Category Archives: Places to Go

Good Friday in the Time of COVID-19

It’s easy to lose track of the day of the week. There’s no more Monday or Thursday or Friday. It’s simply yesterday, today and tomorrow — the new reality in almost 2 months of home quarantine. It’s easy to forget that today is a Good Friday.

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Halloween Special: Battle of Good vs Evil at the Malabon Cemetery

Somewhere in the Malabon cemetery lies a statue of an angel (St. Michael the Archangel) in a fight with the devil, Lucifer. It’s a scary sight, especially for kids. St. Michael (San Miguel) appears to be losing the fight. He is on the ground, pinned under Lucifer’s foot. It looks like evil is winning. This is the reason why so many people think it’s a Satanic statue. However, the plaque beside the statue, paints a different picture. The entire story is featured in this video: Continue reading Halloween Special: Battle of Good vs Evil at the Malabon Cemetery

Siargao Island, Surigao: Travel Tips and Itinerary for Land Trip

Siargao Island, located on the Pacific Ocean-facing side of Surigao, is a tiny speck in the Visayas-Mindanao geographical divide. It is accessible by air, sea or land. Direct flights from Cebu or Manila take a daily pilgrimage to this world-renowned Surfing Capital of the Philippines, landing on Sayak Airport, simply known as Siargao Airport. Continue reading Siargao Island, Surigao: Travel Tips and Itinerary for Land Trip

The Stingless Jellyfish of Sohoton Cove National Park (Surigao)

The jellyfish pond. Sohoton. Not much additional information on the jellyfish sanctuary heading into Siargao Island. We didn’t know exactly what the sanctuary is called, if it’s still part of Siargao, or how far it is from Siargao. All we wanted to do was go see the stingless jellies. No guts, no jellies. Siargao offered more surprises than we can take home even when using the biggest luggage in this inflation-challenged market. Continue reading The Stingless Jellyfish of Sohoton Cove National Park (Surigao)

Waterfalls to Explore in the Philippines: Fun Outdoors Adventure

Lovers of the outdoors have a lot of amazing adventures to choose from in the Philippines. One destination to explore are waterfalls in the thousands of islands comprising the Philippine archipelago. What are the best waterfalls to visit? Let’s feature these waterfalls in this post. Continue reading Waterfalls to Explore in the Philippines: Fun Outdoors Adventure

Memories of Summer: Warm Thoughts for the Rainy Season

If you haven’t heard the weather agency, PAGASA, declaring the end of summer, the heavy rains in the past days would definitely drive home the point that the Philippines has two seasons — the rainy season and the very rainy season. Well, it has been fun while summer lasted. We sure have enough memories of sunny days to last us the entire rainy season. We’re also sure that you guys saved enough photos of summer. So, in memory of Summer 2017, let’s feature some of your photos. Continue reading Memories of Summer: Warm Thoughts for the Rainy Season

Valentines Sunset at Peninsula de Punta Fuego: Photo of the Day

Yes, we said we’re not fond of Valentines Day, but that doesn’t mean we hate Valentines. Our first meeting originally fell on February 14. We decided to move our date because we realized it’s Valentines Day, and we don’t celebrate Valentines. Don’t get us wrong, though. We believe in romance. We believe in love. Incidentally, this lovely photo of lovers and sunset was captured in Peninsula de Punta Fuego by Fr. Jboy Gonzales (check his Instagram account, @jboygonzalessj, for more photos), a Jesuit. A Jesuit solemnized our marriage and baptized our children. A Jesuit blessed our offices. Love ’em, Jesuits. Click the photo to enlarge. Continue reading Valentines Sunset at Peninsula de Punta Fuego: Photo of the Day

Top 10 Philippine Destinations for the Heartbroken this Valentines

Valentines Day is around the corner. While studies have shown that the worst time, the most depressing period, for the heartbroken segment of our society is actually Christmas (ever wondered why “Pasko na Sinta Ko” is popular during Christmas?), we don’t really get to talk much about sad things during the season of joy. But heartbreaks and breakups are fair topics during Valentines. So, if you’re going through a rough patch this Valentines Day, if you’re heartbroken, or if you’ve long been single without much luck in the love department, here are the best places to go in the Philippines or things to do in the Philippines in order to heal that broken heart, all courtesy, of course, of our VisitPinas community (in instagram and facebook; we don’t imply that the folks featured here are heartbroken, they just have some cool photos). Continue reading Top 10 Philippine Destinations for the Heartbroken this Valentines

Starry, Starry Night at Apo Reef Natural Park, Mindoro: Photo of the Day

Not all nights are created equal. Some nights are for parties, others for rest. Some nights are dark, others drenched in light. Some nights are lonely, others spent with wonderful company. Some nights, however, are absolutely breathtaking. If you spend a night at the Apo Reef Natural Park, Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro, as we see in this photo courtesy of Jon Johnson (check his Instagram acount, @jon_bratpacker, for more awesome photos). In this part of the beautiful Philippines, the sunrise is breathtaking, the sunset fierce, and the night stars simply awesome. You can see the stars in all their bright glory, and, if you’re lucky enough, perhaps you’ll see the Princess Leia in a galaxy far, far away. Click the photo to enlarge. Continue reading Starry, Starry Night at Apo Reef Natural Park, Mindoro: Photo of the Day

Chilling with a View at Mt. Pamitinan: Photo of the Day

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