Batanes Tour Day 2: Sabtang Island

Turns out this impromptu dance on the cliffs with Malu Ortiz [on the impromptu adventure trip because someone had to cancel last minute] was a physical reflection… Resurrection wasn’t just an event; it is a Living Person (John 11:25) who raises up hope where there is despair, strength where there is none, life where there is death. Because He lives, He can turn our mourning to dancing. .
Sabtang Island Adventure 😃👯‍♀️💃🏽🏝🏜⛰

John 11:25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die


We take the boat ride to Sabtang Island.

The boat swings left to right towards the end of our half hour trip but Kuya Art says these are baby waves. The people of Batanes are used to Big Mama waves.

We arrive at the Port of Sabtang.

Emy buys Sweet Potato donuts from Nanay Valentina.

School children practice their dance. Ivatans have among (if not The) the highest literacy rate among Filipinos.

We go to the headquarters of Sabtang Weavers Association.  From leaves of Vuyavuy (date palm) which grow wild around Batanes,

img_0749 Material for Vakul: wild-growing Date Palm as propagated by birds.

Nanay Emelia weaves the Vakul, a headdress used to shield women from the heat of the sun as well as the rain.

This is me trying out the Vakul. Neighbor’s Tagalog techno-rap music in the background.

The Mano Po (putting the back of the…

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