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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 Bellevue Resort (Bohol): Photo of the Day

When we travel, we always make it a point to wake up early and catch the sunrise. It’s always a wonderful time, sunrise. The play of strong colors that pick up where sunset left off. The serene world that is free from the agonies of the night and the harsh reality of the day. People are still asleep and you have the world to yourself. Even nature is calm, with the waves toned down and the breeze gentle. So, it’s always a joy to see beautiful photos like this, with the infinity pool reflecting the sunrise at The Bellevue Resort in Bohol, courtesy of @marolayta. You have beautiful country there, @marolayta. Click the photo to enlarge:

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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: Marooned in a Naked Island (Britania Group of Islands, San Agustin, Surigao del Sur)

People like things naked. We don’t why. There’s the naked truth and the Naked Chef. The Philippines, of course, has the Naked Island. Now, let’s be clear about something — the title has nothing to do with the lady who took the photo, (Rhodie M.D.; check her instagram account, @loneadventureseeker), who says she’s a lone traveler 90% of the time (but for how long? *wink*). It’s just that we enjoy entertaining the idea of getting stuck in a white-sand island. We’d like all the tourist amenities to go with that, of course, except that the white island paradise in our mind is bereft of luxury trappings, nay, even the bare minimum of amenities for tourists. That’s why its called the Naked Island in the province of Surigao del Sur. It’s just you, the sea, the sun, and the sand (and, uhm, a bunch of coconut trees?) Click the photo to enlarge: Continue reading Photo of the Day: Marooned in a Naked Island (Britania Group of Islands, San Agustin, Surigao del Sur)

Photo of the Day: The Flower of Tarak Ridge (Mariveles, Bataan)

This lovely photo struck us with the force of a thousand long hair strands. It reminds us of the animated movie Tangled, the updated story of Rapunzel as told by Disney Animation. It’s about a princess who was abducted by a witch but, in the end, met his prince and lived happily ever after. The power of regeneration, the fountain of youth as it were, came from a flower that fell from the sky onto a hidden portion of the mountain. Powerful flower, really. Now, look at this awesome photo again. What do you see? Yes, you see the majestic Tarak Ridge in Mariveles, Bataan, with its fog-capped tops (incidentally, we love how the soft light highlights this lady’s strong shoulders, merging beautifully with the mountain ridges). But we’re not referring to the ridge. Look again. The lady with her mysterious face turned from the camera? Yes, that’s a lovely lady, Yesmeen Frani — a wanderer, wonderer, and student of life (check her Instagram account, @ysmnfrani). But we’re not referring to her, either. Look closer. Notice that flower on Yesmeen’s hair. Yes, that’s it. Imagine the physical exertion of climbing Tarak Ridge early in morning, reaching the summit all sweaty, yet fresh as a dew-caressed flower. A lot of people can climb a mountain. Not everyone can climb it with style and grace. Click the photo to enlarge: Continue reading Photo of the Day: The Flower of Tarak Ridge (Mariveles, Bataan)

Photo of the Day: Magiting sa Mt. Guiting Guiting ng Romblon

When it comes to mountain climbing, we’re so much like Jon Snow — that guy who we thought would survive the killing spree of G.R.R. Martin, at least in the last season — we really know nothing. We never got past the planning stage. The initial planning, we hate to admit this, involves an easy trek to Mt. Pinatubo’s crater. Just a little heart condition, you see, and we understand that if something happens, it will be hours before medical assistance comes along, pretty much like what recently happened to a weekend climber at Mt. Pulag. We’ve heard a Pulag climb now requires a medical certificate. Really? That’s red tape, plain and simple. If we have a heart condition and we want to take the risk, require us to sign a waiver (which you guys require, anyway); not a medical certificate, for crying out loud. Anyway, sorry, we’re wandering off (pun intended). The heart of this post is this awesome photo by Jonathan Reales — a programmer, hiker, aspiring landscape/nature photographer, and a dreamer who believes “do it with passion or not at all” (follow his Instagram account, @rainbowchaser_ph). Cool. Looking at the tags of his photo, we gathered it’s G2 Romblom. Took us a while to find out that G2 is Mt. Guiting Guiting, a Romblon peak that has gained the respect of many mountaineers because of its level of difficulty. See? We know nothing. But we know we won’t be able to climb that mountain in this lifetime. Click the photo to enlarge: Continue reading Photo of the Day: Magiting sa Mt. Guiting Guiting ng Romblon