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Mahatao Church (San Carlos Borromeo Church )


San Carlos Borromeo Church also known as Mahatao Church, is a Roman Catholic church located in Mahatao, Batan Island, Batanes.

The earliest church in Mahatao was constructed in 1787. It was initially made of light materials but underwent modifications that by the time Mahatao evolved from being a visita to a vicariate under Fr. Tomas Sanchez albeit unofficially in 1789, the first stone church in Mahatao was built.

The first church was partially damaged during a very strong typhoon in 1872 which give way to the reconstruction of a stronger and more artistic structure in 1873.

On September 19, 1898, the Katipunan revolutionaries ransacked the church. There were records that during this time, the original gold Episcopal crosier of the image of San Carlos as well as the gold jewelry pieces of the Lady of the Rosary and the Sto. Niño were stolen

The church is made of stone and lime, common building materials in Batanes.  It has uneven wall thickness due to addition of step buttresses and even buttress walls. Its interiors, decorated in Baroque style, showcase floral designs sunburst ornaments painted in polychrome and gilt which lends a golden glow among the statuary.

The San Carlos Borromeo Church was listed by the National Museum and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts as one of the 26 churches in the Philippines that are recognized as cultural icons.

San Jose de Ivana Church


The San Jose de Ivana Church, commonly known as Ivana Church, is a Roman Catholic church located in Ivana, Batanes, Philippines dedicated to Saint Joseph. The church was declared a National Historical Landmark by the National Historical Commission of the Philippines in 2008.
The church was intended to serve the people of Ivana, Sabtang and Uyugan. The residents of Sabtang had been forcibly resettled in Ivana, but were later allowed to return to their island, reducing the size of the congregation. 

The church was partially destroyed due to an earthquake in 2000 and was later renovated during the term of Father Gumersindo Hernandez, OP, in 2001.



The church's façade was built alongside the shortening of its nave in 1854. Today, ruins of the abandoned portion of the church can still be seen. It also has a crenellated bell tower supported by unusual buttresses. Its convent, which is part of the church complex, has an unusual circular masonry work near the stairway.

Katipunan flag was first raised on Ivatan soil by the Katipuneros on the bell tower of the church on September 1898.

The church is located in front of Ivana Port, your gateway to Sabang. Nearby is the Honesty Coffee Shop and restaurants offer snacks and drinks to hungry or thirsty travelers. 

Tukon Chapel (Mt. Carmel Church)


The Mt. Carmel Church which is popularly known as Tukon Chapel is most probably the most popular church in batanes as it always get featured in television and movies. ‘Tukon’ is an Ivatan term for “mountain” which is suitable for the church as it has a picturesque scenery  that manifests solemnity and tranquility as it perfectly sits on top of a hill, overlooking the lush greenery of Batanes, as well as the Pacific Ocean and the West Philippine Sea. 



The design was inspired by the traditional Ivatan stone houses.  Architects Joven Ignacio and Tina Turralba helped complete the design. The project  was spearheaded by the influential Abad family and nearby communities so they don’t need to travel far away to go to a church.  The church was officially opened on 3 May 2008, in time for the wedding of Rep. Abad’s daughter Julia, who is also the  Presidential Chief of Staff, married Englishman Andrew Parker.

The roof of the chapel is made of concrete red bricks and on its ceiling, one will be amazed of the prepossessing painting of different municipal saints which are painted by scholars of the Pacita Abad Center for the Arts and other well-skilled Ivatan artist. The stained glass windows and the hardwood pews are contributions from the Abads’ friends and family.



Unfortunately, a strong typhoon hit Batanes in 2016, and Mt. Carmel Chapel was one of the churches destroyed. During our visit the chapel is under construction.

 Mt. Carmel Chapel hold Sunday masses for the community at 4:00 p.m. 


The mountain behind be is the Mt. Iraya.

Visit to Tukon Chapel is included in North Batan Island day tour. Batan Island tricycle tour costs PHP 1,000

How to get here?

  1. Travel time from Manila to Basco Batanes is roughly an hour and 45 minutes by air.
  2. From the airport or your inn in Basco, Tukon Chapel can be reached by tricycle.







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