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Floating in Paradise: Philippine Travel Stories

Everybody knows that the Philippines is a beach paradise, home of the world’s top beaches, including Boracay, Palawan and Siargao. The Philippines has retained its ranking among the world’s best tourist destinations, notwithstanding the closure of Boracay this year (but it will reopen in October 26, woohoo!!) Not everybody knows that the Philippines is also home to wonderful waterfalls and, of course, rivers. Continue reading Floating in Paradise: Philippine Travel Stories

Want to Live Longer? Take a Vacation, a Study Says

A 40-year study study reveals that taking vacations can prolong your life. In fact, foregoing holidays can’t be compensated by simply having a healthy lifestyle. “Don’t think having an otherwise healthy lifestyle will compensate for working too hard and not taking holidays,” notes Professor Timo Strandberg of the University of Helsinki, Finland. Continue reading Want to Live Longer? Take a Vacation, a Study Says

4 Reasons Why Today is the Best Time to Visit the Philippines

Perhaps you’re sitting in your office and thinking, “Where is the best place to travel where I can get the highest value for my money?” Well, you can join the increasing number of tourists flocking to the Philippines. The largest chunk of foreign arrivals in the Philippines, according to the Department of Tourism (DoT), is from Asia (61.11% of the total or 290,177 visitors in June 2017, including tourists from Korea, Japan and China). Tourists from North America come next, followed by travelers from Europe and Australasia/Pacific. So, why is it the best time to visit the Philippines today? Continue reading 4 Reasons Why Today is the Best Time to Visit the Philippines

Boracay October 26 Re-Opening: What We Know So Far

Like many of you, we’re looking forward to the re-opening of Boracay, scheduled on October 26, 2018. Since Boracay’s closure on April 26 this year, we’ve only seen glimpses of how this rested beach-paradise from news reports and government agency officials. While we do our countdown for the re-opening of Boracay on October 26, let’s summarize what we know so far. Continue reading Boracay October 26 Re-Opening: What We Know So Far

Memories of Batanes: Philippine Travel Stories

We have a number of our own travel stories on Batanes, from the 12 Ordinary Things that Look Gorgeous in Batanes, the Top 5 Thoughts While Standing on the Rolling Hills of Batanes, to the 15 Tips for your Batanes Travel. There are more Batanes stories in our lumang baul, but let’s give way to photos with our tags or with #visitpinas in Instagram, specially now that Batanes, together with the rest of Northern Luzon, appears to be on the path of Typhoon Ompong. Continue reading Memories of Batanes: Philippine Travel Stories

The Feet of Summer: Philippines Travel Photos

Looking at the photos with our tag or with #visitpinas in Instagram, we noticed a pattern of feet as focus in various Philippine destinations. We’ve also noticed that all of these photos are from women. We don’t know why. Perhaps this is just an extension to women’s love for shoes. Yes, men also love sneakers, but that’s nothing compared to the relationship between women, shoes and bags. Let’s feature some of these feet that happily roamed the gorgeous islands of the Philippines. Continue reading The Feet of Summer: Philippines Travel Photos

The Creative Uses of a Coconut Tree: Philippines Travel Photos

A coconut tree is also called the Tree of Life because of the variety of its use, itemized in a song, Da Coconut Nut. So, yes, “there are so many uses of the coconut tree, you can build a bigger house for the family,” just some of the uses. If you visit the Philippines, you’ll find that coconut trees are everywhere, as abundant as the smiles and hospitality of Filipinos. Let’s explore some of the travel uses of a coconut tree, plucked from Instagram photos of the community, with our tag or with #visitpinas. Continue reading The Creative Uses of a Coconut Tree: Philippines Travel Photos

Dining with a View in the Philippines: Photos of the Day

It’s amazing how food nowadays is enjoyed in two different levels — in the stomach and in social media. Admit it, you take a photo of your food before diving in. We also do that (in our defense, how can we post those lovely photos if we don’t snap a shot before the first bite?). Food can be an experience by itself or it can be a part of a bigger experience. Here are some of the photos we found, most tagged with #visitpinas in Instagram, of how food is enjoyed, with a view, on some random day in the Philippines. Continue reading Dining with a View in the Philippines: Photos of the Day

Just Keep Swimming, Freediving at Barracuda Lake (Coron, Palawan): Photo of the Day

We all know  Coron, Palawan, is an awesome travel destination. The pristine beaches, fresh seafood, nice tan, great view, underwater scenes, just some of the reasons why tourists flock into this group of paradise-islands. Then there’s freediving at the Barracuda Lake. Let’s compile some of the photos of underwater adventurers in this post. Continue reading Just Keep Swimming, Freediving at Barracuda Lake (Coron, Palawan): Photo of the Day

The Grapes of La Union (and the Model): Photo of the Day

“One sweet escape,” goes the photo caption by Erwin, a Kapuso engineer and an Adamsonian. We tried to ask for a bit of description for this photo, but we didn’t get any (yet), so we’ll use our Sherlock Holmes prowess. This one is in Bauang, La Union. In our previous post (Welcome to the Grapes Capital of the Philippines), we said that we didn’t realize grapes thrived in the Philippines since the early 1970s. The focus in the previous article are the grapes, this one on the person, most likely his significant other. The clue? Just check the next photo in Erwin’s account, with those smiles that can only mean one thing — they want a lovely pose, er, they’re in love (check his Instagram account, @erwinnavalle, for more photos). This only supports our view that travel is really not about the destination, but about emotions. Stay happy, guys! (And keep on snapping beautiful photos of the Philippines). Click the photos to enlarge. Continue reading The Grapes of La Union (and the Model): Photo of the Day