We’ve seen hundreds of great surfing photos. We’ve seen many awesome photos in better known surfing havens like Siargao and Baler. We’d feature those photos, hopefully within the days of summer, but let’s start the ball rolling (or shall we say, waves rolling?) with this one, a quick glimpse of a free-spirited surfing newbie, Pamela Jane Ducusin (@itspamelajane, check her gallery for more awesome photos), showing her stuff at Bagasbas Beach, Daet, Camarines Norte. It’s not really among the usual great shots — veteran surfers getting wiped out by thunderous waves, or cool sun-tanned wahini gracefully guiding the surf board through the angry sea. But there’s something about this photo, this lovely lady, Pamela. There’s that tilted body (probably because of the weight and size of that board) that goes with that bright smile — it’s the satisfied and giddy smile of someone who has gone beyond the white waves and came back in one piece. Oh, well, we can’t possibly fully explain the emotion. Why don’t you guys head out to the Philippines’ surf destinations, experience it first-hand, and then come back to tell us how it feels. Click the photo to enlarge: Continue reading Photo of the Day: Surfing Fun
One trait of a Filipino traveler is the strong adherence to the time-honored principle of pasalubong, or the irresistible urge to bring home an item — be it food or other knickknacks that is associated with the destination. Another trait would be the sweet tooth. The Philippines is a haven of everything sweet. These are the reasons why, we’ve recently realized, it’s surprising that we haven’t featured any food item as Photo of the Day. This has to change, we thought, when we came across this beautifully strange photo by @cjaypatron (check his instagram account for more photos). It reminds us of the rich colors of the Philippines, from fun halo-halo to traditional capiz-square windows. @cjaypatron found this colorful treat in Lucban, Quezon (which is famous for its Pahiyas Festival), a cross between pastillas and marshmallows. Pastimallows, in short. Now, give it a try next time you’re in Lucban. Click the photo to enlarge: Continue reading Photo of the Day: Pastimallows, Anyone?
A trek to Mt. Pinatubo, which ranks high among the most destructive volcanic eruptions in the Philippines or in the world, is in our travel bucket list. We could imagine that the trek to the mouth of this volcano is not a walk in the park, but we’ve gathered that it’s going to be awesome (for nature buffs, at least). We could imagine that trekkers should be ready to sweat it out, which is ok because something this beautiful should not be conquered lightly. Then, of course, for the purists who would choose to shun the 4×4 ride and insist on the old-school trek towards the crater, it looks like a challenge to keep dry with the waterways to cross, as we could gather from this photo of 365postcardsoftravel (who says she’s a dreamer, an optimist, a hobbyist photographer and backpacker, an aspiring musician, a work in progress, and a student/lover of life and success; check her instagram account for more photos). We’ll conquer Mt. Pinatubo one of these days, and when we do, you bet your neon-yellow backpack that we won’t be dry. Click the photo to enlarge: Continue reading Photo of the Day: Keeping Dry in Pinatubo
No, you’re not required to have ripped abs to enjoy the crystal-clear waters of Cancalanog Falls, found in the town of Algeria, Cebu. It’s a bonus that Hary Noel (ph.noel, who is a shutterbug, barista, coffee maniac, nature devotee, adventure seeker, and pathfinder) has some abs to show with what he calls “when it is blue, it is deep” fresh water of Brgy. Compostela. with a wanderer’s mindset and enough patience, anyone can seek and enjoy what the Philippines has to offer in terms of travel fun (but we’d certainly love to explore growing some abs to complement the awesome vistas of the Philippines; ahem, just wait and see). Click the photo to enlarge: Continue reading Photo of the Day: When it is Blue, it is Deep (Cancalanog Falls)
There’s something serene or romantic about sitting at the edge of a pier or pond, hanging and moving the feet through the air; a bonus that the toes would gently touch the water. It’s probably difficult to explain why, and we invite you to hit us with your best explanation through the comment section below, but we don’t have to belabor that point. It’s serene. Or romantic. And it’s cool. Now, imagine how cool it would be to do the same thing on top of the clouds and pine trees in Benguet. Can’t picture it out? Here, look at this photo of Burft Marko Sunguad (@burft), a dreamer from Manila who happens to be a photographer, videographer and layout artist. Click the photo to enlarge: Continue reading Photo of the Day: Hanging Cool
It’s not surprising that the ubiquitous jeepney, the King of the Road in the Philippines, is somewhat better depicted in its representations. It is, after all, one of the icons in Philippine travel, a constant feature in souvenir shops. One such reincarnation is a restaurant tissue holder (in Jeepney Boodle Fight along Maginhawa Street, QC), here captured by Janine Realubit (@janinerealubit), who is apparently proud of three things — arki, FEU and photography. We won’t be surprised if she’d associate the jeepney with That Thing Called Tadhana, which is a movie gushing with mushiness we can’t help but fall in love with the Philippines. C’mon, tell us, who doesn’t love this movie? We enjoyed the sceneneries of the Philippines — Manila, Baguio and Sagada — equally with the kilig moments). But, hey, back to the jeepney (which was the mode of transport, in the movie, from Baguio to Sagada). Click the photo to enlarge: Continue reading Photo of the Day: Philippine Jeepney
We may make fun of traffic in Metro Manila but it’s one thing that will test your patience to the very edge. However, we’re not talking about normal traffic here. When we say “light traffic,” we mean the graceful flow of vehicle lights captured in beautiful night photography. It’s a skill that can be learned, yes, but it’s naturally a skill that doesn’t come with the mere purchase of the camera (or, in most instagram users, smart phones). We haven’t tried “traffic light” photography yet, so we’ll look at the cool photo by Mark Joseph Lalata (@mark.joseph.lalata; check his ig account for other nice photos). This intersection is near Quiapo Church (home of the Black Nazarene). The road at the bottom leads to Quezon City while the fork to the right goes up the Quezon Bridge, going to the Manila City Hall and the Manila Central Post Office. Click photo to enlarge: Continue reading Photo of the Day: Light Traffic