Category Archives: DailyPhoto

Daily serving of photos from community members in Instagram.

Photo of the Day: Deep Thought

Our choice of photos cannot be based solely on what’s visually pleasing or appealing. Sometimes we have to step off the beaten track and check something a little different. It’s not our little discussion with Berna Daos (berna.bear, who shot the photo) whether this boat ride is in Alaminos or in Bolinao, considering that the accompanying photos point to the Hundred Islands found in Alaminos, Pangasinan. The photo (click to enlarge) is different because, while not visually arresting at first glance, it has a melancholic feel to it, slowly getting into you, making you pause and think. It’s like an itch that you just have to scratch — what on earth (or sea) is that person thinking about? A person in deep thought in deep sea. It’s like a photographic equivalent of Rodin’s “The Thinker” (or, uhm, closer to home, Anthony Castelo’s “Malayo ang Tingin”). Here’s the photo: Continue reading Photo of the Day: Deep Thought

Photo of the Day: Bike and Man-made Forest

Of all the things remusjames list down in his Instagram account — Bojolano | Commercial Pilot | Captain| Driver | Biker | Rider | Adventurer | Ninja — it’s the ninja part that got us interested, but it’s the biker description that made us decide to feature his awesome photo (click to enlarge) of the man-made forest in Bilar, Bohol. Don’t you find this interesting? Ok, consider this — where else in the whole Philippines can you find people (and we’re talking about hundreds of photos) stopping and posing in the MIDDLE of a national road just to snap a photo with a man-made structure that someone once said that only God can make? [Paging Bohol authorities, might not be a bad idea to put up signs for vehicles to slowwww down when approaching the man-made forest to avoid any unfortunate selfie incident]. We seriously doubt if the man-made forest of Bohol ever get’s bored, looking down at all those souls performing the most insane pose they can muster. Here’s the photo: Continue reading Photo of the Day: Bike and Man-made Forest

Photo of the Day: Chocolate-coated Strawberry

On top of being called as the Summer Capital of the Philippines, Baguio is known for a lot things — pine trees, fog, Good Shepherd halaya and, of course, strawberry. For those who have traveled to Baguio a couple of times, however, the sight of strawberries has become a common sight, so much so that these all-year-round fruits are hardly given a second glance. But what happens if strawberries are given a new twist, as deliciously shown by the gorgeous photo of Ces Hernandez (ig_undersij)? We have to take a second look. And a second bite of the chocolate-coated strawberry by Cafe by the Ruins. Here’s the photo (click to enlarge): Continue reading Photo of the Day: Chocolate-coated Strawberry

Photo of the Day: Mt. Pico de Loro

Reaching the summit of mountains, movies have conditioned us, involves spreading your arms wide, with a rotating aerial camera shot. It’s a cool picture from a distance, the same shot we saw with mitchiecosis’ outstretched arms as she conquered Mt. Pico de Loro, a mountain range that runs through a number of towns in Batangas. What’s cool about this photo is the sheer emotion that comes through, like “you mean I have to go there and back here to take your photo?” Seriously, it’s the sense of happiness that comes through, standing on that golden brown rock sticking out of the mountain, with the green slopes serving as beautiful backdrop. Lovely. Here’s the photo (click to enlarge): Continue reading Photo of the Day: Mt. Pico de Loro

Photo of the Day: Alamid Coffee

Some things are wonderfully confusing. For instance, Ms. Chelsea M. Portillano says she likes “taking naps and eating pizza” yet she’s gone all the way to Sagada to try, not pizza, but civet cat coffee — better known as kapeng alamid in the Philippines. Then there’s alamid coffee itself, which is more expensive than ordinary coffee yet, in the words of Chelsea, is “made from undigested coffee beans from civet cat poop! Basically, I’m drinking poop!” Thanks, Chelsea, for being so adorably graphic. It’s expensive because you don’t encounter a civet cat on a daily basis and collecting the coffee beans (stuck in that civet “stuff”) it’s not really a walk in the park. It is said to taste good because the stomach enzymes of the civet cat seeps into the coffee bean, giving it a totally awesome taste (if you’ve tried it, please tell us how you’d rate the taste). Not for the weak of heart (or, more properly, weak stomach). Here’s an awesome photo (click to enlarge) of the civet coffee served in an immaculately-clean white cup, with the civet, uhm, “stuff” at the left side. Continue reading Photo of the Day: Alamid Coffee

