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Seal of Batanes Province
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Map location of Batanes Province
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Batanes provincial capitol
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Batanes Provincial Capitol
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Mt. iraya Batanes
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Oldest house in Ivana, Batanes
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This stone studio was built by Pacita Abad, an Ivatan artist.
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Lighthouse facing the Pacific Ocean on Mahatao, Batan Island, Batanes.
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Basco Batanes Lighthouse
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Far View of Basco Batanes Lighthouse
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Open pasture in the Batanes hills
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Road on top of Hillss
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Batanes Hills
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Valuga Beach, Batanes
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Ahaw Arch in Malakdang, Sabtang, Batanes
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Batanes provincial capitol

Batanes Province, Philippines

  • The province of Batanes is within Region II - Cagayan Valley. Batanes is in the northernmost part of the Philippines. It is the smallest province in terms of land area. It is also the least populated province in the Philippines.
  • Capital = Basco
  • Number of Cities = 0
  • Number of municipalities = 6
  • Number of barangays = 29
  • Registered Voters per Comelec as of 2010 = 8,872
  • Population per Census as of Aug 1, 2007 = 15,974

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Geography of Batanes, Philippines

The Batanes island group is the smallest province in the Philippines in terms of population and land area. The capital of Batanes, Basco is 280 kilometers north of Apari, Cagayan (the tip of main island of Luzon) while it is only 190 kilometers south of Taiwan. Batanes lies in the vast waters of the Pacific ocean where the Pacific meets China sea. An area that for generations is almost isolated from the rest of the Philippines. Batanes consist of 10 tiny islands and islets namely: Batan, Sabtang, Itbayat, Mavudis, Siayan, Diogo, North Island and Y'ami. Only the first three islands are inhabited.

Batanes lies in a typhoon path. Typically the typhoons comes during the months of August, September throught November. However, since the winds can pick up speed at any time, typhoons can occur at any month.

The summer months in Batanes is March, April and May. The temperature in Batanes can range from the low 14 degrees celsius {during the months of December to February} and to 36 degrees celsius during the hot and humid months of April to July.

During the cool "wintry" months in Batanes the people wear heavy and thick clothings to stay warm.

Location of Batanes, Philippines

The Province of Batanes is in the northernmost part of the Philippines. It is the smallest province in terms of land area. It is also the least populated province in the Philippines.

History of Batanes, Philippines

The ancestors of today's Ivatans are descended from Austronesians who migrated to the Batanes Islands 4000 years ago during the Neolithic period. They lived in fortified mountain areas called idjangs and drank sugar-cane wine, or palek. They also used gold as currency and produced a thriving agriculture-based industry. They were also seafarers and boat-builders.

In 1687, a crew of English freebooters headed by William Dampier came with a Dutch crew and named the islands in honor of their country's monarchs. Itbayat was named "Orange Isle" in honor of William of Orange, and Batan was named "Grafton Isle" after Henry FitzRoy, 1st Duke of Grafton. Sabtang Isle was named "Monmouth Isle" after the James Scott, 1st Duke of Monmouth. Capt. Dampier stayed for less than three months, and did not claim the islands for the British crown.

In 1783, the Spanish claimed Batanes as part of the Philippines under the auspices of Governor-General José Basco y Vargas. However, the Ivatan remained on their idjangs, or mountain fortresses. In 1790, Governor Guerrero ([citation needed] The Governor-general of the Philippines at this point in time is Félix Berenguer de Marquina, unless Guerrero refers to a governor of the Batanes.) decreed that Ivatans were to leave their idjang and to live in the lowlands, thereby giving them more people to tax. Basco and Ivana were the first towns. Mahatao was then administered by Basco, while Uyugan and Sabtang, by Ivana. Itbayat was not organized until the 1850s, its coast being a ridge. Ivatans were then ordered to dress like the other Filipinos, and it didn't take them long to adapt. Soon, Ilocanos were being put in the islands, so as to control the native population there. Limestone technology used by the Spanish were also being spread to the islands, so that their bridges became strong and fortified. Some of these bridges still remain at both Ivana and Mahatao. By 1890, many Ivatans were in Manila, and became ilustrados, who then brought with them home the revolutionary ideas of the Katipunan. These Ivatans, who were then discontented with Spanish rule, killed the ruling General Fortea and declared the end of Spanish rule.

