Tag Archives: Photo of the Day

Photo of the Day: Anilao Stroll

We don’t know why JohnJohnJohn (johnnylegendary) would want to say his name not only once, not only twice, but thrice. We also don’t know why he’d do the same thing for ManilaManilaManila and HolaHolaHola. We can tell you, however, why we whispered WowWowWow when we saw his photo while taking a leisurely stroll in Anilao, Batangas. The reason? That stroll is simply amazing. Yep, that’s how they take a stroll in Anilao, a diving haven near Manila. No amount of catwalk walk (uhm, how else can you say that?) can surpass how cool the Anilao stroll is. The only way you can “out-cool” this stroll is to take a stroll underwater — freediving — in one of the best diving paradise in the world, the Philippines. No need to do it for 5 minutes, like the Badjao of the southern Philippines. Here, look at his photo (click photo to enlarge): Continue reading Photo of the Day: Anilao Stroll

Photo of the Day: Parrot’s Beak

Pico de Loro means Parrot’s Beak in Spanish. Pico de Loro also refers to a peak in the province of Batangas, also referred to as Mt. Pico de Loro. Parrot’s Beak, on the other hand, refers to the rock protrusion in the heart of Mt. Pico de Loro. We have no idea how to get up there, but we know that it can be done, as shown in this awesome photo from Milton Sabino (_tonsworld). Time to include it in your bucket list. Here’s the photo (click to enlarge): Continue reading Photo of the Day: Parrot’s Beak

Photo of the Day: Endless Sunrise/Sunset

An infinity pool — which is “a swimming or reflecting pool that produces a visual effect of water extending to the horizon, vanishing, or extending to infinity” — is pretty easy to spot. No two infinity pools are the same, of course, but if we add the gorgeous Philippine sunset or sunrise to the scene, the task of differentiating infinity pools becomes extra difficult. To illustrate, take a look at these two photos. We first encountered the photo snapped by Jaymie del Fonso (jam0i). It’s the infinity pool of Shangri-La Mactan at sunset. It’s a beachside resort, yet it resembles the beautiful view of clouds blanketing the highest peak in Luzon, Mt. Plug. It’s like the sky has descended to allow earthlings a limited moment to enjoy heavenly beauty. Look at this photo (click photo to enlarge): Continue reading Photo of the Day: Endless Sunrise/Sunset

Photo of the Day: Freedivers and Mermaids

It is said that mankind knows more about the outer space than earth’s ocean. Perhaps this mystery is the reason why we love images of the underwater world. Just the images, though, because we can’t really venture much below surface. Not with scuba diving; much more with free diving. Four seconds or so after submerging, the gag reflex takes over. We can never be graceful underwater, we thought. That’s why we remain in awe with beautiful sea photos like this graceful freedive in Palawan‘s Siete Pecados — courtesy of the lovely Ferina Santos (ferinasantos), a surfer and a diver (and, judging by the ease by which she glides underwater, perhaps a mermaid). Here’s the photo (click photo to enlarge): Continue reading Photo of the Day: Freedivers and Mermaids

Photo of the Day: Coconut in Paradise

We don’t know why, but we find a simple sight — like a coconut aimlessly floating in the sea– absolutely interesting. And beautiful. Perhaps it’s about the thought of how amazing it is for coconuts to float across oceans and grow in a small island in the middle of nowhere. Perhaps it’s the parallelism of how, in the greater scheme of things, our lives reflect the randomness of the coconut’s fate (except for the fact that coconuts don’t make decisions). Perhaps it’s because this particular coconut, here immortalized in a photo snapped by CJ (carmen_jean25, a lady who loves coffee and art, and hopes to write and illustrate books someday), is floating near an island that was formally recognized as the best in the world earlier this year: Palawan. Or perhaps it’s all about the strong sense of wonder that is common among fellow wanderers, the same outlook that enables wanderers to find happiness in the journey itself and not only the destination. We can’t really put a finger on it, as we said. Here, look at this photo (click photo to enlarge) and tell us what comes through YOUR mind: Continue reading Photo of the Day: Coconut in Paradise

