Stalking the most beautiful places in the Philippines

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Monday, February 21, 2011

#108 The Modern Ivatan

What do modern-day Ivatans look like? Older photographs show them in their traditional garb plus a bakul to protect them from the sun or rain (head gear made from grass.) This time around, they're mostly dressed just like you and me (Ok probably not the turquoise pants...) Progress does come to all, including the folks in the far-flung islands of Batanes. 

But when they start talking, you can tell how proud the are of their heritage and land. This mother and her son tend cattle that graze the hills around Rakuh-E-Payaman. If you look closely, the only vestige of their traditional past is the good-sized knife hanging by her side. Notwithstanding modernity, I guess you still don't want to mess with an Ivatan! Enjoy.

(Pixel-peepers: Sparse fast-moving clouds above us allowed solitary shafts of sunlight to pierce through, creating fast-moving patches of very bright light, occasionally lighting-up an entire hillside within an otherwise shaded landscape. Captured in a single photograph, this range of contrasts is quite pleasant as it is uncommon.)

Where in the world is the Batanes?
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