We’ve posted a lot of beach photos recently, and thought it would be nice to have a little change of scenery. Barkada photos, perhaps? There’s an abundance of #squadgoals in social media. We noticed a squad photo with the #visitpinas tag, except that it’s shot on, uhm, a beach. Back to where we started, the beach (you guys mind tagging us with your barkada photos outside the beach?). Then we thought, hey, the message is clear — you can try all you want, but you can’t escape the world-famous beaches of the Philippines. You can run, but you can’t hide. This photo at Macampao Beach Resort and Leisure Farm, Sta. Rita, Zambales, is courtesy of Rodel Flordeliz, who happens to be a video editor and is also known as (whoah!) DJ Flynn Ryder at Wish107.5 (check his Instagram account, @rodelflordeliz, for more photos). [Click the photos to enlarge.] Continue reading Barkada Goals and the Beautiful Philippines: Photo of the Day
We would love to feature all Instagram photos tagged with #visitpinas, if we only could, but limitations of time and space force us to pick a few. We’ve noticed a number of resorts, hotels, restaurants and other Philippine destinations tag #visitpinas in their Intagram posts, and we can’t go further without noticing them. These are really brave establishments — you don’t put yourself out there, given the immediate backlash of social media, unless you’re certain of the q uality of what you have to offer. We’ll probably do this on a regular basis. Let’s start with food, then expand to the beautiful sceneries posted by Philippine destinations. Continue reading Food Tag and Philippine Destinations: Photo of the Day
It’s not the first time that we’ve featured this sexy volcano, Mt. Mayon, better known as the world’s perfect volcano cone (we’ve wrestled with the use of “most perfect cone” and thought there’s no need to use “most” if it’s already “perfect”) . Mayon Volcano can be very coy, usually out of sight, covered by thick clouds most of the day. We’re going to let you in on a secret: go to Mount Mayon before 7:00 in the morning and you’ll have a better chance of seeing the volcano in all its glory. It’s worth every ounce of strength you summon to wake up real early. You’ll jump (“talon,” a Filipino word, means “jump”) when you see it, either out of sheer joy or for plain fun. Take, for instance, Kristine Labayen Reyes (check her Instagram account, @krissyseyer, for more photos), who captioned her photo below: “Jump for joy! Mayon volcano is out at last showing her perfect cone shape.” That’s one helluva split jump, don’t you think? [Click the photos to enlarge.] Continue reading Talon Para kay Mayon (Mayon Volcano, Albay): Photo of the Day
“Welcome to your private island,” says Charlene Faith Gabito, of the Sumilon Island in Oslob, Cebu. Sumilon Island is a marine sanctuary located at the southeastern tip of Cebu province. It is around 125 kilometers from Cebu City, roughly 3 hours by land. [Click the photos to enlarge.] Continue reading Shades of White and Aquamarine at Sumilon Island (Oslob, Cebu): Photo of the Day
If you haven’t heard the weather agency, PAGASA, declaring the end of summer, the heavy rains in the past days would definitely drive home the point that the Philippines has two seasons — the rainy season and the very rainy season. Well, it has been fun while summer lasted. We sure have enough memories of sunny days to last us the entire rainy season. We’re also sure that you guys saved enough photos of summer. So, in memory of Summer 2017, let’s feature some of your photos. Continue reading Memories of Summer: Warm Thoughts for the Rainy Season
The Dinagyang Festival (from the Ilonggo word “dagyang,” or to make happy), is a festival celebrated in Iloilo City to honor the Santo Niño (Child Jesus) and commemorate the historical heritage of the place, with the original inhabitants, the Atis, and the arrival of the Malay settlers. It is held every fourth Sunday of January, which is perfect because tourists can still join the festivities right after the Ati-Atihan Festival (Kalibo, Aklan) and Sinulog (Cebu), both held on the third Sunday of of January. It is a celebration, with street dancing and competitive performances in full colors, as we see in this photo during the Dinagyang Festival 2017 by John Chavez (check his Instagram account, @j0hnchavez, for more photos). Click the photo to enlarge.
Continue reading Color and Tradition at the Dinagyang Festival (Iloilo): Photo of the Day
Just channeling his inner monkey, Jon Chavez said when he went swinging at the Mablaran Falls located in Romblon (check his Instagram account, @j0nsport, for more photos). He may be kidding, but we can see he’s seriously having fun. That’s good. We share the view that we should be confident enough to poke fun at ourselves. Traveling — enjoying what nature graciously grants us — gives us that opportunity to bring our guard down, just let go, and have fun. You should try it: the Philippines has lots of outdoor paradise venues, from mountaintops to the beach and underwater, to let your hair down. Have fun! Click the photo to enlarge.
Continue reading Swinging Happiness at Mablaran Falls, Romblon: 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
Eun hit it right on the head when she said, “Sometimes there’s too much beauty in the world, I feel like I can’t take it, like my heart’s going to CAVE in…WONDERFUL!!!”. Pun intended. Here she is at the Wonderful Cave in the town of Bolinao, Pangasinan (check her Instagram account, @eur_highness, for more photos), one of the three caves (the other two, Cindy’s Cave and Enchanted Cave) that attract visitors of Pangasinan who want spelunking as part of their itineraries. Some people note that the maintenance of Wonderful Cave should be improved (let us know if it’s ok now) but there is consensus that the cool fresh water at the bottom is perfect for a quick dip. Click the photo to enlarge. Continue reading Float in Wonder at the Wonderful Cave (Bolinao, Pangasinan): 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