Category Archives: To See

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

Filipinos in Asia’s Got Talent (AGT): Vote for El Gamma Penumbra, Gerphil Flores, Gwyneth Dorado, and Junior New System

You’ve probably heard that out of the 9 finalists in the talent reality show Asia’s Got Talent, 4 are Filipinos — El Gamma Penumbra, Gerphil Flores, Gwyneth Dorado, and Junior New System. This is a testament to the talent of Filipinos, something to be truly proud of. The finals show was aired on 7 May 2015, with voting open until 11 May 2015. If you haven’t watched the performances, watch below. Really amazing. We’ve also expressed our thoughts on the voting below. Enjoy! (And vote!) Continue reading Filipinos in Asia’s Got Talent (AGT): Vote for El Gamma Penumbra, Gerphil Flores, Gwyneth Dorado, and Junior New System

New Year Fireworks: More Fun in the Philippines

We’ve seen this amateur video — recorded in Metro Manila (Philippines, of course) when the clock struck 12 ushering in the New Year — immediately after it was posted in youtube, but didn’t repost it here. Not until now, anyway. The reason? We can’t decide whether we should be happy or sad about this sight. On one hand (no pun intended), we feel a lot of discomfort with the thought of injuries and pollution, among others, that surely come after the dust settles (or, more properly, after the fireworks smoke settles). On the other hand, there’s a weird side of us which is highly amused, giggling, at the sight of the non-stop explosions in EVERY part of the metro. The only other sight of fireworks that sufficiently moved us to write a post here in VisitPinas was the gold medal finish of the Philippines during the 2013 international fireworks competition (see video). Anyway, going back, let us know what you think of this kind of [fun] madness when it comes to New Year big bang, Philippine-style. There’s nothing like this in the whole world, we’ve heard. First, watch this video. Continue reading New Year Fireworks: More Fun in the Philippines

Gas Station Toilet: More Fun in the Philippines

Bohol is now more than the Chocolate Hills, the heavenly white beach of Panglao Island, the tarsier, the Loboc River cruise, the old churches, the man-made forest and other attractions. It now hosts one of the MOST important needs of any serious traveler — the toilet. Call it what you want — comfort room, restroom, or any other name — but it’s ideally a place of peace and comfort. We know, of course, that a clean toilet is a rarity for travelers on the road (but, mind you, seasoned travelers can do it the “natural” way). Imagine a CLEAN toilet. Imagine a CLEAN and ELEGANT toilet of a gas station. Now, stop imagining and go to Bohol. You’ll find this SHELL station (yes, we have to emphasize that it’s a Shell station as a token of appreciation for a gas station that takes a little from its billions of profits and gives back to motorists in the form of an ACTUAL, REAL clean toilet). We haven’t seen something like this, which is why we have this story about toilets. We hope other Shell stations follow suit. We hope ALL other gas stations follow soon (tell us which gas station has done so and we’ll feature them). Here, watch this video courtesy of Filipino-Canadian Jason Godfrey: Continue reading Gas Station Toilet: More Fun in 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 15 Ways to Have More Fun in 2015: Visit the Philippines Year 2015

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 Getting to Know the Philippines’ National Symbols

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

Thank a Teacher Today: Salamat, Guro (Share this Video, Tag your Teachers, Say Thank You)

We’ll go out on a limb and make this fearless categorical claim — there is AT LEAST ONE teacher that inspired each and every graduate out there. One of these days we’ll produce a video or something to show heartfelt appreciation to ALL good teachers of the world. Marami pong salamat, guro. In the meantime, to show that Filipinos appreciate our teachers, and to mark the celebration of World Teachers Day and the National Teachers Day in the Philippines, October 5, we’re sharing this video. Take time to share this, tag your teachers, and say thank you. Today. Continue reading Thank a Teacher Today: Salamat, Guro (Share this Video, Tag your Teachers, Say Thank You)