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Photo of the Day: Hot Air Balloon

This bright-colored hot air balloon looked majestic against the backdrop of Mt. Arayat, says Harold Dave Narte (@haroldizer), although this one wasn’t able to lift off. For the 19th year, the international Hot Air Balloon Festival took off, or gently drifted, in Clark Airfield, Pampanga. We’ve always wondered by the festival is scheduled every Valentines Day because, truth be told, we find nothing romantic with hot air balloons. Beautiful and graceful, yes, but romantic? What do you think? Click the photo to enlarge: Continue reading Photo of the Day: Hot Air Balloon

Photo of the Day: Life Jacket

We’re back! Did you guys miss us? If yes, well, we miss you, too. If no, we’ll, we’re still back, baby! Adult life has its challenges, you see, and inasmuch as we want to immerse ourselves in this online world — promoting the Philippines and inviting, at the top of our lungs, everyone to come visit the 7,101 islands — there are responsibilities we have to attend to. Just like you, perhaps? Travel, on the other hand, is always a happy therapy that smacks you back to your senses. It’s funny how life summons the waves and, at the same time, throws a life vest at you (remember this ubiquitous orange life jacket when crossing from Caticlan to Boracay?). But it’s fun, yes? It’s time to pick up where we left off — picking your beautiful photos of and about the gorgeous Philippines. Ready? We are! See you folks around. Click the photo to enlarge: Continue reading Photo of the Day: Life Jacket

Photo of the Day: Jeepney Journey

We haven’t added a #PhotoOfTheDay for the past two days, you might haven noticed. We find it difficult to post photos of gorgeous Philippine beaches while the central Visayas is still recovering from the wrath of Typhoon Ruby. But life has to go on. While we all should tone down any spending and instead seek to help the typhoon victims, we cannot put life on hold. The show must go on, as the showbiz people would say. The journey must continue despite the storm clouds hovering above, which is why we appreciate this cool photo of the jeepney by Simon Valencia (simonvalencia). He calls it the “Filipino muscle”. We don’t know if it’s as waterproof as the Filipino spirit =) Here is Simon‘s photo: Continue reading Photo of the Day: Jeepney Journey

Photo of the Day: Butanding in Oslob, Cebu

Here’s an amazing underwater photo of a Philippine traveler — with a giant whale shark, huge mouth wide open, swimming in his direction. Instagram user Selmar Maribojo III (k2ytravelust) visited the butanding in Oslob (Cebu) and came back with this cool photo (click the photo to enlarge). Continue reading Photo of the Day: Butanding in Oslob, Cebu

15 Ways to Have More Fun in 2015: Visit the Philippines Year 2015

From learning new dance moves “at an 800-year old festival” to working on your photo skills “at the world’s selfie capital” — two of the 15 ways to have more fun in 2015, the new campaign by the Department of Tourism highlights the prospect that “any activity you want to do is definitely going to be more fun if you’re in the Philippines.” While we’re more attached to this year’s video (watch), we’re always willing to wait for the full unfolding of the 2015 tourism campaign. Watch the full video and see the 15 ways to have more fun in the Philippines, here: Continue reading 15 Ways to Have More Fun in 2015: Visit the Philippines Year 2015

Fall in Love with Philippine Travel: Halika, Biyahe Tayo!

It’s not unusual to have a theme song for every important moment or emotion in our lives. Love songs, for instance, immortalize our great loves and the not-so-great breakups. When it comes to travel, specifically in and around the Philippines, there are certain kinds of songs that capture the energy and beauty of the Philippines. While our new favorite is the It’s More Fun in the Philippines campaign, one of the first Philippine travel songs that we fell in love with is this Biyahe Tayo jingle. It still fills us up with sunny happiness even during the rainy season. Please share it with the world. Watch it, here: Continue reading Fall in Love with Philippine Travel: Halika, Biyahe Tayo!

You can Call us The Philippines: Watch this Awesome Video

We first saw this video when it was presented by Philippine Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez Jr. during an event. It’s one awesome video, we thought, and we simply have to share it with everyone. So we looked high and low but we didn’t find it. That was months ago. As luck would have it, and as the usual case when we stop looking, we stumbled on this video today. Please share this beautiful video (and while you’re at it, tell the world about the beauty of Pinas!). Mabuhay! Watch this: Continue reading You can Call us The Philippines: Watch this Awesome Video

White Paradise in White Island, Camiguin

The island-province of Camiguin. It’s the second smallest Philippine province both in area and population, second only to Batanes (factor in the favorite pastime of some politicians,  gerrymandering, and we could be wrong). Yet this small island hosts a number of volcanoes; 7 volcanoes if we’re not mistaken. It’s practically a volcano island, come to think of it — dangerous by some standards, surprisingly beautiful by any other. This small island also hosts an even smaller White Island, more properly a sandbar, under the imposing stare of Mt. Hibok-Hibok. Continue reading White Paradise in White Island, Camiguin

Growth of Philippine Tourism in 2013

Figures from the Department of Tourism (DoT) showed a growth of almost 10% of foreign visitors to the Philippines for 2013. This translates to a total of 4,681,307 foreign visitors in 2013, which is a 9.56% increase from the 4,272,811 arrivals in 2012. According to Secretary of Tourism Ramon R. Jimenez, Jr., “Our key source markets generally performed well during the month of December, proof that international confidence has been regained.  The Philippines is profoundly grateful for the outpouring of support, aid, and goodwill from all over the world. They were all instrumental in our road to recovery.” Continue reading Growth of Philippine Tourism in 2013

Boracay: The World’s Best Island

We’ve previously noted that Boracay is noted as one of the best and most beautiful beaches in the world. We’ve always considered Boracay an island paradise. Boracay didn’t make it to the top spot back then, but this time is different — Boracay has been voted as No. 1 in the Top 10 Islands for 2012. Continue reading Boracay: The World’s Best Island