In the town of Uyugan in Batanes lie the remains of a small community called Sungsung. As legend goes, sometime in the 1950's a series of tsunami's rose from the sea and wiped them out, stone houses and all. What remains today are rubble piles, most of them still in the shape of homes laid to waste. You'd think their stone houses were built to withstand precisely this kind of onslaught, but nature can be a formidable adversary. Enjoy.
(Pixel-peepers: We drove past these ruins on a previous trip, the sight of which piqued my curiosity. I dreamt of returning one day to capture its story for posterity. A few minutes combing the ruins, I thought the raw composition of rocks in wanton disarray might be one way to convey its violent past. So be it.)
But wait, there's more...
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