The Philippines is home to one of the oldest, if not the oldest, traditional tattoo artist in the world. Whang-od, the world-renowned centenarian from Buscalan, Tinglayan, Kalinga, is often referred to as the “last” mambabatok, or a traditional Kalinga tattooist. Tattoo has always been a part of Philippine culture. If we marry tattoos and the beauty of the Philippines, like what we see in the VisitPinas-tagged photos in Instagram, we get the following: Continue reading Tattooed on My Mind: Philippine Travel Stories
Most photos of Philippine travel involves huge smiles from the subjects. Can’t help it, can you, guys. Even us, we can’t help but smile whenever we go out and experience the beauty of the Philippines. Smile and laughter are universal expressions of happiness. Let’s do something different. Let’s feature the VisitPinas-tagged photos in Instagram which shows deeper emotions, but somehow seeing happiness through it all. C’mon, it’s not complicated. Here we go. Continue reading The Emotional Traveler: Philippine Travel Stories
Boatman, noun, a person who rents out or works on boats. In the world of Philippine travel, a boatman can be anyone who has fun on a boat while exploring the archipelago’s beautiful wonders. The boatman, of course, can be male or female, or shades in between, but let’s just use boatman as a generic term. So, how fun is it to be a boatman in the Philippines? Here, let us show you through the VisitPinas-tagged photos in Instagram: Continue reading The Boatman in Paradise: Philippine Travel Stories
No surprise that there’s an endless flow of Instagram photos tagged #VisitPinas. The Philippines is home to some of the world’s best beaches. The well-known beaches, identified by name in travel magazines and websites, constitute only a small portion of the thousands of beautiful combination of sand, sea and sun in this tropical paradise, also called the Pearl of the Orient, the Philippines. We’ve seen thousands of these photos. The recent crop of #VisitPinas photos reveal the following angles or shots for beach photos. [Click the photos to enlarge.] Continue reading Top 10 Types of Beach Photos at #VisitPinas
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)