The port of Basco in Batanes is not just any other docking area. For the northernmost province of the Philippines, this means supplies—eggs, cement, rice—from mainland Luzon, traveling days along turbulent seas to get there. This means a whole lot more to Itbayat, a community of 3,000 living three more hours from the port, the northernmost habitation in the country: it is their only reliable and affordable channel to the rest of the world.
Photo by Owen Ballesteros
Horse-drawn carriages clip-clopping on cobblestone streets past Spanish-era houses called bahay na bato — there are only a few places in the Philippines as nostalgic as Vigan. The city, a World Heritage Site, is “an exceptionally intact and well preserved example of a European trading town in East and Southeast Asia,” according to UNESCO.
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There are mountains to trek, waterfalls to see, dive sites to explore, and a breezy tree-lined boulevard that’s perfect for after-school siesta–that is, if you’re one of the many students who call this university town home.
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Devotees of Jesus the Nazarene flocked to Manila yesterday, January 9, for the annual Black Nazarene procession.
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Panglao’s town center, a few meters off the pier, gives no indication whatsoever that part of its coastline is home to sprawling five-stars and a Boracay-like ambience just five minutes away. Those who are rather tired of sunsets at Alona Beach—the more touristy portion of Panglao—can troop to this pier instead, where mangroves line either side and the view of the sun as it sets on the horizon is just as stunning.
A man docks along the mangrove-lined pier of Panglao Island, Bohol.
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No such thing as language barrier with kids
Balicasag’s different shades of blue
The Chocolate Hills via ATV
January and the months that’ll follow only mean one thing: sunnier (and happier) days ahead for the beach lovers and sun worshippers among us.
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A man pedals his way along Laoag City’s streets in Ilocos Norte province, 12 hours north of the Philippine capital Manila. The Ilocos region is home to well preserved Spanish-era structures (or else refurbished to resemble such).
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Bangui, a coastal town in Ilocos Norte, Philippines, is home to a wind farm on its western coastline facing the West Philippine Sea. Twenty 70-meter gigantic wind turbines occupy about nine kilometers of shoreline, turning it into one of Ilocos’ most distinguished structures and tourist draws.
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