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The Captivating Manila Sunset: Photo of the Day

There’s a lot of gorgeous sunsets around the world, Philippines included, we’re sure of that. There’s a lot of people who can snap a lovely shot of those gorgeous sunsets, we’re also sure of that. Perhaps as lovely as this sunset. We’ve featured a lot of sunset photos here in VisitPinas (because, as we’ve noted a million times, we love ’em sunsets), and we’re going to add one more — the beautiful Manila sunset, courtesy of Anton Labao (check his Instagram account, @can_ton, for more photos). There’s really a million and one reasons to have your next vacation here in the Philippines. Click the photo to enlarge. Continue reading The Captivating Manila Sunset: Photo of the Day

The Lovely Sunset of Punta Bulata (Cauayan, Negros Occidental): Photo of the Day

“Sunsets in the Philippines will always be beautiful,” says Maanyag na Kabuhi in her photo below (the phrase, she explains, means “life is beautiful” in Hiligaynon; check her Instagram acount, @maanyagnakabuhi, for more photos). We don’t doubt that. We love sunsets and while not all sunsets are created equal, sunsets are equally beautiful across the Philippine archipelago. This poster-perfect sunset was captured in Punta Bulata Resort of Cauayan town, around 154 kilometers south of Bacolod City. We really can help but smile while looking at it. The golden sun waving goodbye, the contrast of the darkening sky, the bent coconut trees — all merge to give a sense of serenity in a tropical paradise. Beautiful! Click the photo to enlarge. Continue reading The Lovely Sunset of Punta Bulata (Cauayan, Negros Occidental): Photo of the Day

Paraw, Sunset, Beach, Beauty, Boracay: 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

Sampaloc Lake (San Pablo City, Laguna): Photo of the Day

It’s amazing when the Philippines looks like it’s not the Philippines. You go around the different islands of the Philippines, and there are more than 7,000 islands, and you discover that it looks like a foreign land. That’s certainly how we felt when we saw the karst landscape of Palawan. That’s the same feeling when we saw this lovely sunset photo of Sampaloc Lake in San Pablo City, province of Laguna, courtesy of Judy Talan (check her Instagram acccount, @judyeatworld, for more photos). Majestic, beautiful nature. Click the photo to enlarge:

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Photo of the Day: Sunrise at Calaguas Island (Camarines Norte)

Sunrise is just the other side of the coin’s sunset, both bringing a happy balance to life. As we noted in a previous article: “Maybe this is how we should look at life. The last moments of the sun, before the day ends, is bursting with color and beauty. Soon the sunlight will be no more. Darkness sets in. But we see no sadness in that. It’s beauty meant to be celebrated, lived to the fullest, fleshing out to what we say about sucking out all the marrow of life. It’s a source of hope that the sun will rise again, and day breaks with renewed vigor, and life begins. Every beginning is a step towards greater things.” Sunsets, we have lots of those. We had an entire article just for sunsets (The Beautiful Sunset of Calatagan). The Photo of the Day category has quite a number of sunset photos (Boracay, Puerto Galera, Zamboanga, Mactan and Balesin). Sunrise, on the other hand, is terribly under-represented here. One of the few sunrise purposely sought by people, at least the one we know, is the breathtaking sunrise of Mt. Pulag. We’ll add another one, this photo of the sunrise in Calaguas Island (Camarines Norte), captured by Karl Olivier, a UP alumnus, speech pathologist, blogger, movie reviewer, book and music lover, PWD advocate, marathoner, and explorer (follow his Instagram account, @karl_olivier). It’s difficult not to go mad, and dabble in the weird meaning-of-life stuff, after looking at this gorgeous photo. It’s like somebody out there, a Higher Being perhaps, has decided to celebrate life by exploding an intensely inspirational hue up in the sky, reflected and heightened on the serene surface of the sea. The good thing about it is, it’s done every day, and it’s free. The sad thing about it is, many of us are too busy to even notice. Click the photo to enlarge: Continue reading Photo of the Day: Sunrise at Calaguas Island (Camarines Norte)

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: 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: Bike vs Sunset

We love sunsets — we’ve featured a number of #potd’s featuring the gorgeous golden sunset of the Philippines and we’ve posted the reason why we love ’em sunsets. We’re sure, of course, that there will be more breathtaking sunset photos that we’ll encounter, like this one by Joel Gerone Larupay (@elixir_kun), who is a Zamboangueño, a Filipino, an aspiring biologist (his gallery of photos, on the other hand, makes you think that he’s an accomplished photographer). He believes on the, uhm, life-changing philosophy that “I eat, therefore, I exist.” This photo captures foliage swaying to the seaside breeze, the ponytail of the lady rider flowing through the high-speed bicycle ride. Yes, yes, it doesn’t look like a speedy ride, but we’d like to imagine it that way, with the freedom of the open space illuminated by the setting sun. It’s a lovely scene. Simply beautiful. Click the photo to enlarge: Continue reading Photo of the Day: Bike vs Sunset

Photo of the Day: The Beauty of Mother Nature

Traditional fishermen know what happens if you understimate the power of nature. You respect the power of Mother Nature and step aside when she’s angry. And she’s predictably angry — to be exact, an average of 26 times every year in the Philippines in the form of typhoons. We now face Typhoon Ruby, another super typhoon a year after Yolanda (Haiyan) which wreaked havoc in Central Visayas and surrounding areas We prepare for the worst and pray for the best. Under the golden sunset Mother Nature has granted us (amazing how Mother Nature still reveals such beauty even as we prepare for her wrath), we pack up our boats and bring them to a safer place in preparation for the strong winds that is sure to come. Still, as the sunrise heralds a new day, we continue with our journey.  We’ll, that’s what we think of the photo snapped in Aklan by  Earl Masangkay (earlmasangkay), a nurse who loves to take photos. What do you think? Here’s the photo (click to enlarge): Continue reading Photo of the Day: The Beauty of Mother Nature

Photo of the Day: Endless Sunrise/Sunset

An infinity pool — which is “a swimming or reflecting pool that produces a visual effect of water extending to the horizon, vanishing, or extending to infinity” — is pretty easy to spot. No two infinity pools are the same, of course, but if we add the gorgeous Philippine sunset or sunrise to the scene, the task of differentiating infinity pools becomes extra difficult. To illustrate, take a look at these two photos. We first encountered the photo snapped by Jaymie del Fonso (jam0i). It’s the infinity pool of Shangri-La Mactan at sunset. It’s a beachside resort, yet it resembles the beautiful view of clouds blanketing the highest peak in Luzon, Mt. Plug. It’s like the sky has descended to allow earthlings a limited moment to enjoy heavenly beauty. Look at this photo (click photo to enlarge): Continue reading Photo of the Day: Endless Sunrise/Sunset