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.
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.
Does anybody know if she is still alive?
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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