A trek to Mt. Pinatubo, which ranks high among the most destructive volcanic eruptions in the Philippines or in the world, is in our travel bucket list. We could imagine that the trek to the mouth of this volcano is not a walk in the park, but we’ve gathered that it’s going to be awesome (for nature buffs, at least). We could imagine that trekkers should be ready to sweat it out, which is ok because something this beautiful should not be conquered lightly. Then, of course, for the purists who would choose to shun the 4×4 ride and insist on the old-school trek towards the crater, it looks like a challenge to keep dry with the waterways to cross, as we could gather from this photo of 365postcardsoftravel (who says she’s a dreamer, an optimist, a hobbyist photographer and backpacker, an aspiring musician, a work in progress, and a student/lover of life and success; check her instagram account for more photos). We’ll conquer Mt. Pinatubo one of these days, and when we do, you bet your neon-yellow backpack that we won’t be dry. Click the photo to enlarge: Continue reading Photo of the Day: Keeping Dry in Pinatubo
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
We’ve long wondered exactly how many individual Chocolate Hills are there, but we never got down to actual planning exactly how to do that. Good thing the Department of Tourism came out with this awesome video promoting the Philippines, Bohol in particular, and inviting everyone to come visit and see the Philippines. We won’t grow tired echoing this invitation. So, whether you’ve seen the Chocolates Hills or you’ve always wondered how many there are, you’ll enjoy this great video. Watch! Share! Continue reading It’s More Fun in the Philippines: How Many Chocolate Hills?
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
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
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
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
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
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!
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