Category Archives: To See

Mt. Purgatory, Benguet (by iyanismo)

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

Mt. Batulao (Nasugbu, Batangas)

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

Wakeboarding in CamSur (CWC)

Photo of the Day: Wakeboarding in CamSur

Have you tried out wakeboarding yet? This is the life-changing question posed by @CamSur. Ok, it’s not life-changing to most people, but it could very well be a game-changer for couch potatoes. The destination is the CamSur Watersports Complex where, according to CamSur, you can “learn the skills at the winch park and maybe meet new #friends, too!” There would also “be instructors that will assist you at the beginner’s lake” (you’ll be surprised how helpful @CamSur is when it comes to queries from watersports enthusiasts). Here’s a cool photo (click the photo to enlarge) to get you started: Continue reading

Sunset in Puerto Galera from GeekPinay

Photo of the Day: Sunset in Puerto Galera

The Philippines, anywhere you may be in its 7,107 islands, is home to majestic sunsets — producing amazing memories when captured in photographs. Here’s a beautiful photo of the Puerto Galera sunset taken by GeekPinay using her android phone (she qualified “android phone” with “only” but it’s really unnecessary because the photo is absolutely gorgeous!). The banca, which looks like it’s being lifted by the light from underneath, and the rock face to the right both add beauty to the picture. Here, check this photo (click the photo to enlarge): Continue reading

Binondo, Manila

Photo of the Day: Binondo, Manila

Binondo is the first Chinatown in the Philippines. It is also the very first Chinatown in the whole WORLD. Binondo is colorful in terms of history as well as current-day offerings, including food and architecture. It’s usually a crowded place and there’s the usual clash between the old and the modern infrastructure — factors that don’t really make it easy for photographers to shoot  a good scene from the distance. This shot by nathaniel0603, however, beautifully captures a section of the Binondo Church — framed by the setting sun — and the surprisingly calm plaza fronting the church. Look at the photo (click the photo to enlarge):  Continue reading

15 Ways to Have More Fun in 2015 Visit the Philippines

15 Ways to Have More Fun in 2015: Visit the Philippines Year 2015

From learning new dance moves “at an 800-year old festival” to working on your photo skills “at the world’s selfie capital” — two of the 15 ways to have more fun in 2015, the new campaign by the Department of Tourism highlights the prospect that “any activity you want to do is definitely going to be more fun if you’re in the Philippines.” While we’re more attached to this year’s video (watch), we’re always willing to wait for the full unfolding of the 2015 tourism campaign. Watch the full video and see the 15 ways to have more fun in the Philippines, here: Continue reading

Philippine National Symbols

Getting to Know the Philippines’ National Symbols

Who is our national hero? We all know the National Hero is Jose Rizal, but do you know that the designation is not official? The same is true for other national symbols like the national animal (kalabaw), national fruit (mango), national dance (tinikling, later changed by DepEd to carinosa), national house (bahay-kubo), national vehicle (jeepney), national food (adobo), national clothing (baro’t saya for women and barony tagalog for men). As of this writing, there are only 10 national symbols that are officially sanctioned: (1) Pambansang Awit or National Anthem: Lupang Hinirang; (2) National Symbol; (3) National Flag; (4) Pambansang Wika or National Language: Filipino; (5) Pambansang Bulaklak or National Flower: Sampaguita, sought to be changed to waling-waling; (6) Pambansang Puno or National Tree: Narra; (7) Pambansang Ibon or National Bird: Philippine Eagle; (8) Pambansang Laro or National Sport: Arnis; (9) National Gem: South Sea Pearl; and (10) National Motto: “Maka-Diyos, Maka-Tao, Makakalikasan, at Makabansa“. While you’re berating yourself for not knowing that there’s a national motto, watch this news video: Continue reading

Leah Salonga in Miss Saigon 25th Anniversary Gala

Lea Salonga, Rachelle Ann Go, Miss Saigon: Told You, Singing Is More Fun in the Philippines (video)

We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again (and we’ll most likely say this a thousand times more), singing is a national hobby in the Philippines. So it came as no surprise that the 25th Anniversary gala performance of Miss Saigon, playing at the Prince Edward Theatre, London, featured the original Kim, Lea Salonga. It also featured another Filipina making her mark in the world musical stage, Rachelle Ann Go. Lea Salonga is also known as a Disney Princess (the singing voice of Princess Jasmine in Aladdin and Fa Mulan in Mulan). But, lately, in her participation in The Voice Philippines, we see a different personality shining through — we don’t know if it’s just role-playing, but she sure comes across as a b*tch. Still, as someone noted, every time Lea Salonga sings the classics, our hearts melt, and we remember that we love her. Yes, we still love her. Here, watch: Continue reading