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The Pride of Biliran, Sambawan Island: Photo of the Day

Photography and nature, Mark Alvin Marbella notes in his profile, are like food for the soul (check his Instagram account, @iammarbel, for more photos). For this particular shot, he said, “Some sunshine are just wonderful. Maybe it is hard to wake up, but sometimes the nature reward us with a wonderful show.” We couldn’t agree more. We happily spend time waiting for the sunrise or sunset, and, in the case of sunrise, we battle the urge to continue swimming in dreamland. Not that there’s much difference. Waiting for the sunrise in Sambawan Island, Biliran is probably like being immersed in dreamland. Located around 5 kilometers from the town of Maripipi in Biliran, Sambawan Island features a curved white-sand beach, and a hill that serves as the island’s spine, featuring rock formations that, together with the vegetation, give an eery feeling of being in fantasy land. Click the photo to enlarge. Continue reading The Pride of Biliran, Sambawan Island: Photo of the Day

Float in Wonder at the Wonderful Cave (Bolinao, Pangasinan): Photo of the Day

Eun hit it right on the head when she said, “Sometimes there’s too much beauty in the world, I feel like I can’t take it, like my heart’s going to CAVE in…WONDERFUL!!!”. Pun intended. Here she is at the Wonderful Cave in the town of Bolinao, Pangasinan (check her Instagram account, @eur_highness, for more photos), one of the three caves (the other two, Cindy’s Cave and Enchanted Cave) that attract visitors of Pangasinan who want spelunking as part of their itineraries. Some people note that the maintenance of Wonderful Cave should be improved (let us know if it’s ok now) but there is consensus that the cool fresh water at the bottom is perfect for a quick dip. Click the photo to enlarge. Continue reading Float in Wonder at the Wonderful Cave (Bolinao, Pangasinan): Photo of the Day

Rock (and Roll) in Animasola Island (Burias, Masbate): Photo of the Day

We feel that Leo Ocfemia Marcellana (check his Instagram account, @thewanderfreak, for more photos) is going through something when he said: “Here I stand; as indestructible as a rock. If you’ll only trust me, how little you’ll be disappointed. Be mine as I am yours.” Classic hugot line. Still, the description fits the awesome view of the rock formations in Animasola Island located in Burias, Masbate. It looks eeriely like an Imperial Star Destroyer of Star Wars. Or a ship washed ashore. Or a launchpad left by aliends millions of years ago. Or…well, tell us what you see. Click the photo to enlarge. Continue reading Rock (and Roll) in Animasola Island (Burias, Masbate): Photo of the Day

Welcome to the Grapes Capital of the Philippines: Photo of the Day

From the moment Jenielson Canlas (check his Instagram account, @thejenielsoncanlas, for more photos) first posted this photo of grapes, we knew we have a #photooftheday in our hands. Lovely, lovely shades of purple that come alive with the background of bland green leaves. We didn’t realize grapes thrived in the Philippines since the early 1970s in Bauang, La Union. The family-owned grape farms started with the Lomboy Farm, subsequently joined by newer vineyards like the Gapuz Grape Farm. These farms/vineyards are tourist attractions in themselves, complete with meals, giving travelers activities to do in La Union other than surfing. Click the photo to enlarge. Continue reading Welcome to the Grapes Capital of the Philippines: Photo of the Day

Surreal View at Cape Engaño Lighthouse, Palaui Island: Photo of the Day

The moment you begin to think that you’ve seen the Philippines, we strongly suggest you think again. The more places we’ve visited in this beautiful archipelago, the more we are convinced that we’ve barely scratched the surface of what there is to see. When we first glanced on this photo, courtesy of Duane Sandicho (check his Instagram account, @dpsandicho, for more photos), we thought that it was taken from the airplane window and that it’s in some foreign land, somewhere in Jurassic Park perhaps. But we were sorely mistaken. This magnificent view is from the ruins of Cape Engaño lighthouse in Palaui Island, off the shores of Santa Ana, Cagayan Province. Those two rocky islets are called Dos Hermanos. That’s at the northern tip of the Philippines, near Batanes and the Calayan Island. What the picture failed to show, as with any photo, are the majestic landscape of Palaui Island and the beach in Cape Engaño Cove, identified by a travel site as one of the Top 100 beaches in the world (and filming location of Survivor: Blood vs. Water and Survivor: Cagayan). So, go ahead and visit Palaui Island (we’re sure it’s easy to search for directions on how to get there). Click the photo to enlarge. Continue reading Surreal View at Cape Engaño Lighthouse, Palaui Island: Photo of the Day

