hopeless hopeful hope fool romantic (or just call me maybe). Whenever I travel, I see love everywhere! Not from the couples who couldn’t afford to get a room while they release their romantic tensions. Not from another traveler whom I just met. But I find love in places. Metaphors of love are checking in. Unrequited mostly, ouch. So here are the places in the Philippines that remind me of love:
1. Mayon Volcano. Sometimes, its peak presents itself. Sometimes, it hides. Parang pag-ibig.
2. Echo Valley where coffins are left hanging. Parang pag-ibig.
The tradition of mummifying the corpse and hanging its coffin from the walls of Echo Valley in Sagada is based on the belief of locals that the practice will move the souls of their loved ones closer to Bathala. It is really like love. So close yet in the end, bitin.
3. Bacolod. Because Masskara Festival reminds us that despite tragedies, we have to carry on. Parang pag-ibig.
A series of tragedies once struck Negros. A vessel carrying the prominent Negrense families met an accident and sank. The sugar cane industry was also in its lowest point. Living up to be the City of Smiles, Bacolod artists and government decided to hold Masskara Festival that masquerades the gloomy atmosphere and radiates hope.
4. Nacpan Calitang Beach in Palawan. Asymptotic twin beaches that get closer and closer but hardly cross each other. Parang pag-ibig.
5. Making things happen because Makati. Parang pag-ibig.
6. La Mesa Dam. Because overflowing water is wasted when not held. Parang pag-ibig.
7. Davao. Because Philippine Eagle. Paubos na. Parang pag-ibig.
The monkey eating eagle is the world’s largest eagle and pride of the country. But it is critically endangered. Without the caring heart of Davao City’s Philippine Eagle Center, the species will become extinct.
8. UP Diliman Acad Oval. One-way. Parang pag-ibig.
A popular fitness spot for casual runners and athletes and known for its canopy of acacia trees is a one-way
4.4 2.2 kilometer roundabout in the campus. (Update: Yes, it’s about 2.2 kilometers! I originally put 4.4 kilometers because backstory: “Naniniwala ka ba sa love at first sight. Oh kailangan ko pa ulit dumaan sa harap mo?” So there, another round!)
9. Dangujan Island. Takes your breath away literally and figuratively. Parang pag-ibig.
10. Crisologo Museum. Because of this clock. Always pakanan. Broken, if kakaliwa. Parang pag-ibig.
11. Boracay. Because Flyfish. Kapit ka lang talaga. Parang pag-ibig.
12. Bohol Bee Farm. Because bee. Sweet as its honey. Hurts when it stings like a bee. Parang pag-ibig.
Livin’ life, feelin’ free, that’s how it’s supposed to be. Come join my festivities, celebrate like Imma bee. Imma bee, Imma bee, Imma bee, Imma bee. Seriously, Bohol Bee Farm offers a lot more than jolly bees – good view of the Panglao beach, fine dine in restaurants and livelihood crafts.
13. Bangui Windmills. Steady. And hindi na babaling sa iba. Parang pag-ibig.
14. Kapurpurawan Rock Formations. Ang hard. Parang pag-ibig.
15. Pampanga. Because Giant Lanterns. Should only be out. At the right time. Parang pag-ibig.
16. Batangas. Because coffee. Even with the right blend, it gets cold when attention’s not given. Parang pag-ibig.
17. Baler. Because surfing needs right timing and perfect balance of things. Parang pag-ibig.
18. Tuguegarao. Because jeepneys. Pang-sampuan. Parang pag-ibig.
19. Yexel’s Toy Museum. A serious business. To some, laro-laro lang. Parang pag-ibig.
Yeah, the favorite toys of some players. They take good care of their beloved as long as they’re brand new. They keep them first. They don’t let others touch them, have them. But when they get bored or something new has arrived, the once-favorite toys are left in the corner.
20. St. James Parish Church in Dapitan. Makulay kapag napasok mo na. Parang pag-ibig.
21. National Art Gallery. Because Spoliarium. We need to step backward to see the larger picture. Parang pag-ibig.
An epic and larger-than-life painting by Juan Luna currently showcased in the National Museum complex in city of Manila. A proof that Indios, despite how small the Spaniards look at us, can outperform the conquerors in the arts.
