Fr. Jerry Orbos, S.V.D.
February 20, 2018
Basco (also known as Santo Domingo de Basco) is a fifth class municipality and capital of the province of Batanes...
Basco (also known as Santo Domingo de Basco) is a fifth class municipality and capital of the province of Batanes in the Philippines. Basco is located on Batan Island, the second largest island among the Batanes Islands which comprises the province, and are the northernmost islands of the Philippines. The town is named after Capitán General José Basco, who led the Philippines to freedom from the control of New Spain, which is today Mexico.
Mahatao is one of the most popular towns in Batanes Province, which is located in Batan Island. It is a...
Mahatao is one of the most popular towns in Batanes Province, which is located in Batan Island.
It is a favourite stop of travellers due to its popular attractions. It is in the town next to Basco when you are going to the southern part of Batan Island via the National. Road.
Mahatao is divided into four barangays: Hanib, Kaumbakan, Panatayan, and Uvoy. It’s the smallest town in Batan in terms of land area, but has the second largest population next to Basco.
Interesting sights in Mahatao include: Chawa View Deck; the beautiful San Carlos Borromeo Church; Batanes Boat Shelter Port; and Tayid Lighthouse and the Hedgegrows of Mahatao.
East of Mahatao town proper is the Diura Fishing Village. It faces the Pacific Ocean and is a fishing area...
East of Mahatao town proper is the Diura Fishing Village. It faces the Pacific Ocean and is a fishing area for mahi-mahi or dolphin fish (also called Dorado in Batanes). In this village, Dorado can usually be found on every hut’s roof, drying in the sun. The fishing Sea starts with a Kapayvanuvanua ritual.
After walking around Diura fishing village is the nearby Racuh a-Idi, also called the Fountain of Youth.
Uyugan lies in the southern part of Batan Island in the province of Batanes. Uyugan is bounded by Mahatao on...
Uyugan lies in the southern part of Batan Island in the province of Batanes. Uyugan is bounded by Mahatao on the north, the Balintang Channel on the south and the Philippine Sea on the East and Ivana on the west. The Uyugan town proper is 19 kilometers from Basco, the provincial capital.
In the language of the Ivatans, “Uyugan” means place of flowing water – which is never far away except in the town proper itself. Today’s brook bed that cuts the town proper in half dried up during the severe earth movements in 1918. Uyugan is politically subdivided into 4 barangays : Imnajbu, Itbud, Kayuganan and Kayvaluganan.
Uyugan is said to be the town with the most number of intact stone houses in Batan Island, particularly in Itbud and Centro (Kayvaluganan and Kayuganan). Most tours just drive through Uyugan and Itbud.
Imnajbu is one of the 4 barangays that comprise the municipality of Uyugan in the province of Batanes. It is...
Imnajbu is one of the 4 barangays that comprise the municipality of Uyugan in the province of Batanes. It is also one of the smallest barangays in all of Batanes and in the Philippines.
According to church records, the first mass and baptism in the islands was celebrated in what is now Imnajbu. Fr. Mateo Gonzales, OP, Apostle of Batanes, first landed in Imnajbu in 1682 AD. He came to survey the prospects of evangelization in the Batanes Archipelago. It was in the village of Imnajbu where the first holy mass in Ivatan soil was celebrated and the first baptism administered, making Imnajbu the birthplace of Christianity in Batanes.
Itbud is the most intact barangay in Batan Island. The barangay still has a lot of old stone houses. It...
Itbud is the most intact barangay in Batan Island. The barangay still has a lot of old stone houses. It is one of the oldest settlements in the province.
Nothing much notable about Itbud except for its church named Nuestra Senora de la Medalla Milagrosa that attracts large crowds during its fiesta. It’s a new structure built only around 2005 to 2006 replacing an older smaller church. The new structure was specially designed to accommodate a larger number of churchgoers.
Ivana is a 6th class municipality in the province of Batanes. It is one of the three major pueblos of...
Ivana is a 6th class municipality in the province of Batanes. It is one of the three major pueblos of Batanes in the first half of the 19th century, alongside Basco and Marigatao.
The San Jose de Ivana Church was built in 1814 (although its foundation dates back to 1795). This church is truly unique among all the old churches in Batanes as it is the only one not built in the espadana style of the day. It has a crenellated fortress-like campanile or bell tower that gives the appearance of a fortification. San Jose Church fronts the Ivana Seaport and offers a commanding view of the sea and surrounding countryside due to its elevation. It is 14 kilometers from Basco.
Usher in the New Year with a travelling retreat with Fr. Jerry Orbos, SVD while on a 3-day Pilgrimage to the beautiful province of Batanes leaving on February 20, 2018. Pray, meditate and have a wonderful time of reconnecting with God in one of the country’s most beautiful destinations.
We begin our pilgrimage with a visit to the tiny Diura fishing village. Here, fishermen perform the Kapayvanuvanua ritual to signify the start of the fishing season. Head for the captivating town of Mahatao to visit the historic San Carlos Borromeo Church. Built by the Dominicans in 1789, San Carlos Borromeo Church is recognized as one of the cultural icons of the Philippines. Marvel at the breathtaking vistas of Batan Island en route to Racuh Apayaman, more commonly known as “Marlboro Country. ” Be awed by the magnificent panoramic view of the ocean, windswept cliffs rising above the sea and lush green pastureland with a handful of cows leisurely grazing. Enjoy the moment where the ambience is simply sublime.
Next stop is a visit to the beautiful Mount Carmel Chapel, uniquely modelled after traditional Ivatan houses. On its ceiling are frescoes of different saints of Batanes which are painted by well skilled Ivatan artists. Also known as Tukon Chapel, where “tukon” is an Ivatan term for “mountain,” the church offers a picturesque seascape of the West Philippine Sea and the Pacific Ocean. Visit Fundacion Pacita, situated on top of a cliff with a 270 degree view of the sea, mountains and the sky.
Head for the Basco Cathedral, also known as the Sto. Domingo de Basco. This first and oldest church in Batanes is dedicated to Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, Patroness of Batanes. Enjoy a scenic stop at the Chawa View Deck to gaze at wonderful, picturesque views of the cliffs and South China Sea. Head for Ivana to visit the San Jose de Ivana Church, one of the best preserved churches in the region. Stop by at the Honesty Coffee Shop, one of the most famous man-made attractions in Batanes. Uniquely known for its business concept, the store is unmanned and solely relies on the honesty of the customers for payment of goods.
Proceed to Uyugan, the town with the most number of intact stone houses in Batan Island. Visit Imnajbu, the birthplace of Christianity in Batanes. Here, the first mass and baptism in the island was celebrated by the Dominicans who first landed in Imnajbu in 1682.
Join a 3-day Pilgrimage to Batanes with Fr. Jerry Orbos, SVD leaving on February 20, 2018 and savor your inner serenity amidst the scenic Batanes landscape, a glimpse of heaven on earth.
Pilgrim Center always gives you the best. They let you feel like an Executive in terms of personal service & attention especially during pilgrimage. Their choices of pilgrimages & pilgrim chaplains are outstanding. You go back home very fulfilled immersed...Marlene Silvestre
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