We’re not too fond of Valentines. We really don’t know how to say it without appearing as the Grinch of Valentines Day, but, there, we said it. It’s just another normal day for us because love is celebrated every second of every day, not only February 14 when everything is insanely overpriced (but a lot of people still fall for it). So, for those who share the same view, as well the brokenhearted, here’s a message for you from the Travelling Farmer (check his Instagram account, @traveling_farmer, for more photos) — Konting Tiis pa, bes, malapit na din matapos ang Valentines. Kapit lang! Click the photo to enlarge. Continue reading Kapit Lang, Bes, Malapit na Matapos ang Valentines: Photo of the Day
It’s not difficult to conclude, basing on her Instagram profile, that Marian Bautista (check her Instagram account, @yianbautista, for more photos) loves the outdoors. Beach, surfing, and more beach. Here she is at the white beach of Balabac, at the southernmost tip of Palawan. The town of Balabac is an island group, 36 in all, which means there’s a lot of gorgeous white-sand beaches to go see and enjoy. Remember, should you choose to visit Palawan (truly a province of wonders), remember that there are way less crowded beaches other than El Nido and Coron (both lovely places, don’t forget). Vacation in paradise. Click the photo to enlarge. Continue reading Serenity and Beauty at Balabac Beach, Palawan: Photo of the Day
Valentines Day is around the corner. While studies have shown that the worst time, the most depressing period, for the heartbroken segment of our society is actually Christmas (ever wondered why “Pasko na Sinta Ko” is popular during Christmas?), we don’t really get to talk much about sad things during the season of joy. But heartbreaks and breakups are fair topics during Valentines. So, if you’re going through a rough patch this Valentines Day, if you’re heartbroken, or if you’ve long been single without much luck in the love department, here are the best places to go in the Philippines or things to do in the Philippines in order to heal that broken heart, all courtesy, of course, of our VisitPinas community (in instagram and facebook; we don’t imply that the folks featured here are heartbroken, they just have some cool photos). Continue reading Top 10 Philippine Destinations for the Heartbroken this Valentines
It’s not unusual to encounter a name that leaves not much to one’s imagination, like Puting Buhangin Beach or Isla Puting Buhangin in Brgy. Mangingisda, Puerto Princessa, Palawan (not to be confused with the Puting Buhangin Beach in Pagbilao, Quezon). You don’t really have to go far from the city, the usual jump-off point to the Puerto Princesa Underground River or Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park (which has Honday Bay, anyway), to enjoy a gorgeous beach (El Nido is around 7 hours ride from Puerto Princessa). Puting Buhangin Beach is just across Puerto Princessa Bay, around 30 minutes by banca. Photo courtesy of Irish Jean Marquez Omisol (check her Instagram account, @irish_jean2, for more photos). Click the photo to enlarge.
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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
We’ve pondered long and hard whether to post this photo. For one, we’ve featured Allan Pineda in a previous post, and people might begin to think we’re playing favorites (check his Instagram acount, @allan_lira, for more wonderful photos). But the talent to be at the right place at the right moment, and the talent to stand at the proper vantage point to capture an awesome photo as a priceless remembrance, cannot be denied. So we’re featuring him again, with this awesome photo at Twin Beach, Nacpan-Calitang (El Nido, Palawan) that hooked us, making it impossible for us, or anyone for that matter, not to share it with the world. It took around 4 seconds for us to figure out the photo’s proper orientation, and, after doing some flipping, it took more than 60 seconds for us to wipe off the smiles off our faces. We won’t be surprised that this kind of view is one of the million reasons why Philippine wanderers, both foreigners and Filipinos alike, fall in love with this beautiful country. We won’t get tired of saying, go ahead visit the Philippines, took some wonderful photos, then tell the world what’s beautiful about Pinas. Click the photo to enlarge. Continue reading Reflections at Twin Beach, Nacpan-Calitang (El Nido, Palawan): Photo of the Day
We’ve been terribly inactive before and during the holidays, not so much because we’re gorged with the usual Christmas delicacies, but because there’s just so much things to do and people to visit over the look vacation. After all, Christmas in the Philippines is also about the family. So, 20 pounds later, as we start the new year, we’re at a loss where to start with our featured photos. The news items we’ve seen so far don’t inspire a jolly disposition, and it feels like 2017 is shaping up to be another daunting year. Nevertheless, as we browsed throught the Instagram photos tagged #visitpinas, we noticed this photo by Allan Pineda (check his Instagram acount, @allan_lira, for more photos), facing the angry waves in Twin Beach, Nacpan-Calitang, El Nido, Palawan. This photo captures the preferred disposition as we start the year — the happy fortitude and contagious resilience in facing whatever life throws our way. Join us as we embark on another year exploring the Philippines, and, of course, telling the world how beautiful it truly is. Have fun! Click the photo to enlarge. Continue reading Face Off at Twin Beach, El Nido, Palawan: Photo of the Day
We recently came across something new (for us, at least, in the context of social media) — a service company that invites visitors to “discover the Philippine Islands, like never before,” with the unique option of flying their “seaplanes, landplanes and helicopters to your next adventure.” What we love about it, is that this entity, Air Juan, has an instagram account, complete with awesome photos (check its Instagram acount, @airjuan.philippines, for more photos) to showcase the beauty of the Philippines from the less usual perspective. Sure, Palawan is beautiful. Yes, the Huma Island Resort & Spa in Busuanga, Palawan, is absolutely gorgeous. But looking at the bird’s-eye view of Huma Island, as in this photo courtesy of Air Juan, is an entirely different matter. So if you’ve recently tried Air Juan, share your photo with us so we can, in turn, share it with the world. As we always say, visit the Philippines, tell the world what’s beautiful about ‘Pinas. Click the photo to enlarge. Continue reading Bird’s-Eye View of Huma Island Resort & Spa: Photo of the Day
It’s dark and rainy today in Metro Manila, but we’re not at all gloomy because, for one, we have enough Philippine sunshine in our travel memory bank and, more importantly, we know very well that the sun shines abundantly crisp somewhere in the rest of the islands. We won’t be surprised that the giraffes of Calauit Safari in Palawan are happily lounging under the morning sun, lazily munching on their favorite leaves, with visitors and tourists safely tucked somewhere in the scene — too close for comfort, at times, as we see in this photo by Anne (check her Instragram acount, @bae__con, for more photos). Look for her, she’s somewhere beautifully camouflaged in that photo. So, next time you visit Palawan, remember that it offers more than great beaches and amazing underwater sights. Go island hopping, as you should do when in Palawan, with the Calauit Safari as one of the stops. Enjoy! Click the photo to enlarge.
The reason why people travel is as diverse as their individual personalities. Some travel for business, some for pleasure, still some a combination of both. Some travel together with family or his/her significant other. On the other hand, there are those who travel to forget a special someone, a way to wash away the pain with each caress of the wave on the white beaches of El Nido in Palawan. Now, if you’re one of those, traveling with a scarred heart, you may encounter some reminders in El Nido, taken good or bad depending on your level of humor. There’s this signage of Sun Bar, tucked on some coconut somewhere in El Nido, which says, “”We serve cold drinks here as cold as your ex.” Bato-bato sa langit, ang tamaan wag magalit. Have fun forgetting! Photo courtesy of Gianelli (check her Instragram acount, @ille.gian, for more photos). Click the photo to enlarge.