Istorya Nu Ivatan
Back to Batanes: One Woman’s Journey Home

Back to Batanes: One Woman’s Journey Home

May 6, 2021

For generations, Ivatans have travelled across the globe. We've been drawn to foreign lands by work, family or circumstances beyond our control. Some of us have returned. Others have put down roots far away. But Batanes remains our homeland. In this episode, we talk to Irene Dapa Horcajo, who spent two decades working in Hong Kong before returning to her native Savidug. The experience changed her life.

Celebrating Our Traditional Poetry

Celebrating Our Traditional Poetry

March 26, 2021

In honor of World Poetry Day, we celebrate our rich poetic tradition in Batanes, called Laji, with master singers, Melecio Alasco and the late Rosita Alavado. 

Fighting Plastic Pollution in Batanes

Fighting Plastic Pollution in Batanes

February 19, 2021

Batanes is known as a natural paradise, but if you spend time at our beaches you know we face a big problem: plastic trash washing up on our shores. Join us to learn more about the province's new ban on plastic and community efforts to protect our local environment. Our guest is council member Ferdinand C. Elica, sponsor of the new plastic law in the province, Ordinance Number 302. 

 

To learn more about efforts to end plastic pollution in the Philippines:

 

Break Free From Plastic

https://www.breakfreefromplastic.org/tag/philippines/

Oceana

https://ph.oceana.org/our-campaigns/plastics

350.org

https://world.350.org/rhodeisland/plastics-and-climate/BAN

BONUS: Pyesta!

BONUS: Pyesta!

January 28, 2021

Happy Pyesta, everyone! In this special episode, Dorian shares a poem inspired by our town celebration in Savidug. 

Fighting COVID-19 in Batanes (Part 2)

Fighting COVID-19 in Batanes (Part 2)

December 23, 2020

Wishing all our listeners a safe and peaceful holiday! This week we continue our conversation with Dr. Noel Bernardo, former Municipal Health Officer for Sabtang and Doctor to the Barrios. 

Fighting COVID-19 in Batanes (Part 1)

Fighting COVID-19 in Batanes (Part 1)

November 14, 2020

Nearly a year after the first coronavirus case hit the Philippines, Batanes has managed to avoid any local transmission of the disease. But lots of challenges remain. We sit down with Dr. Noel Bernardo, Doctor to the Barrios and Municipal Health Officer to Sabtang, to talk about how we got here and what's next in the fight against COVID-19 in Batanes.

Tik-tik Bato

Tik-tik Bato

August 1, 2020

Take a walk around Batanes these days and chances are you'll hear the sound of hammers crushing rocks into gravel. It's called tik-tik bato and with tourism shut down, lots of people are doing it to earn money and get through the hard times. In this episode, we explore the trend, its history, economics and how it's an expression of Ivatan innovation and resiliency. 

Homecoming

Homecoming

July 18, 2020

After nearly four months, Batanes has lifted its travel ban to welcome home local residents who were stranded in Manila, or abroad. Our airport opened for flights, boats started transporting passengers and local barangays set up quarantine sites for the new arrivals. The whole community mobilized. But for those returning home, the journey itself could be daunting, filled with checkpoints, screenings, tests and delays. In this episode, we follow one overseas worker who returns to her hometown of Basco.

 

Kapachinanawu

Kapachinanawu

June 29, 2020

Taytu makuhat dyaya du Batanes! It's time to harvest tree fruits, like the delicious chayi. Time to go fishing. And, normally, time for students to head back to school. However, due to the coronavirus pandemic, our education system, like that of the rest of the Philippines and across the world, has been interrupted and disrupted in fundamental ways. In this episode we talk to students, teachers and parents about how they're dealing with it all -- while getting ready for the new academic term.

Vyay du Savidug

Vyay du Savidug

June 12, 2020

Kapian kamu pa nu Dius! Welcome. Nyaya am istorya naten. In our first episode we talk to residents of Savidug about how the coronavirus pandemic has changed their lives. We hear from youth, local farmers and those separated from close family members about how they are coping with quarantine and where they hope their community is headed next. 

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