Saturday, July 7, 2007

Batanes Island

The Batanes Islands are the northernmost islands of the Philippines. They comprise the Province of Batanes. They are located between the Babuyan Islands (belonging to Cagayan Province) and Taiwan. The islands are sparsely populated and subject to frequent typhoons.

The northernmost island is Mavudis, also known as Y'Ami. The other islands are Misanga (also called North Island), Ditarem (used to be named Siayan or Siagan), Siayan (used to be named Mabudin or Mavodis), Itbayat, Dinem (also called Diogo Island), Batan, Sabtang, Ivuhos (also spelled Ivohos) and Diadekey (also called Dequey and Jikey). Only Itbayat, Batan, and Sabtang are inhabited.

The three largest islands are Itbayat, Batan, and Sabtang and are the only inhabited ones, mainly by the Ivatan.

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