Photo of the Day: Serene Anawangin

There is little doubt that Anawangin Cove, found in the province of Zambales, is gorgeous. It has the green pine trees against the golden brown hills, with the smooth black beach pounded by strong waves. When we went to this enchanted cove, we only had less than an afternoon.  We didn’t stay the whole day or the whole evening, which left us with a sinking feeling (no pun intended to the purported rip current of Anawangin) that there are countless beautiful photographs we missed. Scenes like this one, preserved in an amazing photo by byaherangmanilenya. Verily, Anawangin Cove is not simply a beach. It’s not simply a camping or picnic ground. It’s  a fertile ground for photo enthusiasts like byaherangmanilenya and her significant other. Here’s the photo of serene Anawangin Cove (click to enlarge): Continue reading Photo of the Day: Serene Anawangin

Photo of the Day: Cliffhanger in El Nido

You’ve probably heard about the “little” news that the gorgeous beach paradise of Palawan has been cited as the BEST in the whole WORLD by a travel magazine. You probably have been there yourself and can personally vouch how lovely this tropical paradise is. We’ve been to certain areas of Palawan but we truly believe that we can’t see all of it in one lifetime. We’ve stumbled on two fellow wanderers who took home beautiful souvenirs of El Nido. Here’s the more interesting part — we think (of course, we could be wrong, so please feel free to confirm our mistake or confirm if we’re correct) that these photos were taken in the same spot, the reason why, for the second time since we’ve been doing the #PhotoOfTheDay, this space is shared by two individuals (click photo to enlarge): Continue reading Photo of the Day: Cliffhanger in El Nido

Photo of the Day: Turtle Dude

What would you do if you get punched by someone? Yes, you’ll most likely fight back or, if that person happens to be Manny Pacquiao, complain to the authorities. Now, what happens if you go snorkeling and, while in the process of enjoying the underwater scene, you get punched by — of all creatures of this world — a sea turtle? What would you do? We must admit the question made us pause for a second or two. Our kababayan, Rizza Diaz (rizzadiaz), bravely fought back by, well, taking photos and sending a lot of love to the cool turtle dude. She was in Apo Island, she said, and we had to do a little bit of sleuthing to learn that it’s the Apo Island Marine Reserve in Negros Oriental. Oh, you want proof of the sea turtle encounter? Here’s the photo (click photo to enlarge): Continue reading Photo of the Day: Turtle Dude

Photo of the Day: Papaya River, Mt. Mariveles

In this modern day focused on steel and concrete monstrosities called cities, it’s refreshing to see living, breathing rivers. It may be hard to believe that one can drink fresh water direct from an actual river but we’ve stumbled into one such river — in instagram. This river, with a photo posted by arjaysalvani (he says he just “shoots wherever, whatever, whenever”), goes by a strange name — Papaya River. At first we thought he’s pulling our leg when he labelled it the Papaya River, a river which turned out to be a part of a mountaineering adventure in Mt. Mariveles (Bataan). Look at this photo (click photo to enlarge): Continue reading Photo of the Day: Papaya River, Mt. Mariveles

Photo of the Day: Beach, Boat, Sea and the Panglao Sky

Life is awesome, said the lovely fanne22, who snapped this beautiful photo while at the Bellevue Resort in Panglao, Bohol. For the most part, however, we easily forget how awesome life is, getting too caught up in our daily grind. We cease to appreciate the little pleasures, like the view of the gentle sea. As we navigate life’s endless ocean, we prefer to stay tied to the shore, preferring the safety of dry land as compared to the adventure — and risk — brought by exploring the vast sea. As beautifully phrased in the poem/prayer attributed to Sir Francis Drake: “Disturb us, Lord, when we are too well pleased with ourselves, when our dreams have come true because we have dreamed too little, when we arrived safely because we sailed too close to the shore…” Here’s the photo (click to enlarge): Continue reading Photo of the Day: Beach, Boat, Sea and the Panglao Sky