Pag Lumingon Ka, Akin Ka: Philippine Travel Stories

We’ve heard the line before, usually whispered or silently running through our head, when we’re waiting for someone, with whom we’re interested in, to look our way. This became a catchphrase with the release of the 2011 movie “In The Name of Love,” with Aga Muhlach and Angel Locsin in the leading roles. Kapag lumingon ka, akin ka! (If you glance back at me, you’re mine).

Of course, it’s not just the fact of looking back. It has to come with a certain look, or expression, showing a level of interest in the person saying “pag lumingon ka, akin ka.” We see a lot of those in the VisitPinas-tagged Instagram photos. Here are some of those photos.

“Walk with me?”, asks Jhay-Ann Santos (check her Instagram account, @belleofjune, for more photos), at Legazpi Boulevard, Dap-Dap, Legazpi, Albay:

“What if I can’t forget you?”, goes the reply of Rod Ocampo (check his Instagram account,, for more photos), at Paoay Church in Ilocos Norte:

It would be easier if the look is up close. Imagine if the person of interest is sipping hot coffee, let’s say at Mt. Manabu in Sto. Tomas, Batangas. You wait for that person to glance at you. Just a glance, a clue. Of course, it would be awesome if that person posts a photo and captions it “look into my eyes.” It means only one thing, right? Let’s ask this lady, Maebelyne Adrid (check her Instagram account, @mmaaeeadrid, for more photos) .

Tricky look, really. We figure it is mostly romantic, but in can also be something else. How do you interpret the look of someone who looks back at you from a grassy place, or talahiban, right in the middle of Mt. 387 (Batong-Amat), Nueva Ecija, like this?

Gotcha! First word that comes to mind. The guy in the talahiban, by the way, is Henry Cotillon (check his Instagram account, @certifiedpalaboy, for more photos).

It’s not hard to find these “akin ka” look at the beach. Here’s Charlyn Faith Gabito (check her Instagram account, @peytfull, for more photos) in Salagdoong Beach, Maria, Siquijor.

Here’s Coleen Larupay (check her Instagram account, @culingtuy, for more photos) in Isla Gran, Sta. Cruz, Zamboanga City.

By the way, have you noticed that, except the first photo, everyone is turning to the left? There should be a good explanation to this. Anyone?

“Look for something positive in each day, even if some days you have to look a little harder,” says Shiela Marie Datu (check her Instagram account, @sheylamatiks, for more photos) in Cabugao Island in Iloilo.

At this point, let’s close the head-turning issue. Heads are turned to the right in the preceding photos, so there’s really nothing significant where the head turns. Perhaps it’s just a matter of preference, in the same way that some may prefer taking a trip to the mountains more than the beach. Nothing significant. Nothing interesting.

Here’s something interesting — the island in the previous photo and the island in the next photo are exactly the same. Claudine Alexine Batiquin (check her Instagram account,, for more photos) says she’s on the Bantigui Island Sandbar in Iloilo.

A quick peak reveals that Bantigui Island is an island east of a nearby island, Cabugao island, which is also near Antonia Island. Then there’s the Islas de Gigantes. If you can’t picture that out, time to head on to Iloilo to see these islands for yourself

This one is not exactly a beach, but overlooking a beach, at Perth Paradise Resort in Sipalay, Negros Occidental, courtesy of Eerv Lyn (check her Instagram account, @littlemiss_hyper, for more photos) in Salagdoong Beach, Maria, Siquijor.

From the beach, back to the mountain. Doesn’t really matter where. The phrase still rings true. Pag lumingon ka, akin ka. Yep, you too, Ted Macatangay, in his photo at Mount Pulag National Park in Benguet.

Ted says he’s not a photographer, but with the quality of the photos in his feed, we really don’t believe him (check his Instagram account, @ted_randomphotography, for more photos).

We are going to update this post, so tag us with your “pag lumingon ka, akin ka” photos.

[Photos reproduced with permission (thanks). Tag your Philippine travel photos with #visitpinas so we can track it down. Photos will be featured in this blog’s photo of the day and in instagram/VisitPinas, facebook/VisitPinas, twitter/VisitPinas.]

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