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Serenity and Beauty at Balabac Beach, Palawan: Photo of the Day

It’s not difficult to conclude, basing on her Instagram profile, that Marian Bautista (check her Instagram account, @yianbautista, for more photos) loves the outdoors. Beach, surfing, and more beach. Here she is at the white beach of Balabac, at the southernmost tip of Palawan. The town of Balabac is an island group, 36 in all, which means there’s a lot of gorgeous white-sand beaches to go see and enjoy. Remember, should you choose to visit Palawan (truly a province of wonders), remember that there are way less crowded beaches other than El Nido and Coron (both lovely places, don’t forget). Vacation in paradise. Click the photo to enlarge. Continue reading Serenity and Beauty at Balabac Beach, Palawan: Photo of the Day

Rock (and Roll) in Animasola Island (Burias, Masbate): Photo of the Day

We feel that Leo Ocfemia Marcellana (check his Instagram account, @thewanderfreak, for more photos) is going through something when he said: “Here I stand; as indestructible as a rock. If you’ll only trust me, how little you’ll be disappointed. Be mine as I am yours.” Classic hugot line. Still, the description fits the awesome view of the rock formations in Animasola Island located in Burias, Masbate. It looks eeriely like an Imperial Star Destroyer of Star Wars. Or a ship washed ashore. Or a launchpad left by aliends millions of years ago. Or…well, tell us what you see. Click the photo to enlarge. Continue reading Rock (and Roll) in Animasola Island (Burias, Masbate): Photo of the Day

Happy Solitude in Guyam Island, Siargao: Photo of the Day

“Wonderfully lost and hopelessly in love,” Marian Bautista notes in her account profile (check his Instagram account, @yianbautista, for more photos). We get the “wonderfully lost” part — no dount it’s awesome to wander in the surrounding islands of Siargao, including the gorgeous white-beach tiny Guyam Island (yes, we have a separate feature on the crystal-clear waters off Guyam Island). On the second part — hopelessly in love — we’re not sure if Marian is referring to the same island (yes, people, like us, can fall hopelessly in love with the islands of the Philippines) or to some islander. We have to ask her. In the meantime, enjoy the photo (or, better still, go out and enjoy Guyam and Siargao Island). Click the photo to enlarge. Continue reading Happy Solitude in Guyam Island, Siargao: Photo of the Day

Boracay, Naptime is More Fun in the Philippines: Photo of the Day

There are thousands of reasons to love Boracay, and we’ve given at least five (see 5 Reasons why We [Still] Love Boracay). One more reason to fall in love with Boracay, apparently taken to heart by Diane Cornejo in her photo below (check her Instagram acount, @fancytea, for more photos), is the chance — without anyone bothering you — to simply sprawl on the white sand and take a nap. We tried it once, although we can’t remember if it was in an inebriated state when we had to crawl to the beach and wash the hangover away. Doesn’t really matter, does it? As we noted before, despite the sea of humanity flocking to this Aklan island, “it’s surprising that tourists can basically lie down on the beach as if no one is there. Get a towel, spread it somewhere on the beach and enjoy sunbathing. We Filipinos have a street phrase for it — walang basagan ng trip.” Click the photo to enlarge. Continue reading Boracay, Naptime is More Fun in the Philippines: Photo of the Day

Hello from the Philippines: Photo of the Day

We oftentimes take for granted the wonderful things we have in the Philippines, mostly likely because of familiarity. What’s otherwise amazing becomes ordinary if people encounter it on a daily basis, so we’re not surprised to see a non-Filipino capture something that we take for granted. If we consider that it’s a bitter cold winter at the other side of the world, we begin to appreciate the perpetual summer we have in the Philippines, enjoying beer on a fine Philippine beach — among the best in the world — while basking under the balmy tropical sun. Have a hard time imagining that? Here, look at this photo by Marian Strumfa (check his Instagram acount, @marianstrumfa, for more wonderful photos). Click the photo to enlarge. Continue reading Hello from the Philippines: Photo of the Day

Summer in October: Photo of the Day

Yes, it’s pretty much smelling a lot like Christmas. A lot of places are now deep in winter snow. Ah, winter, that time of year when snow is a-plenty and Jack Frost tickles your, uhm, nose. But what if I tell you that somewhere, in a magical place called the Philippines, the summer sun still shines blazing bright in October — even deep in December? You don’t believe us? Take a close look at this photo by Charity Grace (check her Instragram acount, @iamcharitygrace_, for more photos), who spent some quality vacation time at Panglao Island, Bohol. See that beach? Those smiles? The sun? Yes, what she said is true: it’s still summer in October. Click the photo to enlarge.

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Funny Excuse to Re-Visit the Philippines: Watch

People just have be creative in coming up with excuses to visit the Philippines again. And again. Here’s a hilarious excuse to book a travel back to the Philippines. After watching the video, don’t forget to hit the comment section and tell us your excuse to re-visit the Philippines. Continue reading Funny Excuse to Re-Visit the Philippines: Watch

Photo of the Day: Mystery in Buruwisan Falls

Nope, there’s really no mystery. Or maybe there is. Exciting tales of mystery usally surround hidden nooks and crannies of the Philippines. But we wouldn’t know for sure because we haven’t been to Buruwisan Falls, tucked safely somewhere in Mt. Romelo (Siniloan, Laguna). Perhaps we can ask the one who took this photo, Rowie Pagcaliwagan (check his Instagram account, @rowiepoly), who wants to go travel with nothing but his backpack and camera. Sounds fun, although the last time we’ve heard something like that, Rose (Kate Winslet) was telling Jack (Leonardo diCarprio) to paint her wearing her necklace, and nothing but the necklace. We all know that she meant that literally. We don’t know if Rowie meant the backpack-and-camera bit in the same way. Back to the photo, the perspective of this shot instroduces a certain sense of mystery to the usual frontal photo of Buruwisan Falls. It’s like the photographer is trapped in some invisible wall, with the pillars of waterdrops serving as prison bars. And the mystery deepens. Click the photo to enlarge: Continue reading Photo of the Day: Mystery in Buruwisan Falls

Photo of the Day: Banana Boat Ride of Boracay

There are boats, then there are banana boats. You can have a banana boat ride in a lot of places, but there’s only one Boracay banana boat ride. This one holds a special place in our hearts because Boracay was our first banana boat ride ever, back when the terms “film” and “roll” were still relevant to photography. Even until today, Boracay exudes a certain aura that blankets the entire place, infusing every soul within its island vibe that bumps up the adrenaline level. Heck, even zombies will come alive in Boracay. Now, let’s check this photo by Aiza Bacani (check her account in Instagram, @aizabacs). Here she is, with that ear-to-ear smile (wait, how do you call a smile, 100 times over?). We would have wanted to take our photo just like that, but we always end up like the lady at her back. All we do is grab that banana boat handle and hold on for dear life. Ah, brings back memories of extreme Boracay fun. One of the reasons why we take time to update the Daily Photos. Click the photo to enlarge: Continue reading Photo of the Day: Banana Boat Ride of Boracay

Photo of the Day: Surfing Fun

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