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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

Surfing Fun in Urbiztondo, La Union: Photo of the Day

“First of 2017,” said @doktorabucag (check her Instagram account for more photos), implying that it’s not a one-day stand for surfing in Urbiztondo, La Union. This means we get to see more awesome surfing photos. We love surfing, you see, but surfing doesn’t love us back. We know, we know, it’s not hopeless so long as we put it a lot of practice, but it seems we’re now more fit only for internet surfing. But we’re happy watching you guys surf, so keep those surfing photos coming. Click the photo to enlarge. Continue reading Surfing Fun in Urbiztondo, La Union: Photo of the Day

Crystal-Clear Waters of Guyam Island, Siargao: Photo of the Day

We all know that Siargao, with its lovely waves and idyllic views, is hands-down the surfing capital of the Philippines. Not everbody knows, however, that the islands off Siargao can match any other 7,100+ islands of the Philippines when it comes to powder-white sand and crystal-clear waters. This much we see in Guyam Island, one of the three popular islands in Siargao. The Naked Island and Daku Island complete the group. Now, look at this photo by Fonci (check his Instagram acount, @rayfonci, for more awesome photos). Perhaps you’ll think that it’s just the beach and the sky, but look closely and you’ll see that what you might think as the beach, is actually the white sand UNDER the crystal-clear water. Awesome, right? Time to visit Siargao. Click the photo to enlarge. Continue reading Crystal-Clear Waters of Guyam Island, Siargao: Photo of the Day

Go Shower in Tangadan Falls (San Gabriel, La Union): Photo of the Day

How’s your shower this morning? Refreshing? Got one of those showerheads with power nozzles that massage your scalp while you rinse your hair? We don’t have one. We have something even better. And it’s way much cheaper, and way so much more fun, than ’em showerheads. It’s called Tangadan Falls, just one of the beautiful waterfalls you’ll find in the Philippines. Tangadan Falls is located in the town of San Gabriel, La Union, which brings in the awesome bonus of being a few minutes away from the surf scene of the north, San Juan, La Union (just have to add that it one of our favorite spot, Kahuna). It’s like hitting two birds with one stone. Want to see our shower? Here’s a photo courtesy of Jan Gomez Villanueva (check his Instagram acount, @jan_gv). Click the photo to enlarge. Continue reading Go Shower in Tangadan Falls (San Gabriel, La Union): Photo of the Day

Flight of the Gwapito at Cloud 9 Surfing (Siargao): Photo of the Day

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.

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Surf and Beauty in Cloud 9, Siargao: Photo of the Day

What we see of a photo depends equally on what’s important to us and to the one who took the shot. For hard-core surfers who frequent the surfing capital of the Philipppines, Siargao in Surigao del Norte, the focus might be the waves. Those who appreciate the island vibe might focus on the food and the beer, consumed right off the beach. Some might take a shot with perfect proportions. The photo featured here, snapped by Daniela (visit her instagram site, dani_negreda, for other beautiful photos), appears to focus on the clouds (hey, it’s Cloud 9 in Siargao) and, of course, the majesty of the setting (or rising?) sun. There’s so much more we see, but we prefer you tell us through the comment section, or see the place for ourselves. Click photo to enlarge. Continue reading Surf and Beauty in Cloud 9, Siargao: Photo of the Day

Photo of the Day: Surfing Kinda Day (Doot Poctoy, Lanuza, Surigao)

Travel exposes the falsity in many of people’s misconceptions — from cultures, practices, places, to almost every conceivable aspect of a community’s life. We are, of course, guilty of the same sin. For instance, we’ve always believed that the surfing scene in Surigao can only be witnessed in the island of Siargao. We’re wrong. This photo by Paupau Alvarez (follow her in Instagram, @best.paupau.ever; we really don’t know who’s the photobomber, Paupau or @lenniemariee) is captioned Poctoy, Lanuza, Surigao. While the surging scene of Lanuza was started by surfers from Siargao Island, Lanuza has held up its own as an independent surfing destination. Now we know. All we have to do now is to get those chiseled bodies and that surfer vibe. See you, ladies, in one of ’em Philippine islands. Click the photo to enlarge: Continue reading Photo of the Day: Surfing Kinda Day (Doot Poctoy, Lanuza, Surigao)

Baler (Aurora) Itinerary and Surfing Adventure

Baler is in our travel bucket list for one simple reason — surfing and the good vibe that goes with this sport. We’re not surfers. We’re simply curious about the huge interest in Baler’s surfing scene. We’ve long resolved to cover Baler, almost eight years from the time we finally found the right time and the perfect reason — the perfect storm, if you will — to go there. It was a few days after a strong storm, Typhoon Lando, hit Baler. Here’s our trip itinerary and story (we’ve sandwiched the helpful information, tips and suggestions in the text of the article, just for fun). Continue reading Baler (Aurora) Itinerary and Surfing Adventure

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

Photo of the Day: Waves of Baler

We haven’t been to Baler but we know it’s one of the favored destinations by surfers because of its big waves. It’s really understandable for people to assume that because we’ve mentioned Baler, we’ll be featuring a surfboard on the beach, or a surfer gracefully navigating (is that how it’s called?) the powerful waves, or a beautiful wipeout. We’ve seen a lot of those photos and we’ll definitely feature some of them in the weeks to come (do tag us with your surfing photo, ok?). But before we feature the surfboards or the surfers, we’ll feature the waves. Feel free to please describe, for the benefit of the community, the waves of Baler (use the comment section below). Right now, we have this description from the lovely lady Amiel A (amieleima), shown running for her life from the Baler waves (ok, we’re just making up the running part): “10ft waves in rage! Swear it looks small from the shore but when you get closer it’s really huge!” Can’t see the 10-foot waves? Look closer at the photo below (click the photo to enlarge). Better still, go visit Baler! Travel time! Continue reading Photo of the Day: Waves of Baler