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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

The Captivating Manila Sunset: Photo of the Day

There’s a lot of gorgeous sunsets around the world, Philippines included, we’re sure of that. There’s a lot of people who can snap a lovely shot of those gorgeous sunsets, we’re also sure of that. Perhaps as lovely as this sunset. We’ve featured a lot of sunset photos here in VisitPinas (because, as we’ve noted a million times, we love ’em sunsets), and we’re going to add one more — the beautiful Manila sunset, courtesy of Anton Labao (check his Instagram account, @can_ton, for more photos). There’s really a million and one reasons to have your next vacation here in the Philippines. Click the photo to enlarge. Continue reading The Captivating Manila Sunset: Photo of the Day

The Lovely Sunset of Punta Bulata (Cauayan, Negros Occidental): Photo of the Day

“Sunsets in the Philippines will always be beautiful,” says Maanyag na Kabuhi in her photo below (the phrase, she explains, means “life is beautiful” in Hiligaynon; check her Instagram acount, @maanyagnakabuhi, for more photos). We don’t doubt that. We love sunsets and while not all sunsets are created equal, sunsets are equally beautiful across the Philippine archipelago. This poster-perfect sunset was captured in Punta Bulata Resort of Cauayan town, around 154 kilometers south of Bacolod City. We really can help but smile while looking at it. The golden sun waving goodbye, the contrast of the darkening sky, the bent coconut trees — all merge to give a sense of serenity in a tropical paradise. Beautiful! Click the photo to enlarge. Continue reading The Lovely Sunset of Punta Bulata (Cauayan, Negros Occidental): Photo of the Day

Dare to Dive Into Cabagnow Cave (Anda, Bohol): Photo of the Day

“Would you dare jump into the cave’s hole?”, asked Princess Alyssa Cabuhayan. She’s referring to the Cabagnow Cave (or Kabagno Cave) located in the town of Anda, Bohol. It’s practically a hole on the ground, the deepest among Anda’s cave pools. You can get off from your vehicle, walk to where the mouth of the cave is, then jump into the hole — with this lovely clear water waiting for you at the bottom. Would you dare jump into Cabagnow Cave’s hole? If you’re brave enough and accept the challenge, don’t forget to make a prior arrangement with the locals for a rope-ladder. That’s the only way you can get out of the hole. Photo courtesy of Princess Alyssa Cabuhayan (check her Instagram acount, @thelostnurse, for more photos). Click the photo to enlarge. Continue reading Dare to Dive Into Cabagnow Cave (Anda, Bohol): Photo of the Day

Starry, Starry Night at Apo Reef Natural Park, Mindoro: Photo of the Day

Not all nights are created equal. Some nights are for parties, others for rest. Some nights are dark, others drenched in light. Some nights are lonely, others spent with wonderful company. Some nights, however, are absolutely breathtaking. If you spend a night at the Apo Reef Natural Park, Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro, as we see in this photo courtesy of Jon Johnson (check his Instagram acount, @jon_bratpacker, for more awesome photos). In this part of the beautiful Philippines, the sunrise is breathtaking, the sunset fierce, and the night stars simply awesome. You can see the stars in all their bright glory, and, if you’re lucky enough, perhaps you’ll see the Princess Leia in a galaxy far, far away. Click the photo to enlarge. Continue reading Starry, Starry Night at Apo Reef Natural Park, Mindoro: Photo of the Day

Las Cabanas Beach Resort (El Nido, Palawan): Photo of the Day

The Miss Universe candidates are currently in Boracay. We’re sure they’ll gush over the natural beauty of the Philippines, although they, or any visitor of this lovely country, should realize that there’s more to see of the Philippines. We have the most beautiful beaches in the whole world, including, of course, Palawan. Here’s one of Palawan’s beaches, courtesy of the Traveling Farmer. Yes, he is an agriculturist and, lucky for us, a self-proclaimed photographer (check his Instagram acount, @traveling_farmer, for more awesome photos). This is Las Cabanas Beach Resort in El Nido, Palawan. Click the photo to enlarge. Continue reading Las Cabanas Beach Resort (El Nido, Palawan): Photo of the Day

Beach and Shadows in Burdeos, Quezon: Photo of the Day

“And i thank my lucky stars for that night,” said janriofalltrades of this photo captured in Burdeos, Quezon. We don’t really know exactly what he means. Perhaps something magical happened on that evening while visiting this quiet beach island off the coast of Quezon province, a place made of sturdy stuff considering that it’s directly facing the Pacific Ocean and, as we should expect, takes the initial brunt of typhoons that hit the Philippines. Or perhaps the stars aligned to hand him this gorgeous play of shadows, with the sky and the sea framed by the rock formations that were patiently carved by nature for centuries. We don’t really know, until, of course, he speaks out (check his Instagram acount, @janriofalltrades, for more awesome photos). What we do know, however, is that this photograph is amazing. Click the photo to enlarge. Continue reading Beach and Shadows in Burdeos, Quezon: Photo of the Day

Little Niagara called Tinuy-an Falls (Bislig, Surigao del Sur): Photo of the Day

Tinuy-an Falls is known as the “little Niagara” of the Philippines, with its beautiful 55-meter-high white water curtain. This multi-tiered waterfall, 95 meters in width, is located in Bislig, Surigao del Sur. The usual photo we see of the awesome Tinuy-an Falls is taken during the day. This shot by Mark Marcelino (check his Instagram acount, @mark.marcelino) was captured during the blue hour, he said. So we had to research what on earth “blue hour” is — “the period of twilight early in the dawn each morning and late dusk each evening when the sun is at a significant distance below the horizon and the residual, indirect sunlight takes on a predominantly blue hue.” Nice. The beauty of exploration: we always learn something new. Click the photo to enlarge. Continue reading Little Niagara called Tinuy-an Falls (Bislig, Surigao del Sur): 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

Yellow Beach at Jomalig Island, Quezon: Photo of the Day

If you ask to see a beach in the Philippines, it’s hardly enough to quote it in a generic manner — each beach in the Philippines has its own personality. Of course, if you haven’t been to the Philippines, you’ll probably think of the powder-white sand of Boracay, Coron, Panglao or the sandbars. But once you’ve get to know this archipelagic nation, you’ll realize that you have to be more specific as to the kind of beach you wish to visit. You see, we have more than white beaches. There are black beaches, also with fine sand and clear blue waters. We have pink beaches. We have a yellow beach, as shown in this photo by Neon Ibanez (check his Instagram acount, @neonbytesxx, for more photos) in Jomalig Island, Quezon province. Now that you know, go ahead and enjoy! Beautiful it is, Philippines. Click the photo to enlarge. Continue reading Yellow Beach at Jomalig Island, Quezon: Photo of the Day