22. Seri Fantasy World. Full of illusions. Parang pag-ibig.
23. Quiapo. Maraming snatchers. Maagawan ka. Parang pag-ibig.
An epitomy that love is battlefield. We need to fight what is rightfully ours. Love is like a hold-up. It’s up to you if you’re going to fight for it until death or run away from it so you won’t get hurt. Pictured here is not a snatcher though. But I managed to snatch an award in an on-the-spot photography race with this subject.
24. Tinuy-an. Pwedeng true. Pwedeng falls. Parang pag-ibig.
25. UAAP Cheerdance Competition. Unang ma-fall, talo. Parang pag-ibig.
Every year, the competition among the universities gets tougher. The scores of the top contenders have slimmer differences. That’s why producing a clean execution of routines, more than difficulty of the stunts, deemed most important. Kaya una talagang ma-fall, talo na.
Let’s continue the FEELS TRIP, shall we?
26. The Mind Museum. Utak rin minsan. Parang pag-ibig.
27. Islands of El Nido. Too many options. Too much to handle. Parang pag-ibig.
There are 20 islands in the Bacuit Archipelago that you can choose from the open sea. These islands are grouped into 4 tours. Therefore, one will see 5 islands per tour. This is the Philippine’s ultimate beach destination. And no wonder why travel magazines and lifestyle shows describe El Nido as the world’s number one summer destination.
28. Cagayan de Oro. Because white water rafting. Risky. Wild. You have to go with the flow. Parang pag-ibig.
29. Biak-na-Bato. When that time comes, Rak na itu! Parang pag-ibig.
This national park is the home of the Republic of Biak-na-Bato, the first republic ever declared in the Philippines. It also established the first constitution in the Philippines which is written also word by word from the Constitution of Cuba. Emilio Aguinaldo, together with his fellow members of the Katipunan declares the republic but only to be followed by his exile after a month. First but short. Parang pag-ibig.
30. SMX Convention Center. Because Philippine Fashion Week. We can only wonder why. Ang bilis din nilang magpalit. Parang pag-ibig.
The Philippine Fashion Week is held twice every year. The first week runs every May for the Holiday season. The second week happens every November for the Spring-Summer seasons. It’s like a May-November love affair.
31. Naked Island of Britania, Surigao del Sur. You don’t always see it but you know it’s there. Parang pag-ibig.
32. Bacolor Church in Pampanga. Time has gone by. Pero nakabaon pa rin. Parang pag-ibig.
It is known as the lahar sunken San Guillermo parish church of Bacolor in Pampanga. It was half-buried after the eruption of Mt. Pinatubo in 1991. The people of the town of Bacolor had to dig dirt and lahar to take out their precious altar and images which were miraculously saved from lahar. It was also used as a setting for the television show, May Bukas Pa.
33. Islands of Batanes. Distance means so little when it means so much. Parang pag-ibig.
You will appreciate life, the Philippines, and everything else, more if you get to see the beautiful landscapes of Batanes. The province is always an item in the bucket list of every Pinoy wanderlust.
34. Mt. Maculot. It’s further than it looks. It’s taller than it looks. It’s harder than it looks. Parang pag-ibig.
35. Puerto Princesa Underground River. Minsan nadadaan din sa text. Parang pag-ibig.
Voted through text and web clicks, St. Paul Subterranean River National Park in Puerto Princesa is part of the Seven New Wonders of Nature in the World. And just like love, admit it, there are some people who simply fall for someone through SMS and chat.
36. Pyromusical Competition in SM Mall of Asia. It started with a spark. And then it’s gone. Parang pag-ibig.
An annual meeting of the world’s leading pyrotechnic experts competing in painting the Manila skies with vivid fireworks accompanied by music. The Philippine International Pyromusical Competition is held at SM Mall of Asia and has drawn several spectators since it started last 2010.