(This article copied verbatim from Wikipedia)

People of Batanes, Philippines

The people of Batanes are called Ivatan and share prehistoric cultural and linguistic commonalities with the Babuyan on Babuyan Island and the Tao people of Orchid Island.

This divided homeland is a result of the Dutch invasion of 1642. The northern half of the Ivatan homeland, Formosa and Orchid Island which were formally part of the Viceroyalty of New Spain, fell to the Dutch who were in turn expelled in 1662 by forces of the Chinese Ming Dynasty, led by the Chinese pirate Koxinga who then set himself up as The King of Taiwan.

The southern half of the Ivatan homeland, the islands of the Batanes, was reinforced and fortified by Spanish refugees from Formosa before being formally joined in the 18th century with the Spanish government in Manila.

The main languages spoken in Batanes are Ivatan, which is spoken on the islands of Batan and Sabtang, and Itbayaten, which is spoken primarily on the island of Itbayat. The Ivatan which is dominant in the province is considered to be one of the Austronesian languages. From college level down to elementary level, the dialect is widely spoken.

(This article: verbatim from Wikipedia)

Elected Government Officials of Batanes, Philippines

Elected officials of Batanes Province for the term of 2013-2016
  • Provincial Governor of Batanes: Vicente De Sagon Gato
  • Provincial Vice-Governor of Batanes: Ferdinand Cultura Elica
  • House Representative of Batanes: Too close to call
    • DIASNES, CARLO INDEPENDENT 2191 42.03%
    • ABAD, DINA (LP) LIBERAL PARTY 2175 41.72%

Elected officials of Batanes Province for the term of 2010-2013

Elected officials of Antique Province for the term of 2007-2010

Barangay Elected Officials of Batanes Province

Businesses in Batanes, Philippines

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Businesses in Batanes
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  • Clinics and Hospitals
  • Convenient Stores, Hardware and Supplies, General Stores
  • Department Stores and Appliance Stores
  • Hotels, Motels, Pension Houses and Boarding
  • Pharmacies or Drug Stores
  • Repair Shops
  • Restaurants, Carenderias, Coffee Shops and Resorts in Batanes
  • Salons and Barber Shops
  • Supermarket, wet market

How to Improve Your Business and Livelihood

The Philippine Livelihood Program: The Philippine government provides several programs to enhance the livelihood of the Filipino people. The department of Science and Technology through its Technology Research Center (TRC) regurlarly conducts various types of hands-on and personalized training programs.

  • DOST - Website
  • UPLiFT stands for Urban Program for Livelihood Finance and Training. - Website
  • DSWD Pro-poor and Livelihood Programs - Website

Real Estate or Properties for Sale or lease in Batanes, Philippines

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Churches, Mosques, or Places of Worship in Batanes, Philippines

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  • List the Mosques or Masjid in Abra here.
  • List the Catholic churches and chapels in Abra here.
    1. San Carlos Borromeo Parish ( Mahatao Church)
  • List the Methodist churches in Abra here.
  • List the Iglesia Ni Cristo churches in Abra here.
  • List the Seventh-day Adventist churches in Abra here.
  • List the Church of Jesus Christ Latter day Saints (Mormons) churches in Abra here.
  • List the Presbyterian churches in Abra here.
  • List the Baptist churches in Abra here.

Schools in Batanes, Philippines

School year 2013-2014 starts June 3 and ends March 31, 2014, for public elementary and secondary schools. The school year will have 201 school days, of which 180 days are “nonnegotiable” student-teacher contact time.

