Batanes' oldest Ivatan house


Batanes' Oldest house

Date taken: September 17, 2007

Also known as the House of Dakay, it is believed that this is the oldest house in Batanes. This was was built in 1887 and the only stone house that was left after a strong earthquake that hit Batanes in September 13, 1918. Its walls are made of layers of corals and stones, and are two-feet thick, which could stand the pounding of strong winds during typhoons. It is located in the town of Ivana.

Batanes' Oldest house

Batanes' Oldest house

Batanes' Oldest house

When I took these photos last September 17, 2007, it was 3 days after the anniversary of the earthquake and the house was exactly 120 years old. Auntie Ida (Ivatans or locals commonly call elders, auntie) or Florestida Estrella, then 81, owns the house. I do not know if she is still alive. If it were so, she would be 85 by now, and the house is now 124 years old.

Batanes' Oldest house

Does anybody know if she is still alive?

Batanes' Oldest house

By the way, my apologies for the poor shots.  I was then a noob in photography with just a 4 megapixel Olympus point and shoot in my hand.






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Aside from my day job, I love photography and storytelling. Going places--be it a cliche destination or the far side of the road--stoke and free my soul. I dig deeper into the people’s psyche, culture and ethnicity, and heritage. I love to observe how they thrive and build social institutions, preserve their culture and traditions.

11 comments :

  1. yes. lola ida is still alive but she's very weak the last time i saw her. even if she's sick she still has the energy to entertain and greet her guests whenever someone visits her place. i hope she gets better.

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  2. ANOTHER SET OF WORTH READING POST DING!

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  3. Thanks for the information, vin.

    Salamat, Edmar.

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  4. i'm still dreaming of seeting foot in Batanes.. haizt!

    point and shoot lang 'to? nice!!!

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  5. yup still alive! i miss batanes, the ivatans are the friendliest people i've met ever

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  6. @Mervs, makakarating ka din! medyo pag-iipunan lang talaga ang pamasahe.

    @Christian, thanks for the info. Indeed, Ivatans are very nice people!

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  7. nice shots with a P&S. lola is actually from silay city. and she is still alive

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  8. Thanks for that infor James. Yes, it reminds me nga pala na she is from the Visayas.

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  9. Interesting. Gusto ko na rin pumunta ng Batanes, pero marami-raming ipon ata ang dapat kong gawin hehe :D

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  10. Indeed, MIca. mahal ng pamasahe kasi.

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  11. batanes...my ultimate travel destination. kelan kaya ako makakapunta dito. u

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