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A Walk in the Clouds: Philippine Travel Stories

We love mountaineering photos, specially those with clouds at the summit (just to be clear, mountaineering photos, not mountaineering itself). We’ve featured a lot of these photos, yet there’s still a lot of these cloud-covered mountain summit photos that are VisitPinas-tagged. What to do? It feels like a sin not to feature these beautiful photos. Let’s have a new post just for these VisitPinas-tagged photos in Instagram. Continue reading A Walk in the Clouds: Philippine Travel Stories

Enjoying the Best of Both Worlds: Philippine Travel Stories

We’ve been saying that the natural beauty of the Philippines makes us giddy, every time — a feeling, we’re sure, is shared by other wanderers. Some travelers prefer under water adventure, like diving, while other tourists don’t want to get their feet wet. In the Philippines, it hardly matters  which world you’re in — underwater or above ground — it’s equally beautiful, more beautiful if you can capture both worlds at the same time. Two worlds for the price of one. Sulit! Here are some VisitPinas-tagged photographs in Instagram to show why you can enjoy the best of both worlds during your Philippine vacation.  Continue reading Enjoying the Best of Both Worlds: Philippine Travel Stories

Climb Every Mountain: Philippine Travel Stories

Mountain climbing is fast becoming a favorite outdoor activity of Filipino travelers, so much so that we lost count of the mountaineering photos featured in VisitPinas. We can probably add more photos in the future but, for now, let’s check out the fun shots of how these trekkers seem to get there. Continue reading Climb Every Mountain: Philippine Travel Stories

Chillin’ at Kaparkan Falls, the Nature-Engineered Spring Terraces at Tineg, Abra: Photo of the Day

North of the Philippines’ national capital region is Abra, a landlocked province surrounded by Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, Apayao, and Kalinga. Here we find the relaxing natural curtains of cold spring terraces, an awesome sight to behold known as the Kaparkan Falls. Perfect for more adventurous travelers who enjoy the outdoors.

Unfortunately, we heard from Rai that September is going to be the last month it will open this year. Rai has this invitation: “We will be coming back to Kaparkan Falls of Tineg Abra on September 08-09. For those who want to join us, kindly hit me through DM! Don’t miss the chance for this one a kind adventure since it will be the last month it will open this year!” (Check his Instagram account, @rhyjoe, for more photos). Click the photo to enlarge. Continue reading Chillin’ at Kaparkan Falls, the Nature-Engineered Spring Terraces at Tineg, Abra: Photo of the Day

Surreal View at Cape Engaño Lighthouse, Palaui Island: Photo of the Day

The moment you begin to think that you’ve seen the Philippines, we strongly suggest you think again. The more places we’ve visited in this beautiful archipelago, the more we are convinced that we’ve barely scratched the surface of what there is to see. When we first glanced on this photo, courtesy of Duane Sandicho (check his Instagram account, @dpsandicho, for more photos), we thought that it was taken from the airplane window and that it’s in some foreign land, somewhere in Jurassic Park perhaps. But we were sorely mistaken. This magnificent view is from the ruins of Cape Engaño lighthouse in Palaui Island, off the shores of Santa Ana, Cagayan Province. Those two rocky islets are called Dos Hermanos. That’s at the northern tip of the Philippines, near Batanes and the Calayan Island. What the picture failed to show, as with any photo, are the majestic landscape of Palaui Island and the beach in Cape Engaño Cove, identified by a travel site as one of the Top 100 beaches in the world (and filming location of Survivor: Blood vs. Water and Survivor: Cagayan). So, go ahead and visit Palaui Island (we’re sure it’s easy to search for directions on how to get there). Click the photo to enlarge. Continue reading Surreal View at Cape Engaño Lighthouse, Palaui Island: Photo of the Day

