Category Archives: To See

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

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