Barkada Goals and the Beautiful Philippines: Philippine Travel Stories

The Apo Hiking Society once asked, “Saan na nga ba, saan na nga ba, saan na nga bang’ barkada ngayon.” We love that song, Saan Na Nga Ba’ng Barkada. While a traveler can choose to explore the Philippines alone, which has its own value, it’s perhaps more fun when we go out with the barkada (for non-Filipino, it means “close friends”). Let’s check out the VisitPinas-tagged photos in Instagram showcasing the barkada.

Ano ‘yun?

We found somebody who agrees with us. She says: “Traveling is so much fun when doing with friends.” We’d like to tell you her name, but we don’t have anything normal other than knowing that she’s an architect. She’s DARK. COLD. WEIRD. ODD (check her account, @lost.to.wander, for more photos). We’d also like to tell you, if only we can, exactly what they’re doing in this mountain climbing photo at Mt. Mamara, Tanay, Rizal, but we also don’t know.

Ano Ba Talaga Yun?

Maybe these guys can tell us what that pose is all about. This photo, with the barkada perched on the famous “Blow Ur Horn” road sign you see everywhere in breathtaking Batanes, is also featured in Memories of Batanes. Photo courtesy of Erwin Navalle (check his Instagram account, @erwinnavalle, for more photos).

Wish in Zambales

We’ve posted a lot of beach photos recently, and thought it would be nice to have a little change of scenery, but we realized we really 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).

Drowned Drone

Drone shots are the craze these days. Beautiful shots. What do you do when you don’t have a drone? If you have your barkada, who cares? This is what happens, in the words of Cathleen, “when all of us wants to create a drone shot but sadly we only have a selfie stick” (check her Instagram account, @cathrdl, for more photos). Nothing sad in that, my dear. Nothing but happiness in your barkada photo at Cagbalete Island, Mauban, Quezon.

On Top of the World

Perhaps it’s a good idea to invite the barkada to a place where their physical prowess will be tested. Trekking and climbing, in Tinglayan, Buscalan, Kalinga. Tamang-tama! Rai Sean, “when all of us wants to create a drone shot but sadly we only have a selfie stick” (check his Instagram account, @rhyjoe, for more photos) has an invitation: “Join us as we will wander one of the essential place to experience a rich culture, magnificent Tinglayan’s Rice Terraces and epic site to one of the oldest mambabatok (tatoo artist) in the Philippines! Not only that! We will also stride Banaue Rice Terraces of Ifugao and Bontoc Mountain Province!
Departure date is on September 28, 9PM. DM for more details!”

Beauty of the Bond

To sum it all up, let’s hear it from Cristine Joy Cabanit, with her trekker-friends at Nagaparan, Abra: “Great friends + beautiful nature = good memories” (check her account, @cjoise, for more photos). We couldn’t agree more.

[Photos reproduced with permission (thanks). Tag your Philippine travel photos with #visitpinas so we can track it down. Photos will be featured in this blog’s photo of the day and in instagram/VisitPinas, facebook/VisitPinas, twitter/VisitPinas.]

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