During the 2017 State of the Nation Address (SONA), President Rodrigo R. Duterte asked the United States of America to return the Bells of Balangiga. It might be helpful to give a short introduction about the Bells of Balangiga for the benefit of those who have no idea about the subject. Not so long ago, from 1899 to 1902, the Philippines was at war with the United States of America. The Philippines became the colony of the US. On 28 September 1901, Filipino guerrillas, who resisted the repression of the foreign occupiers, attacked US troops in the town of Balangiga, Samar. Around 48 US soldiers and 28 Filipinos died. In retaliation, US General Jacob Smith gave the following order: “I want no prisoners. I wish you to kill and burn; the more you kill and burn, the better it will please me. The interior of Samar must be made a howling wilderness.” The General ordered the killing of everyone capable of bearing arms, including boys above 10 years of age. The Balangiga Massacre followed. Filipino historians placed the death toll of Filipinos, in Samar alone arising from the Balangiga incident, at around 50,000. The three church bells of Balangiga were taken by US troops as war trophies. There is a movement for the return of the Balangiga Bells to the Philippines. Watch this short video (9:11 minutes): Continue reading The Bells of Balangiga: A Short Documentary (Watch Video)
The newest tourism ad campaign of the Philippines, released to coincide with the 119th celebration of Independence Day, is entitled “Sights.” This, according to the Department of Tourism (DoT), is a call to action (“Experience the Philippines“) under the bigger It’s More Fun of the Philippines. The video ends with the quote “Life Feels Better When With Filipinos.” To recall, when the tagline/ad campaign It’s More Fun of the Philippines was released, it was criticized for being subpar to the old one (“WoW Philippines”) and is purportedly a copycat of another country’s old campaign. The same criticisms are being thrown against the “Sights” campaign. Watch the video and tell us what you think. Continue reading Video: “Sights” (Experience the Philippines, It’s More Fun in the Philippines)
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
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
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
We’ve long wondered exactly how many individual Chocolate Hills are there, but we never got down to actual planning exactly how to do that. Good thing the Department of Tourism came out with this awesome video promoting the Philippines, Bohol in particular, and inviting everyone to come visit and see the Philippines. We won’t grow tired echoing this invitation. So, whether you’ve seen the Chocolates Hills or you’ve always wondered how many there are, you’ll enjoy this great video. Watch! Share! Continue reading It’s More Fun in the Philippines: How Many Chocolate Hills?
We don’t know Brian Grubb and it’s the first time we’ve heard of wakeskating. Sure, we’ve heard of wakeboarding in Lago de Oro and CamSur, but wakeskating? How about wakeskating in Banaue Rice Terraces? It’s cool that the Banaue Rice Terraces, a world heritage site, is being showcased in a different light. But as to the emerging debate whether the Red Bull stunt is environmentally destructive or disrespectful to the local culture, we have to hear your thoughts on that (use comment section below), but first, watch this video: Continue reading Wakeskating at Banaue Rice Terraces, Eight Wonder of the World