BATANES, Philippines
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Passage, which separates it from Cuba. Its area is 27 750 km2.  
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Batanes is the Philippines’ smallest province in terms of area and population.  It is
located in the northernmost frontier of the country.  It is a province composed of
three islands.  The farthest islet on the north is only 218 km from the southern tip
of Taiwan, while Basco, its capital located on the island of Batan, is 500 km. from
Manila, the country’s capital.
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