Tag Archives: Philippines

The Bells of Balangiga: A Short Documentary (Watch Video)

During the 2017 State of the Nation Address (SONA), President Rodrigo R. Duterte asked the United States of America to return the Bells of Balangiga. It might be helpful to give a short introduction about the Bells of Balangiga for the benefit of those who have no idea about the subject. Not so long ago, from 1899 to 1902, the Philippines was at war with the United States of America. The Philippines became the colony of the US. On 28 September 1901, Filipino guerrillas, who resisted the repression of the foreign occupiers, attacked US troops in the town of Balangiga, Samar. Around 48 US soldiers and 28 Filipinos died. In retaliation, US General Jacob Smith gave the following order: “I want no prisoners. I wish you to kill and burn; the more you kill and burn, the better it will please me. The interior of Samar must be made a howling wilderness.” The General ordered the killing of everyone capable of bearing arms, including boys above 10 years of age. The Balangiga Massacre followed. Filipino historians placed the death toll of Filipinos, in Samar alone arising from the Balangiga incident, at around 50,000. The three church bells of Balangiga were taken by US troops as war trophies. There is a movement for the return of the Balangiga Bells to the Philippines. Watch this short video (9:11 minutes): Continue reading The Bells of Balangiga: A Short Documentary (Watch Video)

Probinsya and the City: The Sights of the Urban and Rural Philippines

We’ve featured tons of photos of beaches, mountains and the endless outdoors which abound in this tropical paradise. Of course, the Philippines offers more than the beautiful wonders of nature. We will slowly explore these beautiful sights, starting with selected photos of the probinsya (province, or rural setting) and the city, through the eyes of the #VisitPinas community in Instagram (do follow and invite your friends to create a more vibrant community. Continue reading Probinsya and the City: The Sights of the Urban and Rural Philippines

Top 10 Types of Beach Photos at #VisitPinas

No surprise that there’s an endless flow of Instagram photos tagged #VisitPinas. The Philippines is home to some of the world’s best beaches. The well-known beaches, identified by name in travel magazines and websites, constitute only a small portion of the thousands of beautiful combination of sand, sea and sun in this tropical paradise, also called the Pearl of the Orient, the Philippines. We’ve seen thousands of these photos. The recent crop of #VisitPinas photos reveal the following angles or shots for beach photos. [Click the photos to enlarge.] Continue reading Top 10 Types of Beach Photos at #VisitPinas

Barkada Goals and the Beautiful Philippines: Photo of the Day

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

Food Tag and Philippine Destinations: 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

Talon Para kay Mayon (Mayon Volcano, Albay): 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

Memories of Summer: Warm Thoughts for the Rainy Season

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

2018 Holidays: Official List of Philippine Holidays

We’re almost done with 2016 and we’re running out of 2017 holidays (see full list of 2017 holidays), so it’s always a good idea to plan the vacation schedule for the incoming year, 2017. No work, just time to travel on these non-working holidays. So, per Proclamation No. 269, series of 2017, here’s the official list of the nationwide holidays for 2018: Continue reading 2018 Holidays: Official List of Philippine Holidays

Video: “Sights” (Experience the Philippines, It’s More Fun in the Philippines)

The newest tourism ad campaign of the Philippines, released to coincide with the 119th celebration of Independence Day, is entitled “Sights.” This, according to the Department of Tourism (DoT), is a call to action (“Experience the Philippines“) under the bigger It’s More Fun of the Philippines. The video ends with the quote “Life Feels Better When With Filipinos.” To recall, when the tagline/ad campaign It’s More Fun of the Philippines was released, it was criticized for being subpar to the old one (“WoW Philippines”) and is purportedly a copycat of another country’s old campaign. The same criticisms are being thrown against the “Sights” campaign. Watch the video and tell us what you think. Continue reading Video: “Sights” (Experience the Philippines, It’s More Fun in the Philippines)

Be a Beach Bum at the Manjuyod Sandbar (Bais, Negros Oriental): Photo of the Day

We’re on the safe side when we say everbody loves the beach. Ok, perhaps not everybody, but almost everybody, and we bet if you’re reading this, you’re most likely a beach bum. Or a beach lover. Now, imagine enjoying the beach the whole day, frolicking in crystal-clear waters off the the town of Bais, Negros Oriental, then, at the end of the day, going home to the same beach? Or sandbar, to be more specific. That’s the Manjuyod Sandbar, a 7-kilometer stretch of white sand in the middle of the sea, around 15 minutes by boat from the mainland, with huts that can be rented for overnight stays through the Bais City Tourism Office. The sandbar disappears during high tide (imagine waking up in the morning and jumping straight into the sea) and reappears during low tide (imagine forgetting that it’s low tide and jumping into the sea). It’s oftentimes called the “Maldives of the Philippines,” although we’re undecided whether we should be happy with the label (the Philippines has the best beaches in the world, so what’s the point of comparing it to Maldives?). Here, look at this photo by Damzel (check her Instagram account, @missdamzel, for more photos). Click the photo to enlarge. Continue reading Be a Beach Bum at the Manjuyod Sandbar (Bais, Negros Oriental): Photo of the Day