I have to give credit to Kuya Romy, my dutiful guide, for making sure I don’t miss out on the beautiful sunsets in Batanes. I would’ve been perfectly happy spending late afternoons sleeping or having a beer because I’m lazy like that but he always insists that we go someplace with a great view of the sunset.
Vayang Rolling Hills
I saw a Batanes sunset for the first time in Vayang rolling hills. What I enjoyed more, however, was lying on the grass and taking a nap while waiting for sundown. I got to sleep and take sunset photos; it was a win-win.
When I came back from a week-long trip to Batanes in June, I was so in love with the place I couldn’t stop talking about it. For weeks, this blog was inundated with tons of pictures and long-winding posts about the province. Then other things came up, I went on more out-of-town trips, the writing lost steam and I left part one of the entry about Itbayat hanging. After months of delay, here’s part two.
It doesn’t have the smooth rolling hills of Batan or the white sand beaches of Sabtang. Steep rocky cliffs comprise the edges of the island and jagged boulders jut out from the greenery of pasture lands. The sea is rougher, the terrain is tougher and life is harder. But that’s how it is when you’re living on a giant coral reef in the northernmost town in the country.