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Copyright ⓒ 2011 by Joseph Dy

Idol Bloggers at Fundacion Pacita


20 Dec 2010: My entry to SEAir’s Batanes Winter Blogger’s Contest

“Travel is more than the seeing of sights;  it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.”

This is especially true of travel to Batanes.

The awesome beauty of the place will surely satisfy even the most jaded traveller.  Take a moment to look at these photos.  Remember though that they do not really look like this;  they look much-much better!

San Carlos Borrromeo Church, Mahatao

Naidi Lighthouse, Batanes

Sitio Chamantad, Chavayan

It is the Ivatans, however, and their way of life that I admire the most.  Each time I visit, I get more opportunities to interact with them.  I can only hope that with each interaction, I also get to be more like them: simple, kind and caring.

I have just returned from my stint as logistics manager for KayakAsia’s Edge of Region Expedition to Batanes.  In the course of my work, I witnessed and experienced firsthand the extra-ordinary hospitality of the Ivatans.  When an Ivatan welcomes you into his or her home, you cease being a visitor and become a part of their family.

I have been to Batanes thrice.  Why will I be joining the SEAir Batanes Winter Bloggers’ Tour?

I will be joining the SEAir Batanes Winter Bloggers’ Tour as its tour manager.  It is my duty to ensure that my fellow bloggers will experience the awesome beauty of Batanes and the extra-ordinary hospitality of the Ivatans.

At present, I have multiple itineraries prepared.  I also made reservations for the group at an inn with good amenities for bloggers.  All I need are SEAir’s and my fellow bloggers’ votes of confidence.

I look forward to being of service to them.


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Naidi Lighthouse, Batanes