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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

Jumpstart Your 2017 (Cliff Jumping in Fortune Island Resort, Nasugbu, Batangas): Photo of the Day

The New Year revelries are done — Christmas lights and decorations brought down and packed for the next year, the extra pounds starting to weigh down your belly, and the worries of 2016 left behind. It’s time to face 2017. So, how do you jumpstart the year? Most people do New Year’s resolutions. Some people, however, take it literally. Like Tom Sawyer (check his Instagram account, @whataboutpao, for more photos), enjoying the sun and sea, and jumping off the cliff in Fortune Island Resort, Nasugbu, Batangas. Looks fun. You brave enough to do it? Click the photo to enlarge. Continue reading Jumpstart Your 2017 (Cliff Jumping in Fortune Island Resort, Nasugbu, Batangas): Photo of the Day

Fly High on the Wing of Skylab (Habal-Habal) Motorcycle: Photo of the Day

“Life is a great adventure or nothing,” goes the Instagram profile of jabeenturero, which probably explains why his group embarked on an adventure — one of the greatest adventure undertaken by mankind, we dare say — riding a habal-habal, a remarkable motorcycle ride that requires balance and coordination between the driver, the passengers, and whatever baggage they choose to strap on that hapless motorcycle. It looks like a suicide mission for outsiders, but it’s a normal mode of transportation for locals in some parts of Visayas and in many places in Mindanao. Habal-habal is from the root word “habal,” which means to mount. The habal-habal motorcycle is also called “skylab” in some places, reportedly based on that 70’s space station or a contraction of the phrase “sakay na, lab” (“ride on, love”). The habal-habal or skylab looks more like a plane than a motorcycle (giving full justice to the expression, “I’m not driving fast, I’m flying low”), with planks protruding from both sides and at the back of the motorcycle. It can carry more than TEN people (yes, you got that right, more than 10 people) AND their baggage. Fancy riding on the “wing” of the skylab? You guys should try it at least once. Photo courtesy of jabeenturero (check his Instagram account, @jabeenturero, for more photos). Click the photo to enlarge. Continue reading Fly High on the Wing of Skylab (Habal-Habal) Motorcycle: Photo of the Day

Surfing Fun in Urbiztondo, La Union: Photo of the Day

“First of 2017,” said @doktorabucag (check her Instagram account for more photos), implying that it’s not a one-day stand for surfing in Urbiztondo, La Union. This means we get to see more awesome surfing photos. We love surfing, you see, but surfing doesn’t love us back. We know, we know, it’s not hopeless so long as we put it a lot of practice, but it seems we’re now more fit only for internet surfing. But we’re happy watching you guys surf, so keep those surfing photos coming. Click the photo to enlarge. Continue reading Surfing Fun in Urbiztondo, La Union: Photo of the Day

Hot Kawa Bath is Cool in Tibiao, Antique: Photo of the Day

“We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us,” goes the anonymous quote of Ronel Polinar, although it’s hard to see how he can escape the hot kawa “torture” in the Tibiao, Antique. This photo,  courtesy of Ronel Polinar (check his Instagram account, @ron_byaheron, for more photos), harkens back to the dark olden times when cannibals apparently roam the earth. Whereas the prehistoric offerings must be squirming in fear, these two gentlemen of the modern age are definitely smiling with delight inside the kawa (“cauldron”) — with fire underneath. All for fun, of course. So, next time you visit Antique, don’t forget to declare how you prefer to be “cooked” (meaning your “hot bath,” just to be clear).  Click the photo to enlarge. Continue reading Hot Kawa Bath is Cool in Tibiao, Antique: 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