U2 once complained, in song form of course, that he has climbed the highest mountains, and ran through the fields, yet, in Bono’s words, “I still haven’t found what I’m looking for.” Don’t worry, Mr. Bono, for you’re not alone. Here in VisitPinas, in the midst of this mind-numbing and wallet-crunching lockdown, we’ll feature our kababayan apparently still looking for whatever they are looking for (and if you see some great photos, tell them to tag us at VisitPinas@Instagram so we can include the photos here).Continue reading Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For
The covid-19 lockdown is almost a month old, with a half month more to go. Adapting to the home quarantine is no problem for wanderers, as they are used to changing surroundings and shifting realities. Let’s see how our fellow travelers are dealing with the prolonged deprivation of outdoors. Tag us in Instagram so we can add your photos.Continue reading How Much We Miss the Outdoors: Let Us Count the Ways
The Lord has risen! Behold the risen Christ. Hallelujah! That’s the basic essence of Easter Sunday — that Jesus Christ rose from the dead, on the third day after He suffered under Pontius Pilate, crucified and was buried. There are theologians and experts who can discuss the profound meaning of Easter Sunday. For us ordinary Catholics and Christians, Easter Sunday marks the bedrock of our faith, for this is the day when God fulfilled His promise to save mankind by offering His Son.Continue reading The Meaning of Easter Sunday 2020
We all have to face the community quarantine imposed to slow down the coronavirus. It’s called a “community quarantine” because, well, it’s designed to lockdown the entire community at home. When we stop moving around, the virus stops moving. That’s just the way it is. We need to come to terms with the lockdown. Some need assistance to survive the social isolation, others relish it. In an island. With a few people. And abundant catch from the sea, ready for lunch.Continue reading Island Lockdown: Beating Hunger and the Virus
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.Continue reading Good Friday in the Time of COVID-19
Travel, both domestic and international, is practically dead at this time. Countries are closing their borders. The lockdown in the Philippines, for instance, bars all inbound international flights, as well as domestic flights. This means that hotels, restaurants, airlines, travel agencies and other tourism-related activities must take a big gulp of financial oxygen and hold on until the lockdown, called enhanced community quarantine in the Philippines, is lifted.Continue reading Life in the Time of Corona
There are two seasons in the Philippines, some say — the hot season and the very hot season. We know, of course, the difference between just “hot” and “very hot”, and it boils down (pun intended) to your body’s physical condition to face the world-renowned Philippine summer. In these photographs, culled from the VisitPinas-tagged photos in Instagram, we’ll share with you life-changing tips on how to whip your body into shape. Here goes.
Get out of the Shade
It’s not really about the shade itself, but what we do under the shade. Most often than not, the shade is a place to chill. Hammock or no hammock, it’s nice to simply doze off in the shade. To illustrate, here’s Joanna Marie Bola (check her Instagram account, @jannazabat, for more photos) at the Pearl Farm Resort in Davao.
“A vacation is having nothing to do and all day to do it,” she says. That’s good if you’re already in summer bod, but ain’t good if you’re still getting there. So, get your lazy butt off the shade and get ready to work some serious sweat.
Progress, not perfection
Thanks to Netflix, we can now binge-watch our favorite movies, one of which is The Equalizer, where we get a memorable line from Denzel Washington — “Progress, not perfection.” Goals may sometimes appear impossible to achieve because of the sheer immensity, like, how do I shed a thousand pounds before summer? The secret? Little steps. Don’t think of giant strides, as what we can see from this photo of the Upside Down Museum (Pasay City, Metro Manila), courtesy of Markdavid Domequil (check his Instagram account, @daviddomequil).
Huge strides will weigh you down. Progress, not perfection. If you can’t make it this summer, there’s always a next year. Besides, so long as you’re confident with your body, go ahead and flaunt it, abs or no abs. It’s better to be happy than getting injured with too much preoccupation with the abs. Remember, Ed Sheeran talked about being in love with the “shape of you.” Round is a shape, you know.
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The selfie stick. Banned in many crowded places for safety reasons. It won’t be necessary to ban the selfie stick if it’s not ubiquitous, and it won’t be ubiquitous unless it has an excellent purpose. You see, the selfie stick serves an important role in this era of social media — you can take your own photo without asking anyone for assistance or, in case of a groufie, without leaving anyone out of the photo. Continue reading Me, Myself and my Selfie Stick: Philippine Travel Stories
Halloween is not exactly a Philippine tradition. Filipinos do honor their dead during this season. All Saints’ Day, or also called Todos los Santos, is a regular holiday in the Philippines that falls every November 1 (see All Saints Day: Regular Holiday). Undas or Araw ng mga Patay (Day of the Dead, or All Souls’ Day) is celebrated a day after, November 2. This is not a regular holiday in the Philippines, but is often declared an additional special non-working day. Continue reading Happy Halloween: Philippine Travel Stories
Just keep on walking. We often encounter this line, made more recognizable by that whiskey brand. Brad Pitt’s character in World War Z perfectly explains why there’s a need to keep on walking — “movement is life.” And in a world where no man is an island, or in the avalanche of complicated status in social media, the message in Last of the Mohicans still rings clearly in our ears: “You’re strong! You survive! You stay alive, no matter what occurs! I will find you! No matter how long it takes, no matter how far. I will find you.” Continue reading Just Keep on Walking: Philippine Travel Stories