Ivatan

Basco, Batanes

The Ivatans are a Filipino ethnolinguistic group predominant in the Batanes Islands of the Philippines. The origins of the Ivatans remained untraced among scholars. Ivatans were free before they were colonized by the Spaniards.

The culture of the Ivatans is partly influenced by the environmental condition of Batanes. Unlike the old-type nipa huts common in the Philippines, Ivatans h ...

ave adopted their now-famous stone houses made of limestone, designed to protect against the hostile climate.

Ivatan People News

  • There Is More To Batanes Beyond Its Beautiful Landscape And Seascape

    There Is More To Batanes Beyond Its Beautiful Landscape And Seascape

    I never thought that I would see the beauty of Batanes this year. Many people kept asking me before if I had been to the northernmost part of the country. I would always say that it was my ultimate destination in the Philippines and I wanted to save it for last.

  • 5 Days In Batanes In 2 Minutes

    1. I had a firsthand experience of the Ivatans honesty, humility and simplicity.
    2. The province has the lowest crime rate in the Philippines.
    3. Ivatans genuinely greet everyone they meet(locals or visitors) with a slight bow and a sweet smile.
    4. What better way to go around the town center than with a rental bike. That's pretty cool as it is ecofriendly, right!
    5. Tour guides undergo training and certification which ensures excellent and safe tour experience.
    6. Food can be very affordable. There's a number of restaurants or carinderias to choose from.
    7. Commuting around the town is ...

  • 10th Kulay Festival Highlights Ivatans Rich Cultural Heritage

    10th Kulay Festival Highlights Ivatans Rich Cultural Heritage

    The local government here once again showcased the rich cultural heritage of Ivatans in this year's 10th Kulay festival with various cultural presentations, sports competitions, beauty pageant and display of their best processed and manufactured food products.

    Since its establishment in May 2008, the Kulay Festival has been one of the most anticipated events in Basco where it features the traditional Ivatan way of preserving food through the method of drying, or "Kapangulay."

    For Ivatans, "Kulay" is a native term which means "anything dried" that may imply dried products such as onion, ...

  • DepEd Holds Fund-raising To Rehab Ibatan Classrooms

    The Department of Education (DepED) in the Cagayan Valley Region recently initiated a fund raising activity for the rehabilitation of the dilapidated classrooms at Babuyan Claro, Calayan Island, this province.

    Babuyan Claro is located within the Babuyan Channel in the northern most tip of the province. It is considered as the home of the Ibatan indigenous people, accessible via eight-hour sea travel by fishing boat.

    According to DepEd Regional Director Estela Carino who led the fund raising activity, the proceeds will be used to rehabilitate classrooms and provide chairs and tables for I ...

  • Dayaw PHs Indigenous Peoples Festival

    Dayaw PHs Indigenous Peoples Festival

    The 'Dayaw' festival brings together indigenous peoples from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao to share their culture and heritage.

    With October as Indigenous Peoples Month, the Philippines celebrated Dayaw, a 3-day festival with indigenous peoples from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao coming together and sharing their cultural heritage through music, dances, arts and crafts, stories, and more.

    Dayaw means to present with pride, to show ones best with pride and dignity coupled with excitement, and to honor in different Filipino languages. The universal meaning of the word "dayaw" connotes celebra ...

  • Batanes Itinerary For 5 Days Travel Guide To Batan, Sabtang And Itbayat Islands Philippines

    Batanes Itinerary For 5 Days Travel Guide To Batan, Sabtang And Itbayat Islands Philippines

    A northern beauty of the Philippines, Batanes is a group of islands filled with vast pasture lands, rolling hills, towering volcanoes, dramatic cliffs, and crystal-clear waters ??" its untouched beauty, as some would say, is proof of the local people's (Ivatan's) respect for the laws of nture.