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Top 10 Philippine Destinations for the Heartbroken this Valentines

Valentines Day is around the corner. While studies have shown that the worst time, the most depressing period, for the heartbroken segment of our society is actually Christmas (ever wondered why “Pasko na Sinta Ko” is popular during Christmas?), we don’t really get to talk much about sad things during the season of joy. But heartbreaks and breakups are fair topics during Valentines. So, if you’re going through a rough patch this Valentines Day, if you’re heartbroken, or if you’ve long been single without much luck in the love department, here are the best places to go in the Philippines or things to do in the Philippines in order to heal that broken heart, all courtesy, of course, of our VisitPinas community (in instagram and facebook; we don’t imply that the folks featured here are heartbroken, they just have some cool photos). Continue reading Top 10 Philippine Destinations for the Heartbroken this Valentines

Stroll Among the Clouds and Trees (Mt. Ulap, Itogon, Benguet): Photo of the Day

“Create the life you can’t wait to wake up to,” says Roanne Tañagras (check her Instagram account, @zeroaaanne, for more photos). The second part — a life that one can’t wait to wake up to — is easy as daydreaming. Anyone can imagine paradise in their minds. “Creating a life,” or making it a reality, is another story. Watching the clouds framed by pine trees on rolling hills, or mountains, takes a lot of hard work. Lilke trekking to the top of Mt. Ulap, Ampucao, Itogon, Benguet. It’s not a walk in the park, so to speak, but it’s all worth it. Amazing views and fresh air. Click the photo to enlarge. Continue reading Stroll Among the Clouds and Trees (Mt. Ulap, Itogon, Benguet): Photo of the Day

Rise to a Golden Sun in Mt. Ulap, Benguet: Photo of the Day

How’s your morning? When you wake up grumpy, people say you woke up on the wrong side of the bed. But when you’re up on the peak of the majestic Mt. Ulap, in the beautiful Benguet, how can you wake up on the wrong side of the bed, er, camp, and, ergo, how can you wake up grumpy? It’s impossible, really, especially when your sleepy eyes are greeted by the golden sunrise, perched on top of the fog-drenched mountaintops. Feels like you’re closer to heaven and farthest from the worries of the earth. It’s absolutely majestic. And you can’t help but stand on the summit, stay there motionless, mersmerized by the beauty that surrounds you. Just ask Vince (check his Instagram acount, @thevincetan, for more photos). Click the photo to enlarge. Continue reading Rise to a Golden Sun in Mt. Ulap, Benguet: Photo of the Day

Cloudy Mt. Ulap: Photo of the Day

Ulap, in Filipino, means cloud, so we won’t be surprised if a favorite mountaineering) destination, Mt. Ulap got its name from the blanket of clouds that cloaks the ridge, as shown in this photo from Joseph Poblete (check his Instagram acount, @sephlog). Beautiful and mysterious, isn’t it? Still, as they say about beauty, it’s something you strive for and work on. This is particularly true in mountain climbing, a sport not for the faint of heart. Mt. Ulap rises 1,846 meters in Itogon, Benguet, gauged by the Pinoy Mountaineer with a 3/9 level of difficulty. When you get fog or clouds, plus the low temperatures and strong wind in the area, you’ll probably need more than a thin yellow raincoat to keep you warm and get you going.  As Joseph puts it, using a familiar expression, #TheStruggleIsReal. Click the photo to enlarge. Continue reading Cloudy Mt. Ulap: Photo of the Day

The Colors of La Trinidad: Photo of the Day

Behold! The colors of Stobosa, La Trinidad (Benguet)! La Trinidad is where you find the strawberry fields and the vegetable “bagsakan” (delivered direct from the farms), yet strawberries and all the goodie fresh stuff have always been associated with Baguio City. It’s must be really unfair for La Trinidad, especially considering that people usually remember about the place is the entire mountainside littered with houses that assaults the eyes. Imagine going there now and seeing the playful interplay of solid colors painting the hillside. It’s like hearing the jam sessions of Jamaica or waiting for the toucans of Rio de Janeiro to fly out of the colorful clusters — made even cooler by the fog the envelops Benguet. Haven’t seen it yet? Here, look at this photo by Neon Ibanez (check his Instagram account, @neonbytesxx, for more beautiful photos). Click the photo to enlarge. Continue reading The Colors of La Trinidad: Photo of the Day

Photo of the Day: Counting Stars at Mt. Tabayoc (Kabayan, Benguet)

