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Photo of the Day: Batangas Sea Gypsies

Should you decide to see the Philippines in a slower pace and ride a ship, there’s a high probability that you’ll encounter a group of kids swimming beside the boat, as the ship is about to dock. Anyone not familiar with this sight will think that the kids are putting their lives at risk by swimming too close to the ship. Why are they doing it? Well, to find out, try throwing a coin towards their direction. Nope, they won’t catch it above water. They’ll let it hit the water and catch the coin as it gracefully falls towards the bottom of the sea. These children are descendants of the best natural freedivers there is. They are most uncomfortable living on land. A few of these sea gypsies, badjaos, were spotted in the Batangas port by cherrdon, a nature lover and a volunteer, an off-the-beaten path traveller. Here’s the photo: Continue reading Photo of the Day: Batangas Sea Gypsies

Photo of the Day: Jeepney Journey

We haven’t added a #PhotoOfTheDay for the past two days, you might haven noticed. We find it difficult to post photos of gorgeous Philippine beaches while the central Visayas is still recovering from the wrath of Typhoon Ruby. But life has to go on. While we all should tone down any spending and instead seek to help the typhoon victims, we cannot put life on hold. The show must go on, as the showbiz people would say. The journey must continue despite the storm clouds hovering above, which is why we appreciate this cool photo of the jeepney by Simon Valencia (simonvalencia). He calls it the “Filipino muscle”. We don’t know if it’s as waterproof as the Filipino spirit =) Here is Simon‘s photo: Continue reading Photo of the Day: Jeepney Journey

Photo of the Day: The Beauty of Mother Nature

Traditional fishermen know what happens if you understimate the power of nature. You respect the power of Mother Nature and step aside when she’s angry. And she’s predictably angry — to be exact, an average of 26 times every year in the Philippines in the form of typhoons. We now face Typhoon Ruby, another super typhoon a year after Yolanda (Haiyan) which wreaked havoc in Central Visayas and surrounding areas We prepare for the worst and pray for the best. Under the golden sunset Mother Nature has granted us (amazing how Mother Nature still reveals such beauty even as we prepare for her wrath), we pack up our boats and bring them to a safer place in preparation for the strong winds that is sure to come. Still, as the sunrise heralds a new day, we continue with our journey.  We’ll, that’s what we think of the photo snapped in Aklan by  Earl Masangkay (earlmasangkay), a nurse who loves to take photos. What do you think? Here’s the photo (click to enlarge): Continue reading Photo of the Day: The Beauty of Mother Nature

Photo of the Day: Post Office

There are those who believe that the traditional mailing system, also called snail mail, is going to eventually die out with the increased use of electronic mail or email. It’s just a matter of time, they say. When that time comes, the Manila Central Post Office will retain one important purpose — an important architectural marker. It was designed by Juan M. Arellano and is part of the Manila masterplan by Daniel Burnham, the same planner for Baguio City for which the Burnham Park is named. Built in the early 1900s, it was severely damaged when the Americans bombarded Manila to retake the city after the Japanese invasion. It was reconstructed after the war. While some say it was not fully reconstructed to its former glory, it is still beautiful. Here’s a shot from a differen perspective on that beautiful Philippine architecture, courtesy of Eric Jones (photos_by_eric_j). Click the photo to enlarge: Continue reading Photo of the Day: Post Office

Photo of the Day: Jollibee Kulit

Not many fastfood chains anywhere in the world can claim local market dominance against foreign brands like MacDonald’s. One of those strong brands is, you guessed it, Jollibee of the Philippines. While others argue that it’s all about the food — Jollibee knows the sweet side of the Filipinos’ palate — we think a small slice of that market share has something to do with the mascot. We’ve seen Jollibee work its charm in parties and, we tell you, he’s one happy dynamo, always a good dancer (see “best dance crew“) with a good sense of humor. What’s the English equivalent of makulit? Here’s Jollibee, courtesy of Ranell Dedicatoria (ranellmartin), most likely having jumped on that counter top and ringing that bell (click photo to enlarge): Continue reading Photo of the Day: Jollibee Kulit

