We’ve seen photos, particularly those taken at insane heights with people standing on the edge of something, that made our palms sweat. Today’s featured photo is not on the absolute extreme side, but it still made our task difficult, typing on the keyboard with sweaty hands. Sure, it would be nice to chill with an awesome view, like in Mt. Pamitinan, or to say, quoting Rasty Sanchez (check his Instagram acount, @rastyismyname, for more photos) captured sitting on Mt. Pamitinan‘s ledge, that: “You cannot keep running away from your fears. At some point in life you will have to build up courage to face and overcome them.” Nice thoughts, really. But we’d probably do that kind of meditating in some coffeeshop, or some mountain or sea resort with our feet firmly planted on the ground. Would you do it, hang out (pun intended) at Mt. Pamitinan? Click the photo to enlarge. Continue reading Chilling with a View at Mt. Pamitinan: Photo of the Day
“I got to spend the end of the year with this guy,” said charlynfaith. We’re unsure who’s luckier, the turtle dude or charlynfaith (check her Instagram acount, @peytfull, for more photos). We could say she’s lucky, with this seemingly well-timed shot with a turtle at Apo Island (Dauin, Negros Oriental). Not everyone gets the chance (although we hope you’d be able) to visit this marine sanctuary and get a wonderful photo remembrance to boot. We could say, on the other hand, that this turtle is a lucky guy (well, assuming it’s a guy), with this beautiful lady-guest gracefully diving to have a selfie (or is it a turtlefie?) taken in his peaceful underwater habitat. Perhaps we can say that we’re all lucky, living in and exploring this beautiful country called the Philippines. So, go ahead, visit the Philippines and tell the world what’s beautiful about Pinas! Have fun! Click the photo to enlarge. Continue reading Lucky Turtles at Apo Island, Negros Oriental: Photo of the Day
We recently came across something new (for us, at least, in the context of social media) — a service company that invites visitors to “discover the Philippine Islands, like never before,” with the unique option of flying their “seaplanes, landplanes and helicopters to your next adventure.” What we love about it, is that this entity, Air Juan, has an instagram account, complete with awesome photos (check its Instagram acount, @airjuan.philippines, for more photos) to showcase the beauty of the Philippines from the less usual perspective. Sure, Palawan is beautiful. Yes, the Huma Island Resort & Spa in Busuanga, Palawan, is absolutely gorgeous. But looking at the bird’s-eye view of Huma Island, as in this photo courtesy of Air Juan, is an entirely different matter. So if you’ve recently tried Air Juan, share your photo with us so we can, in turn, share it with the world. As we always say, visit the Philippines, tell the world what’s beautiful about ‘Pinas. Click the photo to enlarge. Continue reading Bird’s-Eye View of Huma Island Resort & Spa: Photo of the Day
We’ve featured quite a number of mountain summits in this blog, but we won’t get tired of it. Doesn’t get boring. Each summit is differently beautiful (with a heart) and, more importantly, the exhiliration each climber gets is equally different. We’ve noticed, though, that ladies love to wear pink when assaulting the summit, perhaps a statement that women are on par with men in mountaineering. “Gorgeously tough,” as Ria puts it in her Instagram profile (her photo featured her; check her Instagram acount, @avariaarian, for more photos). There’s understandable pride in reaching the summit, and there’s no shame in showing it. It’s that sense of pride, personal satisfaction, and boundless exhiliration that is evident in this photo by Ria, conquering Mt. Pamitinan, located in Brgy. Wawa, Rodriguez (formerly Montalban), Rizal. Click the photo to enlarge. Continue reading Conquering Mt. Pamitinan: Photo of the Day
Life is about balance. On one side, there’s the need to save for the rainy days, then there’s the side, supported by studies, that experience, like the rich experience people gets out of traveling, is a better long-term source of happiness. So, the mantra of Reese PeanutButterCup (check her Instagram acount, @travelista84, for more photos) — Trabaho. Ipon. Travel. Enjoy. — makes perfect sense. In the same way, on one side, there’s the natural allure of the sights and sounds of the city, yet there’s the equally pull of the natural wonders of the countryside, like the one people see at the Minalungao National Park in General Tinio, Nueva Ecija. The interplay of crisp colors, framed by solid rocks that have been chiselled through the ages by freshwater, and infused by fresh air, leaves a lasting mark of wonder and beauty. So go ahead, explore and visit the Philippines. Click the photo to enlarge. Continue reading Minalungao National Park, Nueva Ecija: Photo of the Day
It’s unfair to compare one’s travel experience in two different places, simply because each place offers a different set of soul colors. Still, it’s normal for two different places to look eeringly similar, which is the reason why we noted that this photo by Janine Monica Lanting (check her Instagram acount, @msengrjanine, for more photos) looks like the normal view in Batanes (just loook at the Top 5 Thoughts While Standing on the Rolling Hills of Batanes or the 12 Ordinary THings that Look Gorgeous in Batanes), when in fact this photo was snapped in Catanduanes. Very stunning view. Now all we have to do is figure out exactly where in Catanduanes we can find this view. Click the photo to enlarge. Continue reading Batanes in Catanduanes: Photo of the Day
How’s your shower this morning? Refreshing? Got one of those showerheads with power nozzles that massage your scalp while you rinse your hair? We don’t have one. We have something even better. And it’s way much cheaper, and way so much more fun, than ’em showerheads. It’s called Tangadan Falls, just one of the beautiful waterfalls you’ll find in the Philippines. Tangadan Falls is located in the town of San Gabriel, La Union, which brings in the awesome bonus of being a few minutes away from the surf scene of the north, San Juan, La Union (just have to add that it one of our favorite spot, Kahuna). It’s like hitting two birds with one stone. Want to see our shower? Here’s a photo courtesy of Jan Gomez Villanueva (check his Instagram acount, @jan_gv). Click the photo to enlarge. Continue reading Go Shower in Tangadan Falls (San Gabriel, La Union): Photo of the Day
[Follow VisitPinas in Instagram] Imagine waking up to the incessant calls of the waves, opening your eyes to the blue sky and the white sand, overloading your senses with the warmth of the clear waters. Now, snap out of it and get to work — but don’t fret, the beautiful Philippines awaits. Work hard, vacation harder. Continue reading Photo of the Day: Imagine Boracay
Time to spread the VisitPinas.com advocacy, which is summarized in this blog’s tagline — Visit the Philippines, Tell the World What’s Beautiful About Pinas. One of the best ways to do that is for everyone to include VisitPinas while taking a photo of Philippine travel (food, destinations, views, events, what have you). We know your creativity is boundless, so surprise the Community. Send us your original photos (visitpinas @ gmail.com) and we’ll upload and collate everything here. Don’t forget to include a one-paragraph description of the photo, as well as your name for attribution. As usual, click the photos to enlarge. Continue reading Community Tags for VisitPinas
With the New Year celebrations done and over with, it’s time to sit and think about travel in and around the Philippines. And we need YOUR help on this exercise. It’s very simple — simply give us your recommendations!
You may have noticed our topics by now. If you’re not yet familiar with the categories in VisitPinas, allow us to remind you. What to eat (food)? Where to go? What to do? Where to stay? What to see? All in the Philippines, of course.
Give us your recommendation/s, something you’ve experienced (or would want to experience in 2013). It may help if you do a quick search around VisitPinas to check if we’ve already featured your recommendation, but to be on the safe side, fire away and tell us. It would also be helpful if you tell us a little something about your recommendation.
So, what are we waiting for? Fire away! Please use the comment section below. Thanks!