Breathtaking Batanes: UYUGAN (Philippines)
“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” – Albert Einstein
Uyugan – the town that comprises the southeastern part of Batan island in the province of Batanes. It is said to be the municipality with the most ample intact stonehouses from among the 4 towns in Batan Island.
This very laidback town is as picturesque as the other Batanes towns. Both its landscape and seascape are truly delightful to the sense of sight. (FYI: “Uyugan” means place of flowing water).
What To See in Uyugan:
Uyugan Church, one of the smaller churches in Batanes that is dedicated to San Antonino de Florencia. They say, the church used to be pink in hue. But during the time if my visit, the color is now light yellow.
Another notable church is to the San Lorenzo Ruiz Chapel located in Imnajbu . Imnajbu is regarded as the birthplace of Christianity in Batanes. The first mass in the province is believed to have taken place in Imnajbu in 1682, when Fr. Mateo Gonzales reached the Batan shore.
Alapad Pass, Alapad Hills and Alapad Rock Formation: The Alapad Pass is part of the national road that cuts through a big rock in Itbud. Facing the Pacific Ocean and the Balintang Channel, the site gives a magnificent seascape view.
The Alapad Hills is famous to avid Filipino movie-goers as this is a significant landmark in a movie called “Hihintayin Kita sa Langit”.
From the viewpoint in Alapad, one can see the ruins of the old USCG LORAN Station (US Coast Guard – Long Range Navigation). According to some people, the once center of Americans during the American era, is set to be opened as a museum.
The Ruins of Sitio Songsong. This is an abandoned area that depicts a remnant of the past when a tsunami hit Batanes in the 1950s. Although many of the residents are now starting to come back. Another movie, “Batanes” was actually shot in this area where a stonehouse was used.
Don’t be a wasted soul, be ‘juan’derlust. Take it easy ebri’juan’.
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