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Surreal View at Cape Engaño Lighthouse, Palaui Island: Photo of the Day

The moment you begin to think that you’ve seen the Philippines, we strongly suggest you think again. The more places we’ve visited in this beautiful archipelago, the more we are convinced that we’ve barely scratched the surface of what there is to see. When we first glanced on this photo, courtesy of Duane Sandicho (check his Instagram account, @dpsandicho, for more photos), we thought that it was taken from the airplane window and that it’s in some foreign land, somewhere in Jurassic Park perhaps. But we were sorely mistaken. This magnificent view is from the ruins of Cape Engaño lighthouse in Palaui Island, off the shores of Santa Ana, Cagayan Province. Those two rocky islets are called Dos Hermanos. That’s at the northern tip of the Philippines, near Batanes and the Calayan Island. What the picture failed to show, as with any photo, are the majestic landscape of Palaui Island and the beach in Cape Engaño Cove, identified by a travel site as one of the Top 100 beaches in the world (and filming location of Survivor: Blood vs. Water and Survivor: Cagayan). So, go ahead and visit Palaui Island (we’re sure it’s easy to search for directions on how to get there). Click the photo to enlarge. Continue reading Surreal View at Cape Engaño Lighthouse, Palaui Island: Photo of the Day

Cozy Beauty of Callao Cave (Peñablanca, Cagayan): Photo of the Day

This is a church. And this is a cave. It’s a church in a cave. Callao Cave is a seven-chamber cave that forms part of the 300 caves that dot this protected area. It is found in the town of Peñablanca, province of Cagayan, although it is often associated with the nearby city of Tuguegarao. Still, of all the wonderful tidbits about this cave network, historical or otherwise, the one trivia that leaped from this photo is the fact that a wedding scene in the movie The Mistress was shot in Callao Cave. And why do we know that? We hate to admit this, but we watched the movie. And why did we watch the movie? Because we’re fans of John Lloyd Cruz and Bea Alonzo. Cheesy, yes, but we really don’t care. This photo by Justin Liu (check his Instagram acount, @justflying1112) is obviously shot with natural light. Callao Cave seems to be more gorgeous when it is draped by warm lights. Click the photo to enlarge. Continue reading Cozy Beauty of Callao Cave (Peñablanca, Cagayan): Photo of the Day

Sibang Cove, Calayan Island: Photo of the Day

We’ve noticed that the farther a place is, the better destination it appears to be. Perhaps the enormous distance prevents it from being spoiled. So, if you travel to the northern tip of the Philippines, you’ll find the island of Calayan. One of the jump-off points to Calayan Island is the town of Aparri which, as you may have heard from the old theme song of the longest-running noontime show in the Philippines, was insinuated as the northern tip. Aparri is part of the Cagayan, which, of course, is not the northernmost province. It’s Batanes, with Itbayat as the northernmost island. Calayan Island is between Batanes and Aparri. We are throwing around all these places in order to provide a good idea how far Calayan Island is. Whether you’ve arrived at the jump-off point by plane or through land, you still have a good 5-hour boatride to suffer. And why would you forego the usual comforts and go through all that? Well, you’ll experience the wonder of the Sibang Cove in Calayan Island. Take a look at Sibang Cove, with this photo courtesy of Tara Gala! (check her Instagram acount, @akrosdaphilippines, for more photos). Click the photo to enlarge. Continue reading Sibang Cove, Calayan Island: Photo of the Day