As a box office hit, “You’re My Boss” has brought up another wonderful place in the Philippines that is worth the visit – the gorgeous island of Batanes.
Those who have watched the movie would have an idea as to why Batanes should be included in your list the next time you try out for a summer vacation. With its rugged mountain landscapes and picturesque ocean scenes combined with fresh air to breathe, Batanes might become a favorite destination once you visit the place. So, if you want to get a feel of what the “You’re My Boss” team experienced, here are the top 10 destinations that you should look when you visit the island province.
Octagon Bed and Dine
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This is the famous place where Georgina and Pong booked their stay. Their Octagon Restaurant is more popular because of its great food. The Octagon Bed and Dine Lodge (hotel info) also offers its visitors a great place to stay. Reserve a room if you want something spacious and homey with the additional bonus of the rooms facing the sea giving you the opportunity to enjoy the sunset.
Honesty Coffee Shop
With an intriguing name, this little store-cum-coffee shop bluntly showcases the impeccable honesty of the Ivatan people. As a store, the Honesty Coffee Shop is one of a kind because nobody mans the store – except a log book where everything taken and paid for is written down.
Known as the gateway to Sabtang Island, Ivana Port is just beside the Honesty Coffee Shop where people can ride a boat for the Sabtang Island Tour. The area is also ideal for swimming because of its flat coral stone beds. In the movie, the island of Sabtang is the hometown of Pong.
Across the Ivana, the Sabtang Port is home to the rough and turbulent waters of the West Philippine Sea. Aside from the fine sand beach, the port also offers a wonderful view of the rugged mountains of Sabtang and the lighthouse overlooking the ocean like a guard on a distance.
Chamantad-Tinyan Viewpoint by Faith Galan via FB Page
Also found in Sabtang Island, the Chamantad-Tinyan Viewpoint is a notable place in the film since this is where Georgina realized that she has fallen completely in love. Well, her feeling is quite understandable since Chamantad-Tinyan Viewpoint is so breathtaking — all you’ll ever want is to take your pictures and lie lazy in a place where you can forever enjoy the view. Take your breath away with wonderful rock formations, jutting rocks on hills, cliffs, and a good look of the sea while it crashes its waves on the beach.
As an old Ivatan community, the Chavayan Village sports a line of traditional and very old Ivatan stone houses, a narrow winding road, and a tiny chapel drawing the boundary between the concrete road and the Chavayan Beach’s sandy shore. In the movie, this is where the grandparents of Pong live.
The Chavayan Beach is not your ideal fine sand beach but it’s the perfect location to watch the beauty of a sunrise and marvel at a new day. It’s the same reason why the sunrise scene in the movie was filmed here.
Imnajbu Point Photo Credit: Kara Santos of Travelling-up.com
Also known as the Alapad Pass, this place has been an icon since 1991 when the romantic-drama film of Richard Gomez and Dawn Zulueta’s “Hihintayin Kita sa Langit” was filmed. In the case of You’re My Boss, the place has become the wonderful setting for the motorcycle scene. On the roadside, the Imnajbu Point is a perfect mix of winding roads, rugged hills, and a beautiful view of the sea.
Racuh a Payaman
Dubbed as Batanes’ own Marlboro Country by tourist, Racuh a Payaman is the place to be if you’re the selfie fanatic like what happened to Georgina and Pong when their days are coming to an end in the movie. Providing visitors with spectacular views, the Marlboro Country of Batanes would make you say WOW for a good reason. On the left, the Tayid Lighthouse stands proud and tall with the rocky peaks of Mount Iraya to the right. The picture perfect scenery is completed with the perfect blue of the ocean going towards the Diura Beach.
This is where the sweet and short wedding talk happened between Georgina and Pong. The Tukon Church located in Basco resembles the design of stone houses by Ivatans. With a rustic beauty outside, the church is a surprise of art with its stained glass windows and hand-painted images of local patron saints adorning the ceiling.
List Source: ThePoorTraveler.net