Category Archives: To See

With Ironman at Movie Stars Cafe

Time to Visit the Movie Stars Cafe (Movie Memorabilia Studio Cafe and Restaurant)

Food. Food is usually the primary reason — the sole reason, for some — to visit a restaurant. It’s also the same reason why people go back to a restaurant. From time to time, however, there’s a welcome twist that happily shifts the focus from food to something else that heightens the dining experience. We’re comfortable with holes-in-the-walls that serve great food. We also have no problem exploring restaurants that serve extra servings of ambiance as a selling point. Let’s lift the curtain and check what makes the Movie Stars Cafe (Movie Memorabilia Studio Cafe and Restaurant) different (and why it’s a fun place to visit). Continue reading

Beautiful Batanes

12 Ordinary Things that Look Gorgeous in Batanes

First things first — not everything in this list are “things”. Let’s not nitpick on the words and focus on the heavenly and awe-inspiring views of Batanes. And, yes, we’re not professional photographers. There may be more gorgeous views in and around Batanes, but we had to make the most out of a very quick trip (see also 15 Tips for your Batanes Travel). We’d love to revisit Batanes in the near future and spend more time taking photos of this nature-paradise. Continue reading

Close enough to Katibawasan Falls, Camiguin

Cool Katibawasan Falls of Camiguin

It’s not every day that we get to see a waterfall. A lot of us, in fact, haven’t seen a waterfall. Some of us have visited waterfalls that have been neglected, like the Hinulugang Taktak of Antipolo, or fun waterfalls like Pagsanjan Falls, we don’t  exactly know what to expect when we encounter each waterfall. So, as we looked forward to visit the Katibawasan Falls of Camiguin, we were clueless that we would be there for only a few minutes. Continue reading

Michael Martinez Sochi Winter Olympics POC poster

Michael Martinez at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, All the Best

The Philippines is a tropical country. Other countries, including that of Europe, have four seasons — winter, spring, summer and fall. The Philippines, on the other hand, only has two official seasons — the “hot” and the “very hot” seasons. Ok, ok, it’s the rainy and dry seasons. But unless the global climate change gets worse, the Philippines definitely has no winter season. And we don’t have snow. So it’s truly amazing that the Philippines has a representative that qualified for the XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, from February 6 to 13, 2014. Continue reading

Sunset vs Hut at Stilts (Batangas)

The Beautiful Sunset of Calatagan

A picture paints a thousand words, it is said. For this reason, the original idea for this post is to let the photos speak for themselves sans any descriptive text. This is hard to do, we’ve realized, not because no naked article had ever been posted in VisitPinas. Impossible, really, because the golden sunset of Calatagan cannot be fully appreciated by merely looking at the the photographs. The sunset has to be experienced; it has to be lived. This, a photograph can never do. Continue reading

BenCab Museum in Baguio City

BenCab Museum (Baguio City)

On the art and artists, we all have our opinions and stereotypes. And like art itself, these opinions are distilled from our own experience. Our view of the art, and of beauty itself, varies in accordance with the diverse worlds that we come from. A true master will always see art differently from, say, an avid art collector, much more a set of avid wanderers like us who are merely casual lovers of art. Continue reading

Frozen movie poster (Disney)

Being Frozen, Letting Go and One Talented Filipino

The recent calamities — that saw the world coming to the aid of the Philippines — highlight the resiliency of the Filipinos and our ability to take everything with a smile. The recent successive wins in international beauty pageants showcase the beauty of Filipinos. The wins in singing competitions drive home the fact that Filipinos are heavyweights (no pun intended) when it comes to music. So it’s really no surprise that the soundtrack in the the latest Disney magic, the movie Frozen, includes the song Let It Go, composed by Filipino-American composer Robert Lopez. Let It Go, in fact, is the most popular song in the soundtrack. Watch and enjoy this great music video: Continue reading

VisitPinas Must-Visit Festivals in the Philippines 2014

Must-Visit Philippine Festivals in 2014

We came across a list of top 5 restaurants in the Philippines, compiled by the It’s More Fun in the Philippines websiteKaLui (Puerto Princesa, Palawan), Abe, Chocolate de Batirol (Baguio City), La Preciosa (Laoag, Ilocos Norte), Cafe Juanita (Pasig). We’ve visited all these restaurants (and then some) and we can humbly say that other restaurants should be in that list (Lantaw of Cebu, for instance). So why don’t we have our own list? We can start with the Top 5 Festivals that everyone must visit, see and experience this year, 2014. Continue reading

Julia in Cebu-Mactan International Airport for VisitPinas

Community Tags for VisitPinas

Time to spread the advocacy, which is summarized in this blog’s tagline — Visit the Philippines, Tell the World What’s Beautiful About Pinas. One of the best ways to do that is for everyone to include VisitPinas while taking a photo of Philippine travel (food, destinations, views, events, what have you). We know your creativity is boundless, so surprise the Community. Send us your original photos (visitpinas @ and we’ll upload and collate everything here. Don’t forget to include a one-paragraph description of the photo, as well as your name for attribution. As usual, click the photos to enlarge. Continue reading