The multisectoral Brigada Eskwela to prepare schools for the students’ return will be on May 21-26. Oplan Balik Eskwela will be from May 28 to June 8 while orientation on K to 12 for parents and other stakeholders will be on June 9.

Although private schools may deviate from the Department of Education (DepEd) calendar, they are enjoined not to start before June 3 and later than Aug 31.


School Year 2013-2014 in public elementary and high schools will start on June 3 and end on March 31, 2014 The name of your school in Batanes can be listed here. You can list it like this:

  • Name of School. Private or Public. It can be an elementary school, high school, college.
    • Address of your school
    • Telephone Number
    • Principal of the school

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Economy of Batanes, Philippines

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Jobs in Batanes Philippines

If you have a job available and that job is within the Province of Batanes, Philippines, you may post it here.
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Natural Resources of Batanes, Philippines

Protect the environment

It is sad but true that as of the year 2012 the rivers of the Philippines continue to be the #1 Sewer Systems of the Philippines.

Protect & Save the Rivers. Do not let your sewer drain into the river. Your community can be the first to initiate this project.
Build your riverbank protection with a built-in gutter system. Reforest within Ten Years - Guaranteed!


Let us plant more trees in every barangay in the entire Philippines. It does not make any difference if the barangay is urban, partially urban or rural; we need more trees. Trees will prevent erosion, provide oxygen, prevent green house effect, and even a place of business for the shade tree mechanic.

The Philippines is a tropical country and practically anything will grow. The DENR has the planting trees project that goes on every year. Lots of picture taking for the media. Planting trees one by one is the "human" way of doing it. This individual planting of trees is good if done to "line" the roads and highways with trees or along fences or property divisions, or if you have a plantation.

To reforest the nation of the Philippines we have to plant trees the "mother nature" way. Sow the seeds during the rainy season. Go deep into "bald" forests and plant trees by sowing seeds. If there's not enough volunteers to do this, use the military helicopters to fly over the designated areas and sow the seeds.

Guaranteed within a few years, The Philippines will be lush again. >>Read More


We are using our rivers as our sewer system. If you ask a Filipino, "Are the Filipinos a clean people?" The answer is an automatic, "Yes!". However, the Filipinos are suffering from the same disease or attitude as most people do, and that is the "NIMBY" disease or "NIMBY" attitude. (NIMBY) Not In My Back Yard. So it is OK to dump my garbage and sewer there. Not mine! Someone else will take care of it.

This attitude is killing our rivers. Your great-grandparents, grandparents or parents were once proud to tell the stories of how they enjoyed swimming in the river behind your house or nearby. However, you can't say the same or tell the same stories to your kids or grand kids. Why? Because your generation is killing the river.

Contact:

  • Secretary Ramon J. P. Paje
  • Department of Environment and Natural Resources
  • Visayas Avenue, Diliman, 1100 Quezon City, Philippines
  • +63-2-929-6626
  • osec@denr.gov.ph

We have so much water in the Philippines and yet very little to drink.


Instead of relying too much on Diesel fuel and Coal to generate the majority of Philippine's Electrical energy Supply, we can concentrate more on renewable and sustainable source of energy such as: Hydro Power, Solar Power, and Wind Power. We have too many black outs.

Tourists Attractions of Batanes, Philippines

Festivals, Fiestas and Traditions of Batanes, Philippines

Every city or municipality has some sort of a festival or tradition that is celebrated every year. In the Philippines almost all barangays that are predominantly populated by Christians celebrate fiesta. Tell us about the festivals, fiestas and traditions of Batanes.

