It’s blue but not sad, the Enchated River. Found in the town of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur, in the southern part of the Philippines, the Enchanted River is a deep spring river with complex underground/underwater cave systems. We’ve heard the mapping of the cave system is yet to be completed and one diver has already gave his life for this effort. We’ve also heard that swimming is currently not allowed on the Enchanted River‘s mouth. According to Jan Gomez Villanueva (photo from her; check her Instagram account, @jan_gv, for more photos) — “Bad news: Di kami nakalangoy. Bawal muna! Good news: Restoration/renovation ang dahilan. Tapos hindi crowded. Solo mo ang lugar! Maaaas enchanting!!!” Looks truly enchanting. Click the photo to enlarge.
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It’s not unusual to encounter a name that leaves not much to one’s imagination, like Puting Buhangin Beach or Isla Puting Buhangin in Brgy. Mangingisda, Puerto Princessa, Palawan (not to be confused with the Puting Buhangin Beach in Pagbilao, Quezon). You don’t really have to go far from the city, the usual jump-off point to the Puerto Princesa Underground River or Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park (which has Honday Bay, anyway), to enjoy a gorgeous beach (El Nido is around 7 hours ride from Puerto Princessa). Puting Buhangin Beach is just across Puerto Princessa Bay, around 30 minutes by banca. Photo courtesy of Irish Jean Marquez Omisol (check her Instagram account, @irish_jean2, for more photos). Click the photo to enlarge.
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“Have you seen a better view?,” asks Pearl Farm Beach Resort (check its Instagram account, @pearlfarmofficial, for more photos). Dangerous question, sir. To be perfectly honest, yes, we have seen better views — Palawan, Batanes, Caramoan, Panglao, to name a few. But the Pearl Farm can definitely hold its own among the best. We love the Pearl Farm Beach Resort, also called Jewel of the South, in Samal Island, Davao. There are reasons why the Pearl Farm Beach Resort is a two-time recipient of the Department of Tourism’s (DOT) accreditation as a Class A Resort, which speaks volumes about this resort (also a two-time recipient of the Resort of the Year from Kalakbay Awards). Those reasons include its relaxing serenity and how the gorgeous infrastructure tastefully blends with the natural beauty of the place. Yes, we will go back at the Pearl Farm, and, yes, when we’re lounging in that infinity pool, we will definitely revisit the same question: have we seen a better view? Click the photo to enlarge.
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The Dinagyang Festival (from the Ilonggo word “dagyang,” or to make happy), is a festival celebrated in Iloilo City to honor the Santo Niño (Child Jesus) and commemorate the historical heritage of the place, with the original inhabitants, the Atis, and the arrival of the Malay settlers. It is held every fourth Sunday of January, which is perfect because tourists can still join the festivities right after the Ati-Atihan Festival (Kalibo, Aklan) and Sinulog (Cebu), both held on the third Sunday of of January. It is a celebration, with street dancing and competitive performances in full colors, as we see in this photo during the Dinagyang Festival 2017 by John Chavez (check his Instagram account, @j0hnchavez, for more photos). Click the photo to enlarge.
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Just channeling his inner monkey, Jon Chavez said when he went swinging at the Mablaran Falls located in Romblon (check his Instagram account, @j0nsport, for more photos). He may be kidding, but we can see he’s seriously having fun. That’s good. We share the view that we should be confident enough to poke fun at ourselves. Traveling — enjoying what nature graciously grants us — gives us that opportunity to bring our guard down, just let go, and have fun. You should try it: the Philippines has lots of outdoor paradise venues, from mountaintops to the beach and underwater, to let your hair down. Have fun! Click the photo to enlarge.
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Photography and nature, Mark Alvin Marbella notes in his profile, are like food for the soul (check his Instagram account, @iammarbel, for more photos). For this particular shot, he said, “Some sunshine are just wonderful. Maybe it is hard to wake up, but sometimes the nature reward us with a wonderful show.” We couldn’t agree more. We happily spend time waiting for the sunrise or sunset, and, in the case of sunrise, we battle the urge to continue swimming in dreamland. Not that there’s much difference. Waiting for the sunrise in Sambawan Island, Biliran is probably like being immersed in dreamland. Located around 5 kilometers from the town of Maripipi in Biliran, Sambawan Island features a curved white-sand beach, and a hill that serves as the island’s spine, featuring rock formations that, together with the vegetation, give an eery feeling of being in fantasy land. Click the photo to enlarge. Continue reading The Pride of Biliran, Sambawan Island: Photo of the Day
Eun hit it right on the head when she said, “Sometimes there’s too much beauty in the world, I feel like I can’t take it, like my heart’s going to CAVE in…WONDERFUL!!!”. Pun intended. Here she is at the Wonderful Cave in the town of Bolinao, Pangasinan (check her Instagram account, @eur_highness, for more photos), one of the three caves (the other two, Cindy’s Cave and Enchanted Cave) that attract visitors of Pangasinan who want spelunking as part of their itineraries. Some people note that the maintenance of Wonderful Cave should be improved (let us know if it’s ok now) but there is consensus that the cool fresh water at the bottom is perfect for a quick dip. Click the photo to enlarge. Continue reading Float in Wonder at the Wonderful Cave (Bolinao, Pangasinan): Photo of the Day
We feel that Leo Ocfemia Marcellana (check his Instagram account, @thewanderfreak, for more photos) is going through something when he said: “Here I stand; as indestructible as a rock. If you’ll only trust me, how little you’ll be disappointed. Be mine as I am yours.” Classic hugot line. Still, the description fits the awesome view of the rock formations in Animasola Island located in Burias, Masbate. It looks eeriely like an Imperial Star Destroyer of Star Wars. Or a ship washed ashore. Or a launchpad left by aliends millions of years ago. Or…well, tell us what you see. Click the photo to enlarge. Continue reading Rock (and Roll) in Animasola Island (Burias, Masbate): Photo of the Day
“Wonderfully lost and hopelessly in love,” Marian Bautista notes in her account profile (check his Instagram account, @yianbautista, for more photos). We get the “wonderfully lost” part — no dount it’s awesome to wander in the surrounding islands of Siargao, including the gorgeous white-beach tiny Guyam Island (yes, we have a separate feature on the crystal-clear waters off Guyam Island). On the second part — hopelessly in love — we’re not sure if Marian is referring to the same island (yes, people, like us, can fall hopelessly in love with the islands of the Philippines) or to some islander. We have to ask her. In the meantime, enjoy the photo (or, better still, go out and enjoy Guyam and Siargao Island). Click the photo to enlarge. Continue reading Happy Solitude in Guyam Island, Siargao: Photo of the Day
From the moment Jenielson Canlas (check his Instagram account, @thejenielsoncanlas, for more photos) first posted this photo of grapes, we knew we have a #photooftheday in our hands. Lovely, lovely shades of purple that come alive with the background of bland green leaves. We didn’t realize grapes thrived in the Philippines since the early 1970s in Bauang, La Union. The family-owned grape farms started with the Lomboy Farm, subsequently joined by newer vineyards like the Gapuz Grape Farm. These farms/vineyards are tourist attractions in themselves, complete with meals, giving travelers activities to do in La Union other than surfing. Click the photo to enlarge. Continue reading Welcome to the Grapes Capital of the Philippines: Photo of the Day