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
This photo appears to be captured in an infinity pool, with those similing faces sandwiched between the line of soft water and the sky. It’s not an infinity pool. It’s the clear waters off the gorgeous white-sand beach of Panglao, Bohol (Dumaluan Beach Resort). The yellow silhouette is a banana boat. Now, let-s play a game — based on those smiles, was this photograph taken before or after the banana boat ride? Photo courtesy of John Binagatan (check his Instagram account, @jbinagatan, for more photos). Click the photo to enlarge. Continue reading Infinity Banana Boat at Panglao Island, Bohol: Photo of the Day
“Would you dare jump into the cave’s hole?”, asked Princess Alyssa Cabuhayan. She’s referring to the Cabagnow Cave (or Kabagno Cave) located in the town of Anda, Bohol. It’s practically a hole on the ground, the deepest among Anda’s cave pools. You can get off from your vehicle, walk to where the mouth of the cave is, then jump into the hole — with this lovely clear water waiting for you at the bottom. Would you dare jump into Cabagnow Cave’s hole? If you’re brave enough and accept the challenge, don’t forget to make a prior arrangement with the locals for a rope-ladder. That’s the only way you can get out of the hole. Photo courtesy of Princess Alyssa Cabuhayan (check her Instagram acount, @thelostnurse, for more photos). Click the photo to enlarge. Continue reading Dare to Dive Into Cabagnow Cave (Anda, Bohol): Photo of the Day
If you ask to see a beach in the Philippines, it’s hardly enough to quote it in a generic manner — each beach in the Philippines has its own personality. Of course, if you haven’t been to the Philippines, you’ll probably think of the powder-white sand of Boracay, Coron, Panglao or the sandbars. But once you’ve get to know this archipelagic nation, you’ll realize that you have to be more specific as to the kind of beach you wish to visit. You see, we have more than white beaches. There are black beaches, also with fine sand and clear blue waters. We have pink beaches. We have a yellow beach, as shown in this photo by Neon Ibanez (check his Instagram acount, @neonbytesxx, for more photos) in Jomalig Island, Quezon province. Now that you know, go ahead and enjoy! Beautiful it is, Philippines. Click the photo to enlarge. Continue reading Yellow Beach at Jomalig Island, Quezon: 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 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
If there’s island hopping, an activity as normal in the Philippine archipelago as breathing, there’s also such as thing as hills hopping. Okay, we’ve made that up, but how do you explain this photo by ninthveno (check his Instragram acount, @ninthveno, for more photos), apparently jumping from one Chocolate Hill to another? Looks pretty awesome if you ask us. Imagine the computer game Super Mario Brothers, except that Mario and Luigi would be jumping on hundreds of Chocolate Hills of Bohol (if they get tired, they can just relax on the gorgeous beaches of Panglao). So, come visit the Philippines; you’ll never run out of things to do or see. 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.
The great thing about the Philippines’ natural beauty, is the ease at which one can simply walk into the scene and still get an absolutely gorgeous photo. Now, if you have someone interested in fashion and the art, like Jana Buensalida in the photo below, hanging out at the Bohol Beach Club in Panglao Island (Bohol), it’s not difficult to get a lovely mix. Add the warm tropical sun, or the breathtaking island sunrise/sunset of the Philippines, and you’re set for the cover of a magazine. Try it sometime. (Check the Instagram account of Jana Buensalida , @ majanarynarose, for more photos. Click photo to enlarge). Continue reading Natural Art at Bohol Beach Club, Panglao: Photo of the Day
When we travel, we always make it a point to wake up early and catch the sunrise. It’s always a wonderful time, sunrise. The play of strong colors that pick up where sunset left off. The serene world that is free from the agonies of the night and the harsh reality of the day. People are still asleep and you have the world to yourself. Even nature is calm, with the waves toned down and the breeze gentle. So, it’s always a joy to see beautiful photos like this, with the infinity pool reflecting the sunrise at The Bellevue Resort in Bohol, courtesy of @marolayta. You have beautiful country there, @marolayta. Click the photo to enlarge: