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Basco Travel Guide, Philippines

Basco reminds the world about General Jose Basco, the man who led the freedom struggle of Philippines. Basco is the capital of the Batanes province in Philippines. It holds the crown of being the second largest islands among the islands of the Batanes province. Basco is not one of the very well known locations of Philippines but believe it, it is definitely one of the most beautiful ones. The town has a picturesque beauty. It is one of the most enchanting locations in Philippines. The island offers spectacular locations, pallid beaches, deep valleys, untouched cliffs with beautiful countryside. Staying in one of the fishing villages located in Basco Island is an experience of the lifetime. Visiting Basco is a must if you plan to visit Philippines in your next vacation.


Area: 35.50 sq Km

Population: 6700 approx as in 2000 census

Languages spoken: Ivatian

Monetary unit: Philippine Peso

Literacy rate: 95%

Architectural heritage

Basco does not have much to see from the architectural point of view. The main exquisiteness of the island lies in its natural scenic beauty. But there are a few cathedrals on the island that speak of the Spanish rule in the region. It is great to see the huge light houses constructed on the sea shores.

Economy and infrastructure

Basco is basically an island, so the major population in the region is engaged in activities like farming and fishing. The major industries of the region are the cottage industries like fishing, weaving baskets, hats and doormats, cattle and poultry etc. Fishing being the main activity, a good number of people are engaged in fishing related industries like fish net making and boat building industries. Basco is a windy island and it rains a lot in the area. Hence development of a good communication system is quite difficult in the region. Although facilities like electricity and communications have lately improved in the region. Mobile networks are now available in the area.

People and culture

Basco is one of the most preserved areas of the Philippines. The people of the island are very different from the rest of the country. Basco has zero crime rate. The people of the region are very honest, friendly, kind and polite. They are proud of their culture and follow their old beliefs with full respect and devotion. Most of the people in Basco are Christians. The people of Basco love to celebrate and spend a lot on fiestas. Visiting Basco during one of such fiestas is an ideal way to peep into the true culture of the people of the island.

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