Category Archives: DailyPhoto

Daily serving of photos from community members in Instagram.

Photo of the Day: Sagada Spellunking

One of the earliest travel articles we’ve written is about Sagada, with the photos taken when blogging, as a platform, was still in its conception stage. A travel blog was never in our mind. Also, the cellphones of today are way more powerful than the digital cameras of yesterday, which means that the photos we took weren’t that crisp. So imagine how happy we were when we encountered a photo snapped by 7107islandsphilippines (@7107islandsphilippines) of the beautiful mineral formations deep down the a Sagada cave. It’s like reliving the moment when the light first hit those beautiful white formations. Amazing! You guys should go there. In the meantime, here’s the photo by 7107islandsphilippines (by the way, is also a Philippine travel blog, so check it out. Click the photo to enlarge: Continue reading Photo of the Day: Sagada Spellunking

Photo of the Day: Greece in the Philippines

We have a traditional idea on how the architecture on Philippine beaches and white islands should look like — nothing. We’ve said before that the government may decide to demolish all man-made structures in, for instance, Boracay and we won’t care. What we love, in the first place, is the beach: the fine white sand and the clear waters. Now, imagine how surprising it is to see a different country on a Philippine island? Go a few kilometers off the coast of Nasugbu, Batangas and you’ll find ancient Greece in Fortune Island. The Acropolis is actually now in ruins but we still have to find out if development has continued. Still, the place has a different attraction. Here’s a sampler courtesy of the lovely Hazel Pascual (_iamstorm), a Pinay who loves food, fashion, travel and, well, practically everything. Click the photo to enlarge: Continue reading Photo of the Day: Greece in the Philippines

Photo of the Day: The Air Up in Boracay

It’s difficult not to fall in love with Boracay. The main draw is the beach, of course, coupled with an endless array of attractions, including cliff jumping, the mermaid academy, and the 24/7 party atmosphere. The options are endless. There are activities to satisfy the party animals, the outdoors buff, the spa addicts, beach bums, energetic kids; practically everyone, even those who wish to do soul searching. And there’s parasailing. We’d go out on a limb and say that you haven’t been to Boracay if you haven’t done parasailing. We tried to describe how it feels to float high above the white-sand paradise called Boracay, but it seems a photograph is better suited to relay the emotions, like this photo by Charmilyn Mamaradlo (miaischarm3718). Click photo to enlarge:

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Photo of the Day: The Underwater Wall

We admire the brave souls who have the courage to face the deep sea and everything that lurks in its darkness. Ok, we’re exagerrating, we know, probably a result of watching too much suspense movies with the ocean/sea as the backdrop. We’re fish out of water, so to speak, when it comes to diving. But we have lots of friends who go diving and we’ve seen countless photos/videos showing the sheer beauty of underwater life. Take, for instance, this photo by Anna Arancon-Milan (annaamilan) — a digital marketer, ocean lover and smile advocate — of a freediver (your husband, Anna?) at the Barracuda Lake in Coron, Palawan. Gorgeous view, don’t you agree? Click to enlarge the photo: Continue reading Photo of the Day: The Underwater Wall

Photo of the Day: Batangas Sea Gypsies

Should you decide to see the Philippines in a slower pace and ride a ship, there’s a high probability that you’ll encounter a group of kids swimming beside the boat, as the ship is about to dock. Anyone not familiar with this sight will think that the kids are putting their lives at risk by swimming too close to the ship. Why are they doing it? Well, to find out, try throwing a coin towards their direction. Nope, they won’t catch it above water. They’ll let it hit the water and catch the coin as it gracefully falls towards the bottom of the sea. These children are descendants of the best natural freedivers there is. They are most uncomfortable living on land. A few of these sea gypsies, badjaos, were spotted in the Batangas port by cherrdon, a nature lover and a volunteer, an off-the-beaten path traveller. Here’s the photo: Continue reading Photo of the Day: Batangas Sea Gypsies

