North of the Philippines’ national capital region is Abra, a landlocked province surrounded by Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, Apayao, and Kalinga. Here we find the relaxing natural curtains of cold spring terraces, an awesome sight to behold known as the Kaparkan Falls. Perfect for more adventurous travelers who enjoy the outdoors.
Unfortunately, we heard from Rai that September is going to be the last month it will open this year. Rai has this invitation: “We will be coming back to Kaparkan Falls of Tineg Abra on September 08-09. For those who want to join us, kindly hit me through DM! Don’t miss the chance for this one a kind adventure since it will be the last month it will open this year!” (Check his Instagram account, @rhyjoe, for more photos). Click the photo to enlarge. Continue reading Chillin’ at Kaparkan Falls, the Nature-Engineered Spring Terraces at Tineg, Abra: Photo of the Day
Imagine if we have autumn in the Philippines — the colors — but we only have two seasons in this tropical part of the world, the rainy season and the very rainy season (no, seriously, summer and rainy season). Going back to the wishful thinking of autumn in the Philippines, the foliage and the Buruwisan Falls (located in Mt. Romelo, not Famy, in the town of Siniloan, Laguna) would be this lovely, as captured by Ken Galicinao (check his Instagram account, @kengalicinao, for more photos). Don’t get us wrong, Buruwisan Falls is lovely as it is, although the change of colors would add a different dimension. Click the photo to enlarge.
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Just channeling his inner monkey, Jon Chavez said when he went swinging at the Mablaran Falls located in Romblon (check his Instagram account, @j0nsport, for more photos). He may be kidding, but we can see he’s seriously having fun. That’s good. We share the view that we should be confident enough to poke fun at ourselves. Traveling — enjoying what nature graciously grants us — gives us that opportunity to bring our guard down, just let go, and have fun. You should try it: the Philippines has lots of outdoor paradise venues, from mountaintops to the beach and underwater, to let your hair down. Have fun! Click the photo to enlarge.
Continue reading Swinging Happiness at Mablaran Falls, Romblon: Photo of the Day
Don’t go chasing waterfalls, goes a popular song. But you really don’t have to chase waterfalls — you simply jump from one. Around three hours south of Cebu City is the three-tiered Kawasan Falls, with its clear spring water forming part of the Matutinao River System. It’s found in Barangay Matutinao, municipality of Badian. Foreign and Filipino tourists love this ecotourism destination. One recent guest of the Philippines, the British visitor Lydia Garner (check her Instagram acount, @lydiagxx), lost no time testing her nerves by jumping off Kawasan Falls. See her photo below. By the way, expect a full trip when visiting Kawasan Falls. Beyond enjoying the waterfalls, another popular activity in this area is canyoneering upstream of the Kawasan Falls. The Osmeña Peak in the Badian Mountain Range, a popular trekking destination, is located nearby. Pescador Island, with its corals and marine life for divers, is found in the nearby town of Moalboal. Click the photo to enlarge. Continue reading Chasing the Kawasan Waterfalls (Badian, Cebu): Photo of the Day
Tinuy-an Falls is known as the “little Niagara” of the Philippines, with its beautiful 55-meter-high white water curtain. This multi-tiered waterfall, 95 meters in width, is located in Bislig, Surigao del Sur. The usual photo we see of the awesome Tinuy-an Falls is taken during the day. This shot by Mark Marcelino (check his Instagram acount, @mark.marcelino) was captured during the blue hour, he said. So we had to research what on earth “blue hour” is — “the period of twilight early in the dawn each morning and late dusk each evening when the sun is at a significant distance below the horizon and the residual, indirect sunlight takes on a predominantly blue hue.” Nice. The beauty of exploration: we always learn something new. Click the photo to enlarge. Continue reading Little Niagara called Tinuy-an Falls (Bislig, Surigao del Sur): 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
Who dares, wins. That’s the motto of the SAS. Those who dare, win. That’s the phrase used by this lovely photographer, cs_jazz, in her blog. She’s Batman, she says, which is quite problematic in so many levels, but there’s no reason not to believe her description as an iska, a student of the universe, and a bar stool philosopher. Perhaps we all are. We can engage in endless dialectics, on a bar stool, with alcohol prodding our numb brain cells into philosophial overdrive. Perhaps we need to do that sometimes. It’s a fast world out there. Life moves so fast we get left behind every time we blink. It’s an endless chase for each second, a merciless chase that burns out a lot of people. But at certain milestones, we need to cut back, inhale deeply, recharge, refocus. Sharpen our body and soul. It’s a necessary process that we can do in so many hidden corners of the Philippines, like the Anghalo Falls in San Felipe, Zambales (photo courtesy of @cs_jazz; check her Instagram account, @cs_jazz, for more photos). Click the photo to enlarge: Continue reading Anghalo Falls (San Felipe, Zambales): Photo of the Day
Nope, there’s really no mystery. Or maybe there is. Exciting tales of mystery usally surround hidden nooks and crannies of the Philippines. But we wouldn’t know for sure because we haven’t been to Buruwisan Falls, tucked safely somewhere in Mt. Romelo (Siniloan, Laguna). Perhaps we can ask the one who took this photo, Rowie Pagcaliwagan (check his Instagram account, @rowiepoly), who wants to go travel with nothing but his backpack and camera. Sounds fun, although the last time we’ve heard something like that, Rose (Kate Winslet) was telling Jack (Leonardo diCarprio) to paint her wearing her necklace, and nothing but the necklace. We all know that she meant that literally. We don’t know if Rowie meant the backpack-and-camera bit in the same way. Back to the photo, the perspective of this shot instroduces a certain sense of mystery to the usual frontal photo of Buruwisan Falls. It’s like the photographer is trapped in some invisible wall, with the pillars of waterdrops serving as prison bars. And the mystery deepens. Click the photo to enlarge: Continue reading Photo of the Day: Mystery in Buruwisan Falls
We’ve seen a few waterfalls and we’ve heard about the Kawasan Falls in Cebu, but we haven’t seen a photograph like this one, courtesy of Michael Credo (check his Instagram account, @i_am_laagan for more photos). We’ve also seen tons of selfies, or groufies in this instance, but this one is not too obvious. We didn’t notice the selfie stick until later. It beautifully blends with the bamboo raft used to bring the guests under the waterfalls. Imagine that, the perfect water massage with your friends. And the fun thing about it? You really can’t tell anyone to soften the pressure or lower the volume of water. Either you make it or you don’t. This one is for hardcore wanderers, not for whiners. We’ve tried this crazy dare in Pagsanjan and we can say that it’s definitely not for the weak of heart and definitely not for those who have thin skin (or low pain threshold). It’s like a heard of cows, some small and some huge, happily stomping all over your back. It’s fun, really. So, next time you’re in Cebu, go find Kawasan Falls, try to get an awesome photo, and tag us so we can tell the world about it. Click the photo to enlarge: Continue reading Photo of the Day: Kawasan Falls
No, you’re not required to have ripped abs to enjoy the crystal-clear waters of Cancalanog Falls, found in the town of Algeria, Cebu. It’s a bonus that Hary Noel (ph.noel, who is a shutterbug, barista, coffee maniac, nature devotee, adventure seeker, and pathfinder) has some abs to show with what he calls “when it is blue, it is deep” fresh water of Brgy. Compostela. with a wanderer’s mindset and enough patience, anyone can seek and enjoy what the Philippines has to offer in terms of travel fun (but we’d certainly love to explore growing some abs to complement the awesome vistas of the Philippines; ahem, just wait and see). Click the photo to enlarge: Continue reading Photo of the Day: When it is Blue, it is Deep (Cancalanog Falls)