The port of Basco in Batanes is not just any other docking area. For the northernmost province of the Philippines, this means supplies—eggs, cement, rice—from mainland Luzon, traveling days along turbulent seas to get there. This means a whole lot more to Itbayat, a community of 3,000 living three more hours from the port, the northernmost habitation in the country: it is their only reliable and affordable channel to the rest of the world.
Photo by Owen Ballesteros
You don’t go to Batanes for pizza. Heck, you don’t go to Batanes to eat.
But then again, sometimes, pizza becomes the only logical choice, especially when you just got out of the boat from Itbayat, enduring three hours of lying on your back while waves buffet the faluwa from all directions, sometimes causing you to roll over so suddenly to one side like a piece of log.
So yes, it’s pizza. It’s not even the best pizza in Basco (the crust was too thick). But for weak-kneed city dwellers who just got from one of their most daring rides yet, this freaking pizza will do.
Words by Nikka, Photos by Owen
There are absolutely no words to describe Batanes. It is, quite simply, the most jaw-dropping place we have ever set foot on.
We don’t know if any of the photos we took home will ever accurately depict what our eyes saw, but we tried, we really did. And this video, taken from Sabtang and Batan Islands during the four full days we explored Batanes, is one of these many attempts.
One day, one night one moment
BATAN ISLAND: Valugan Beach, Radar Tukon, Naidi Lighthouse, Vayang Rolling Hills, Diura Fishing Village, Marlboro Country
SABTANG ISLAND: Chavayan, Sabtang Lighthouse, Morong Beach
With a dream to be leaving
One step, one fall, one falter
Find a new world across a wide ocean
This way became my journey
This day brings together
Far and away
~Book of Days
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