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Batanes: Backpack Photography Post-Workshop June 2010

Basco Port Scene

I can’t believe it’s almost over. I woke up Sunday morning to see the group already up and ready to leave for the airport. Munching on their breakfast of tuna sandwich and a cup of coffee in hand, I also noticed their baggage clumped together at the reception area. I greeted them good morning. Everyone’s already prepared. I brought down the Selphy Printer for a last minute request to print. And as soon as we heard the Seair plane started to land, we hopped in our jeep and sped to the airport only a few minutes away.

M/V Legaspi Shipwreck near Basco Port
M/V Legaspi Shipwreck near Basco Port

I can’t believe it’s almost over. I woke up Sunday morning to see the group already up and ready to leave for the airport. Munching on their breakfast of tuna sandwich and a cup of coffee in hand, I also noticed their baggage clumped together at the reception area. I greeted them good morning. Everyone’s already prepared. I brought down the Selphy Printer for a last minute request to print. And as soon as we heard the Seair plane started to land, we hopped in our jeep and sped to the airport only a few minutes away.

BP Batanes group 2010
The Backpack Photography Batanes June 2010 Group at Basco Airport

It was 3 days of  photographic tour and 3 nights stay in Batanes. From the 6 core group attendees in Backpack Photography Banaue we had 9 more individuals who equally had the same passion for travel and photography. It was amazing the group geled together. For me who is used to traveling either alone or in a small group, it was a pleasure to be with these guys who gives a lot of character and color not only to the destination but the journey itself.

DDD Habitat facade
DDD Habitat facade

We wished them well back on their journey to Manila as I and my friend/co-facilitator Lagalog stayed behind for more exploration and possible destinations to bring people. Things got a little quieter back in DDD Habitat where we moved to a bigger airconditioned room this time and saw a new group checking in as soon as majority from our group left.

DDD Habitat Large Room
This large airconditioned room worth 1200 can house up to 4 people

I had to give big thanks to DDD Habitat for helping us coordinate this Batanes Workshop as well. It’s really hard to coordinate the logistics from a very remote place but we managed to pull it off. I was glad to have stumbled upon them a year back while the establishment was still on the midst of setting up their operation.

Boats, cliffs and shipwreck seen from Basco Port
Boats, cliffs and shipwreck seen from Basco Port

As much as I wanted to roam around more in Batan, come mid-day, I succumbed to the temptation of just lying in bed most afternoon to sleep under the cool temperature of the room. I even forgot about lunch and just woke up late afternoon. It’s like my battery was set to recharge for a few hours.

Ivatan Locals at Basco Port
Ivatan Locals at Basco Port

We went to the Basco Port for the afternoon setting sun. It seems that life continues here as usual. There were lots of local kids and teens enjoying the beach. Some were jumping off from the port platforms and boats while some playing around with the waves. We also noticed a large Shipwreck M/V Legaspi stuck on a rocky shore. We soon learned that large waves pushed this vessel to where it is now just a few months ago.



Basco Port Sunset Scene in Batanes

Leaving the port, a small pickup truck pulled just beside me and driver said “Kamusta? Bumalik ka! (Hey how are you? You’re back!)” I didn’t recognize him before since his hair was different but he was also our driver last year when I was here with Seair Inflight. “So you’re finally going back to Itbayat tomorrow!” has asked. “Yes, I’m excited. It’s been 6 years when I last visited the place”

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