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White sand, clear waters and blue sky in Boracay paradise

Fall in Love with Philippine Travel: Halika, Biyahe Tayo!

It’s not unusual to have a theme song for every important moment or emotion in our lives. Love songs, for instance, immortalize our great loves and the not-so-great breakups. When it comes to travel, specifically in and around the Philippines, there are certain kinds of songs that capture the energy and beauty of the Philippines. While our new favorite is the It’s More Fun in the Philippines campaign, one of the first Philippine travel songs that we fell in love with is this Biyahe Tayo jingle. It still fills us up with sunny happiness even during the rainy season. Please share it with the world. Watch it, here: Continue reading

Free Diving in the Philippines

Free Diving: More Fun in the Philippines

With its crystal clear waters and abundant sea life, the Philippines is a perfect spot for freedivers. People engage in freediving — swimming underwater without any breathing apparatus — as a recreation. Now, imagine staying underwater without any breathing device for around 5 minutes as a way of life? That’s the way of life of the Badjao. We know the Badjao as an ethnic Filipino community in southern Philippines who call the sea their home. Featured in this clip from the Human Planet documentary on Oceans (Sea Bed Hunting On One Breath – Human Planet: Oceans), is a Badjao (also Bajaw, spelled in the documentary as Bajau) underwater fish hunter doing what he does naturally: free diving at its best. Watch: Continue reading

UAAP Cheerdance Competition 2014

Cheerdance 2014: NU vs UP vs UST in UAAP Season 77

If you think the fight is over, think again. The Cheerdance Competition in UAAP Season 77 may have been decided last 14 September 2014 but the spirited debate is far from finished. Not much contention for the 3rd place finish of the UST Salinggawi. The beef of contention is between UP and NU. Did the NU Pep Squad really deserve its second championship trophy? Did the UP Pep Squad deserve to regain the championship after first relinquishing it to NU last year? Here, watch the 2014 UAAP CDC videos again and decide for yourselves. Continue reading

Happiest Thank You Project of Coca-Cola

How do You Say Thank You? With a Name (“The Happiest Thank You”)

Coca-Cola has bottling plants in the Philippines, but Coke is not a Filipino company, no about about that. But there’s also no doubt that emotions in this new Coke commercial is 100% Pinoy. So we’re featuring Coke‘s “Happiest Thank You” ad campaign here in VisitPinas (besides, a lot of you cried with the “Happiness is Home Project“). Watch it. But don’t cry. Continue reading

FIBA Most Valuable Fans Philippines Best Country Award

Philippines: FIBA’s Most Valuable Fans (MVF) Best Country Award

The Philippines didn’t win the FIBA 2014 Spain Basketball World Cup. But the Gilas Pilipinas won over the hearts of the world basketball and, in the process, convinced our own that we actually have a shot at that podium. Also, by way of deserving recognition, FIBA has announced that Filipinos are the BEST basketball fans in the world. FIBA said: “Fans took part in MVF Challenges and used a broad range of social actions (for example by associating their Facebook, Twitter, Instagram accounts, using the hashtag #Spain2014…etc) to accumulate their MVF points.” We really don’t know exactly how they measure who’s the best fans but based on how loud and proud the Gilas Pilipinas fans are, we have no doubt the Filipinos deserve the title. Yes, including the championship title down the road. Manalig, kabayan! Watch this video: Continue reading

Jollibee comforting kid in hospital

Best Dance Crew: Jollibee

Filipinos can dance — a few examples would be Jabbawockeez and, lately, the A-Team. Filipinos can sing — Pinoys are born with a golden microphone. There is, in fact, a show about the singing bee. But have you seen a dancing bee? A really awesome dancing bee? We’ve talked about the jolly red bee we Filipinos (and, yes, foreigners) call Jollibee. We’ve even featured the showdown between Jollibee and KFC mascots. Really, there are reasons why McDo can’t beat Jollibee in the Philippines. Perhaps one is dancing? Here’s the video: Continue reading

Nike Basketball Gilas Pilipinas Commercial

Basketball, #PlayPinoy and doing it My Way

The Philippines as a nation has its greatest loves. Filipinos love basketball in terms of sports (so it’s surprising that the national game, sipa, is not a competitive event in international competitions). Filipinos love Frank Sinatra’s My Way when it comes to karaoke / videoke, so much so that this song should carry a “sing at your own risk” label. Filipinos also embraced and loved Gilas Pilipinas when in represented the Philippines in the FIBA World Olympics. So what do we get when we combine basketball, Gilas Pilipinas and My Way? Nike captured it in this basketball #PlayPinoy commercial. Continue reading

Sige Lang (Quest) and Gilas Pilipinas

Sige Lang (Quest) and Gilas Pilipinas

The win of the Philippines’ Gilas Pilipinas reminds us of the feeling when Gilas captured the 2012 Jones Cup, beating the United States in the process. The feeling is captured in another great Quest song, Sige Lang, superimposed against the basketball quest of Gilas. See the Pagbabago video or watch the revised Sige Lang video, here:

Video courtesy youtube, Quest and others featured in the video.

Gilas Pilipinas wins in FIBA Basketball World Cup

Salamat Gilas Pilipinas: Puso at Utak

At last. At long last. Today, September 4, 2014 — a date that will be remembered by the next generations — after four straight losses, after chants of #puso have been sorely tested with a yearning for something more than a moral victory, after calls for #utak popped up beside #puso and #GilasPilipinas, after repeated heartbreaks in close games against Croatia, Argentina and Puerto Rico, the Philippines finally captured its first win in the FIBA basketball World Cup after 40 years. Continue reading

Philippine Dragonboat Team

Philippine Dragonboat Team, 2014 Gold and Basketball

The results are in — the Philippine team brought home gold. No, we’re not talking about the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup in Spain. While the Philippines cheered — and rightly so — Gilas Pilipinas when it almost won against Croatia, the Philippine Dragonboat National Team quietly made the Philippines proud by amassing medals in the 2014 ICF Dragonboat World Championships in Poznan, Poland. That’s a total of 5 GOLD, 4 SILVER and 3 BRONZE medals. Congratulations to the Philippine Canoe Kayak Federation (PCKF). Mabuhay ang Pilipino! Continue reading