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

Fresh Strawberries and Yoghurt in Sagada: Photo of the Day

This photo by Jovic FerrerImages (check his Instagram account, @ferrerimages, for more photos) comes with a simple caption: “Yoghurt with fresh strawberries and honey. At Strawberry Cafe, Sagada, Mountain Province, Philippines.” It’s deceptively simple, though. While anyone can get strawberries at their favorite supermarket, these ones are picked fresh from the nearby gardens. And while anyone can have yoghurt-strawberries combo as a treat, it’s just a mere icing on the cake, so to speak, in Sagada. You see, you don’t go to Sagada for the strawberries. It’s just a bonus. You go there for the cool mountain air, the sprawling mountain views littered with pine trees, and, of course, the lovely spelunking adventures. Even Batman would love Sagada. You go to Sagada to fall in love with nature or fall (more) in love with the person with you. Click the photo to enlarge. Continue reading Fresh Strawberries and Yoghurt in Sagada: Photo of the Day

Stroll Among the Clouds and Trees (Mt. Ulap, Itogon, Benguet): Photo of the Day

“Create the life you can’t wait to wake up to,” says Roanne Tañagras (check her Instagram account, @zeroaaanne, for more photos). The second part — a life that one can’t wait to wake up to — is easy as daydreaming. Anyone can imagine paradise in their minds. “Creating a life,” or making it a reality, is another story. Watching the clouds framed by pine trees on rolling hills, or mountains, takes a lot of hard work. Lilke trekking to the top of Mt. Ulap, Ampucao, Itogon, Benguet. It’s not a walk in the park, so to speak, but it’s all worth it. Amazing views and fresh air. Click the photo to enlarge. Continue reading Stroll Among the Clouds and Trees (Mt. Ulap, Itogon, Benguet): Photo of the Day

Boracay, Naptime is More Fun in the Philippines: Photo of the Day

There are thousands of reasons to love Boracay, and we’ve given at least five (see 5 Reasons why We [Still] Love Boracay). One more reason to fall in love with Boracay, apparently taken to heart by Diane Cornejo in her photo below (check her Instagram acount, @fancytea, for more photos), is the chance — without anyone bothering you — to simply sprawl on the white sand and take a nap. We tried it once, although we can’t remember if it was in an inebriated state when we had to crawl to the beach and wash the hangover away. Doesn’t really matter, does it? As we noted before, despite the sea of humanity flocking to this Aklan island, “it’s surprising that tourists can basically lie down on the beach as if no one is there. Get a towel, spread it somewhere on the beach and enjoy sunbathing. We Filipinos have a street phrase for it — walang basagan ng trip.” Click the photo to enlarge. Continue reading Boracay, Naptime is More Fun in the Philippines: Photo of the Day

Dare to Dive Into Cabagnow Cave (Anda, Bohol): Photo of the Day

“Would you dare jump into the cave’s hole?”, asked Princess Alyssa Cabuhayan. She’s referring to the Cabagnow Cave (or Kabagno Cave) located in the town of Anda, Bohol. It’s practically a hole on the ground, the deepest among Anda’s cave pools. You can get off from your vehicle, walk to where the mouth of the cave is, then jump into the hole — with this lovely clear water waiting for you at the bottom. Would you dare jump into Cabagnow Cave’s hole? If you’re brave enough and accept the challenge, don’t forget to make a prior arrangement with the locals for a rope-ladder. That’s the only way you can get out of the hole. Photo courtesy of Princess Alyssa Cabuhayan (check her Instagram acount, @thelostnurse, for more photos). Click the photo to enlarge. Continue reading Dare to Dive Into Cabagnow Cave (Anda, Bohol): Photo of the Day