Category Archives: To See

Top 10 Types of Beach Photos at #VisitPinas

No surprise that there’s an endless flow of Instagram photos tagged #VisitPinas. The Philippines is home to some of the world’s best beaches. The well-known beaches, identified by name in travel magazines and websites, constitute only a small portion of the thousands of beautiful combination of sand, sea and sun in this tropical paradise, also called the Pearl of the Orient, the Philippines. We’ve seen thousands of these photos. The recent crop of #VisitPinas photos reveal the following angles or shots for beach photos. [Click the photos to enlarge.] Continue reading Top 10 Types of Beach Photos at #VisitPinas

The Nook Cafe with Harry Potter (and the Maginhawa Hub)

Disappointment is a tough concept to predict, we’ve learned throughout our travels, primarily because it largely depends on the level of expectation that has grown root in one’s mind. What may be disappointing to some may be outstanding to others. What may be disappointing to someone may have been satisfactory to the same person if the expectation was correctly set. We’ve been badly burned by resorts and destinations that are made to glitter like diamonds in their websites, only to find a lump of semi-precious stone. We didn’t set any expectation when we set out to search for The Nook, coffee and books. Continue reading The Nook Cafe with Harry Potter (and the Maginhawa Hub)

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

Support the 2016 Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF): Go Watch

We have always wondered why, in the recent years, the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) have been dominated by movies which, in our opinion, seem to assume that Filipino moviegoers are dumb. It’s probably a chicken-or-the-egg thing, with the usual suspects saying that the Festival should respect the “taste” (panlasa) of the moviegoers, the underlying assumption being that we are too dumb to ask for movies that should pass the lowest standards of any award-giving body, such as the MMFF. Should we, moviegoers, send a message to moviemakers that we deserve better? Or should the initiative come from the moviemakers, that they should assume that we deserve better. With the MMFF decision not to include the usual movie fare from the festival, our hope is rekindled that the MMFF is trying to do something about the quality of films shown every December. We invite you to watch these movies, as a message to our moviemakers that the usual crappy movies should not see the light of projector. Here are the official entries to the 2016 Metro Manila Film Festival. Watch the movie trailers below. Continue reading Support the 2016 Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF): Go Watch

Funny Excuse to Re-Visit the Philippines: Watch

People just have be creative in coming up with excuses to visit the Philippines again. And again. Here’s a hilarious excuse to book a travel back to the Philippines. After watching the video, don’t forget to hit the comment section and tell us your excuse to re-visit the Philippines. Continue reading Funny Excuse to Re-Visit the Philippines: Watch

Surfing in Siargao: It’s More Fun in the Philippines

There’s a lot of unfilled slots in our Philippine travel bucket list. One of those blank slots is Siargao, found in the province of Surigao del Norte, way south of Manila. It’s the undisputed surfing capital of the Philippines, with Cloud 9 at its core. If surfing is our thing, Siargao would be at the top of our travel list, but we don’t surf. Still, we intend to go there someday, not to surf, but to soak in the island vibe (sounds weird because we’re living in an island, sort of, in the first place). For those who don’t understand why surfers are raving about Siargao, watch this video from the Department of Tourism: Continue reading Surfing in Siargao: It’s More Fun in the Philippines

Watch and Support: Miss Philippines Catriona Elisa Gray, Miss World 2016 Contestant Introduction Video

Filipinas are no strangers to the world of beauty. 2013 marked the first and only time the Philippines held the Miss World throne, with Megan Young at the helm. This December 8, 2016, we’ll find out if this year’s Miss World-Philippines, Catriona Elisa Gray, will recapture the crown in the Miss World competition. A few hours ago, the organizers uploaded the introduction video of Miss Gray and, of course, the Philippines. Let’s support our candidate and promote our country by viewing and sharing the video. One Philippines. Salamat, kabayan! Continue reading Watch and Support: Miss Philippines Catriona Elisa Gray, Miss World 2016 Contestant Introduction Video

Tribute to Miss Universe 2015, Pia Wurtzbach of the Philippines (Watch)

There’s probably better tributes, existing or still to be made, about Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach. Here’s one we came across in facebook. It doesn’t really matter if there are better tributes, but we still love this one. We love the slow-mo in this video. We love the Philippine flags waving as Pia walked the stage. Made us tear up all over again. It was an extraordinary journey for Pia Wurtzbach. It was an extraordinary Miss Universe pageant that will live on as one of the most memorable. It is an extraordinary victory that made us Filipinos extremely proud of this confidently beautiful lady, Queen Pia. Long live, Queen P!
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5 Things to Remember About the Sinulog Festival (Cebu City)

We’ve had our fair share of Sinulog celebrations in Cebu City, but now our participation is limited to watching this annual festival on tv or reading about it in write-ups. We can’t join them all. Still, we intend to immerse our children in the Sinulog. Here are 5 things that, in our opinion, we must imprint in their young minds as they begin their Sinulog journey (we were actually thinking of 15 things to remember, but that’s too much even for us). Continue reading 5 Things to Remember About the Sinulog Festival (Cebu City)

Miss Universe 2015, Miss Philippines Pia Wurtzbach and the 5 Stages of Grief

The Miss Universe, as Miss Philippines Pia Wurtzbach herself noted, is huge in the Philippines. It’s like boxing. If the Philippines feels like a ghost town during Manny Pacquiao fights, the same can be said about pageant night. Well, at least to ladies and our gay friends. Just a tip: if you’re in the Philippines and badly need a haircut, and the reigning Miss Philippines loses in the pageant, we suggest you postpone your haircut a few days down the road, when the 5 stages of grief has passed (with the hairdressers having a bad day, you don’t want them touching your hair, seriously). During the 2015 Miss Universe, the 5 stages of grief — denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance — were compressed in less than 10 minutes. Allow us to illustrate the 5 stages of grief, based on the Miss Universe 2015 reactions of Filipinos around the world: Continue reading Miss Universe 2015, Miss Philippines Pia Wurtzbach and the 5 Stages of Grief