fresh from the sea. Its golden hues fade as they start to die. Photo by Potpot Pinili/Rappler

PH authorities nab suspected Chinese poachers off Batanes

May 17, 2016 - 11:54 AM

UPDATED The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources and the Philippine Coast Guard intercept 2 Chinese fishing vessels flying inverted Philippine flags – seen as a means to hide their true identity

SUSPECTED CHINESE POACHERS. Philippine authorities intercept a Chinese fishing vessel flying an inverted Philippine flag in waters between Babuyan Island and Batanes on May 16, 2016. Photo courtesy of BFAR

In Batanes, Sabtang Island celebrates first ever Vakul-Kanayi Festival

Apr 30, 2016 - 4:34 PM

Contributor Potpot Pinili watches as the small town in Batanes throws a lovely festival full of color and joy

VAKUL-KANAYI FESTIVAL. The Ivatans are known to be skilled farmers & fishermen whose livelihood styles have been honed by their extreme weather conditions. Photo by Potpot Pinili/Rappler

Attention, travelers: Wakay Air now flies to Batanes

Mar 30, 2016 - 12:39 PM

Landing gracefully on Ivatan soil for the first time Wakay Air touches down to a cheering crowd at Basco Airport in Batanes

MAIDEN FLIGHT. DOT regional directors Venus Tan & Virgilio Maguigad flanked by Ivatans in their traditional headpiece called vakul led the ribbon-cutting ceremony as Wakay Air & AirSwift executives look on. Photo by Potpot Pinili/Rappler

Batanes artists collective: When art meets bayanihan

Mar 15, 2016 - 9:53 PM

A look at Batanes vibrant art scene and how locals promote their culture through art literature and music

All of these artworks are for sale. Perfect for tourists who would want to bring a piece of Batanes back in their hometown.

Budget guide: 5 days in Batanes

Feb 27, 2016 - 8:23 PM

Traveler Irene Maligat spends around P8,300 on a 5-day trip to Batanes. Here's her adventure-filled itinerary, plus budget tips for those looking to save while on vacation

Chavayan Stone Houses

Lebih 30 tahun berkemah di depan Gedung Putih, Connie meninggal dunia

Jan 28, 2016 - 7:58 PM

Aktivis anti nuklir yang gigih Kisah rumah tangga dan asmaranya amat getir

ANTI NUKLIR. Picciotto berpose di seberang Gedung Putih, 4 Maret 2009. Foto oleh TIM SLOAN / AFP

Robbers take P3.4M in funds meant for 4Ps beneficiaries in Albay

Jan 27, 2016 - 6:57 PM

The suspects reportedly forcibly enter the house of the village councilor and hogtie the employees of Smart Natco before taking the group s money and valuables

SC upholds disqualification of 2013 Batanes mayoral candidate

Oct 16, 2015 - 7:30 AM

Rogelio Caballero who was mayor of Uyugan Batanes in 2013 but was disqualified due to residency issues will now run as provincial board member under UNA

Who is running in Cagayan Valley | 2016 Elections

Oct 11, 2015 - 1:00 AM

UPDATED Rappler s list of candidates for local positions in Cagayan Valley

Batanes pols start 'trend' of LP allies jumping ship to UNA?

Sep 15, 2015 - 12:11 PM

It is really very auspicious that Batanes started it all because Batanes is the northernmost province So we hope this trend would go from north to south says UNA s secretary general

NEW ALLIES. After the oath-taking ceremony in the Coconut Palace on September 14, Batanes Governor Vicente Gato (middle) and engineer Nicanor Abad (right) are now members of Vice President Jejomar Binay's (left) United Nationalist Alliance. File photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

Butch Abad's estranged brother joins Binay party

Sep 14, 2015 - 2:41 PM

UPDATED Nicanor Abad elder brother of President Aquino s budget secretary will challenge Butch Abad s wife in the congressional race in their home province of Batanes

ALLIES. Nicanor Abad (3rd from left), Batanes Governor Vicente Gato (2nd from left), and Vice Governor Ronaldo Aguto (left) swear before Vice President Jejomar Binay as new members of the United Nationalist Alliance. Photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

Storm signals lifted as Ineng moves away from PH

Aug 23, 2015 - 5:44 PM

Typhoon Ineng is expected to leave the Philippine area of responsibility any time from Sunday evening to Monday morning

Typhoon Ineng continues to weaken, speeds away from PH

Aug 23, 2015 - 7:45 AM

Batanes and the Calayan and Babuyan island groups remain under storm warning signals

Typhoon Ineng weakens slightly

Aug 20, 2015 - 6:16 AM

UPDATED Storm signals are hoisted over 17 areas in Luzon as the typhoon makes its way to the northern edge of the Philippines

Typhoon Ineng: Batanes, Cagayan under Signal #2

Aug 19, 2015 - 7:26 AM

UPDATED Typhoon Ineng international codename Goni continues its westward movement moving closer towards extreme northern Luzon

Typhoon Hanna, South China Sea, Gozon settlement | 12PM wRap

Aug 07, 2015 - 12:32 PM

Watch the 12PM edition of Rappler s newscast The wRap

P15M illegal drugs seized in Batanes

Aug 01, 2015 - 7:13 PM

Batanes Police Chief Edgardo Pamittan says police do not know who produced the drugs

PH still mulling fisheries deal with Taiwan amid sea row

Jun 17, 2015 - 4:41 PM

While the proposed deal will not define borders it will set protocols on the arrest and detention of fishermen

TAIWANESE IN BATANES. Batanes residents regularly spot Taiwanese boats entering Batanes, a group of islands in northern Philippines. Photo courtesy of Byron Peralta

PH confirms standoff with Taiwan off Batanes

Jun 03, 2015 - 3:21 PM

The Philippines urges the signing of a landmark fisheries agreement to prevent the occurrence of similar incidents

TAIWANESE IN BATANES. Batanes residents say more Taiwanese boats entered Batanes waters after a controversial shooting incident in 2013. Photo courtesy of Byron Peralta

6 PH beach trips and the breathtaking views

May 31, 2015 - 3:34 PM

There s no sand on these beaches – instead rocks and pebbles dot the spectacular views

Typhoon Dodong: Evacuations helped lower toll

May 11, 2015 - 3:20 PM

People listened to our warnings They ve learned their lesson from past storms

Typhoon Dodong speeds up, moves past Batanes

May 11, 2015 - 11:54 AM

Batanes remains under storm signal number 3; in the open seas around the province ocean wave heights can exceed 14 meters PAGASA says

Typhoon Dodong maintains strength overnight

May 11, 2015 - 7:43 AM

The typhoon is expected to exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility by Tuesday May 12

Typhoon Dodong: Isabela, Cagayan warned of storm surges

May 10, 2015 - 3:45 PM

NDRRMC Usec Alexander Pama warns the public to also prepare for possible flooding and landslides caused by the typhoon

Batanes mayor to LGUs: Invest more in out-of-school youth

Apr 08, 2015 - 1:11 PM

Huwag naman tayong masyadong tipid sa pagbigay ng suporta financially sa mga ito Sabtang Mayor Maxilindo Babalo urges other local government units

HELPING THE YOUTH. The municipality of Sabtang has identified 77 out-of-school youth, all of which are now learners under the education department's Abot Alam program. Photo by Jee Geronimo/Rappler