The moment we set foot on the island, it was like we were transported to another world.
It was, after all – Batanes. Pictures nor words wouldn’t be enough to capture its breathtaking beauty and majesty. You have to experience it yourself.
So when Andrea and Mark approached us early 2014 for their wedding, we jumped at the chance right away.
Mark kicked off his personal vows with a joke…
“Batanes ka ba?”
“Kasi you’re intimidating and expensive but so beautiful and worth it”.
The joke set the tone for some humor inside the small chapel but the dam eventually broke and soon, everybody was in tears.
Mark (further along his vows), recounted his ordeal some three years back where he got a stroke (in his 20s!!!) and extolled his gratitude and love for Andrea who was always there. She never faltered. She never wavered.
Not unlike the steady and beautiful landscapes of Batanes, constantly harangued and beaten by the howling winds and elements, yet they remain.