There are photos that make us giddy right from the moment we see it. This is one of those photos. It’s a photo of a bird. No, wait, it’s a plane. No, it’s, uhm, a gwapito flying high (gwapito in Bisaya roughly translates to handsome boy, because full-on handsome man is gwapo, pretty much like how a plato [plate] is the bigger version of the platito [saucer]). It’s a photo of @gwapitos.official cofounder, @maramatokong, flying high at the surfing capital of the Philippines, Cloud 9 in Siargao Island (photo courtesy of @gwapitos.official, and island lifestyle brand by Gianni “Boy” Grifoni and John Mark “Marama” Tokong, based in Siargao Island, and @kermitsiargao; check their instagram profiles for more awesome photos). We’ll get to Siargao soon, and when we do, we challenge you guys to a surfing competition — the variety involving a mouse and wifi. Click the photo to enlarge.
What we see of a photo depends equally on what’s important to us and to the one who took the shot. For hard-core surfers who frequent the surfing capital of the Philipppines, Siargao in Surigao del Norte, the focus might be the waves. Those who appreciate the island vibe might focus on the food and the beer, consumed right off the beach. Some might take a shot with perfect proportions. The photo featured here, snapped by Daniela (visit her instagram site, dani_negreda, for other beautiful photos), appears to focus on the clouds (hey, it’s Cloud 9 in Siargao) and, of course, the majesty of the setting (or rising?) sun. There’s so much more we see, but we prefer you tell us through the comment section, or see the place for ourselves. Click photo to enlarge. Continue reading Surf and Beauty in Cloud 9, Siargao: Photo of the Day
There’s a lot of unfilled slots in our Philippine travel bucket list. One of those blank slots is Siargao, found in the province of Surigao del Norte, way south of Manila. It’s the undisputed surfing capital of the Philippines, with Cloud 9 at its core. If surfing is our thing, Siargao would be at the top of our travel list, but we don’t surf. Still, we intend to go there someday, not to surf, but to soak in the island vibe (sounds weird because we’re living in an island, sort of, in the first place). For those who don’t understand why surfers are raving about Siargao, watch this video from the Department of Tourism: Continue reading Surfing in Siargao: It’s More Fun in the Philippines