In the north of the Pearl’s Orient Is a place of heaven that’s God’s sent The storms and hurricanes may pass thee by The uniqueness of simple life is like an angel’s sigh Where tragedies form out of bad weather Arises the unknown rainbow of tomorrow In this beautiful island I hope to see thee Where the astonishing views I hope would come free Batanes, you are the head of an amazing country The farthest out in South China Sea May you be blessed with everlasting protection So we, Pinoys may see thy beauty in action. I wish I could say that it has been my lifelong dream to visit Batanes. But I’d be lying. Unlike Boracay where I was practically dying to go since I knew how to spell, Batanes has never been in my list of places to visit – until now. In fact, I didn’t even know that Batanes was a tourist spot or if it had any places worth going to. Little did I know, I’d be eating my words. Back in the day, when Batanes was mentioned, the first imaginary picture that would appear in my mind was a remote area with huts and destroyed forests. Only a few months back did I realize that Batanes was so much more than I had originally thought.