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We Got Your Back: Philippine Travel Stories

The phrase “I got your back,” in its common usage, simply means a person will watch out for you, to help you out. Related to the phrase “stab someone in the back,” when someone hits you from a blind spot. Someone who has your back is usually a friend who minds even your blind spots (unless, of course, you can see your back). Continue reading We Got Your Back: Philippine Travel Stories

Indoor-Outdoor Mirror Image: Philippine Travel Stories

The Universe loves balance. There’s a yin to the yang, and the Force has its dark side. As to the VisitPinas-tagged Instagram photos, we’ve noticed that a number of outdoor photos have a mirror, or similar, image snapped indoor. We might not be able to explain it sufficiently in words, but we hope it becomes clearer as we feature these photos. Continue reading Indoor-Outdoor Mirror Image: Philippine Travel Stories

20 Favorite Boat Shots: Philippine Travel Stories

The Philippines is an archipelago consisting of 7,000+ islands. The primary mode of transportation between islands is the boat. It can be called by different names: banca or paraw, and, to the less fortunate, speedboat, ship or yacht. But we’re not having this list to feature the most expensive boats. We looked at the photos and observed that there’s just so many lovely VisitPinas-tagged shots of boats, with the beautiful Philippine scenery in full display. Continue reading 20 Favorite Boat Shots: Philippine Travel Stories

Food Trip: Philippine Travel Stories

We see a lot of food photographs in Instagram, but one particular photo grabbed our attention and made us realize that, hey, we don’t have enough food shots featured in our Philippine travel stories. It’s time to change all that. Tag us with your food photos in Instagram so we can update this post. Let’s start with these: Continue reading Food Trip: Philippine Travel Stories

Memories of Batanes: Philippine Travel Stories

We have a number of our own travel stories on Batanes, from the 12 Ordinary Things that Look Gorgeous in Batanes, the Top 5 Thoughts While Standing on the Rolling Hills of Batanes, to the 15 Tips for your Batanes Travel. There are more Batanes stories in our lumang baul, but let’s give way to photos with our tags or with #visitpinas in Instagram, specially now that Batanes, together with the rest of Northern Luzon, appears to be on the path of Typhoon Ompong. Continue reading Memories of Batanes: Philippine Travel Stories

The Feet of Summer: Philippines Travel Photos

Looking at the photos with our tag or with #visitpinas in Instagram, we noticed a pattern of feet as focus in various Philippine destinations. We’ve also noticed that all of these photos are from women. We don’t know why. Perhaps this is just an extension to women’s love for shoes. Yes, men also love sneakers, but that’s nothing compared to the relationship between women, shoes and bags. Let’s feature some of these feet that happily roamed the gorgeous islands of the Philippines. Continue reading The Feet of Summer: Philippines Travel Photos

Barkada Goals and the Beautiful Philippines: Philippine Travel Stories

The Apo Hiking Society once asked, “Saan na nga ba, saan na nga ba, saan na nga bang’ barkada ngayon.” We love that song, Saan Na Nga Ba’ng Barkada. While a traveler can choose to explore the Philippines alone, which has its own value, it’s perhaps more fun when we go out with the barkada (for non-Filipino, it means “close friends”). Let’s check out the VisitPinas-tagged photos in Instagram showcasing the barkada. Continue reading Barkada Goals and the Beautiful Philippines: Philippine Travel Stories

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

Batanes in Catanduanes: Photo of the Day

It’s unfair to compare one’s travel experience in two different places, simply because each place offers a different set of soul colors. Still, it’s normal for two different places to look eeringly similar, which is the reason why we noted that this photo by Janine Monica Lanting (check her Instagram acount, @msengrjanine, for more photos) looks like the normal view in Batanes (just loook at the Top 5 Thoughts While Standing on the Rolling Hills of Batanes or the 12 Ordinary THings that Look Gorgeous in Batanes), when in fact this photo was snapped in Catanduanes. Very stunning view. Now all we have to do is figure out exactly where in Catanduanes we can find this view. Click the photo to enlarge. Continue reading Batanes in Catanduanes: Photo of the Day

Top 5 Thoughts While Standing on the Rolling Hills of Batanes

It’s easy to wax nostalgic, or reflect on one’s life and the future, while perched on top of the rolling hills of Batanes. This breathtaking destination, with its majestic view of the ocean, rests a few kilometers north of Basco, the capital of Batanes (the Rolling Hills is different from the marlboro country, another Batanes destination with breathtaking view). We’re not sure with you, but here are the five things that entered our minds when we arrived on the rolling hills of Batanes. Continue reading Top 5 Thoughts While Standing on the Rolling Hills of Batanes