|employees at the top of the hill|
It was the first time for the 30 employees [and family] plus the four guests [German couple Klaus and Silke, Tess and Nenette from Pampanga] to visit Batanes and also their first time to join Mandy's photo safari.
They absolutely had fun posing of course. Those who were not accustomed to walking or running, enjoyed trekking the hills, even dared enter the Japanese tunnel, attempted jumpology and some wanted to do a Dawn Zulueta "lift" in the scene of the movie Hihintayin ktia sa langit.
|inside the japanese tunnel|
|Yiessa posing for Mandy outside the Japanese tunnel|
|trekking the hills|
|Mahatao lighthouse taken from the plane|
|Mandy teaching 13-year old Joachim how to take jumpology shots in Marlboro Hills|
|Honesty Cafe, proof of zero-crime rate in Batanes|
|Fundacion Pacita Abad|
|Carla waves onboard the faluwa|
A must visit is Sabtang Island, declared by the Department of Tourism as one of the 12 Best Destinations in the country. Typical Ivatan homes line up the streets, people walk around wearing uvuds (traditional raincoats). To get there is a bit tricky because the sea is usually rough. It is a 30-min faluwa boat ride from Basco. The window to travel is from 5am to 8am from the Port of Ivana and out of Sabtang at least by 2pm. We definitely experienced a roller coaster ride heading back to the island.
And lastly, while in Batanes, don't forget to enjoy its culinary delights!!! My favorite must-eats are coconut crabs (order a day in advance though), my favorite lumpiang dibang (flying fish), dibang-silog for breakfast which is dried flying fish with sunny side up egg on rice, giant squid calamares, lobster (order a day in advance) and kamote!!
To join Mandy's Photo Safari, email Mandy at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (+63-2) 896-3208.