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Top 10 Philippine Destinations for the Heartbroken this Valentines

Valentines Day is around the corner. While studies have shown that the worst time, the most depressing period, for the heartbroken segment of our society is actually Christmas (ever wondered why “Pasko na Sinta Ko” is popular during Christmas?), we don’t really get to talk much about sad things during the season of joy. But heartbreaks and breakups are fair topics during Valentines. So, if you’re going through a rough patch this Valentines Day, if you’re heartbroken, or if you’ve long been single without much luck in the love department, here are the best places to go in the Philippines or things to do in the Philippines in order to heal that broken heart, all courtesy, of course, of our VisitPinas community (in instagram and facebook; we don’t imply that the folks featured here are heartbroken, they just have some cool photos). Continue reading Top 10 Philippine Destinations for the Heartbroken this Valentines

Float in Wonder at the Wonderful Cave (Bolinao, Pangasinan): Photo of the Day

Eun hit it right on the head when she said, “Sometimes there’s too much beauty in the world, I feel like I can’t take it, like my heart’s going to CAVE in…WONDERFUL!!!”. Pun intended. Here she is at the Wonderful Cave in the town of Bolinao, Pangasinan (check her Instagram account, @eur_highness, for more photos), one of the three caves (the other two, Cindy’s Cave and Enchanted Cave) that attract visitors of Pangasinan who want spelunking as part of their itineraries. Some people note that the maintenance of Wonderful Cave should be improved (let us know if it’s ok now) but there is consensus that the cool fresh water at the bottom is perfect for a quick dip. Click the photo to enlarge. Continue reading Float in Wonder at the Wonderful Cave (Bolinao, Pangasinan): Photo of the Day

Fresh Strawberries and Yoghurt in Sagada: Photo of the Day

This photo by Jovic FerrerImages (check his Instagram account, @ferrerimages, for more photos) comes with a simple caption: “Yoghurt with fresh strawberries and honey. At Strawberry Cafe, Sagada, Mountain Province, Philippines.” It’s deceptively simple, though. While anyone can get strawberries at their favorite supermarket, these ones are picked fresh from the nearby gardens. And while anyone can have yoghurt-strawberries combo as a treat, it’s just a mere icing on the cake, so to speak, in Sagada. You see, you don’t go to Sagada for the strawberries. It’s just a bonus. You go there for the cool mountain air, the sprawling mountain views littered with pine trees, and, of course, the lovely spelunking adventures. Even Batman would love Sagada. You go to Sagada to fall in love with nature or fall (more) in love with the person with you. Click the photo to enlarge. Continue reading Fresh Strawberries and Yoghurt in Sagada: Photo of the Day

Dare to Dive Into Cabagnow Cave (Anda, Bohol): Photo of the Day

“Would you dare jump into the cave’s hole?”, asked Princess Alyssa Cabuhayan. She’s referring to the Cabagnow Cave (or Kabagno Cave) located in the town of Anda, Bohol. It’s practically a hole on the ground, the deepest among Anda’s cave pools. You can get off from your vehicle, walk to where the mouth of the cave is, then jump into the hole — with this lovely clear water waiting for you at the bottom. Would you dare jump into Cabagnow Cave’s hole? If you’re brave enough and accept the challenge, don’t forget to make a prior arrangement with the locals for a rope-ladder. That’s the only way you can get out of the hole. Photo courtesy of Princess Alyssa Cabuhayan (check her Instagram acount, @thelostnurse, for more photos). Click the photo to enlarge. Continue reading Dare to Dive Into Cabagnow Cave (Anda, Bohol): Photo of the Day

Cozy Beauty of Callao Cave (Peñablanca, Cagayan): Photo of the Day

This is a church. And this is a cave. It’s a church in a cave. Callao Cave is a seven-chamber cave that forms part of the 300 caves that dot this protected area. It is found in the town of Peñablanca, province of Cagayan, although it is often associated with the nearby city of Tuguegarao. Still, of all the wonderful tidbits about this cave network, historical or otherwise, the one trivia that leaped from this photo is the fact that a wedding scene in the movie The Mistress was shot in Callao Cave. And why do we know that? We hate to admit this, but we watched the movie. And why did we watch the movie? Because we’re fans of John Lloyd Cruz and Bea Alonzo. Cheesy, yes, but we really don’t care. This photo by Justin Liu (check his Instagram acount, @justflying1112) is obviously shot with natural light. Callao Cave seems to be more gorgeous when it is draped by warm lights. Click the photo to enlarge. Continue reading Cozy Beauty of Callao Cave (Peñablanca, Cagayan): Photo of the Day

Give in to the Dark Side at Sohoton Cave: Photo of the Day

We sometimes wonder what’s on the other side. Dark to light, light to dark, pretty much like the balance in the Force. We need not dwell on the realm of imagination, like the movies, and instead experience the transition in the real world, like how the light becomes a welcome sight after some time in a dark cave. Try the Sohoton Cave in Basey,cSamar, as shown in this photo courtesy of  Cals Dizon Dantes (check his account, @calsdizondantes, for more beautiful photos). Even the Rogue One will like it here. Click the photo to enlarge. Continue reading Give in to the Dark Side at Sohoton Cave: Photo of the Day

Photo of the Day: Sagada Spellunking

One of the earliest travel articles we’ve written is about Sagada, with the photos taken when blogging, as a platform, was still in its conception stage. A travel blog was never in our mind. Also, the cellphones of today are way more powerful than the digital cameras of yesterday, which means that the photos we took weren’t that crisp. So imagine how happy we were when we encountered a photo snapped by 7107islandsphilippines (@7107islandsphilippines) of the beautiful mineral formations deep down the a Sagada cave. It’s like reliving the moment when the light first hit those beautiful white formations. Amazing! You guys should go there. In the meantime, here’s the photo by 7107islandsphilippines (by the way, http://7107islandsphilippines.com is also a Philippine travel blog, so check it out. Click the photo to enlarge: Continue reading Photo of the Day: Sagada Spellunking