Photo of the Day: Light Rail Transit (LRT)

This featured photo from our instagram community may look totally ordinary. But like the photographer, glazielgonzalbo, who goes by the tagline “not a typical earthling,” there’s nothing typical or common about this photo (click to enlarge) of the Light Rail Transit (LRT). The problem that we encounter when, well, encountering people, objects or events on a daily basis is the tendency to treat them as common. We’re posting this photo as a reminder to fight the natural degradation and look at our world, including our Philippines, with a fresh eyes — every single day. Besides, there’s nothing common with this beautiful picture, with its crisp but muted colors, and with the train looking like it has appeared from out of the light (as opposed to going TOWARDS the light, know what we mean?). It’s a potent symbol that there’s a positive direction for the Philippine mass rail transport system. We hope. We sincerely hope (otherwise, we’re doomed). Here, look at the photo: Continue reading Photo of the Day: Light Rail Transit (LRT)

Photo of the Day: Whitewater Rafting

The first time is usually the most memorable, right? So, when we saw the expression of Debbie Grace Andres (utopiansky, and company) in her first encounter with the white sparkles of Cagayan River, we can’t help but feature the cool photo, even if we have our own whitewater rafting photos in Cagayan de Oro City. There’s truly something extra special with a group picture. Consider utopiansky‘s photo (click to enlarge) — one crew is mightily trying to steer the raft, the rest of the members are seriously trying to paddle, but there’s one member (left side) RAISING her paddle and there’s another one (middle of raft) WITHOUT a paddle (and is he holding a camera or eating something?). We’ll never know for sure until Debbie and her crew drops by to clear the air (or, in this case, clear the water). Here’s the photo: Continue reading Photo of the Day: Whitewater Rafting

Photo of the Day: Perth Paradise Resort

We usually indicate the location in the title of our posts, but we’re making an exception for this post because we’re going to play a game. All you have to do is take a look at the photo (courtesy of jepoyme; click the photo to enlarge), then tell us the locality where the shot is most probably taken. Game? Ok, your guess? Hundred Islands in Pangasinan? Same guess we made. And we were wrong (the white swimming pool led us to think that it’s a cross between the Hundred Islands and Bellaroca). This is a photo at the Perth Paradise Resort located in Sipalay, Negros Occidental. Continue reading Photo of the Day: Perth Paradise Resort

Photo of the Day: Welcome to Purgatory

Something is bound to interest people in the 7,107 Philippines islands. There are amazing views and gorgeous places, including what mountaineers consider as heaven — mountains, of course. There are breathtaking mountains, like Mt. Pulag and Mt. Apo, that we — in our physical condition — can only dream of climbing. The sceneries in these mountains are no doubt very interesting and we should be showcasing the views. In some climbs, however, what’s interesting is the name of the mountain itself, which leaves us with little choice but to show some sign board, not the view. Take for instance this awesome photo (click to enlarge) from Adrian Gongona (iyanismo), floating his way to (or in) Mt. Purgatory (Bokod, Benguet). We’ve heard of the expression “heaven on earth” but it’s only now we’ve discovered that Purgatory is actually found here on earth (for Catholics, purgatory is the middle ground between heaven and hell). Here’s the cool photo of iyanismo — “your typical boy next door who just won’t stay indoor”: Continue reading Photo of the Day: Welcome to Purgatory

Photo of the Day: Climbing Mt. Batulao (Nasugbu, Batangas)

What first comes to mind when you here of Batangas? Yes, balisong. And bulalo, diving, Laiya, Taal, Tagaytay, Vilma Santos and, well, let’s stop there. What we’re trying to say is that we’ve never imagined seeing a nice trail in Mt. Batulao (Nasugbu, Batangas) — we didn’t know until we saw that awesome photo posted in Instagram by rhoziefranco. One more item in the Philippine travel bucket list. Check the photo (click the photo to enlarge) of the beautiful pose and the nice view: Continue reading Photo of the Day: Climbing Mt. Batulao (Nasugbu, Batangas)