Fly High on the Wing of Skylab (Habal-Habal) Motorcycle: Photo of the Day

“Life is a great adventure or nothing,” goes the Instagram profile of jabeenturero, which probably explains why his group embarked on an adventure — one of the greatest adventure undertaken by mankind, we dare say — riding a habal-habal, a remarkable motorcycle ride that requires balance and coordination between the driver, the passengers, and whatever baggage they choose to strap on that hapless motorcycle. It looks like a suicide mission for outsiders, but it’s a normal mode of transportation for locals in some parts of Visayas and in many places in Mindanao. Habal-habal is from the root word “habal,” which means to mount. The habal-habal motorcycle is also called “skylab” in some places, reportedly based on that 70’s space station or a contraction of the phrase “sakay na, lab” (“ride on, love”). The habal-habal or skylab looks more like a plane than a motorcycle (giving full justice to the expression, “I’m not driving fast, I’m flying low”), with planks protruding from both sides and at the back of the motorcycle. It can carry more than TEN people (yes, you got that right, more than 10 people) AND their baggage. Fancy riding on the “wing” of the skylab? You guys should try it at least once. Photo courtesy of jabeenturero (check his Instagram account, @jabeenturero, for more photos). Click the photo to enlarge. Continue reading Fly High on the Wing of Skylab (Habal-Habal) Motorcycle: Photo of the Day

Infinity Banana Boat at Panglao Island, Bohol: Photo of the Day

This photo appears to be captured in an infinity pool, with those similing faces sandwiched between the line of soft water and the sky. It’s not an infinity pool. It’s the clear waters off the gorgeous white-sand beach of Panglao, Bohol (Dumaluan Beach Resort). The yellow silhouette is a banana boat. Now, let-s play a game — based on those smiles, was this photograph taken before or after the banana boat ride? Photo courtesy of John Binagatan (check his Instagram account, @jbinagatan, for more photos). Click the photo to enlarge. Continue reading Infinity Banana Boat at Panglao Island, Bohol: Photo of the Day

Skydive and Watch the White Beach from the Sky (Bantayan, Cebu): Photo of the Day

The beaches of the Philippines are among the best in the world. As we’ve noted before, Philippine beaches come in different colors (with same clear waters, though), but it seems the most popular among tourists, both local and foreigners, are the white-sand beaches of these islands. Now, in addition to enjoying the beaches on the ground, what if we tell you that you can watch these white-sand beaches while dropping from the sky? Yes, skydiving has grown popular in Sta. Fe, Bantayan, Cebu, with Skydive Cebu Adventures providing the services. It looks awesome, as we see in this cool photo from Naël Henri Prélaz. There’s no doubt the parachute jump involves a lot of adrenaline rush (and screaming for newbies, who will be paired and inseparably strapped with an experienced skydiver, called a tandem dive), but we’re not doing it. Nope, not for us. It will be a waste of money because we’ll most likely pass out or, worse, have a heart attack. We wouldn’t back out from this extreme sport if were younger (well, maybe yes), but we know a lot of adrenaline junkies will happily jump off from a plane at 10,000 above Bantayan Island. You game to see some islands (uhm, while falling from the sky)? Click the photo to enlarge. Continue reading Skydive and Watch the White Beach from the Sky (Bantayan, Cebu): Photo of the Day

Anniversary Date? Try a Romantic Drink while Diving in Anilao, Batangas: Photo of the Day

When it comes to relationship anniversaries, it seems that the billions of people around the world have done almost everything than can possibly be done to make the celebration unique and special. For a change, how about having the anniversary drinks underwater? “Tara, shot?”, as Gen Santiago (check her Instagram acount, @gensantiago, for more photos) said while diving off the coast of Anilao, Batangas, a favorite diving area close to Manila. Top that! Click the photo to enlarge. Continue reading Anniversary Date? Try a Romantic Drink while Diving in Anilao, Batangas: Photo of the Day

Beach and Shadows in Burdeos, Quezon: Photo of the Day

“And i thank my lucky stars for that night,” said janriofalltrades of this photo captured in Burdeos, Quezon. We don’t really know exactly what he means. Perhaps something magical happened on that evening while visiting this quiet beach island off the coast of Quezon province, a place made of sturdy stuff considering that it’s directly facing the Pacific Ocean and, as we should expect, takes the initial brunt of typhoons that hit the Philippines. Or perhaps the stars aligned to hand him this gorgeous play of shadows, with the sky and the sea framed by the rock formations that were patiently carved by nature for centuries. We don’t really know, until, of course, he speaks out (check his Instagram acount, @janriofalltrades, for more awesome photos). What we do know, however, is that this photograph is amazing. Click the photo to enlarge. Continue reading Beach and Shadows in Burdeos, Quezon: Photo of the Day