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Batanes

The Forgotten Islands


"From Aparri to Jolo" is how we Filipinos refer to the two northernmost and southernmost tips of the Philippines.

And maybe for good reason. Batanes is so way up north that it's actually nearer to Taiwan than it is to Luzon and it doesn't even show in some maps (Hochi tells me that a military paper actually places Batanes as part of Taiwan). Its unpredictably extreme weather patterns and rugged terrain hardly make this place resort material. Three hours away from Manila by plane, most would rather fly to more "exotic" locations like Thailand. Or fly somewhere near like Boracay or Cebu for some r&r.

But it's exactly these features that make Batanes an ideal photographic destination. Much of the Ivatan culture is still intact although signs of "development" have already creeped in. The colors vacillate from either gloomy shades of black and gray to bright palettes of blues and reds in an instant. It's never in between. The light, hardly flat. Vast tracts of land, still virginal in many respects.

It's a place that easily lends itself to introspection. Life here is quite simple. And when paired with majestic vistas and sweeping landscapes, you start to wonder why you spend your weekends going to malls.

Please view the other works of the gentlemen that I had the pleasure of shooting with...

Arnel Murillo
Joel Escala
Manny Librodo
Jose Librodo
Postcard
Postcard
Fulfilled
Fulfilled
Wisdom
Wisdom
Content
Content
Boy on Barrel 01
Boy on Barrel 01
Boy on Barrel 02
Boy on Barrel 02
Boy on Barrel 03
Boy on Barrel 03
Hauling cattle 01
Hauling cattle 01
Hauling cattle 02
Hauling cattle 02
Hauling cattle 03
Hauling cattle 03
Seeing red
Seeing red
Midnight, Sabtang Island
Midnight, Sabtang Island
Lambat
Lambat
Basco, Batanes in 30 seconds
Basco, Batanes in 30 seconds
Ireneo, 100
Ireneo, 100
And then there's Lydia, 83...
And then there's Lydia, 83...
Windows Home Edition ver 1.0
Windows Home Edition ver 1.0
Windows Home Edition ver 2.0
Windows Home Edition ver 2.0
Windows Multiuser Edition ver 1.0
Windows Multiuser Edition ver 1.0
Jepoy
Jepoy
A Hub of Smiles
A Hub of Smiles
Bouy
Bouy
Rust 01
Rust 01
Rust 02
Rust 02
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