We Will Rock You: Philippine Travel Stories

We don’t get tired of talking about Philippine travel photos, especially the VisitPinas-tagged photos in Instagram. Whether we’re stuck in traffic or doing our daily ritual in the “throne room,” we scan the photos. It’s fun and, compared to, say, watching a movie or a concert, watching these photos is free. And these photos rock!

You don’t believe us? Here, look:

Kiokong, Bukidnon

Some photos are lovely, some breathtaking. Some photos can be serene, or simply stunning. The photo that you will see below, courtesy of Bianca (check her Instagram account, @biancatiffanyy, for more photos), is totally badass.

This one breaks stereotypes. Rock climbing is not macho — it’s badass, which equally goes for women or men who climb rocks. This lady is legit. The fourth rock climb this year, says Bianca. And how did she get to Kiokong, Bukidnon? “A total of 21 hours and 2 ferry rides to reach our destination, Kiokong Crag in Quezon, Bukidnon via land trip from Bacolod City, Negros Occidental.” Respect.

Five Fingers

That’s a lot of rock fingers, so we don’t know why they’re collectively called Five Fingers, located in Mariveles, Bataan. Perhaps we can ask David (check his Instagram account, @dealwithdavid, for more photos).


Here’s a rockstar-looking macho man at the Kapurpurawan White Rock Formation, Burgos, Ilocos Norte, chadvaldez (check his Instagram account, @wanderchad, for more photos).

Mt. Apo

In the Top 15 Reasons Why You Should NOT Travel with Your Friends, we included this photo by Nurse Yam (check her Instagram account, @itsyamsy, for more photos). These are boulders at Mt. Apo, the highest peak in the entire Philippines.

Puerto Galera

We know Puerto Galera as a beach. We haven’t been there, so we don’t know that it rocks, er, that there are big rocks perfect for photo sessions, like in this shot by Geyl (check her Instagram account, @geyligeyl, for more photos).

According to Geyl:”Had a 25-minute walk from White Beach and ended up finding myself in the more serene side of Puerto Galera, the Talipanan Beach. This is the best spot for people who want to chill away from the crowd and party music vibe of White Beach. This is also the best place to reflect peacefully about life and to take photos without worrying about people photobombing your view.”


“This is one for the books,” said Roscel Alegado (check her Instagram account, @otingboting, for more photos). Unfortunately, dear Roscel, we don’t agree that your photo at Asik Asik Falls (Dado, Alamada, Cotabato) is one for the books. We think that this is one for the, uhm, rocks?

See also Waterfalls to Explore in the Philippines: Fun Outdoors Adventure.

Binurong Point

In the caption of this photo of Binurong Point, Baras, Catanduanes, Rai Sean (check his Instagram account, @rhyjoe, for more photos) narrated that when he saw Binurong Point from travel channels, he resolved to witness it, in the flesh, er, rock, with his own  eyes and find out what makes it famous. The travel — almost 12 hours by land, from Manila to Tabaco Port, and 4 hours by sea — to this sanctuary of Philippine beauty is worth it.

Mt. Napulak, Igbaras

That’s Mt. Napulak, Igbaras, Iloilo, in the background of this photo by Johanna Silva (check her Instagram account, @johannsilva_, for more photos). On the foreground are boulders, so this qualifies for this post.

We will update this post, so tag and rock us with your photos. Thanks!

[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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