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 […]


STARBOOKS in Batanes

If you shouted from a cliff in Batanes, they say someone in Taiwan might actually hear you. Locals also say the radio waves from Taiwan can be clearer on Batanes radio than those from mainland Luzon. Rightfully so, the capital Basco is about 280 kilometers north of Aparri, Cagayan, while it is only about 190 kilometers south of Taiwan.   The Batanes island group, the Philippines’ smallest province in terms of […]



More than 80 students and pupils in Batanes took qualifying exams for Department of Science and Technology-sponsored scholarship in September and October. Tropical Storm “Mario” may have delayed it by a week, but the Science Education Institute conducted its 2015 undergraduate examinations in Batanes on Sept. 28.   Thirty-five of the 37 applicants from different high schools in Batanes made it to the BatanesNationalHigh School in Basco, hoping to qualify […]


DOST-SEI Exam in Batanes Postponed Due to TS Mario

  As it was announced last Friday, the DOST-SEI undergraduate S&T Scholarship Examination in Batanes province has been re-scheduled on 28 September 2014 due to Tropical Storm Mario. Other provinces that have cancelled the qualifying examination are Abra, Occidental Mindoro and the whole of Region I. Other than these areas, the examination pushed through yesterday, 21 September 2014 in various Test Centers nationwide. A total of 37 hopeful students from […]