Months ago, I wrote a LOVE LETTER to Batanes… It says something like this,
“I am charmed. Your rustic charisma is beyond all remarks. You are the apple of my eye, my Aphrodite, my Kryptonite, my joy, my dream forever- the reason for my smile…
I am jealous. I am jealous of those who earlier beheld you. All their eyes are filled with magic. As if they drank from a secret fountain of your splendor…
I want to see you because “taytu ka mavid” (you are beautiful). Saying “Ichakey ku imu” (I like you) is too simplistic, maybe a heartfelt “Ichaddaw ku imu” (I love you) is more fitting- yes “Ichaddaw ku imu” has been in my heart a decade ago. And I will say it again and again “Ichaddaw ku imu,” “Ichaddaw ku imu Batanes.” Would I hear you say “I love you too.”?”
Fast forward >>>
I was pinching myself, twice, thrice, many times to check if it was a reality- that finally, I was able to see you.
It was so sweet of you to tour me around the island with a carabao.
Well, not really the whole island.
As promised, I was able to kiss you (medyo maalat ka pala).
You filled me with your bounty, you must have heard the saying that, “the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.”
I said this to you a lot of times- I enjoyed every moment we were together. Those 4 days seem like 4 hours, so fast, I hoped it will last forever.
But I have to face the reality that I cannot stay forever. Yes, I will say it again, “Ichaddaw ku imu” (I love you).
But I want to share you- your beauty, your charm for everyone to see. Remember, people say, “if you really love her, you have to let her go.” I will but with a promise that I will be back because love never fails. We will spend more time together next time- that is a promise. Seriously, I look forward to seeing you again. Please embrace me like what you did the first time.
My Dearest Batanes, I am missing you already. Until next time…
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This is my addition to the “Most Romantic Place in the Phillippines” for the 4th Pinoy Travel Bloggers’s Blog Carnival hosted by Aleah of Solitary Wanderer; (You can also click the Blog Carnival Logo to direct you to the past blog carnivals).
Photo kissing Batanes by Compañerong Leon of TadongGeniusKuno.
***This happened during the Batanes Bloggers’ Winter Tour last February 11-14, 2011. The trip was made possible by SEAIR. My heartfelt thanks goes to Tita Lydia of Batanes Seaside Lodge & Restaurant and Dir. Bless and the rest of DOT Region 2 staff.