From the very first crude attempt to conquer the sky, mankind has always wondered how it feels to be free as a bird. There were a lot of crashes, of course, but we were able to fly. Some forms of “flying,” like paragliding (parachute + gliding), are simply controlled crashes. It’s not really flying as a bird, but the feeling of freedom that comes with flying should come with it. It’s not strictly like flying as a bird, but the feeling of freedom that comes with it should come close to flying. To be blunt about it, it’s just crashing with style (fun, though). Now, having read that, are you still brave enough to try paragliding, like the one you’ll find in Carmona, Cavite? You should try it. Just watch Edith Vitug (check his Instagram account, @dithvitug, for more photos) in this photo. Click the photo to enlarge. Continue reading Free as a Bird, Paragliding in Carmona, Cavite: Photo of the Day
We’re not too fond of Valentines. We really don’t know how to say it without appearing as the Grinch of Valentines Day, but, there, we said it. It’s just another normal day for us because love is celebrated every second of every day, not only February 14 when everything is insanely overpriced (but a lot of people still fall for it). So, for those who share the same view, as well the brokenhearted, here’s a message for you from the Travelling Farmer (check his Instagram account, @traveling_farmer, for more photos) — Konting Tiis pa, bes, malapit na din matapos ang Valentines. Kapit lang! Click the photo to enlarge. Continue reading Kapit Lang, Bes, Malapit na Matapos ang Valentines: Photo of the Day
We all have different fears and we all have different ways of coping with those fears. We’re almost sure, however, that most people have a fear of heights. At the very least, we can speak for ourselves — we’re terrified of heights. Our palms were sweating when we watched that old Cliffhanger movie. Same thing while looking at this photo, courtesy of EA Policarpio (check his Instagram account, @edgrallan, for more photos), as he conquered Mt. Pamitinan in Rodriquez, Rizal. Good activity for those who enjoy the rough outdoors; definitely not good for us with fear of heights. Perhaps we’ll choose another fear to conquer. Click the photo to enlarge. Continue reading Face your Fears in Mt. Pamitinan (Rodriguez, Rizal): Photo of the Day
The tricycle is not unique to the Philippines, but we bet nowhere else in the world is the humble tricycle heavily used as a normal mode of public transportation. Only in the Philippines. And here in the Philippines, specifically the Birdland Beach Club in Pangasinan, you’ll find the bamboo tricycle, as you can see in this photo of Christian Tañedo (check his Instagram account, @christiano_galaero, for more photos). The bamboo tricycle fits into the whole design of the resort, as described in its website: “We are the first truly eco oriented resort in Bolinao. We built the resort around the existing coral instead of destroying them like other local resorts. All the pathways are sand so minimal destruction to the environment.” Click the photo to enlarge. Continue reading The Bamboo Tricycle of Birdland Beach Club (Pangasinan): Photo of the Day
The Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta is on its 21st year, the longest-running sports aviation event in Asia. The Hot Air Balloon Fiesta has done a good job of filling the skies with everything that flies, like these lovely hot air balloons, photo courtesy of i am joey (check his Instagram account, @e1cam1n0, for more photos). The event usually eats into Valentines Day celebrations, a perfect venue for couples (or would-be couples) to watch things fly other than love sparks. For 2017, it is scheduled to run from February 9-12, so, yes, it has already started and you only have a few days left to go (tickets at the gate; you can also get separate tickets to ride the balloons). It’s easy to find — just look for those flying hot air balloons (seriously, just head on to Clark Economic Zone, around 80 kilometers north of Manila, highly accessible through one of the best-managed highways in the Philippines, the North Luzon Expressway or NLEX/NLE). Click the photo to enlarge. Continue reading Everything that Flies at the 21st Philippine Hot Air Balloon Fiesta: Photo of the Day
It’s not difficult to conclude, basing on her Instagram profile, that Marian Bautista (check her Instagram account, @yianbautista, for more photos) loves the outdoors. Beach, surfing, and more beach. Here she is at the white beach of Balabac, at the southernmost tip of Palawan. The town of Balabac is an island group, 36 in all, which means there’s a lot of gorgeous white-sand beaches to go see and enjoy. Remember, should you choose to visit Palawan (truly a province of wonders), remember that there are way less crowded beaches other than El Nido and Coron (both lovely places, don’t forget). Vacation in paradise. Click the photo to enlarge. Continue reading Serenity and Beauty at Balabac Beach, Palawan: Photo of the Day
Imagine if we have autumn in the Philippines — the colors — but we only have two seasons in this tropical part of the world, the rainy season and the very rainy season (no, seriously, summer and rainy season). Going back to the wishful thinking of autumn in the Philippines, the foliage and the Buruwisan Falls (located in Mt. Romelo, not Famy, in the town of Siniloan, Laguna) would be this lovely, as captured by Ken Galicinao (check his Instagram account, @kengalicinao, for more photos). Don’t get us wrong, Buruwisan Falls is lovely as it is, although the change of colors would add a different dimension. Click the photo to enlarge.
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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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