Uyugan, the fourth and last town in Batan island, is a 6th class municipality in the province of Batanes, Philippines with a population of 1,203 people in 277 households (2007 census). It is in the southeastern part of Batan Island, bounded by Mahatao on the north, the Balintang Channel on the south, the Philippine Sea on the east and Ivana on the west.

The Uyugan town proper is 19 kilometers from Basco, and though we didn’t really make it to the town proper, the places to see in Uyugan include:

THE RUINS OF SONG-SONG

A group of destroyed lime and stone houses is what remains of this once vibrant village that was wiped out in a 1954 tidal wave. Its inhabitants had migrated after their village had been destroyed, some sources say Bukidnon, while other sources say Mindoro.

Song-song Ruins, Batan Island, Batanes

Song-song Ruins, Batan Island, Batanes

Song-song Ruins, Batan Island, Batanes

LORAN STATION RUINS IN IMNAJBU, UYUGAN

There are two other major settlements in the municipality that are situated along the Pacific seaboard, namely: Itbud and Imnajbu. Itbud is 4 km from the town proper while Imnajbu is 2 km farther northeast.

The Long-Range Aid to Navigation (LORAN) is a terrestrial navigation system using multiple ground-based transmitters to determine the location and speed of ships, aircrafts and other receivers. The LORAN Station in Batanes was one of the LORAN sites constructed by the Americans and were abandoned in the 1970s.

Loran Station Ruins, Uyugan, Batan Island, Batanes

Read more about the LORAN and the LORAN stations here.

In 2006, former Congressman Butch Abad and The Batanes Heritage Foundation, Inc., through its Batanes Vernacular House Restoration and Conservation Program expressed interest in rehabilitating and restoring the facility so it can be used as a workshop for Ivatan and visiting artists, as well as a cafe and a museum for the town on Uyugan, including memorabilia of the old LORAN station. School children of Uyugan can also use the facility for their educational projects.

The abandoned LORAN station is visible from this spot.

Imnajbu, Batan Island, Batanes

Imnajbu, Batan Island, Batanes

Imnajbu, Batan Island, Batanes

Loran Station Ruins, Alapad, Batan Island, Batanes

… which also affords this view:

Alapad, Batan Island, Batanes

Loran Station Ruins, Uyugan, Batan Island, Batanes

Click here to view the entire set on Flickr.

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