Category Archives: To See

Benigno Ninoy Aquino Speech

Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Day: The Speech You Should Watch

Today, August 21, the Philippines celebrates Ninoy Aquino Day, a national holiday to commemorate the life and death of a martyr, former Senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino, who, like thousands of Filipinos during the Martial Law of former President Ferdinand E. Marcos, fought for the restoration of freedom and democracy. Ninoy Aquino — the husband of former President Corazon “Cory” Aquino and the father of President Benigno “Noynoy Aquino III — was assassinated the very moment he came back to the Philippines on August 21, 1983. There are great documentaries about the life, struggle and death of Ninoy. The best informative video, in our opinion, is not a documentary but the speech delivered by Ninoy two years before his death. On February 15, 1981, Ninoy was the speaker in a symposium by the Movement for a Free Philippines (MFP) at the Wilshire Ebell Theater in Los Angeles. Please take time (almost 2 hours) to watch the full speech (divided into nine parts): Continue reading

American Try Filipino Junk Foods

What’s Your Favorite Filipino Snack?

The reaction of Americans on their first encounter with Filipino snack food is a bit funny and absolutely fun to watch (c’mon guys, it really takes years of practice to master the art of eating, or sniffing, the Mik Mik Sweetened Choco Powder). It’s surprising how this video puts a fresh perspective to something we Filipinos naturally take for granted: chichirya. Watch it and tell us what you’re favorite Pinoy snacks. Continue reading

A-Team Philippines Wins Gold at Hip Hop International 2014

Pinoy Pride: A-Team Philippines Wins Hip Hop 2014 World Gold

These kids are amazing (so if you think you can dance, think again and watch this video). Imagine: 48 nations, 275 dance crews, 6,000+ crew members, hip hop world championships. The winner? A-Team-Philippines. Filipinos brought home the Mega Crew Gold Medal in the Hip Hop International’s 2014 World Hip Hop Dance Championship. The international hip hop crews battled in Las Vegas from August 5-10, 2014. Congratulations, kabayan! Watch this video: Continue reading

Mt Pulag in Benguet Province, Philippines

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

Pajama Cardinalfish at Manila Ocean Park

Top 6 Favorite Fishes at The Reef (Oceanarium), Manila Ocean Park

The Manila Ocean Park, one of our favorite theme parks in the Philippines, is conveniently located in the heart of Manila City. The Manila Ocean Park is divided into different sections, one of which is the impressive Oceanarium, which in turn is subdivided into huge sections: Agos (Flow), Bahura (The Reef), Laot (Fishing Ground), Buhay na Karagatan (Living Ocean), Kalaliman (The Deep), Pagi (Sting Ray) and Pating (Shark). The only sane way to present the Manila Ocean Park is to take small bites, starting with The Reef. So, while you’re researching whether the plural of “fish” is indeed “fishes,” we’ll proceed to list down our 6 Favorite Fishes at Manila Ocean Park‘s The Reef.  Continue reading

Uganda

Anong Bansa? Keep Calm and Smile

This is the only pop quiz that you’ll enjoy. We really don’t feature funny stuff here in VisitPinas. Either we’re too serious or perhaps we feel people don’t want to see jokes in a travel blog, but we have to make an exception on this one — it made us smile. And that’s important. We’ll save it for posterity (doesn’t hurt if this also appeals to your sense of humor. Tip: You have to read it out LOUD and you have to INTERNALIZE a different personality for every question. No cheating! Continue reading

Lani Misalucha singing Bukas na Lang Kita Mamahalin

Singing: More Fun in the Philippines

Filipinos are born with a microphone in hand, the legend goes. Filipinos love to sing. We sing everywhere, in any occasion and through any emotion. Karaoke microphones, now mostly wireless, are as common in the Philippines like rice. If you’re touring the Philippines and find yourself in malls, it’s not surprising to bump into Filipinos, from absolute amateurs to awesome professionals, testing mics on display in music and appliance stores. We’ve compiled three (there are more, mind you) of those singing encounters: Continue reading

It's More Fun in the Philippines Tourism

You can Call us The Philippines: Watch this Awesome Video

We first saw this video when it was presented by Philippine Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez Jr. during an event. It’s one awesome video, we thought, and we simply have to share it with everyone. So we looked high and low but we didn’t find it. That was months ago. As luck would have it, and as the usual case when we stop looking, we stumbled on this video today. Please share this beautiful video (and while you’re at it, tell the world about the beauty of Pinas!). Mabuhay! Continue reading

Crocodile Julio Captured in Rio Tuba, Palawan

Capturing a Crocodile: More Fun in the Philippines

You know Lolong, the world’s largest crocodile in captivity at 20.24 feet. He was captured in the Philippines. On 30 July 2014, another giant saltwater crocodile was caught in Brgy. Rio Tuba, Bataraza, Palawan. He has been named Julio, measures 16.63 feet and weighs 700 kilos. No doubt dealing with any crocodile is no laughing matter. But this video of Julio’s capture is like a good plot buildup in a suspense/comedy movie. It seems boring at the start, then boom! Watch: Continue reading

Lonely cow on the rolling hills of Batanes

Top 5 Thoughts While Standing on the Rolling Hills of Batanes

It’s easy to wax nostalgic, or reflect on one’s life and the future, while perched on top of the rolling hills of Batanes. This breathtaking destination, with its majestic view of the ocean, rests a few kilometers north of Basco, the capital of Batanes (the Rolling Hills is different from the marlboro country, another Batanes destination with breathtaking view). We’re not sure with you, but here are the five things that entered our minds when we arrived on the rolling hills of Batanes. Continue reading