Photo of the Day: Jeepney Journey

We haven’t added a #PhotoOfTheDay for the past two days, you might haven noticed. We find it difficult to post photos of gorgeous Philippine beaches while the central Visayas is still recovering from the wrath of Typhoon Ruby. But life has to go on. While we all should tone down any spending and instead seek to help the typhoon victims, we cannot put life on hold. The show must go on, as the showbiz people would say. The journey must continue despite the storm clouds hovering above, which is why we appreciate this cool photo of the jeepney by Simon Valencia (simonvalencia). He calls it the “Filipino muscle”. We don’t know if it’s as waterproof as the Filipino spirit =) Here is Simon‘s photo: Continue reading Photo of the Day: Jeepney Journey

Photo of the Day: The Beauty of Mother Nature

Traditional fishermen know what happens if you understimate the power of nature. You respect the power of Mother Nature and step aside when she’s angry. And she’s predictably angry — to be exact, an average of 26 times every year in the Philippines in the form of typhoons. We now face Typhoon Ruby, another super typhoon a year after Yolanda (Haiyan) which wreaked havoc in Central Visayas and surrounding areas We prepare for the worst and pray for the best. Under the golden sunset Mother Nature has granted us (amazing how Mother Nature still reveals such beauty even as we prepare for her wrath), we pack up our boats and bring them to a safer place in preparation for the strong winds that is sure to come. Still, as the sunrise heralds a new day, we continue with our journey.  We’ll, that’s what we think of the photo snapped in Aklan by  Earl Masangkay (earlmasangkay), a nurse who loves to take photos. What do you think? Here’s the photo (click to enlarge): Continue reading Photo of the Day: The Beauty of Mother Nature

Photo of the Day: Post Office

There are those who believe that the traditional mailing system, also called snail mail, is going to eventually die out with the increased use of electronic mail or email. It’s just a matter of time, they say. When that time comes, the Manila Central Post Office will retain one important purpose — an important architectural marker. It was designed by Juan M. Arellano and is part of the Manila masterplan by Daniel Burnham, the same planner for Baguio City for which the Burnham Park is named. Built in the early 1900s, it was severely damaged when the Americans bombarded Manila to retake the city after the Japanese invasion. It was reconstructed after the war. While some say it was not fully reconstructed to its former glory, it is still beautiful. Here’s a shot from a differen perspective on that beautiful Philippine architecture, courtesy of Eric Jones (photos_by_eric_j). Click the photo to enlarge: Continue reading Photo of the Day: Post Office

Photo of the Day: Jollibee Kulit

Not many fastfood chains anywhere in the world can claim local market dominance against foreign brands like MacDonald’s. One of those strong brands is, you guessed it, Jollibee of the Philippines. While others argue that it’s all about the food — Jollibee knows the sweet side of the Filipinos’ palate — we think a small slice of that market share has something to do with the mascot. We’ve seen Jollibee work its charm in parties and, we tell you, he’s one happy dynamo, always a good dancer (see “best dance crew“) with a good sense of humor. What’s the English equivalent of makulit? Here’s Jollibee, courtesy of Ranell Dedicatoria (ranellmartin), most likely having jumped on that counter top and ringing that bell (click photo to enlarge): Continue reading Photo of the Day: Jollibee Kulit

Photo of the Day: Welcome to the Top

People love the chase to the top. Some prefer to chase financial peaks, while others love the climb up the power ladder.  Others like to conquer peaks that touches the clouds — mountains. Different strokes for different folks. This love for the outdoors is not readily apparent when you check the instagram profile of JC (jeffrey_camp16). You’ll notice tons of photos of mouthwatering food, which can be explained by these profile entries: food lover, dessert maker, culinary arts, chef, loves to eat burger. If you look closer, however, there’s a “traveler” entry and photos of the gorgeous Mt. Pulag, the highest peak in Luzon, and its amazing sea of clouds at the summit. Here’s the cool photo (click photo to enlarge): Continue reading Photo of the Day: Welcome to the Top