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Best of Both Worlds at El Nido, Palawan: Photo of the Day

The natural beauty of the Philippines makes us giddy, every time — a feeling, we’re sure, is shared by other wanderers. The thought of hogging the richness of the scene all to ourselves never entered our restless brains; more of “we wish our photos can do justice to the view so others can also see how amazing the Philippines is.” This, in the first place, is the reason for the creation and existence of this blog. This is also the reason why we’ve decided to have Photos of the Day, simply because each traveler has a unique view of the country’s beauty, like this awesome shot by charlynfaith (check her Instagram account, @peytfull, for more beautiful photos). We can only imagine the utter fun of enjoying both worlds above ground and underwater, in El Nido, Palawan. Amazing. Beautifully amazing. Click the photo to enlarge. Continue reading Best of Both Worlds at El Nido, Palawan: Photo of the Day

Paraw, Sunset, Beach, Beauty, Boracay: Photo of the Day

We’ve featured a lot of stories and photos about the gorgeous Boracay, one of the best beaches in the world (the Philippines has more than one beach listed among the world’s best beaches, in case you want to explore more). But we’ll never get tired of admiring its beauty. We’re in awe even if we see the same views, even better if the same beauty is captured in another perspective. Like this shot of the paraw (outrigger) and the sunset of Boracay, courtesy of Emma Dougan, who is currently in the Philippines, fulfilling her dream of traveling Asia and working around the world (visit her instagram site, edougan91, for other beautiful photos). Click photo to enlarge. Continue reading Paraw, Sunset, Beach, Beauty, Boracay: Photo of the Day

Mayon the Sexy Volcano: Photo of the Day

It’s not at all difficult to find a photo of Mt. Mayon, the world’s most perfect cone volcano found in Legaspi City, Albay. In fact, the centerpiece scene of the 2016 Miss World Philippines introduction video (watch here) is Mayon Volcano. Still, no matter how beautiful or majestic the view may be, seeing the same view every time makes it ordinary. And boring. Not Mayon Volcano, though. What keeps the view fresh, every time, is the endless angles to grab a photo, the reason why this photo by @hijo.de.ponggol (check his Instagram account for more beautiful photos), an amateur photographer, grabbed our attention. The focus, for us, is the gentle, sexy lower slope of the volcano. Yes, folks, curves can be sexy in volcanoes, or nature in general, as in women. Come to think of it, the Philippines is not only beautiful, it is abundantly sexy. Click the photo to enlarge. Continue reading Mayon the Sexy Volcano: Photo of the Day

Watch and Support: Miss Philippines Catriona Elisa Gray, Miss World 2016 Contestant Introduction Video

Filipinas are no strangers to the world of beauty. 2013 marked the first and only time the Philippines held the Miss World throne, with Megan Young at the helm. This December 8, 2016, we’ll find out if this year’s Miss World-Philippines, Catriona Elisa Gray, will recapture the crown in the Miss World competition. A few hours ago, the organizers uploaded the introduction video of Miss Gray and, of course, the Philippines. Let’s support our candidate and promote our country by viewing and sharing the video. One Philippines. Salamat, kabayan! Continue reading Watch and Support: Miss Philippines Catriona Elisa Gray, Miss World 2016 Contestant Introduction Video

Sampaloc Lake (San Pablo City, Laguna): Photo of the Day

It’s amazing when the Philippines looks like it’s not the Philippines. You go around the different islands of the Philippines, and there are more than 7,000 islands, and you discover that it looks like a foreign land. That’s certainly how we felt when we saw the karst landscape of Palawan. That’s the same feeling when we saw this lovely sunset photo of Sampaloc Lake in San Pablo City, province of Laguna, courtesy of Judy Talan (check her Instagram acccount, @judyeatworld, for more photos). Majestic, beautiful nature. Click the photo to enlarge:

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Tribute to Miss Universe 2015, Pia Wurtzbach of the Philippines (Watch)

There’s probably better tributes, existing or still to be made, about Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach. Here’s one we came across in facebook. It doesn’t really matter if there are better tributes, but we still love this one. We love the slow-mo in this video. We love the Philippine flags waving as Pia walked the stage. Made us tear up all over again. It was an extraordinary journey for Pia Wurtzbach. It was an extraordinary Miss Universe pageant that will live on as one of the most memorable. It is an extraordinary victory that made us Filipinos extremely proud of this confidently beautiful lady, Queen Pia. Long live, Queen P!
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Photo of the Day: Sunrise at Calaguas Island (Camarines Norte)

Sunrise is just the other side of the coin’s sunset, both bringing a happy balance to life. As we noted in a previous article: “Maybe this is how we should look at life. The last moments of the sun, before the day ends, is bursting with color and beauty. Soon the sunlight will be no more. Darkness sets in. But we see no sadness in that. It’s beauty meant to be celebrated, lived to the fullest, fleshing out to what we say about sucking out all the marrow of life. It’s a source of hope that the sun will rise again, and day breaks with renewed vigor, and life begins. Every beginning is a step towards greater things.” Sunsets, we have lots of those. We had an entire article just for sunsets (The Beautiful Sunset of Calatagan). The Photo of the Day category has quite a number of sunset photos (Boracay, Puerto Galera, Zamboanga, Mactan and Balesin). Sunrise, on the other hand, is terribly under-represented here. One of the few sunrise purposely sought by people, at least the one we know, is the breathtaking sunrise of Mt. Pulag. We’ll add another one, this photo of the sunrise in Calaguas Island (Camarines Norte), captured by Karl Olivier, a UP alumnus, speech pathologist, blogger, movie reviewer, book and music lover, PWD advocate, marathoner, and explorer (follow his Instagram account, @karl_olivier). It’s difficult not to go mad, and dabble in the weird meaning-of-life stuff, after looking at this gorgeous photo. It’s like somebody out there, a Higher Being perhaps, has decided to celebrate life by exploding an intensely inspirational hue up in the sky, reflected and heightened on the serene surface of the sea. The good thing about it is, it’s done every day, and it’s free. The sad thing about it is, many of us are too busy to even notice. Click the photo to enlarge: Continue reading Photo of the Day: Sunrise at Calaguas Island (Camarines Norte)

Miss Universe 2015, Miss Philippines Pia Wurtzbach and the 5 Stages of Grief

The Miss Universe, as Miss Philippines Pia Wurtzbach herself noted, is huge in the Philippines. It’s like boxing. If the Philippines feels like a ghost town during Manny Pacquiao fights, the same can be said about pageant night. Well, at least to ladies and our gay friends. Just a tip: if you’re in the Philippines and badly need a haircut, and the reigning Miss Philippines loses in the pageant, we suggest you postpone your haircut a few days down the road, when the 5 stages of grief has passed (with the hairdressers having a bad day, you don’t want them touching your hair, seriously). During the 2015 Miss Universe, the 5 stages of grief — denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance — were compressed in less than 10 minutes. Allow us to illustrate the 5 stages of grief, based on the Miss Universe 2015 reactions of Filipinos around the world: Continue reading Miss Universe 2015, Miss Philippines Pia Wurtzbach and the 5 Stages of Grief

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