Photo of the Day: Welcome to the Top

People love the chase to the top. Some prefer to chase financial peaks, while others love the climb up the power ladder.  Others like to conquer peaks that touches the clouds — mountains. Different strokes for different folks. This love for the outdoors is not readily apparent when you check the instagram profile of JC (jeffrey_camp16). You’ll notice tons of photos of mouthwatering food, which can be explained by these profile entries: food lover, dessert maker, culinary arts, chef, loves to eat burger. If you look closer, however, there’s a “traveler” entry and photos of the gorgeous Mt. Pulag, the highest peak in Luzon, and its amazing sea of clouds at the summit. Here’s the cool photo (click photo to enlarge): Continue reading Photo of the Day: Welcome to the Top

Photo of the Day: Biri Island

She doesn’t say much in describing herself in instagram: CEBU | travel | coffee | music. She’s even more tightlipped when it comes to her name — she calls herself, quite simply, toot (rubbitoott). But when it comes to to traveling, this lovely lady takes a decidedly long-distance view. She recently went to Biri Island in Samar. How far? “Travelled a long way to get here, sailed 12 hrs to Samar and a never ending roadtrip/boat trip towards the Northern part is all worth it. A must!” Good things come to those who wait (and travel), right? Anyway, as you marvel at the beautiful rock formations and imagine the power of the waves, it might be helpful to remember that Biri Island is the frontline to the Pacific Ocean — the birthplace of typhoons, including the most powerful typhoon to make landfall in recorded history, super typhoon Yolanda or Haiyan. Here’s the photo (click to enlarge): Continue reading Photo of the Day: Biri Island

Photo of the Day: Parol ng Pinoy

A parol or lantern, or what others refer to as a Christmas star (although it’s important to remember that a lantern is not limited in shape as a star), is a common sight in the Philippines, a warm country with the longest Christmas celebration in whole world (some say Philippine Christmas season starts with the “ber” months, September 1, while others say it officially starts on the First Advent, which happens to be today, the reason why we’re featuring the parol). So what makes a parol stand out from the crowd? We really don’t know, but somehow this particular photo of a parol captured our attention. This parol looks really simple, not the most expensive or the most ostentatious in the parol universe, for sure. Maybe our choice is based on this simplicity, yet this parol exudes the colors and warmth of Christmas, an occasion special to Filipinos — it’s one of the few events when you expect Filipinos to move heaven and earth to get home. For Filipinos, Christmas is, in large part, about the family. It is thus not surprising for this special photo to come from a “super dooper happy mom and wife,” like Jade “Jing” Barcas (jade_anne03). Look at this photo (click photo to enlarge): Continue reading Photo of the Day: Parol ng Pinoy

Photo of the Day: Philippine Alps

One of the main reasons why we love Baguio and Dahilayan is the sight, and smell, of pine trees. There’s just something wonderful about pines trees. And snow, which somehow evokes a lovely image of the alps with its cozy chalets. Maybe it’s like the usual Christmas / winter sight which we all love. Maybe it’s the mixture of deep green and clean white. Maybe its the cold temperate associated with snow, alps or winter. Whatever the reason is, we simply love that sight. Now, imagine the same sight — except without that white snow — and imagine it in the Philippines (closer to Metro Manila than Baguio and Dahilayan). What do you get? The lovely view of the Tagaytay Highlands. Can’t imagine it? Here, look at the nice photo (click to enlarge) by Vera (iamveravenus): Continue reading Photo of the Day: Philippine Alps

Photo of the Day: Philippines 101

The very first time we saw Miguel de Dios‘ (autumnedout) photo of a Philippine map wonderfully presented on the world-renowned Boracay sand, we thought we have discovered a creative tool to aid students in learning geography. A eureka moment, really. Geography is not the most exciting subject in school, truth be told (especially considering that our politicians make our student lives more miserable by constantly rearranging boundaries to suit their sphere of influence). It’s not an excuse not to learn, of course, but imagine how much more exciting it is for kids to learn geography by requiring them to PLAY on a beach and create a relief map of the Philippines. It doesn’t have to be in Boracay — the Philippines is gifted with 7,107 beautiful islands that host world-class beaches. Just a playful thought, but imagine if we can find a way to have that, then someone won’t be dedicating this photo to his “geography teacher who said I didn’t have it in me.” Right, Miguel? =) Here’s the cool photo (click photo to enlarge):

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