Fr. Ryan Barrios
March 1, 2018
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 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.
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 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 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 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.
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Would you like to spend a few days of solitude and peace to be able to recharge your spirit and reconnect with God? Join a 4-day Pilgrimage to Batanes with Fr. Ryan Barrios leaving on March 1, 2018. Pray, meditate and reflect and enjoy a taste of paradise in one of the country’s dream destinations.
Begin your pilgrimage with a visit to the Basco Cathedral, also known as Sto. Domingo de Basco. This first and oldest church in Batanes is dedicated to Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, Patroness of Batanes. Drive to Radar Tukon, strategically located at the top-most part of the island, it offers a stunning panoramic view of Mount Iraya, the Pacific Ocean, and West Philippine Sea.
Onwards 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.
Visit the heritage towns of Savidug and Chavayan in Sabtang Island. Chavayan is a small village known for its well-preserved stone houses and for being the home of the Sabtang Weavers Association. Marvel at picturesque views at the Chamantad-Tinyan Viewpoint. This beautiful scenic spot has rolling hills and a small trail leading to a dramatic seascape. Not to be missed is a visit to Morong Beach, well known for the Mahayaw Arch that has become an icon of Sabtang and Batanes as a whole.
Wind down your pilgrimage with a visit to the enchanting 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.
Join a 4-day Pilgrimage to Batanes with Fr. Ryan Barrios leaving on March 1, 2018 and savor your inner serenity amidst the scenic Batanes landscape, a glimpse of heaven on earth.
Vir & I would like to express our gratitude for a wonderful pilgrimage we had from Sept 5-18. From checking-in last Sept 5 & all during the tour, we felt the care from a family. No words can ever describe how thankful we are. I almost cried last Sept 8, (my birthday) when we (2 of us have the same birthday) were given a surprise mini celebration when after our dinner, we were given a cake. I really felt the love of a family then. All these things made possible because of your capable coordinator Ms. Ging Igual. She's such a wonderful leader. Kudos to her. Rest assured that i will refer your company to all my friends who are planning to go on pilgrimage . Good day & may God always guide & protect all of you in the Pilgrims' Center/ Executive Resources, Inc. Cora Franca PilgrimCora and Vir Franca
Dear Pilgrims' Center: My husband Aldo & I would like to praise & commend our Pilgrim Chaplain Fr. Dante Venus & our Tour Leader Bro. Monty for the very successful & memorable pilgrimage to Italy & the Holy Land we were very fortunate to join on March 26-April 8, 2018. It was very hectic to be sure, but still they managed our time very well that we were able to visit more places than was promised in the itinerary, and we are very appreciative of that. Likewise, the solemnity of the whole pilgrimage experience was still observed despite many of us in the group, myself included, often forgetting that we were pilgrims & not tourists 😉😉, taking photos, selfies, etc. instead of, or before focusing on what the local guide was explaining or on the scripture readings. I cannot fault us pilgrims on this because for many of us seniors, and I speak for my husband & I, that trip might be our first & last time to visit those places, so we made sure they were properly documented. Nonetheless, it was a truly spiritually uplifting & life-changing experience for us. We continue to thank our Lord for making that experience of a lifetime possible. Indeed, nothing is impossible for God! Thank you very much to Fr. Dante, Bro. Monty & to each of us pilgrims in the group for the prayers, love, care & concern shown to each other. Let us continue to pray for and with each other. It is my hope that we meet each other again soon, to strengthen our bonds of friendships. Most sincerely, Leclec CabusoraLeclec Cabusora
I am honored to be included in this pilgrimage. The Pilgrims' Center has very good itineraries worth remembering. No hours wasted. They took very good care of us in spite of our big number of 47 people. The daily mass and homilies of Fr. Manny Cruz held in different shrines and churches were very inspirational and transforming. Accommodations were nice most especially the one on top of the Mountain with an awesome view built in 1909. It's like travelling back in time. I definitely would want to do it again with Pilgrim Center.Peter Joseph Mapua
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