We all know that Siargao, with its lovely waves and idyllic views, is hands-down the surfing capital of the Philippines. Not everbody knows, however, that the islands off Siargao can match any other 7,100+ islands of the Philippines when it comes to powder-white sand and crystal-clear waters. This much we see in Guyam Island, one of the three popular islands in Siargao. The Naked Island and Daku Island complete the group. Now, look at this photo by Fonci (check his Instagram acount, @rayfonci, for more awesome photos). Perhaps you’ll think that it’s just the beach and the sky, but look closely and you’ll see that what you might think as the beach, is actually the white sand UNDER the crystal-clear water. Awesome, right? Time to visit Siargao. Click the photo to enlarge. Continue reading Crystal-Clear Waters of Guyam Island, Siargao: 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
There are many amazing ways to look at the gorgeous Kalanggaman Island, or Kalanggaman sandbar, off the coast of Palompon, Leyte (can also be accessed through Cebu) — aerial shot, underwater shot, jump shot, and just about any angle you can imagine. Whatever the angle is, we can bet our traveling foot that the photograph will turn out beautiful, like this photo by Bert Al Fronte Millendez (check his Instagram acount, @alfro20, for more photos). Powder-white sand, clear waters, blue sky, warm tropical sun. It takes around an hour of boat ride to this small sandbar, so there’s a feeling of seclusion (except that you’ll most likely be joined by other tourists also seeking to get a taste of this island-paradise). We’ve been planning to visit this sandbar last year, but the travel gods have other plans for us. Most likely this year. Most likely we’ll encounter you there? See you in paradise. Click the photo to enlarge. Continue reading Walk in Paradise at Kalanggaman Sandbar, Leyte: 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
We distinctly remember that scene in the movie Gladiator, where Russell Crowe was dreaming of walking home, his hands touching the golden wheats on the expansive field. It’s a scene about death, sadly, but it illustrates our longing to get home and spend time in what we consider paradise. Our featured photo is not of wheat, but rice — golden and ripe for harvest, somewhere in Candijay, Bohol. There’s rice, being the staple food, in practically every corner of the Philippines, but as noted in one of our conversations, it’s not what you look at, but what you see. You don’t see the golden rice of Bohol in isolation from the fine beaches, the wondrous chocolate hills, and all the sights and sounds of this amazing island. You appreciate the crispness of the golden color in the middle of this island paradise. Simply beautiful. Photo courtesy of Nataniel and Maria Evelyn (check their Instagram acount, @wandernshoot, for more photos). Click the photo to enlarge. Continue reading Golden Harvest in Bohol: Photo of the Day
With thousands of islands comprising the Philippine archipelago, travelers won’t run out of islands to hop around. This is the reason why we don’t really have to ask where these islands are, like in this photo by Nikki Marie Marquez (check her Instragram acount, @nikkimariehere, for more photos), because we can safely assume that the level of fun would still be the same. Here’s what you do: get a boat or banca, stuff it with your friends and family, and go see some islands — white sand, black sand, orange sand, you name it. It’s a great weekend fun adventure that will provide you with happy memories to last the entire week, or month, or the whole year. That’s only one of the reasons why, ladies and gentlemen, it’s more fun in the Philippines. But first, head on over to the Philippines. If you’re lucky, you’d catch the Miss Universe beauties visiting one of the islands. Have fun! Click the photo to enlarge.
Imagine an island, with white-flour sand gleaming under the year-round embrace of the tropical sun, with its crystal clear waters overflowing with happiness enough for all who wish to enjoy paradise. It’s called Boracay. And at night, as darkness sets in, expected to dim the scene and douse the energy of everyone, the beach gently glows in lazy warm-yellow glow emanting from under the coconut trees. The party is just starting. Wish we’re in Boracay right now. Good thing we can see it through the lens of Oliver Gumboc (check his Instagram account, @whereisoyi for other photos). Click the photo to enlarge.
We’ve featured a lot of stories and photos about the gorgeous Boracay, one of the best beaches in the world (the Philippines has more than one beach listed among the world’s best beaches, in case you want to explore more). But we’ll never get tired of admiring its beauty. We’re in awe even if we see the same views, even better if the same beauty is captured in another perspective. Like this shot of the paraw (outrigger) and the sunset of Boracay, courtesy of Emma Dougan, who is currently in the Philippines, fulfilling her dream of traveling Asia and working around the world (visit her instagram site, edougan91, for other beautiful photos). Click photo to enlarge. Continue reading Paraw, Sunset, Beach, Beauty, Boracay: Photo of the Day
What we see of a photo depends equally on what’s important to us and to the one who took the shot. For hard-core surfers who frequent the surfing capital of the Philipppines, Siargao in Surigao del Norte, the focus might be the waves. Those who appreciate the island vibe might focus on the food and the beer, consumed right off the beach. Some might take a shot with perfect proportions. The photo featured here, snapped by Daniela (visit her instagram site, dani_negreda, for other beautiful photos), appears to focus on the clouds (hey, it’s Cloud 9 in Siargao) and, of course, the majesty of the setting (or rising?) sun. There’s so much more we see, but we prefer you tell us through the comment section, or see the place for ourselves. Click photo to enlarge. Continue reading Surf and Beauty in Cloud 9, Siargao: Photo of the Day
We asked our kid what pops in his mind the first time he saw this photo. His answer is, uhm, brilliant: “I don’t know. A hammock?” Yes, it’s a hammock, silly, but look closer. Try this — smile, then squint your eyes and look at the photo, you’ll actually see the tropical universe smiling back at you. You don’t see it? Try opening your mind. The beauty of travel, as in photography, is the option to see the bigger picture or the focused view, even at the same time, and to see what is there or to see with one’s imagination. This no-frill hammock is daring us to kick our feet up, take time off from the daily grind, and relax. We hear the soft, salty breeze and Bobby McFerrin crooning “don’t worry, be happy.” Fortunately for us, Mike Plana graciously agreed that we feature this photo he snapped in Sabang, Puerto Princesa, Palawan (check his Instagram account for more awesome photos). So, going back, look at the photo again and tell us what you see. Click the photo to enlarge. Continue reading The Smiling Hammock of Sabang, Puerto Princesa: Photo of the Day