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Photo of the Day: Parol ng Pinoy

A parol or lantern, or what others refer to as a Christmas star (although it’s important to remember that a lantern is not limited in shape as a star), is a common sight in the Philippines, a warm country with the longest Christmas celebration in whole world (some say Philippine Christmas season starts with the “ber” months, September 1, while others say it officially starts on the First Advent, which happens to be today, the reason why we’re featuring the parol). So what makes a parol stand out from the crowd? We really don’t know, but somehow this particular photo of a parol captured our attention. This parol looks really simple, not the most expensive or the most ostentatious in the parol universe, for sure. Maybe our choice is based on this simplicity, yet this parol exudes the colors and warmth of Christmas, an occasion special to Filipinos — it’s one of the few events when you expect Filipinos to move heaven and earth to get home. For Filipinos, Christmas is, in large part, about the family. It is thus not surprising for this special photo to come from a “super dooper happy mom and wife,” like Jade “Jing” Barcas (jade_anne03). Look at this photo (click photo to enlarge): Continue reading Photo of the Day: Parol ng Pinoy

Photo of the Day: Philippine Alps

One of the main reasons why we love Baguio and Dahilayan is the sight, and smell, of pine trees. There’s just something wonderful about pines trees. And snow, which somehow evokes a lovely image of the alps with its cozy chalets. Maybe it’s like the usual Christmas / winter sight which we all love. Maybe it’s the mixture of deep green and clean white. Maybe its the cold temperate associated with snow, alps or winter. Whatever the reason is, we simply love that sight. Now, imagine the same sight — except without that white snow — and imagine it in the Philippines (closer to Metro Manila than Baguio and Dahilayan). What do you get? The lovely view of the Tagaytay Highlands. Can’t imagine it? Here, look at the nice photo (click to enlarge) by Vera (iamveravenus): Continue reading Photo of the Day: Philippine Alps

Photo of the Day: Philippines 101

The very first time we saw Miguel de Dios‘ (autumnedout) photo of a Philippine map wonderfully presented on the world-renowned Boracay sand, we thought we have discovered a creative tool to aid students in learning geography. A eureka moment, really. Geography is not the most exciting subject in school, truth be told (especially considering that our politicians make our student lives more miserable by constantly rearranging boundaries to suit their sphere of influence). It’s not an excuse not to learn, of course, but imagine how much more exciting it is for kids to learn geography by requiring them to PLAY on a beach and create a relief map of the Philippines. It doesn’t have to be in Boracay — the Philippines is gifted with 7,107 beautiful islands that host world-class beaches. Just a playful thought, but imagine if we can find a way to have that, then someone won’t be dedicating this photo to his “geography teacher who said I didn’t have it in me.” Right, Miguel? =) Here’s the cool photo (click photo to enlarge):

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Photo of the Day: Sardine Run

We remember a movie called “Chicken Run.” It’s a movie about, well, a bunch of chickens. Just recently, on the other hand, we came across a photo of Mary Tariman (miri020988) which she says involves a “sardine run.” It’s a photo of, well, sardines. And Mary trying to run, er, swim after them. Sardines, of course, swim. They don’t really run. Whoever coined the term “sardine run” must have a healthy sense of humor. Or maybe because the billions of sardines involved in a sardine run, associated with the migration of sardines in southern Africa, look like a huge mass of something running when viewed up in the air. We’re not really sure. We’re sure, however, that Mary was freediving in Moalboal (Cebu) when she had her version of running, er, swimming after a school of sardines (but only after taking a selfie). Love it! Here’s the cool photo (click to enlarge): Continue reading Photo of the Day: Sardine Run

Photo of the Day: Oslob Road

There are a couple of truths that we’ve confirmed as we grow older. Work, for instance, becomes a chore without fun. People are also more productive when they are having fun. Well, at least that’s what we believe. A month ago since we opened our instagram account, we did not anticipate how fun it is to look at photos of the Philippines snapped by fellow wanderers. We get the occasional fun puzzle of looking at photos which look similar, like that memory game of flipping over cards and matching the same photo. Take, for instance, the photo of Gisela (itsgisela_) who is comfortably sitting in the MIDDLE of the road with this caption “relaks lang, darating din ang bus.” Another one of the wonderful buwis-buhay fun selfies, we thought (don’t be fooled, however, in thinking that there are no vehicles passing this way…this is a road in Oslob, Cebu, now a busy place because of people wanting to see the butanding). Look at this photo (click photo to enlarge): Continue reading Photo of the Day: Oslob Road

