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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: How’s your Sunset?

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?

Photo of the Day: No Problem at Malalison Island, Antique

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

Photo of the Day: Immersed in Boracay Sunset

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

Photo of the Day: Blue Monday

If we compile songs about Monday, a central them will emerge — Monday is not exactly the most popular day of the week. Descriptions range from manic Monday to blue Monday. The very first day of the week is supposed to make you feel blue. It’s about getting back to work or school just when you’re beginning to get settled in whatever you’re doing during the weekend. It’s about the start of deadlines to last for the next five days, straight. Ain’t pretty to many but, ahem, we love all days of the week. Imagine, however, spending an extremely blue Monday. Literally. I mean, getting swamped with blue waters and blue sky somewhere in Lian, Batangas, like this gorgeous photo from the lovely Kate Angel Noo (@katienooo, her instragram account in case you want to check other photos in her galllery). That’s one blue Monday we look forward to. Click the photo to enlarge: Continue reading Photo of the Day: Blue Monday

Photo of the Day: Barkada Sinkhole in Kalanggaman Island

Nope, there’s no sinkhole in Kalanggaman Island; don’t panic. By “barkada sinkhole,” we’re referring to a shallow hole on the white beach, most likely dug by hand by one or two members of the barkada, inside which a camera is placed to get a nice shot of the entire gang with the blue sky as lovely background (some explanation there, whew!). It’s a cool shot, really, and this is the reason why we’ve asked jacqueaeiouh — a nurse, hobbyist, goprotographer, backpacker, and pug lover — to allow us to repost the photo of her barkada when they visited the awesome sandbar known as Kalanggaman Island, found in Palompon, Leyte (but also accessible through Camotes Island, Cebu). We love to feature photographs of the beautiful destinations in the Philippines, but we also love to showcase the awesome fun and sheer happiness that come with travel. Those are priceless memories you carry even through the rainy days. Click the photo to enlarge: Continue reading Photo of the Day: Barkada Sinkhole in Kalanggaman Island

Photo of the Day: Board Games

An island girl, @wheresjoanne refers to herself, and, with the idyllic life along the fine-sand beach and clear waters of Beach Placid, Bantayan Island, Cebu, it’s not surprising to discover in this photo that @wheresjoanne‘s significant other is a cool skimboard. Romantic. Truly romatic. Envious with the skimboard, dudes? Want to take the place of that colorful skimboard? Easy — you guys have to be as cool as a beach bum, most probably. And, while you’re at it, don’t forget to enjoy the beautiful islands of the Philippines! Click the photo to enlarge: Continue reading Photo of the Day: Board Games

Photo of the Day: The Air Up in Boracay

It’s difficult not to fall in love with Boracay. The main draw is the beach, of course, coupled with an endless array of attractions, including cliff jumping, the mermaid academy, and the 24/7 party atmosphere. The options are endless. There are activities to satisfy the party animals, the outdoors buff, the spa addicts, beach bums, energetic kids; practically everyone, even those who wish to do soul searching. And there’s parasailing. We’d go out on a limb and say that you haven’t been to Boracay if you haven’t done parasailing. We tried to describe how it feels to float high above the white-sand paradise called Boracay, but it seems a photograph is better suited to relay the emotions, like this photo by Charmilyn Mamaradlo (miaischarm3718). Click photo to enlarge:

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Photo of the Day: Beach, Coconuts and Boracay

Her heart, according to Aiza Aericka Benavidez (aizabenavidez) when she posted this photo of the coconut-framed beach of Station 1 in Boracay, is happy. We’ll, we can’t really argue with her. Bring us to Boracay, even with all its faults that have been pointed out by almost anyone, and we’ll still be happy (and we have the reasons why we still love Boracay). There are millions of photos of Boracay, one of the best beaches, if not the best beach, in the whole universe (ok, the whole world) but theres something different with this photo (click to enlarge), we thought. Imagine waking up to the sound of the ocean, then looking out to see coconut trunks framing the Boracay beach — it looks like a jail cell, with the Boracay beach sitting quietly behind bars, with nowhere to go. Now, isn’t that a lovely thought — the world’s best beach stuck with you. Here’s the photo: Continue reading Photo of the Day: Beach, Coconuts and Boracay

Misibis Nights and Misibis Bay

Misibis Bay, found in the island of Cagraray, is not exactly near Manila. Neither is the choice of this beach destination totally free of safety concerns, at least in the last few weeks, with Daragang Mayon’s most recent rumblings. This resort paradise, after all, basks in the shadow of the world’s most perfect cone volcano, Mt. Mayon, spewing lava in the past days, prompting the local government to evacuate residents in the volcano’s permanent danger zone. Of course, we very well know that travel does not come without risks — after seriously considering the cards dealt on us, we came to a doubt-free conclusion that Misibis Bay must be explored and, with the decision to make the trip more adventurous with a long drive, it turned out to be an experience of Misibis Bay by day and night. Continue reading Misibis Nights and Misibis Bay