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:
We’ve long wondered exactly how many individual Chocolate Hills are there, but we never got down to actual planning exactly how to do that. Good thing the Department of Tourism came out with this awesome video promoting the Philippines, Bohol in particular, and inviting everyone to come visit and see the Philippines. We won’t grow tired echoing this invitation. So, whether you’ve seen the Chocolates Hills or you’ve always wondered how many there are, you’ll enjoy this great video. Watch! Share! Continue reading It’s More Fun in the Philippines: How Many Chocolate Hills?
Bohol is now more than the Chocolate Hills, the heavenly white beach of Panglao Island, the tarsier, the Loboc River cruise, the old churches, the man-made forest and other attractions. It now hosts one of the MOST important needs of any serious traveler — the toilet. Call it what you want — comfort room, restroom, or any other name — but it’s ideally a place of peace and comfort. We know, of course, that a clean toilet is a rarity for travelers on the road (but, mind you, seasoned travelers can do it the “natural” way). Imagine a CLEAN toilet. Imagine a CLEAN and ELEGANT toilet of a gas station. Now, stop imagining and go to Bohol. You’ll find this SHELL station (yes, we have to emphasize that it’s a Shell station as a token of appreciation for a gas station that takes a little from its billions of profits and gives back to motorists in the form of an ACTUAL, REAL clean toilet). We haven’t seen something like this, which is why we have this story about toilets. We hope other Shell stations follow suit. We hope ALL other gas stations follow soon (tell us which gas station has done so and we’ll feature them). Here, watch this video courtesy of Filipino-Canadian Jason Godfrey: Continue reading Gas Station Toilet: More Fun in the Philippines
Life is awesome, said the lovely fanne22, who snapped this beautiful photo while at the Bellevue Resort in Panglao, Bohol. For the most part, however, we easily forget how awesome life is, getting too caught up in our daily grind. We cease to appreciate the little pleasures, like the view of the gentle sea. As we navigate life’s endless ocean, we prefer to stay tied to the shore, preferring the safety of dry land as compared to the adventure — and risk — brought by exploring the vast sea. As beautifully phrased in the poem/prayer attributed to Sir Francis Drake: “Disturb us, Lord, when we are too well pleased with ourselves, when our dreams have come true because we have dreamed too little, when we arrived safely because we sailed too close to the shore…” Here’s the photo (click to enlarge): Continue reading Photo of the Day: Beach, Boat, Sea and the Panglao Sky