Batanes: Honesty, Conscience, Churches and Lighthouses

Where can you find two shops called Honesty and Conscience? Not in the big city, no. Only on these weather-beaten islands, where life is still simple. Batanes, the northernmost island group in the Philippines, has not changed so much since the time of the Spanish colonizers. Today, churches are still the centers of life on the islands and though mainly not in maritime use, the lighthouses are popular among tourists.

Batanes has long been on my bucket list and this year, I finally crossed it off the list. The cost of travel deters many people from these islands and few foreigners venture this way, opting instead for resort islands and beach towns in central Philippines where sunny skies are almost guaranteed. I went in early March, when it was still chilly and gray. But it was still beautiful and made every appearance of the blue sky feel like a blessing.

See for yourself why Batanes is a photographer’s dream.

Basco lighthouse, Basco, Batan, Batanes, Philippines

Basco lighthouse, Batan, Batanes, Philippines

Basco, Batan, Batanes, Philippines

Chavayan Church, Chavayan, Sabtang, Batanes, Philippines

Conscience, Sabtang, Batanes, Philippines

Corn, Ivana Church, Ivana, Batan, Batanes, Philippines

Honesty Cafe, Ivana, Batan, Batanes, Philippines

Ivana Church, Ivana, Batanes, Philippines

lighthouse under construction, Batan, Batanes, Philippines

lighthouse, Basco, Batan, Batanes, Philippines

Mahatao Boat Shelter, Batan, Batanes, Philippines

Mahatao Church garden, Mahatao, Batan, Batanes, Philippines

Mahatao Church, Mahatao, Batan, Batanes, Philippines

Mahatao miniatures, Mahatao, Batan, Batanes, Philippines

Sabtang Church, Sabtang, Batanes, Philippines

Sabtang lighthouse, Sabtang, Batanes, Philippines

Savidug, Sabtang, Batanes, Philippines
Tayid lighthouse, Batanes, Philippines

Tukon church, Basco, Batan, Batanes, Philippines

10 Commandments, Sabtang Church, Sabtang, Batanes, Philippines

altar, Mahatao church, Batan, Batanes, Philippines

altar, Sabtang Church, Sabtang, Batanes, Philippines

Basco cathedral, Basco, Batan, Batanes, Philippines

Basco cathedral, Batan, Batanes, Philippines

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