There are many amazing ways to look at the gorgeous Kalanggaman Island, or Kalanggaman sandbar, off the coast of Palompon, Leyte (can also be accessed through Cebu) — aerial shot, underwater shot, jump shot, and just about any angle you can imagine. Whatever the angle is, we can bet our traveling foot that the photograph will turn out beautiful, like this photo by Bert Al Fronte Millendez (check his Instagram acount, @alfro20, for more photos). Powder-white sand, clear waters, blue sky, warm tropical sun. It takes around an hour of boat ride to this small sandbar, so there’s a feeling of seclusion (except that you’ll most likely be joined by other tourists also seeking to get a taste of this island-paradise). We’ve been planning to visit this sandbar last year, but the travel gods have other plans for us. Most likely this year. Most likely we’ll encounter you there? See you in paradise. Click the photo to enlarge. Continue reading Walk in Paradise at Kalanggaman Sandbar, Leyte: Photo of the Day
Some places are beautiful when viewed in normal sight, even more awesome in a different perspective. Take Bohol, for instance. Bohol’s marine life, well-preserved natural wonders and cultural heritage are quite marvelous. The powdery-white sand and crystal clear waters of Bohol’s beaches are simply picture-perfect. There’s hardly any need to look for a new angle to take an awesome shot. Still, when you get a single photo showing the abrupt transition of waters covering the white sand, from transparent white to deep blue, like in this photo by wongyutom (check his Instagram acount for more photos), you’ll get a sense awe and fear in equal doses. That’s a seriously abrupt drop into deep sea. If not for that white outrigger, we would have spent a bit longer time to realize that this is not a photo of some exotic blue moon, with the usual craters and imperfections as seen from afar. This is a part of Bohol as seen from the sky. Click the photo to enlarge. Continue reading Deep Blue in Bohol: Photo of the Day
We oftentimes take for granted the wonderful things we have in the Philippines, mostly likely because of familiarity. What’s otherwise amazing becomes ordinary if people encounter it on a daily basis, so we’re not surprised to see a non-Filipino capture something that we take for granted. If we consider that it’s a bitter cold winter at the other side of the world, we begin to appreciate the perpetual summer we have in the Philippines, enjoying beer on a fine Philippine beach — among the best in the world — while basking under the balmy tropical sun. Have a hard time imagining that? Here, look at this photo by Marian Strumfa (check his Instagram acount, @marianstrumfa, for more wonderful photos). Click the photo to enlarge. Continue reading Hello from the Philippines: Photo of the Day
We recently came across something new (for us, at least, in the context of social media) — a service company that invites visitors to “discover the Philippine Islands, like never before,” with the unique option of flying their “seaplanes, landplanes and helicopters to your next adventure.” What we love about it, is that this entity, Air Juan, has an instagram account, complete with awesome photos (check its Instagram acount, @airjuan.philippines, for more photos) to showcase the beauty of the Philippines from the less usual perspective. Sure, Palawan is beautiful. Yes, the Huma Island Resort & Spa in Busuanga, Palawan, is absolutely gorgeous. But looking at the bird’s-eye view of Huma Island, as in this photo courtesy of Air Juan, is an entirely different matter. So if you’ve recently tried Air Juan, share your photo with us so we can, in turn, share it with the world. As we always say, visit the Philippines, tell the world what’s beautiful about ‘Pinas. Click the photo to enlarge. Continue reading Bird’s-Eye View of Huma Island Resort & Spa: Photo of the Day
We distinctly remember that scene in the movie Gladiator, where Russell Crowe was dreaming of walking home, his hands touching the golden wheats on the expansive field. It’s a scene about death, sadly, but it illustrates our longing to get home and spend time in what we consider paradise. Our featured photo is not of wheat, but rice — golden and ripe for harvest, somewhere in Candijay, Bohol. There’s rice, being the staple food, in practically every corner of the Philippines, but as noted in one of our conversations, it’s not what you look at, but what you see. You don’t see the golden rice of Bohol in isolation from the fine beaches, the wondrous chocolate hills, and all the sights and sounds of this amazing island. You appreciate the crispness of the golden color in the middle of this island paradise. Simply beautiful. Photo courtesy of Nataniel and Maria Evelyn (check their Instagram acount, @wandernshoot, for more photos). Click the photo to enlarge. Continue reading Golden Harvest in Bohol: 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
The Pacific Ocean; the largest ocean in the world, birthplace of typhoons, and home of the deepest part of any body of water, the Marianas Trench. If you can’t imagine the raw power that comes out of the Pacific Ocean, just remember the strongest recorded typhoon to have hit land, Typhoon Yolanda (International Name: Haiyan), which hit the Philippines some time ago. Now imagine if you’re a piece of rock protruding at the edge of the Philippines, facing the Pacific Ocean and receiving the brunt of its strength, what happens to you? If you’re brave enough (and can’t move because, well, you’re a rock), you get polished, you grow beautiful. That’s what you’ll see when you get to the Biri Rock Formation (Norther Samar), a beautifully alien world that should remind you that things of beauty, like diamonds, are created under the harshest conditions. So, hang tough. Photo courtesy of Makoy Ruizo (check his Instragram acount, @makoysworld, for more photos). Click the photo to enlarge.
The reason why people travel is as diverse as their individual personalities. Some travel for business, some for pleasure, still some a combination of both. Some travel together with family or his/her significant other. On the other hand, there are those who travel to forget a special someone, a way to wash away the pain with each caress of the wave on the white beaches of El Nido in Palawan. Now, if you’re one of those, traveling with a scarred heart, you may encounter some reminders in El Nido, taken good or bad depending on your level of humor. There’s this signage of Sun Bar, tucked on some coconut somewhere in El Nido, which says, “”We serve cold drinks here as cold as your ex.” Bato-bato sa langit, ang tamaan wag magalit. Have fun forgetting! Photo courtesy of Gianelli (check her Instragram acount, @ille.gian, for more photos). Click the photo to enlarge.
Yes, it’s pretty much smelling a lot like Christmas. A lot of places are now deep in winter snow. Ah, winter, that time of year when snow is a-plenty and Jack Frost tickles your, uhm, nose. But what if I tell you that somewhere, in a magical place called the Philippines, the summer sun still shines blazing bright in October — even deep in December? You don’t believe us? Take a close look at this photo by Charity Grace (check her Instragram acount, @iamcharitygrace_, for more photos), who spent some quality vacation time at Panglao Island, Bohol. See that beach? Those smiles? The sun? Yes, what she said is true: it’s still summer in October. Click the photo to enlarge.
There are photos that make us giddy right from the moment we see it. This is one of those photos. It’s a photo of a bird. No, wait, it’s a plane. No, it’s, uhm, a gwapito flying high (gwapito in Bisaya roughly translates to handsome boy, because full-on handsome man is gwapo, pretty much like how a plato [plate] is the bigger version of the platito [saucer]). It’s a photo of @gwapitos.official cofounder, @maramatokong, flying high at the surfing capital of the Philippines, Cloud 9 in Siargao Island (photo courtesy of @gwapitos.official, and island lifestyle brand by Gianni “Boy” Grifoni and John Mark “Marama” Tokong, based in Siargao Island, and @kermitsiargao; check their instagram profiles for more awesome photos). We’ll get to Siargao soon, and when we do, we challenge you guys to a surfing competition — the variety involving a mouse and wifi. Click the photo to enlarge.