In Batanes, unwanted berry finds Cinderella story

BASCO, BATANES–The Batanes Pine may have been the Ivatans’ native Christmas tree for hundreds of Decembers, but they may now call  it a fortune tree, too, thanks to its purple berries. Also known as Arius (Podocarpus costalis), the Batanes Pine is a fruit-bearing tree growing by the thousands all over the island group, lining walkways and dotting untended land–with the edible berries in the past left to drop to the […]


RxBox saves mother and child in Batanes

SABTANG, BATANES–When a midwife attached sensors to Rochvelle Gabilo at the rural health unit (RHU) in Sabtang, a sixth-class island municipality south of the Batan main island, two lives were saved. In labor and hypertensive, the Chavayan village resident was on the verge of a high-risk delivery, said the Department of Science and Technology’s (DOST) RxBox. She was immediately booked for a transfer-trip from the smallest inhabited island here to […]