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We always say that vacation planning is always better when done way in advance. Advance planning brings more bank to your buck (and your time). We are about to wrap up 2019 (see full list of 2019 holidays), so it’s time to plan for 2020. Here’s the official list of the nationwide holidays for 2020, per Proclamation No. 845:


Video: Best Thing to Do during Vacation in COLD Baguio

People love going to Baguio, so much so that Baguio, in our opinion, is overcrowded. Sometimes it’s hard to enjoy the old Baguio — with fantastic views and awesome fresh scent of pine trees — when there’s too much people, traffic is as bad as Metro Manila. Anyway, the number of people in Baguio City does not change one thing — the place is cold even during summer. It’s way colder during the Christmas season. Now, it it’s cold (especially if you’re not used to low temperatures all-day long, what do you do? Here’s our suggestion on what to do in COLD Baguio: Continue reading Video: Best Thing to Do during Vacation in COLD Baguio

How To Get In Shape for Summer: Philippine Travel Stories

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.

We will update this post to add more user-submitted tips, so tag us in your 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.]

Floating in Paradise: Philippine Travel Stories

Everybody knows that the Philippines is a beach paradise, home of the world’s top beaches, including Boracay, Palawan and Siargao. The Philippines has retained its ranking among the world’s best tourist destinations, notwithstanding the closure of Boracay this year (but it will reopen in October 26, woohoo!!) Not everybody knows that the Philippines is also home to wonderful waterfalls and, of course, rivers. Continue reading Floating in Paradise: Philippine Travel Stories

Want to Live Longer? Take a Vacation, a Study Says

A 40-year study study reveals that taking vacations can prolong your life. In fact, foregoing holidays can’t be compensated by simply having a healthy lifestyle. “Don’t think having an otherwise healthy lifestyle will compensate for working too hard and not taking holidays,” notes Professor Timo Strandberg of the University of Helsinki, Finland. Continue reading Want to Live Longer? Take a Vacation, a Study Says

4 Reasons Why Today is the Best Time to Visit the Philippines

Perhaps you’re sitting in your office and thinking, “Where is the best place to travel where I can get the highest value for my money?” Well, you can join the increasing number of tourists flocking to the Philippines. The largest chunk of foreign arrivals in the Philippines, according to the Department of Tourism (DoT), is from Asia (61.11% of the total or 290,177 visitors in June 2017, including tourists from Korea, Japan and China). Tourists from North America come next, followed by travelers from Europe and Australasia/Pacific. So, why is it the best time to visit the Philippines today? Continue reading 4 Reasons Why Today is the Best Time to Visit the Philippines

Boracay October 26 Re-Opening: What We Know So Far

Like many of you, we’re looking forward to the re-opening of Boracay, scheduled on October 26, 2018. Since Boracay’s closure on April 26 this year, we’ve only seen glimpses of how this rested beach-paradise from news reports and government agency officials. While we do our countdown for the re-opening of Boracay on October 26, let’s summarize what we know so far. Continue reading Boracay October 26 Re-Opening: What We Know So Far

Memories of Batanes: Philippine Travel Stories

We have a number of our own travel stories on Batanes, from the 12 Ordinary Things that Look Gorgeous in Batanes, the Top 5 Thoughts While Standing on the Rolling Hills of Batanes, to the 15 Tips for your Batanes Travel. There are more Batanes stories in our lumang baul, but let’s give way to photos with our tags or with #visitpinas in Instagram, specially now that Batanes, together with the rest of Northern Luzon, appears to be on the path of Typhoon Ompong. Continue reading Memories of Batanes: Philippine Travel Stories

The Feet of Summer: Philippines Travel Photos

Looking at the photos with our tag or with #visitpinas in Instagram, we noticed a pattern of feet as focus in various Philippine destinations. We’ve also noticed that all of these photos are from women. We don’t know why. Perhaps this is just an extension to women’s love for shoes. Yes, men also love sneakers, but that’s nothing compared to the relationship between women, shoes and bags. Let’s feature some of these feet that happily roamed the gorgeous islands of the Philippines. Continue reading The Feet of Summer: Philippines Travel Photos

The Creative Uses of a Coconut Tree: Philippines Travel Photos

A coconut tree is also called the Tree of Life because of the variety of its use, itemized in a song, Da Coconut Nut. So, yes, “there are so many uses of the coconut tree, you can build a bigger house for the family,” just some of the uses. If you visit the Philippines, you’ll find that coconut trees are everywhere, as abundant as the smiles and hospitality of Filipinos. Let’s explore some of the travel uses of a coconut tree, plucked from Instagram photos of the community, with our tag or with #visitpinas. Continue reading The Creative Uses of a Coconut Tree: Philippines Travel Photos