Caught in Parallel Universe: Philippine Travel Stories

There ain’t no science here, said Sam Smith in his new song, Promises. We’re not really going to discuss the universe, much more the concept of parallel universe. We just need a short descriptive title about two lines, something we find in Philippine travel, running parallel to each other and framing the subject. We have a lot of VisitPinas-tagged photos in Instagram with that theme. 

Lakawon Island

Take the journey even if you’re alone, said tinemagdangan (check her Instagram account, @tinemagdangan, for more photos), who found herself sandwiched by the posts of the pier in Lakawon Island, Cadiz City, Negros Occidental.

Masungi Georeserve

“If you love nature and challenge at the same time, visit Masungi Georeserve. This bridge which they call sawa is suspended high above the trees.” That’s what Trish Whiz (check her Instagram account, @adventherese, for more photos) said as caption of her photo, above, through the enclosed sky bridge at the Masungi Georeserve located in Baras, Rizal.

Siargao Island

We know that Siargao Island is a paradise for surfers, the top surfing destination in the Philippines. We usually see photos of the beach, the surf, and the surfers. This one, courtesy of Marge Travels (check her Instagram feed, @thewanderwifey, for more photos), is about a “slice of paradise”, the highway framed by lush coconuts.


From parallels in nature, we step back and check out a (man and) man-made structure right in the heart of Manila CityIntramuros, this one courtesy of Kenneth Carlo Andes (check his Instagram account, @bosskeeno, for more photos; with @pawtonyjack),

Sunflowers of JalaJala

“Wherever life plants you, bloom with grace,” goes the caption of this photo by Regine Advincula Valenzuela (check her Instagram feed, @geenevalenz, for more photos), between rows of sunflowers in a farm in JalaJala, Pililla, Rizal.

Poultry Selfie

This photo is captioned “10sec No Breathing Selfie” by Bien Orellana Bacarra, Jr (check his Instagram feed, @bienbacarra, for more photos). We were wondering if there’s a new trend about a 10-second no breathing selfie, pretty much like the prohibited Kiki Dance Challenge. It took us a full 4 seconds to figure out that “no breathing” is absolutely necessary because this is in the middle of a poultry farm somewhere in Iloilo (lots of farms there), with Bien framed by rows of chicken and chicken feeders.

You know how a poultry farm smells, right? No? We’re almost certain you’re not interested to know, which is why we’re also certain that this is the only photo of this kind that we’ll find. So, ahem, this deserves to be here.

[We’ll revise this article, so tag us with your “parallel universe” photos and stories.]

[Photos reproduced with permission (thanks). Tag your Philippine travel photos with #visitpinas so we can track it down. Photos will be featured in this blog’s photo of the day and in instagram/VisitPinas, facebook/VisitPinas, twitter/VisitPinas.]

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