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The Pride of Biliran, Sambawan Island: Photo of the Day

Photography and nature, Mark Alvin Marbella notes in his profile, are like food for the soul (check his Instagram account, @iammarbel, for more photos). For this particular shot, he said, “Some sunshine are just wonderful. Maybe it is hard to wake up, but sometimes the nature reward us with a wonderful show.” We couldn’t agree more. We happily spend time waiting for the sunrise or sunset, and, in the case of sunrise, we battle the urge to continue swimming in dreamland. Not that there’s much difference. Waiting for the sunrise in Sambawan Island, Biliran is probably like being immersed in dreamland. Located around 5 kilometers from the town of Maripipi in Biliran, Sambawan Island features a curved white-sand beach, and a hill that serves as the island’s spine, featuring rock formations that, together with the vegetation, give an eery feeling of being in fantasy land. Click the photo to enlarge. Continue reading The Pride of Biliran, Sambawan Island: Photo of the Day

Rock (and Roll) in Animasola Island (Burias, Masbate): Photo of the Day

We feel that Leo Ocfemia Marcellana (check his Instagram account, @thewanderfreak, for more photos) is going through something when he said: “Here I stand; as indestructible as a rock. If you’ll only trust me, how little you’ll be disappointed. Be mine as I am yours.” Classic hugot line. Still, the description fits the awesome view of the rock formations in Animasola Island located in Burias, Masbate. It looks eeriely like an Imperial Star Destroyer of Star Wars. Or a ship washed ashore. Or a launchpad left by aliends millions of years ago. Or…well, tell us what you see. Click the photo to enlarge. Continue reading Rock (and Roll) in Animasola Island (Burias, Masbate): Photo of the Day

Selfie with the Majestic Mount Pinatubo: Photo of the Day

We’ve featured photos of Mt. Pinatubo a lot of times, but we can’t help ourselves from featuring yet another shot of this majestic volcano, courtesy of Rai Sean (check his Instagram account, @rhyjoe, for more photos) of Sanggala Mountaineers. You see, we are constantly amazed with how nature can be so cruel, yet, at the same time, undeniably beautiful. Back in 1991, after centuries of being quiet, Mount Pinatubo exploded, spewing ash that traveled halfway around the world, lowering world temperature by one degree fahrenheit, and driving the U.S. out of their bases in the area. It’s truly a wonder how something beautiful can come out of something violent. Click the photo to enlarge. Continue reading Selfie with the Majestic Mount Pinatubo: Photo of the Day

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

Jumpstart Your 2017 (Cliff Jumping in Fortune Island Resort, Nasugbu, Batangas): Photo of the Day

The New Year revelries are done — Christmas lights and decorations brought down and packed for the next year, the extra pounds starting to weigh down your belly, and the worries of 2016 left behind. It’s time to face 2017. So, how do you jumpstart the year? Most people do New Year’s resolutions. Some people, however, take it literally. Like Tom Sawyer (check his Instagram account, @whataboutpao, for more photos), enjoying the sun and sea, and jumping off the cliff in Fortune Island Resort, Nasugbu, Batangas. Looks fun. You brave enough to do it? Click the photo to enlarge. Continue reading Jumpstart Your 2017 (Cliff Jumping in Fortune Island Resort, Nasugbu, Batangas): Photo of the Day

Fly High on the Wing of Skylab (Habal-Habal) Motorcycle: Photo of the Day

“Life is a great adventure or nothing,” goes the Instagram profile of jabeenturero, which probably explains why his group embarked on an adventure — one of the greatest adventure undertaken by mankind, we dare say — riding a habal-habal, a remarkable motorcycle ride that requires balance and coordination between the driver, the passengers, and whatever baggage they choose to strap on that hapless motorcycle. It looks like a suicide mission for outsiders, but it’s a normal mode of transportation for locals in some parts of Visayas and in many places in Mindanao. Habal-habal is from the root word “habal,” which means to mount. The habal-habal motorcycle is also called “skylab” in some places, reportedly based on that 70’s space station or a contraction of the phrase “sakay na, lab” (“ride on, love”). The habal-habal or skylab looks more like a plane than a motorcycle (giving full justice to the expression, “I’m not driving fast, I’m flying low”), with planks protruding from both sides and at the back of the motorcycle. It can carry more than TEN people (yes, you got that right, more than 10 people) AND their baggage. Fancy riding on the “wing” of the skylab? You guys should try it at least once. Photo courtesy of jabeenturero (check his Instagram account, @jabeenturero, for more photos). Click the photo to enlarge. Continue reading Fly High on the Wing of Skylab (Habal-Habal) Motorcycle: Photo of the Day

Magical Mornings at Kapayawan Ridge, Bukidnon: Photo of the Day

“I wish I could wake up to this view every morning,” said this aspiring photographer, Bona Fidës (check her Instagram account, @eamsfides, for more photos). Well, we also have the same wish. How can you not gush at the sight of mornings, after spending an equally magical night, at the Kapayawan Ridge in Bukidnon? Click the photo to enlarge. Continue reading Magical Mornings at Kapayawan Ridge, Bukidnon: Photo of the Day

Fresh Strawberries and Yoghurt in Sagada: Photo of the Day

This photo by Jovic FerrerImages (check his Instagram account, @ferrerimages, for more photos) comes with a simple caption: “Yoghurt with fresh strawberries and honey. At Strawberry Cafe, Sagada, Mountain Province, Philippines.” It’s deceptively simple, though. While anyone can get strawberries at their favorite supermarket, these ones are picked fresh from the nearby gardens. And while anyone can have yoghurt-strawberries combo as a treat, it’s just a mere icing on the cake, so to speak, in Sagada. You see, you don’t go to Sagada for the strawberries. It’s just a bonus. You go there for the cool mountain air, the sprawling mountain views littered with pine trees, and, of course, the lovely spelunking adventures. Even Batman would love Sagada. You go to Sagada to fall in love with nature or fall (more) in love with the person with you. Click the photo to enlarge. Continue reading Fresh Strawberries and Yoghurt in Sagada: Photo of the Day

Hot Kawa Bath is Cool in Tibiao, Antique: Photo of the Day

“We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us,” goes the anonymous quote of Ronel Polinar, although it’s hard to see how he can escape the hot kawa “torture” in the Tibiao, Antique. This photo,  courtesy of Ronel Polinar (check his Instagram account, @ron_byaheron, for more photos), harkens back to the dark olden times when cannibals apparently roam the earth. Whereas the prehistoric offerings must be squirming in fear, these two gentlemen of the modern age are definitely smiling with delight inside the kawa (“cauldron”) — with fire underneath. All for fun, of course. So, next time you visit Antique, don’t forget to declare how you prefer to be “cooked” (meaning your “hot bath,” just to be clear).  Click the photo to enlarge. Continue reading Hot Kawa Bath is Cool in Tibiao, Antique: Photo of the Day

Be Happy, through the Bangui Windmills, Ilocos Norte: Photo of the Day

Feeling blue? Now, don’t be sad. It’s hard to be sad seeing the beautiful wonders of the Philippines. Go back in time and live history by driving through Ilocos, or marvel at how lovely modern technology can be when superimposed against a picturesque landscape. Beach and windmills, they appear to go beautifully together, as we can see from this photo in Bangui, Ilocos Norte, courtesy of Mary Oh (check her Instagram account, @maryoohhh, for more photos). So, my dear, don’t be sad; go out and see the beauty of the Philippines. Have fun! Click the photo to enlarge. Continue reading Be Happy, through the Bangui Windmills, Ilocos Norte: Photo of the Day