Tag Archives: Aklan

Food Tag and Philippine Destinations: Photo of the Day

We would love to feature all Instagram photos tagged with #visitpinas, if we only could, but limitations of time and space force us to pick a few. We’ve noticed a number of resorts, hotels, restaurants and other Philippine destinations tag #visitpinas in their Intagram posts, and we can’t go further without noticing them. These are really brave establishments — you don’t put yourself out there, given the immediate backlash of social media, unless you’re certain of the q uality of what you have to offer. We’ll probably do this on a regular basis. Let’s start with food, then expand to the beautiful sceneries posted by Philippine destinations. Continue reading Food Tag and Philippine Destinations: Photo of the Day

Boracay, Naptime is More Fun in the Philippines: Photo of the Day

There are thousands of reasons to love Boracay, and we’ve given at least five (see 5 Reasons why We [Still] Love Boracay). One more reason to fall in love with Boracay, apparently taken to heart by Diane Cornejo in her photo below (check her Instagram acount, @fancytea, for more photos), is the chance — without anyone bothering you — to simply sprawl on the white sand and take a nap. We tried it once, although we can’t remember if it was in an inebriated state when we had to crawl to the beach and wash the hangover away. Doesn’t really matter, does it? As we noted before, despite the sea of humanity flocking to this Aklan island, “it’s surprising that tourists can basically lie down on the beach as if no one is there. Get a towel, spread it somewhere on the beach and enjoy sunbathing. We Filipinos have a street phrase for it — walang basagan ng trip.” Click the photo to enlarge. Continue reading Boracay, Naptime is More Fun in the Philippines: Photo of the Day

Get into the Spirit of Ati-Atihan, Aklan: Photo of the Day

There are at least two well-known, and well-loved, annual festivals in the Philippines to honor the Santo Niño (Infant Jesus) — the Sinulog of Cebu and the Ati-Atihan of Kalibo, Aklan. The name of the latter festival means “to be like the Atis or Aetas,” a group of Filipinos who were the primary settlers of the islands. Atis or Aetas have black skin, so it’s common for Ati-Atihan participants and performers to color their skin black and wear tribal costumes, as shown in this photo by Atch (check his Instagram acount, @atch.dreams, for more awesome photos). Aklan’s Ati-Atihan, of course, is the festival that inspired other mardi gras, including the Sinulog. Tourists / visitors must wait for at least one year to watch both festivals, as they are simultaneously scheduled every third Sunday of January. Which festival to watch first? That’s a good problem to have. Click the photo to enlarge. Continue reading Get into the Spirit of Ati-Atihan, Aklan: Photo of the Day

Photo of the Day: Banana Boat Ride of Boracay

There are boats, then there are banana boats. You can have a banana boat ride in a lot of places, but there’s only one Boracay banana boat ride. This one holds a special place in our hearts because Boracay was our first banana boat ride ever, back when the terms “film” and “roll” were still relevant to photography. Even until today, Boracay exudes a certain aura that blankets the entire place, infusing every soul within its island vibe that bumps up the adrenaline level. Heck, even zombies will come alive in Boracay. Now, let’s check this photo by Aiza Bacani (check her account in Instagram, @aizabacs). Here she is, with that ear-to-ear smile (wait, how do you call a smile, 100 times over?). We would have wanted to take our photo just like that, but we always end up like the lady at her back. All we do is grab that banana boat handle and hold on for dear life. Ah, brings back memories of extreme Boracay fun. One of the reasons why we take time to update the Daily Photos. Click the photo to enlarge: Continue reading Photo of the Day: Banana Boat Ride of Boracay

Photo of the Day: Immersed in Boracay Sunset

We’ve said this before and we’ll say this again: Boracay is one of our few favorite beach destinations. This island-paradise is overflowing with experience — the sun, the sand, the fun, the party, the island vibe. If you zone out the maddening crowd for a few seconds, the whole Boracay experience becomes one beautiful sensory overload. It’s beautiful, absolutely gorgeous. And the Boracay sunset? Surreal. This photo, courtesy of Jade Sadugas — a cake artist/ chef de cuisine, speciality pastry chef in UAE, CreoleCakes owner, photographer, painter, marketing manager, SEO and senior financial analyst (check her Instagram account, @chefjade for more photos), reflects what we would do — capture the sunset so we can bring it home. On some rainy days, while looking at the photos, you don’t remember the shot; you remember the experience. You remember the warmth of the Boracay sun as it floods your skin with a million happy memories. You feel the wonderful feeling rushing back. And this is why this photo derserves to be here. Click the photo to enlarge: Continue reading Photo of the Day: Immersed in Boracay Sunset

Photo of the Day: The Air Up in Boracay

It’s difficult not to fall in love with Boracay. The main draw is the beach, of course, coupled with an endless array of attractions, including cliff jumping, the mermaid academy, and the 24/7 party atmosphere. The options are endless. There are activities to satisfy the party animals, the outdoors buff, the spa addicts, beach bums, energetic kids; practically everyone, even those who wish to do soul searching. And there’s parasailing. We’d go out on a limb and say that you haven’t been to Boracay if you haven’t done parasailing. We tried to describe how it feels to float high above the white-sand paradise called Boracay, but it seems a photograph is better suited to relay the emotions, like this photo by Charmilyn Mamaradlo (miaischarm3718). Click photo to enlarge:

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Photo of the Day: The Beauty of Mother Nature

Traditional fishermen know what happens if you understimate the power of nature. You respect the power of Mother Nature and step aside when she’s angry. And she’s predictably angry — to be exact, an average of 26 times every year in the Philippines in the form of typhoons. We now face Typhoon Ruby, another super typhoon a year after Yolanda (Haiyan) which wreaked havoc in Central Visayas and surrounding areas We prepare for the worst and pray for the best. Under the golden sunset Mother Nature has granted us (amazing how Mother Nature still reveals such beauty even as we prepare for her wrath), we pack up our boats and bring them to a safer place in preparation for the strong winds that is sure to come. Still, as the sunrise heralds a new day, we continue with our journey.  We’ll, that’s what we think of the photo snapped in Aklan by  Earl Masangkay (earlmasangkay), a nurse who loves to take photos. What do you think? Here’s the photo (click to enlarge): Continue reading Photo of the Day: The Beauty of Mother Nature

Photo of the Day: Imagine Boracay

[Follow VisitPinas in Instagram] Imagine waking up to the incessant calls of the waves, opening your eyes to the blue sky and the white sand, overloading your senses with the warmth of the clear waters. Now, snap out of it and get to work — but don’t fret, the beautiful Philippines awaits. Work hard, vacation harder. Continue reading Photo of the Day: Imagine Boracay

When in Boracay: Be a Mermaid!

Beach, sun and sand — the perfect combination of these elements makes Boracay a world-famous beach destination. And if the beach is not enough, Boracay boasts of endless activities to occupy each precious second tourists spend on the island-paradise. Diving and parasailing are only a few of these activities, some of which you could see in our post on why we still love Boracay. But don’t you know that you can live your childhood dream of becoming a mermaid? Continue reading When in Boracay: Be a Mermaid!

5 Reasons Why We (Still) Love Boracay

So much has been written about Boracay, recognized as one of the BEST beaches in the world (yes, that’s a bit modest, because Boracay has been dubbed, in more than one occasion, as THE best beach in the world). And because we can’t speak for everyone, we’ll give (at least) five reasons why we still love Boracay. Continue reading 5 Reasons Why We (Still) Love Boracay