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Teenee and the Giyahero love to travel and explore. They are not connected with any of the establishments and products featured in VisitPinas. This is where they join fellow Filipinos in exploring the Philippines and invite non-Filipinos to visit the country. Read more.

The Bells of Balangiga: A Short Documentary (Watch Video)

During the 2017 State of the Nation Address (SONA), President Rodrigo R. Duterte asked the United States of America to return the Bells of Balangiga. It might be helpful to give a short introduction about the Bells of Balangiga for the benefit of those who have no idea about the subject. Not so long ago, from 1899 to 1902, the Philippines was at war with the United States of America. The Philippines became the colony of the US. On 28 September 1901, Filipino guerrillas, who resisted the repression of the foreign occupiers, attacked US troops in the town of Balangiga, Samar. Around 48 US soldiers and 28 Filipinos died. In retaliation, US General Jacob Smith gave the following order: “I want no prisoners. I wish you to kill and burn; the more you kill and burn, the better it will please me. The interior of Samar must be made a howling wilderness.” The General ordered the killing of everyone capable of bearing arms, including boys above 10 years of age. The Balangiga Massacre followed. Filipino historians placed the death toll of Filipinos, in Samar alone arising from the Balangiga incident, at around 50,000. The three church bells of Balangiga were taken by US troops as war trophies. There is a movement for the return of the Balangiga Bells to the Philippines. Watch this short video (9:11 minutes): Continue reading The Bells of Balangiga: A Short Documentary (Watch Video)

Probinsya and the City: The Sights of the Urban and Rural Philippines

We’ve featured tons of photos of beaches, mountains and the endless outdoors which abound in this tropical paradise. Of course, the Philippines offers more than the beautiful wonders of nature. We will slowly explore these beautiful sights, starting with selected photos of the probinsya (province, or rural setting) and the city, through the eyes of the #VisitPinas community in Instagram (do follow and invite your friends to create a more vibrant community. Continue reading Probinsya and the City: The Sights of the Urban and Rural Philippines

Top 10 Types of Beach Photos at #VisitPinas

No surprise that there’s an endless flow of Instagram photos tagged #VisitPinas. The Philippines is home to some of the world’s best beaches. The well-known beaches, identified by name in travel magazines and websites, constitute only a small portion of the thousands of beautiful combination of sand, sea and sun in this tropical paradise, also called the Pearl of the Orient, the Philippines. We’ve seen thousands of these photos. The recent crop of #VisitPinas photos reveal the following angles or shots for beach photos. [Click the photos to enlarge.] Continue reading Top 10 Types of Beach Photos at #VisitPinas

Barkada Goals and the Beautiful Philippines: Photo of the Day

We’ve posted a lot of beach photos recently, and thought it would be nice to have a little change of scenery. Barkada photos, perhaps? There’s an abundance of #squadgoals in social media. We noticed a  squad photo with the #visitpinas tag, except that it’s shot on, uhm, a beach. Back to where we started, the beach (you guys mind tagging us with your barkada photos outside the beach?). Then we thought, hey, the message is clear — you can try all you want, but you can’t escape the world-famous beaches of the Philippines. You can run, but you can’t hide. This photo at Macampao Beach Resort and Leisure Farm, Sta. Rita, Zambales, is courtesy of Rodel Flordeliz, who happens to be a video editor and is also known as (whoah!) DJ Flynn Ryder at Wish107.5 (check his Instagram account, @rodelflordeliz, for more photos).  [Click the photos to enlarge.] Continue reading Barkada Goals and the Beautiful Philippines: Photo of the Day

Food Tag and Philippine Destinations: Photo of the Day

We would love to feature all Instagram photos tagged with #visitpinas, if we only could, but limitations of time and space force us to pick a few. We’ve noticed a number of resorts, hotels, restaurants and other Philippine destinations tag #visitpinas in their Intagram posts, and we can’t go further without noticing them. These are really brave establishments — you don’t put yourself out there, given the immediate backlash of social media, unless you’re certain of the q uality of what you have to offer. We’ll probably do this on a regular basis. Let’s start with food, then expand to the beautiful sceneries posted by Philippine destinations. Continue reading Food Tag and Philippine Destinations: Photo of the Day

Good News! Philippine Passports Now Valid for 10 Years

The validity period of Philippine passports, which was previously fixed at five (5) years, has been extended to ten (10) years, thanks to a new law signed today, 2 August 2017, by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte. The new law, Republic Act No. 10928 (reproduced in full below), however, limits the validity period of passports for minors, or those below 18 years old, to five (5) years.  The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) is tasked to implement a passport processing system that is seamless, convenient and pro-people. Let’s wait for the implementing regulations to be issued by the DFA. Continue reading Good News! Philippine Passports Now Valid for 10 Years

Talon Para kay Mayon (Mayon Volcano, Albay): Photo of the Day

It’s not the first time that we’ve featured this sexy volcano, Mt. Mayon, better known as the world’s perfect volcano cone (we’ve wrestled with the use of “most perfect cone” and thought there’s no need to use “most” if it’s already “perfect”) . Mayon Volcano can be very coy, usually out of sight, covered by thick clouds most of the day. We’re going to let you in on a secret: go to Mount Mayon before 7:00 in the morning and you’ll have a better chance of seeing the volcano in all its glory. It’s worth every ounce of strength you summon to wake up real early. You’ll jump (“talon,” a Filipino word, means “jump”) when you see it, either out of sheer joy or for plain fun. Take, for instance, Kristine Labayen Reyes (check her Instagram account, @krissyseyer, for more photos), who captioned her photo below: “Jump for joy! Mayon volcano is out at last showing her perfect cone shape.” That’s one helluva split jump, don’t you think? [Click the photos to enlarge.] Continue reading Talon Para kay Mayon (Mayon Volcano, Albay): Photo of the Day

Shades of White and Aquamarine at Sumilon Island (Oslob, Cebu): Photo of the Day

“Welcome to your private island,” says Charlene Faith Gabito, of the Sumilon Island in Oslob, Cebu. Sumilon Island is a marine sanctuary located at the southeastern tip of Cebu province. It is around 125 kilometers from Cebu City, roughly 3 hours by land. [Click the photos to enlarge.] Continue reading Shades of White and Aquamarine at Sumilon Island (Oslob, Cebu): Photo of the Day

The Nook Cafe with Harry Potter (and the Maginhawa Hub)

Disappointment is a tough concept to predict, we’ve learned throughout our travels, primarily because it largely depends on the level of expectation that has grown root in one’s mind. What may be disappointing to some may be outstanding to others. What may be disappointing to someone may have been satisfactory to the same person if the expectation was correctly set. We’ve been badly burned by resorts and destinations that are made to glitter like diamonds in their websites, only to find a lump of semi-precious stone. We didn’t set any expectation when we set out to search for The Nook, coffee and books. Continue reading The Nook Cafe with Harry Potter (and the Maginhawa Hub)

Memories of Summer: Warm Thoughts for the Rainy Season

If you haven’t heard the weather agency, PAGASA, declaring the end of summer, the heavy rains in the past days would definitely drive home the point that the Philippines has two seasons — the rainy season and the very rainy season. Well, it has been fun while summer lasted. We sure have enough memories of sunny days to last us the entire rainy season. We’re also sure that you guys saved enough photos of summer. So, in memory of Summer 2017, let’s feature some of your photos. Continue reading Memories of Summer: Warm Thoughts for the Rainy Season