Beyond the Rolling Hills ft. Honest Batanes (Part 2)

8/23/2016

Beyond the Rolling Hills ft. Honest Batanes (Part 2)
Batanes is not limited to breathtaking views and amazing sceneries. If you take whole tours, you will be treated to a delightful experience that will literally take your breath away.

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.

Beyond the Rolling Hills ft. Honest Batanes (Part 2)
Beyond the Rolling Hills ft. Honest Batanes (Part 2)

Beyond the Rolling Hills ft. Honest Batanes (Part 2)
Beyond the Rolling Hills ft. Honest Batanes (Part 2)

Next up was a quick lunch stop at Marconines situated at the entrance of  Racuh a Payaman or the famously called Malboro Hills.
Beyond the Rolling Hills ft. Honest Batanes (Part 2)

Beyond the Rolling Hills ft. Honest Batanes (Part 2)

Beyond the Rolling Hills ft. Honest Batanes (Part 2)
View of Mahatao Tayid Lighthouse from Malboro Hills.
Just as we thought there's nothing more prettier than that, we headed off to see Alapad Hills and Rock Formation and Lo-Ran Old Naval Base, with the tour guide giving us a good dosage of history of the place. It was equally fascinating see the rock formations and the mesmerizing seascape that  made them as they are.
Beyond the Rolling Hills ft. Honest Batanes (Part 2)

Beyond the Rolling Hills ft. Honest Batanes (Part 2)

Beyond the Rolling Hills ft. Honest Batanes (Part 2)


Beyond the Rolling Hills ft. Honest Batanes (Part 2)

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.
Beyond the Rolling Hills ft. Honest Batanes (Part 2)

Beyond the Rolling Hills ft. Honest Batanes (Part 2)

Beyond the Rolling Hills ft. Honest Batanes (Part 2)

Beyond the Rolling Hills ft. Honest Batanes (Part 2)

Beyond the Rolling Hills ft. Honest Batanes (Part 2)

Beyond the Rolling Hills ft. Honest Batanes (Part 2)

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. 


Beyond the Rolling Hills ft. Honest Batanes (Part 2)

Beyond the Rolling Hills ft. Honest Batanes (Part 2)

Beyond the Rolling Hills ft. Honest Batanes (Part 2)

Beyond the Rolling Hills ft. Honest Batanes (Part 2)

Beyond the Rolling Hills ft. Honest Batanes (Part 2)

Beyond the Rolling Hills ft. Honest Batanes (Part 2)

Beyond the Rolling Hills ft. Honest Batanes (Part 2)

Beyond the Rolling Hills ft. Honest Batanes (Part 2)

Beyond the Rolling Hills ft. Honest Batanes (Part 2)


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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