Photo of the Day: Waves of Baler

We haven’t been to Baler but we know it’s one of the favored destinations by surfers because of its big waves. It’s really understandable for people to assume that because we’ve mentioned Baler, we’ll be featuring a surfboard on the beach, or a surfer gracefully navigating (is that how it’s called?) the powerful waves, or a beautiful wipeout. We’ve seen a lot of those photos and we’ll definitely feature some of them in the weeks to come (do tag us with your surfing photo, ok?). But before we feature the surfboards or the surfers, we’ll feature the waves. Feel free to please describe, for the benefit of the community, the waves of Baler (use the comment section below). Right now, we have this description from the lovely lady Amiel A (amieleima), shown running for her life from the Baler waves (ok, we’re just making up the running part): “10ft waves in rage! Swear it looks small from the shore but when you get closer it’s really huge!” Can’t see the 10-foot waves? Look closer at the photo below (click the photo to enlarge). Better still, go visit Baler! Travel time! Continue reading Photo of the Day: Waves of Baler

Photo of the Day: Fresh Coconut

The Philippines is the top producer of coconuts in the whole world (well, No. 1 or No. 2 depending on the list), which simply means, aside from the fact that the top producers of coconut water flock to this country, that Filipinos know how “fresh” looks and tastes like when it comes to coconuts. We find it hard to believe any bottle or container which has “fresh” written on it. If you want fresh coconut, you eat the fruit immediately after being harvested from the coconut tree. You don’t really need a spoon or any utensil. You fashion a device, right out of the coconut husk, that you use to scrape and scoop the coco meat, the same device you use like a spoon. How about the coco water, you ask? Well, no need for a cup or glass. A true coconut connoisseur knows how to slice a small hole through the husk/shell before opening the coconut in half. Anyway, we find it pleasantly amusing to see the biodegradable “device” — fashioned out of the coconut itself — from the instagram account of a fashion designer / fashion stylist, Jessica Joy Juaño (j4juano). And what’s better than eating really fresh coconut (we call “buko”)? Eating the coconut on a white beach somewhere in the Philippines. Here’s the photo (click to enlarge): Continue reading Photo of the Day: Fresh Coconut

Photo of the Day: Manila Yacht Club

The first image that comes to mind with Manila Yacht Club is, of course, the collection of lovely yachts huddled in an enclosure. It’s a sight of opulence, a playground for the rich and famous. The last thing that could be attached to a yacht club, especially for outsiders, is a beautiful place to mirror the absolutely gorgeous Manila Bay sunset. Mario in the streets (happyninjamoves) — a photography buff who also does photoshoot / ootd’s (check his gallery for other nice shots) — gives us a glimpse of that beautiful Manila Bay sunset. It’s a double treat, with the sunset reflected on the sea surface. A truly wonderful sight (even if it seems to be common, as we can glean from happyninjamoves‘s reference to the “walang kamatayang manila yatch club”). Look at this photo (click photo to enlarge): Continue reading Photo of the Day: Manila Yacht Club

Photo of the Day: Naked Island

The “naked” in Naked Island, located in Siargao, does not refer to the people in it, but to the fact that there’s practically nothing on it. We can ask RMADJ (loneadventureseeker), who says that she’s an all-around worker, adventure seeker, lone traveler, fashion enthusiast, photography lover, aspiring astronaut and, most important of all, a mermaid. She chose to arrive fully clothed on the Naked Island but still came out with this cool photo — lovely pose, modest smile, and that beautiful Naked Island. When you choose to get here, it’s not a bad idea to try out surfing — Siargao, after all, is a surfing paradise in the Philippines. Here’s the photo (click photo to enlarge): Continue reading Photo of the Day: Naked Island

Photo of the Day: Astronaut On Duty

“Pint-sized dreamer” from Metro Manila. That’s how celarban describes herself. Nope, she’s not in that astronaut suit, a cool item in display at the Mind Museum. She’s celarban, a lady with a self-confessed hang-over from the movie Interstellar and a dream to escape to the stars with “you” — whoever that special someone is (or will be). Anyway, we’ve been to the Mind Museum a couple of times and we won’t mind coming back for more. It’s a destination that we highly recommend for kids and adults alike (but school children will enjoy this more). One day is really not enough to fully explore and enjoy the entire museum.  We’ve seen the astronaut display and the outer space section. We have photos of each, but we never, ever figured out taking a photo of the astronaut with the stars on the ceiling, like what celarban did. For that sharp eye alone, she deserves to be featured. It looks amazing! Here’s the photo (click photo to enlarge): Continue reading Photo of the Day: Astronaut On Duty