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Mahatao

Fast Facts Land Area: 1,290 Hectares Number of barangays : 4 Population: 1,55 (as of 2015) Classification: 6th class municipality

Located six kilometers south of Basco, Mahatao is rich in culture, evident in unearthed archeological sites datig back to 1200-300 BC

Spanish Lamp Post – Situated just a few steps away from San Carlos Borromeo Church, it is composed of two vertical structures about 30 meters apart which were manually lighted with fire for local fishermen during the Spanish colonial period.

Tayid Lighthouse – Erected in 2000, this colonial-looking beacon offers a spectacular view of the Pacific Ocean, as well as other parts of Batan Island and its rugged mountain cliff facing the West Philippine Sea.

Racuh-a-idi Old Settlement – One of the largest pre-Spanish settlements on the eastern part of Batan Island.

Racuh a Payaman – Christened by American tourist as Malboro Country because of its contour, the endless rolling hills, wind-swept communal pasturelands for cows, carabaos and horses are prefect sceneries for nature lover and photographer.

Diura Fishing Village – A sitio in the town’e eastern part where an association of fishermen called mataw practice the traditional fishing for Arayu (dorado).

San Carlos Borromeo Church – Declare in 2001 by the National Museum and National commission for Culture and the Arts as one of the 26 churches recognized as cultural icons because of their beauty and excellent state of preservation.

Disvayangan Beach Front – A row of private picnic houses with basic facilities, It is the bestbeachfront spot in this part of the town.

Chawa View Deck – A perfect spot to enjoy Batanes sunset facing the West Philippine Sea where one can descend more than a hundred steps down the adjacent cliff to fish, take pictures, or frolic in the waters.

Ranum ni Kumalakal/ Racuh-a-Idi Spring of Youth – A man-made pool with a view of the Pacific Ocean and Mr. Iraya.

Liveng/Hedgerows – This quaint quilt-like patterns divide farm lots, protect crops from wind and animals, control soil erosion, host migrant birds and other species, and provide wood and reeds for domestic use.

Foundation Day – Founded as a town on March 10, 1917 the Imahataos celebrate with a week long festivity showcasing vegetable- related activities as thanksgiving for their bountiful harvest.

Source : Provincial Government of Batanes