Beyond the Rolling Hills ft. Honest Batanes (Part 2)8/23/2016
Here's the rest of the story of my take on Batanes.
From where I left off on my previous entry, we were at the start of the South Batan Island Tour. After writing our well-wishes on the blank books at the Blank Book Archives near San Carlos Boromeo Church, we headed off to see the exquisite Mahatao Tayid Lighthouse.
Next up was a quick lunch stop at Marconines situated at the entrance of Racuh a Payaman or the famously called Malboro Hills.
|View of Mahatao Tayid Lighthouse from Malboro Hills.|
Next, we were driven off the quaint little town where the popular Honesty Coffee Shop is located. For those who are not familiar with it, its a little coffee shop with a self-service system, with not one sales person checking up on you, a system very rare in the country. You pay for your goods by dropping it in a concealed box with no cashier assistance. hence the name. I think this store stands as one of the symbols of what their core values are, one of them is honesty.
Moving on, we stopped by another village where the talked-about stone houses were everywhere! House of Dakay, in particular is a favorite photo-op house with its very distinct history and its unorthodox state. We also took a moment to catch the beauty of the Old Spanish Bridge before heading off to White Beach nd Hohmoron Lagoon.
That ended our first tour of Batanes, which they officially call the South Batan Island tour. It was interesting to see all the nature beauty that locals has unfeignedly maintained. Their love and devotion to their local environment was so obvious to me, and I'm sure any willing tourist will notice their warm acceptance to any people who visit their place.
Indeed, I realized that Batanes is more than the beautiful rolling hills and the majestic seascape surrounding it. It's the undeniable respect and honor that the natives have of their place that makes Batanes truly exceptional.
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