37. The Alternative Restaurant in El Nido. When you’re not the priority and you’re just an option. Parang pag-ibig.
38. Calaruega Church. Wedding oo. Wedding hindi. Depende. Parang pag-ibig.
One of the most popular choices as the venue for wedding ceremony is the Calaruega Church in Nasugbu, Batangas near Tagaytay. Calaruega is a small town in Spain. The Spanish influence in the architecture around this nuptial place is evident.
39. Mt. Pinatubo. Turns from destructive to attractive. From bad to beautiful. Parang pag-ibig.
One of the more fitting metaphor of love is Mt. Pinatubo. While love could bring us near our self-destruction, with enough amount of time and space, love also could bring the better from us. “Hu u” sila sa atin. Apir!
40. CDO Night Cafe. Mapapamura ka talaga. Parang pag-ibig.
41. Isdaan Sa Gerona, Tarlac. Taksyapo! Parang pag-ibig.
42. Tarsier Conservation Center. You can view all you want. Get closer even. But no touch. Parang pag-ibig.
You can look at these cute tarsiers but you can’t take them. You can’t bring them home. Endemic and attached to Bohol, these tarsiers are nervous and anxious when camera flashes and even being touched. They become stressed that leads them to hit their head against objects. Self-destructing. Parang pag-ibig.
43. Binondo. Because Shanghai Fried Siopao. Merong bola-bola. May asado. May umasa masyado. Parang pag-ibig.
Don’t forget the fried siopao in your Binondo Food Trip. But stay away from being SIOPAOZONED. Yung pinaramdam nya sa iyo kung gaano ka SPECIAL. Pero in the end, BOLA-BOLA lang. PinaASADO ka lang. Yung tinanggalan ka ng PAPEL sa kanyang buhay. Ay SAUCE. Sa una lang pala MASARAP.
Binondo is also a home of delicious siomai and hopia. I SIOMAI love for you. HOPIA love me too.
44. GarinFarm in Iloilo. Dahil magtanim ay di biro. Parang pag-ibig.
Located in the far south town of San Joaquin in Iloilo, Garin Farm showcases agriculture, leisure and pilgrimage all in its 14-hectare paradise. One can learn loving nature through its experiential walk in its farm, stroll in the park and hundreds of steps hike towards a hundred feet Divine Mercy Cross.
45. Casa De Segunda in Lipa, Batangas. Because antique items. Habang tumatagal. Lalong napapamahal. Parang pag-ibig.
46. Pagburnayan in Ilocos Sur. You have to shape it, to form it, to leave it even in flames. Parang pag-ibig.
The burnay is an earthenware jar crafted in Vigan by a potter’s hands with the help of a potter’s wheel. It is baked at a high temperature in a huge brick-and-clay ground oven that makes it harder and more durable than other terra cotta.
47. Mt. Pulag. Ain’t about how fast I get there. Ain’t about what’s waiting on the other side. It’s the climb. Parang pag-ibig.
48. Oslob, Cebu. Because Butanding. It becomes unhealthy if clingy na rin. Parang pag-ibig.
A long debate has sparked since 2011 when some purist environment advocate claim that domesticating these wildlife creatures imposes threat. Because it dulls the survival instincts of the whale sharks due to the dependency to the local fishermen feeding them.
49. Japanese Tunnel in Davao. There’s no point in hiding forever. Parang pag-ibig.
Hello to all prisoners of love out there. During the pre-war or as early as 1930′s, Davao was dubbed as the Little Tokyo in the Philippines due to economic ang political control of the Japanese. And more than a decade later, this part of the tunnel has been used by the Japanese as their hideout during the World War II. Rumors has it that this tunnel in Davao is connecting underground passageways to Samal Island and even to the foothill of Mount Apo.
50. Epifanio Delos Santos Avenue. One can hardly move on. Parang pag-ibig.
It is the longest and the most congested highway in the metropolis that puts the Philippines in the world map of countries with most challenging traffic. It stretches 23.8 kilometers. And along this road, marami na ring ipinaglaban. Parang pag-ibig.
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