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.
There are photos that make us giddy right from the moment we see it. This is one of those photos. It’s a photo of a bird. No, wait, it’s a plane. No, it’s, uhm, a gwapito flying high (gwapito in Bisaya roughly translates to handsome boy, because full-on handsome man is gwapo, pretty much like how a plato [plate] is the bigger version of the platito [saucer]). It’s a photo of @gwapitos.official cofounder, @maramatokong, flying high at the surfing capital of the Philippines, Cloud 9 in Siargao Island (photo courtesy of @gwapitos.official, and island lifestyle brand by Gianni “Boy” Grifoni and John Mark “Marama” Tokong, based in Siargao Island, and @kermitsiargao; check their instagram profiles for more awesome photos). We’ll get to Siargao soon, and when we do, we challenge you guys to a surfing competition — the variety involving a mouse and wifi. Click the photo to enlarge.
The great thing about the Philippines’ natural beauty, is the ease at which one can simply walk into the scene and still get an absolutely gorgeous photo. Now, if you have someone interested in fashion and the art, like Jana Buensalida in the photo below, hanging out at the Bohol Beach Club in Panglao Island (Bohol), it’s not difficult to get a lovely mix. Add the warm tropical sun, or the breathtaking island sunrise/sunset of the Philippines, and you’re set for the cover of a magazine. Try it sometime. (Check the Instagram account of Jana Buensalida , @ majanarynarose, for more photos. Click photo to enlarge). Continue reading Natural Art at Bohol Beach Club, Panglao: Photo of the Day
We’ve featured a lot of stories and photos about the gorgeous Boracay, one of the best beaches in the world (the Philippines has more than one beach listed among the world’s best beaches, in case you want to explore more). But we’ll never get tired of admiring its beauty. We’re in awe even if we see the same views, even better if the same beauty is captured in another perspective. Like this shot of the paraw (outrigger) and the sunset of Boracay, courtesy of Emma Dougan, who is currently in the Philippines, fulfilling her dream of traveling Asia and working around the world (visit her instagram site, edougan91, for other beautiful photos). Click photo to enlarge. Continue reading Paraw, Sunset, Beach, Beauty, Boracay: Photo of the Day
There’s a lot of unfilled slots in our Philippine travel bucket list. One of those blank slots is Siargao, found in the province of Surigao del Norte, way south of Manila. It’s the undisputed surfing capital of the Philippines, with Cloud 9 at its core. If surfing is our thing, Siargao would be at the top of our travel list, but we don’t surf. Still, we intend to go there someday, not to surf, but to soak in the island vibe (sounds weird because we’re living in an island, sort of, in the first place). For those who don’t understand why surfers are raving about Siargao, watch this video from the Department of Tourism: Continue reading Surfing in Siargao: It’s More Fun in the Philippines
The Philippines has tons of beautiful places to go and gorgeous sights to see, all naturally colorful, that it blurs the distinction between edited and unedited photo. Look at this photo, for instance, courtesy of Ei/lys/uh Kyle Corpuz (an explorer and food lover, check her Instagram account, @ek_corpuz). It’s a nice groufie somewhere in El Nido, Palawan. We can all agree that this shot has gone through the normal photo processing; we believe almost all digital cameras/phones nowadays automatically processes the shots. The problem with a lot of Philippine shots, however, is not that the shots are normally processed — the real problem is that the photos don’t capture the real crispness of the colors in real life. You’ll realize this if you go to Palawan or Sagada, or practically in every picture-perfect corner of the Philippines. And the real beauty is watching the Philippines at a different angle, like this photo. It gives a fresh perspective to a wonderful country that we Filipinos see on a daily basis and, as a result, almost always take for granted. Click the photo to enlarge: Continue reading Photo of the Day: Picture-Perfect Palawan (El Nido)
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
Not all things are created equal. The equality in nature lies in the exposure to the same elements. What one makes of it, how one deals with it, enhances the inequity. Take sunsets, for instance. We all experience sunsets. But not all sunsets are created equal. The sunset of Boracay, or along Manila Bay or the golden sunset of Batangas is different from your sunset. The sunset of Banaue is equally different. On top of the mountains, overlooking the clouds, chilled by cold breeze, and closer to heaven, this Banaue sunset stands on a different plane, literally and figuratively. I mean, c’mon, look at those rich colors. Rich but muted. It’s like Pia Wurtzbach wearing plain white shirt and jeans — you see something universally beautiful, earthly beautiful rather, but you know there’s something more. Perhaps we can ask the one who took the photo, the lovely JM Diaz (visit and follow her instagram account, @jayeeemm), how this sunset is different. Click the photo to enlarge: Continue reading Photo of the Day: How’s your Sunset?
It’s been months since we’ve posted the last Photo of the Day and a lot has happened since then. To metion a few, we now have a Miss Universe, Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach, after more than 40 years, and the Christmas season has just passed. No suprise that for a lot of us, January is a difficult time, with that extra weight and all. So what better way to start the year by featuring something light — very light that it (or she) floats. On water. In paradise. Around Malalison Island, Antique. I’m talking about this awesome photo by Den Marie Balingit, who loves Pinas, she says and clearly looks like it (visit and follow her instagram account, @travelniden). I mean, wow! Just by looking at the photo, you’ll feel the gentle sting of the tropical sun on your exposed skin, the burn beautifully soothed by the rhythmic tumult of tiny cool waves that frolic on the white sand below. Anybody who consumed enough fats and calories over the holidays will definitely float, no problem. All you have to do is kick up, spread your arms, rest your head on the water, and let go of anything that burdens you. It’s paradise, you see. And we have plenty of those right here in the Philippines. So, still wonder why #ItsMoreFunInThePhilippines? Click the photo to enlarge: Continue reading Photo of the Day: No Problem at Malalison Island, Antique
We’ve said this before and we’ll say this again: Boracay is one of our few favorite beach destinations. This island-paradise is overflowing with experience — the sun, the sand, the fun, the party, the island vibe. If you zone out the maddening crowd for a few seconds, the whole Boracay experience becomes one beautiful sensory overload. It’s beautiful, absolutely gorgeous. And the Boracay sunset? Surreal. This photo, courtesy of Jade Sadugas — a cake artist/ chef de cuisine, speciality pastry chef in UAE, CreoleCakes owner, photographer, painter, marketing manager, SEO and senior financial analyst (check her Instagram account, @chefjade for more photos), reflects what we would do — capture the sunset so we can bring it home. On some rainy days, while looking at the photos, you don’t remember the shot; you remember the experience. You remember the warmth of the Boracay sun as it floods your skin with a million happy memories. You feel the wonderful feeling rushing back. And this is why this photo derserves to be here. Click the photo to enlarge: Continue reading Photo of the Day: Immersed in Boracay Sunset