A week ago, the world (uhm, the Universe rather) witnessed a rare alignment of 5 planets — Jupiter, Mars, Saturn, Venus and Mercury. We thought the aligned planets will be visible to the naked eye. We were wrong. We didn’t see any planet, although we discovered that looking up too long, in the hope of seeing those planets, would give you a painful stiff neck. It would have been cool to see those planets (with or without Pluto). Not that it’s terribly disappointing. Watching the night sky is a joy in itself, one reason why we make it a point to drive out of the city every chance we get. It’s really hard to see the stars in the city — even if the sky is clear, there’s too much distraction around, and we bet our travelling foot that you hardly remember to look up at night in order to check out the stars. It’s a different story outside the city. The stars, and all forgotten elements of nature, demand to be noticed. That’s more pronounced as you go farther away, like, say, Mt. Tabayoc in the municipality of Kabayan, Benguet. Look at this awesome shot by rhyjoe (a mechanical engineer / hiker / traveller; check his Instagram account, @rhyjoe). Just you, the post, and the stars. Lovely! Click the photo to enlarge: Continue reading Photo of the Day: Counting Stars at Mt. Tabayoc (Kabayan, Benguet)

Photo of the Day: Travel as a Couple (Mt. Ugo, Itogon, Benguet)

Here’s something we don’t see often enough — a banker-adventurer, like henson. Imagine the exciting possibilities! No ship going to your island-destination? Let’s have a syndicated loan and buy a ship. Kidding aside, one’s profession doesn’t really matter when it comes to travel and adventure. We all have our day jobs. Travel keeps us sane. And the beautiful part about it all? Meaningful travel need not be expensive. Looking at this shot from henson (follow his instagram account, @henson_gc), the place looks ordinary (unless, of course, you factor in the fact that it’s in Mt. Ugo, Itogon, Benguet) but I swear the captured moment elevates my blood sugar. I’ll grow diabetes if I keep looking at this couple. Incidentally, before deciding if he/she is “The One“, go travel together. Climb a mountain or go on a very long drive. Ride buses and stay in offroad hotels. Travel long enough and you’ll discover what your partner is really made of. While the Romans would say in vino veritas, we believe that in travel, may forever. Click the photo to enlarge: Continue reading Photo of the Day: Travel as a Couple (Mt. Ugo, Itogon, Benguet)

Photo of the Day: Hanging Cool

There’s something serene or romantic about sitting at the edge of a pier or pond, hanging and moving the feet through the air; a bonus that the toes would gently touch the water. It’s probably difficult to explain why, and we invite you to hit us with your best explanation through the comment section below, but we don’t have to belabor that point. It’s serene. Or romantic. And it’s cool. Now, imagine how cool it would be to do the same thing on top of the clouds and pine trees in Benguet. Can’t picture it out? Here, look at this photo of Burft Marko Sunguad (@burft), a dreamer from Manila who happens to be a photographer, videographer and layout artist. Click the photo to enlarge: Continue reading Photo of the Day: Hanging Cool

Photo of the Day: Welcome to the Top

People love the chase to the top. Some prefer to chase financial peaks, while others love the climb up the power ladder.  Others like to conquer peaks that touches the clouds — mountains. Different strokes for different folks. This love for the outdoors is not readily apparent when you check the instagram profile of JC (jeffrey_camp16). You’ll notice tons of photos of mouthwatering food, which can be explained by these profile entries: food lover, dessert maker, culinary arts, chef, loves to eat burger. If you look closer, however, there’s a “traveler” entry and photos of the gorgeous Mt. Pulag, the highest peak in Luzon, and its amazing sea of clouds at the summit. Here’s the cool photo (click photo to enlarge): Continue reading Photo of the Day: Welcome to the Top

Photo of the Day: Welcome to Purgatory

Something is bound to interest people in the 7,107 Philippines islands. There are amazing views and gorgeous places, including what mountaineers consider as heaven — mountains, of course. There are breathtaking mountains, like Mt. Pulag and Mt. Apo, that we — in our physical condition — can only dream of climbing. The sceneries in these mountains are no doubt very interesting and we should be showcasing the views. In some climbs, however, what’s interesting is the name of the mountain itself, which leaves us with little choice but to show some sign board, not the view. Take for instance this awesome photo (click to enlarge) from Adrian Gongona (iyanismo), floating his way to (or in) Mt. Purgatory (Bokod, Benguet). We’ve heard of the expression “heaven on earth” but it’s only now we’ve discovered that Purgatory is actually found here on earth (for Catholics, purgatory is the middle ground between heaven and hell). Here’s the cool photo of iyanismo — “your typical boy next door who just won’t stay indoor”: Continue reading Photo of the Day: Welcome to Purgatory