Philippine News

  • PH agri products face bright trade prospects
  • Friday, August 22, 2014 12:01 am
LA TRINIDAD, Benguet—Philippine agricultural products have been doing good in the international market and the country will be a strong free trade competitor in the Asian region, a senior science and technology official said on Thursday.
Dr. Julius Caesar Sicat, regional director of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) said the country should maintain the quality of its agricultural products and improve its manufacturing and processed products sectors ........................ Full Story»

  • Economy headed for long-term growth – DOF
  • Thursday, August 21, 2014 12:00 am
MANILA, Philippines - The Philippine economy seems headed for long-term growth with the possibility of expanding beyond 7.2 percent even in the absence of election-related spending, the Department of Finance said.
Finance Undersecretary Gil Beltran said the Philippines is seen to pick up more speed in the medium-term given its strong macroeconomic fundamentals ........................ Full Story»

  • Phl gymnast lands 11th among 18 bets
  • Friday, August 22, 2014 12:00 am
NANJING – Ava Lorein Verdeflor couldn’t get near the medal podium in the all-around event of women’s gymnastics in the 2014 Youth Olympic Games here Wednesday evening.
But the 15-year-old Verdeflor, who hails from Plano, Texas, still found reason to smile following an 11th place finish at the 13,000-seat Olympic Sports Center Gymnasium ............................. Full Story»

Batanes News

Coffee shop in Batanes shows honesty can be good business

IVANA, Batanes—Honesty has been operating a rustic coffee shop here for 17 years now.

When customers enter the Honesty Coffee Shop, they will never encounter anyone manning the place. They help themselves to a cup of coffee or a bottle of cola, or can munch on biscuits, fried bananas and sweet potatoes that have been prepared and laid out for them at the counter.

After a nice meal, they are expected to pay for the service by dropping cash or coins into a wooden “payment box” at the counter and scribble down what they bought on a notebook.

Elena Gabilo, 77, a retired schoolteacher who owns the shop, says the system has worked well for residents of this coastal village as well as visitors.

It was on a cold morning in 1995 when then newly retired Gabilo observed fishermen boarding boats in a pier just a few meters from her house.

“[I realized] there was not a place for them to get drinking water, much less coffee, and my heart went out to them, especially the young children. In a corner, I put a thermos bottle and some coffee and sugar, for anyone to drink. I thought maybe they would leave me money, but in the afternoon when I returned there was no money at all,” she recalls.

“I told myself that was okay because I at least helped out,” she adds.

She kept leaving the fishermen coffee and food for a month. One day she discovered a few coins tucked in a box, apparently payment for her service.

It encouraged Gabilo to add biscuits and candies at the counter, and even a kilo of rice near pots and a kettle so fishermen can cook this. She also left tins of sardines.

This time, her efforts were repaid with small bills.

In 1998, a government radio station learned of Gabilo’s unique venture, and suggested that her shop be named The Honesty Store.

The store has evolved into The Honesty Coffee Shop, which also displays souvenir items for tourists.

“I don’t know if the customers drop the right amount. I don’t want to know if some people are cheating. But as far as I know, 98 percent of the customers pay the right amount,” Gabilo says.

She says two of her regular customers tried a similar venture in Manila, but they failed.

Conspicuous enough for customers to see is a sign on a wall that says: “Get what you need. Please pay (for) whatever you get. If you have no change, knock at the door. If no one answers, sorry, so you give more than the price. May your tribe increase. Remember, Honesty is the best policy.”

Batanes Zip Codes

Source: Philippine Postal Corporation
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3900 Basco Batanes
3901 Mahatao Batanes
3902 Ivana Batanes
3903 Uyugan Batanes
3904 Sabtang Batanes
3905 Itbayat Batanes

Batanes supports Philippine Cycling

Philippine Cycling is about cycling in the Philippnes. Philippine Cycling helps promote bike races, cycling clubs, bicycle tours, and the development of bicycle trails. Activities are coordinated with bike shops and cycling clubs throughout the Philippines to promote the fun of riding bikes. Philippine Cycling will be coordinating events with tour of Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. Road biking and mountain bikings will be promoted by Philippine Cycling.
Cycling Activity to Participate In
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Batanes, Philippines Photo Gallery

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