How’s your shower this morning? Refreshing? Got one of those showerheads with power nozzles that massage your scalp while you rinse your hair? We don’t have one. We have something even better. And it’s way much cheaper, and way so much more fun, than ’em showerheads. It’s called Tangadan Falls, just one of the beautiful waterfalls you’ll find in the Philippines. Tangadan Falls is located in the town of San Gabriel, La Union, which brings in the awesome bonus of being a few minutes away from the surf scene of the north, San Juan, La Union (just have to add that it one of our favorite spot, Kahuna). It’s like hitting two birds with one stone. Want to see our shower? Here’s a photo courtesy of Jan Gomez Villanueva (check his Instagram acount, @jan_gv). Click the photo to enlarge. Continue reading Go Shower in Tangadan Falls (San Gabriel, La Union): Photo of the Day
It’s amazing how you can find both extremes, soothing tranquility and loud fun, all in one neat package called the Philippines. It’s easy to find peace and quiet in some secluded beach or a mountain resort, and it’s normal to assume that the metropolis is always loud. But if you look hard enough, you’ll find a few oasis of tranquility in the city, even in a bustling new center of commerce called the Bonifacio Global City (BGC). At the far end of BGC (not really the middle), adjoining the recently controversial Libingan ng mga Bayani, is the serene resting place to honor the U.S. soldiers who perished during World War II in this side of the world — the Manila American Cemetery and Memorial. There you will see, as shown in this photo from ryebertz (check his Instagram acount, @ryebertz), the neat rows of white markers against the backdrop of BGC’s skyscrapers. Click the photo to enlarge. Continue reading Tranquility in the middle of BGC: Photo of the Day
Ulap, in Filipino, means cloud, so we won’t be surprised if a favorite mountaineering) destination, Mt. Ulap got its name from the blanket of clouds that cloaks the ridge, as shown in this photo from Joseph Poblete (check his Instagram acount, @sephlog). Beautiful and mysterious, isn’t it? Still, as they say about beauty, it’s something you strive for and work on. This is particularly true in mountain climbing, a sport not for the faint of heart. Mt. Ulap rises 1,846 meters in Itogon, Benguet, gauged by the Pinoy Mountaineer with a 3/9 level of difficulty. When you get fog or clouds, plus the low temperatures and strong wind in the area, you’ll probably need more than a thin yellow raincoat to keep you warm and get you going. As Joseph puts it, using a familiar expression, #TheStruggleIsReal. Click the photo to enlarge. Continue reading Cloudy Mt. Ulap: Photo of the Day
“Of beaches and mountains, and everything else in between,” says Cherry Suarez (check her Instagram acount, @cherrysuarez, for more awesome photos). Can’t blame her for the love of beaches and mountains. The Philippines, you see, has lots of those. One of the most breathtaking climbs, one perfect summit to commune with nature or even do some soul-searching, is Mt. Pulag. We’ve written quite a few about Mt. Pulag, and we can’t promise that we won’t add some more. It’s just gorgeous, absolutely beautiful. With an altitude of 2,922 metres (9,587 feet) at its peak, Mt. Pulag is the third highest mountain in the Philippines. That means you get to see the sunrise, the best time to hit the summit, above the clouds. How’s that for some serious soul-searching> Click the photo to enlarge. Continue reading Soul-Searching at Mt. Pulag: Photo of the Day
The Pacific Ocean; the largest ocean in the world, birthplace of typhoons, and home of the deepest part of any body of water, the Marianas Trench. If you can’t imagine the raw power that comes out of the Pacific Ocean, just remember the strongest recorded typhoon to have hit land, Typhoon Yolanda (International Name: Haiyan), which hit the Philippines some time ago. Now imagine if you’re a piece of rock protruding at the edge of the Philippines, facing the Pacific Ocean and receiving the brunt of its strength, what happens to you? If you’re brave enough (and can’t move because, well, you’re a rock), you get polished, you grow beautiful. That’s what you’ll see when you get to the Biri Rock Formation (Norther Samar), a beautifully alien world that should remind you that things of beauty, like diamonds, are created under the harshest conditions. So, hang tough. Photo courtesy of Makoy Ruizo (check his Instragram acount, @makoysworld, for more photos). Click the photo to enlarge.
Pop quiz: What’s the tallest bridge in the Philippines? Nope, not the San Juanico Bridge. Just because the San Juanico bridge is featured here, doesn’t mean it’s the tallest bridge. That distinction belongs to another bridge in Southern Leyte, the Agas-Agas bridge. San Juanico bridge, on the other hand, holds the distinction of being the longest bridge in the Philippines, 2.16 kilometers in length, traversing the San Juanico Strait and connecting the big islands of Samar and Leyte. It’s part of the Pan-Philippine Highway (also known as the Maharlika Highway), the one you use to travel by RoRo (Roll-On, Roll-Off ships) from any point of Luzon to Mindanao, via Visayas. That’s a route that cuts across the entire Philippines. Photo courtesy of Jhe Rizada (check his Instragram acount, @jheography, for more photos). Click the photo to enlarge.
If you ask RaychRV to propose a surefire solution to the Metro Manila traffic mess, she’ll probably reply that the “fastest way to get around Manila” is a broomstick. Come to think of it, Harry Potter and his gang experienced absolutely no traffic problem in Hogwarts or anywhere they go, courtesy of the Nimbus 2000. We know J.K Rowling’s bestseller is a work of fantasy, but RaychRV (check her Instragram acount, @raych1009, for more photos) looks like she can do the same thing, while at the same time enjoying the view at the Pililla Windmills – Rizal Wind Farm located in Tanay, Rizal. You should try it sometime — no, not flying around the metro riding a broomstick, but snapping a cool shot while at the Pililla Windmills. Looks fun. Click the photo to enlarge. Continue reading Flyby Pililla Windmills – Rizal Wind Farm: 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.
If there’s island hopping, an activity as normal in the Philippine archipelago as breathing, there’s also such as thing as hills hopping. Okay, we’ve made that up, but how do you explain this photo by ninthveno (check his Instragram acount, @ninthveno, for more photos), apparently jumping from one Chocolate Hill to another? Looks pretty awesome if you ask us. Imagine the computer game Super Mario Brothers, except that Mario and Luigi would be jumping on hundreds of Chocolate Hills of Bohol (if they get tired, they can just relax on the gorgeous beaches of Panglao). So, come visit the Philippines; you’ll never run out of things to do or see. 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.