Category Archives: Places to Go

Memories of Summer: Warm Thoughts for the Rainy Season

If you haven’t heard the weather agency, PAGASA, declaring the end of summer, the heavy rains in the past days would definitely drive home the point that the Philippines has two seasons — the rainy season and the very rainy season. Well, it has been fun while summer lasted. We sure have enough memories of sunny days to last us the entire rainy season. We’re also sure that you guys saved enough photos of summer. So, in memory of Summer 2017, let’s feature some of your photos. Continue reading Memories of Summer: Warm Thoughts for the Rainy Season

Valentines Sunset at Peninsula de Punta Fuego: Photo of the Day

Yes, we said we’re not fond of Valentines Day, but that doesn’t mean we hate Valentines. Our first meeting originally fell on February 14. We decided to move our date because we realized it’s Valentines Day, and we don’t celebrate Valentines. Don’t get us wrong, though. We believe in romance. We believe in love. Incidentally, this lovely photo of lovers and sunset was captured in Peninsula de Punta Fuego by Fr. Jboy Gonzales (check his Instagram account, @jboygonzalessj, for more photos), a Jesuit. A Jesuit solemnized our marriage and baptized our children. A Jesuit blessed our offices. Love ’em, Jesuits. Click the photo to enlarge. Continue reading Valentines Sunset at Peninsula de Punta Fuego: Photo of the Day

Top 10 Philippine Destinations for the Heartbroken this Valentines

Valentines Day is around the corner. While studies have shown that the worst time, the most depressing period, for the heartbroken segment of our society is actually Christmas (ever wondered why “Pasko na Sinta Ko” is popular during Christmas?), we don’t really get to talk much about sad things during the season of joy. But heartbreaks and breakups are fair topics during Valentines. So, if you’re going through a rough patch this Valentines Day, if you’re heartbroken, or if you’ve long been single without much luck in the love department, here are the best places to go in the Philippines or things to do in the Philippines in order to heal that broken heart, all courtesy, of course, of our VisitPinas community (in instagram and facebook; we don’t imply that the folks featured here are heartbroken, they just have some cool photos). Continue reading Top 10 Philippine Destinations for the Heartbroken this Valentines

Starry, Starry Night at Apo Reef Natural Park, Mindoro: Photo of the Day

Not all nights are created equal. Some nights are for parties, others for rest. Some nights are dark, others drenched in light. Some nights are lonely, others spent with wonderful company. Some nights, however, are absolutely breathtaking. If you spend a night at the Apo Reef Natural Park, Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro, as we see in this photo courtesy of Jon Johnson (check his Instagram acount, @jon_bratpacker, for more awesome photos). In this part of the beautiful Philippines, the sunrise is breathtaking, the sunset fierce, and the night stars simply awesome. You can see the stars in all their bright glory, and, if you’re lucky enough, perhaps you’ll see the Princess Leia in a galaxy far, far away. Click the photo to enlarge. Continue reading Starry, Starry Night at Apo Reef Natural Park, Mindoro: Photo of the Day

Chilling with a View at Mt. Pamitinan: Photo of the Day

We’ve seen photos, particularly those taken at insane heights with people standing on the edge of something, that made our palms sweat. Today’s featured photo is not on the absolute extreme side, but it still made our task difficult, typing on the keyboard with sweaty hands. Sure, it would be nice to chill with an awesome view, like in Mt. Pamitinan, or to say, quoting Rasty Sanchez (check his Instagram acount, @rastyismyname, for more photos) captured sitting on Mt. Pamitinan‘s ledge, that: “You cannot keep running away from your fears. At some point in life you will have to build up courage to face and overcome them.” Nice thoughts, really. But we’d probably do that kind of meditating in some coffeeshop, or some mountain or sea resort with our feet firmly planted on the ground. Would you do it, hang out (pun intended) at Mt. Pamitinan? Click the photo to enlarge. Continue reading Chilling with a View at Mt. Pamitinan: Photo of the Day

7 Reasons Why You Must Visit DreamPlay (City of Dreams Manila)

DreamPlay or Kidzania? That was the mind-boggling decision we had to make one sunny weekday. Based on what we’ve heard at that point in time, Kidzania is a nice place that allows kids to “work” as firemen, cashiers and the like, while DreamPlay is closer to a traditional amusement park. Each one has its own virtues, we know, but because we wanted something more physically challenging that day, we chose DreamPlay. While sitting at the restaurant section of DreamPlay, we thought of 7 reasons why we must come back here — the same reasons why you should visit DreamPlay. Continue reading 7 Reasons Why You Must Visit DreamPlay (City of Dreams Manila)

Misibis Nights and Misibis Bay

Misibis Bay, found in the island of Cagraray, is not exactly near Manila. Neither is the choice of this beach destination totally free of safety concerns, at least in the last few weeks, with Daragang Mayon’s most recent rumblings. This resort paradise, after all, basks in the shadow of the world’s most perfect cone volcano, Mt. Mayon, spewing lava in the past days, prompting the local government to evacuate residents in the volcano’s permanent danger zone. Of course, we very well know that travel does not come without risks — after seriously considering the cards dealt on us, we came to a doubt-free conclusion that Misibis Bay must be explored and, with the decision to make the trip more adventurous with a long drive, it turned out to be an experience of Misibis Bay by day and night. Continue reading Misibis Nights and Misibis Bay

Photo of the Day: Osmena Peak

One thing that constantly amazes us, which also happens to be one of the things that keep us going with this advocacy, is the chance to discover awesome nooks and crannies of the Philippines on a daily basis. Take, for instance, this pop quiz: what’s the highest peak in the island of Cebu? Well, we didn’t know until we stumbled on the awesome photo (click to enlarge) posted by Jillien Lacerna, showing her beautiful smile while perched on top of Osmena Peak, with one outstretched arm similar to the pose of beauty queens when they introduce the country of their origin. “Ladies and gentlemen, representing the lovely Osmena Peak, Cebu!” Here’s the photo: Continue reading Photo of the Day: Osmena Peak

Canigao Island (Leyte): Hidden in Plain Sight

Life plays tricks on us. Always. Remember those times when you were looking for a pencil and it was right there, stuck on your ear, all those time? Or looking for the love of your life and she/he was by your side all those years? It’s along those lines that we’ve encountered an island close to the coast of Leyte — Canigao Island. Join us in exploring the reasons why Canigao is hidden in plain sight. Continue reading Canigao Island (Leyte): Hidden in Plain Sight

The Sight is So Beautiful, You’ll Mistake it for Paradise (Watch this Video)

A paradise. That’s how we imagine Mt. Pulag. We’d definitely go there someday. It’s in the bucket list. For now, we can only experience Mt. Pulag (Benguet Province) through the stories, photos and videos of friends and fellow travelers. Truly, it’s more fun, and beautiful, in the Philippines. Watch this short video (we love the transition at 1:53): Continue reading The Sight is So Beautiful, You’ll Mistake it for Paradise (Watch this Video)