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    From Batanes to Tawi-tawi...

    Of all the seventy-nine provinces of the Philippines, Tutubi already set foot and explored more than half of them and trying to explore the rest of the remaining half.

    Batanes, the northernmost province of the country only seen on TV, read online or in magazines by Tutubi, has unique four seasons with rolling hills, enchanting seascapes and the enduring, unique culture of the Ivatans waiting to be witnessed and experienced. The beautiful and enigmatic island has yet to be visited, explored and mapped by Tutubi, the budget traveler, explorer and Open Street Map contributor that he is, mainly due to airfare cost constraints.

    Tutubi's ultimate dream of exploring all the Philippine provinces is captured by the popular noontime show Eat Bulaga's opening song that used to say "Mula Aparri hanggang Jolo," later changed to "mula Batanes hanggang Jolo" which is still incomplete due to the fact that the southernmost province of the archipelago is Tawi-tawi so it should be "Mula Batanes hanggang Tawi-tawi" to be geographically and politically correct.

    With the Batanes trip to come true in case Tutubi bags SEAIR's free trip to Batanes contest, Tutubi can make it "Mula Batanes hanggang Zamboanga" from the present "mula Pagudpud hanggang Zamboanga" then slowly work on his wish to make it: "mula Batanes hanggang Tawi-tawi." Setting foot on Batanes will not only let Tutubi share the beauty of Batanes to his blog readers, he intends to also create the GPS map of the province to be shared online with other tourists and explorers.

    From Batanes to Tawi-tawi and every province in between
    With Batanes on top of Tutubi's wish list of places to be and be seen.
    From Batanes to Tawi-tawi, with Batanes as the country's crown;
    And from SEAIR's plane, Tutubi will shout, "Batanes, I'm coming down!"

    Interactive map of Batanes main island has no details of streets and coordinates of places to visit. If and when visits Batanes, Tutubi can add detail to make it routable and navigable by GPS and online users just what he's done to the online map Paete, Laguna and other unmapped places he has recently visited

    "I explore, therefore I blog...and map!"

    To know more about SEAIR, you may visit SEAIR official website or their Facebook Fan Page


    posted by backpacking philippines @ 10:10 PM,


    At Dec 21, 2010, 11:41:00 AM, Anonymous J.Gi Federizo said...

    Wow, 79 provinces!!!! I am officially envious...I really would like to go to Batanes. Isn't it where the so-called Honesty Store is? The place is storm country, though, so I've heard. I bet it's nice to sleep in those brick houses while it's raining...

    Thanks for blogging!!! :>

    At Dec 22, 2010, 8:20:00 AM, Anonymous thepinaysolobackpacker said...

    wow! sumali si Tutubi! :) Goodluck to us! :)
    just got back frm Ilocos, Kabigan falls is part of Ilocos Norte pala, and the watchtower in Narvacan is inside the gate of a house, may mga sinampay sa tabi nya.:(

    At Dec 23, 2010, 8:31:00 AM, Blogger backpacking philippines said...

    J Gi, yes, that famous honesty store of batanes...

    gael, yes...i was "coerced" by a friend to join and so my last minute blog post. it's probably a different kabigan falls or kaibigan falls you're referring to. Will compare my pictures of kabigan fals near vigan with that of yours. visited it in 2002 and unposted here as i have too crappy pictures of the "advanced" kodak advantix film camera back then hehe

    At Dec 28, 2010, 6:49:00 PM, Anonymous Eva Air Flights said...

    Thanks for the information..I want to visit Batanes in the coming year and don't have any idea how to reach there..I will be traveling from Alaska and what will be air fare for it? Should I look for any travel agency or manage myself? Please help!


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