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I took these photos using my Nokia Lumia 820, CANON A480 and SONY Cyber-shot DSC-W320 during my trips local and abroad. Blogging doesn't require hi-end cameras. It all depends on how you please your readers and viewers with your words that best describes the images. Have a look on some of the memorable photos I have captured.

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Bonsai Trees


Amazing Photos of Natures and Places in the Philippines

This is an afternoon view of Boracay Beach in Kalibo, Aklan, Philippines. Boracay is so famous that millions of tourist visit the beach paradise to feels its fine white sand and crystal clear waters. In this photo, the sky turns orange while the rocks and trees cast their shadows. What an amazing sight at Boracay Island.

This Burnham Park in Baguio City. The park is well-known to tourists for having its green surrounding, lovely flowers, and of course, cold temperature. Baguio City is also known as the "Summer Capital of the Philippines". Vacationers choose to go here during summer months of March to May.

This is the famous Strawberry Farm in the province of Benguet. In this photo, the strawberries are in the far distance while green and purple lettuce are the closer ones. You can pick here fresh strawberries. Such a good farm to visit.

What a clean beach resort in Laiya, San Juan, Batangas. We rented a boat just to be in this paradise-like beach which is a few minutes away from our cottage. Philippines is home to hundreds of beautiful beaches which are perfect travel destinations during summer days.

This is Taal Lake viewed from Tagaytay City. For decades, Tagaytay has become the alternative relaxation places for people in the nearby towns and cities, especially Manila. In the middle of Taal Lake is where the Taal Volcano is - a natural wonder which is one of its kind. 

At the right side of this photo is the Taal Volcano. It is located in the middle of Taal Lake which is in the province of Batangas. This photo is taken from Tagaytay City which is in the province of Cavite. This breath-taking view of Taal Volcano and Taal Lake is something that will really impress you if you've been here.

Apo Reef Natural Park can be found at Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro. This photo is courtesy of John Paul and his friends. The group traveled to this world's second largest natural reef in the summer of April 2018.

A morning of view of the rising sun at the back of a construction site in Cavite, Philippines. I took this photo for I was really impressed with how the sun rays strike earthly things during the morning at the east side of my residence.

In April 2015, I've been to Ortigas Center in Pasig City, Metro Manila for a business meeting. Since it was my first time, I find this spot really amazing so I didn't waste time taking a good angle shot. Metro Manila is the capital city of the Philippines and this is where financial districts are located.

Cool Spots at Nuvali, Sta. Rosa City, Laguna, Philippines - October 2014

These bicycles are for rent in Nuvali, Sta. Rosa City, Laguna, Philippines. Aiming to become a city park, Nuvali developers provided attractions like this to invite investors and job-seekers alike.

This is another picturesque site in Nuvali. The building is home to BPO companies. 

Wonders at the Back of my House - January 2015 

The Amazing Wonders of Baguio City - April 2014 

This is Baguio Cathedral in Baguio City, the Philippines.

Mines View Park - Baguio City

Strawberries and Flowers at Strawberry Farm, Benguet

Boats at Burnham Park, Baguio City

Great clouds formation viewed from Burnham Park in Baguio City.

The Beautiful Singapore Botanical Gardens - October 2013 
A Showcase of My OFW Years in Singapore. Green trees and plants. Beautiful flowers and birds. Nature's beauty is everywhere in this scenic park in Singapore. What a wonderful place to visit. Relax and enjoy seeing this beauty of nature in photos.

Laiya, San Juan, Batangas - April 2013 Summer Escapade 

Me and my wife at Laiya, San Juan, Batangas

Afternoon View at Boracay, Philippines 

Fernbrook Gardens in Alabang, Manila, Philippines 

Hundred Islands, Pangasinan, Philippines 

Foods and Cuisines


Chinese Noodle Soup

Nilagang Baboy

Manila Bay, Manila, Philippines
Sunset at Manila Bay is believe to be really different. It is so inviting that many local folks said that to witness the sunset at Manila Bay is something that will remind you about your stay in the Philippines.

Start your blogs with simple photos. Along the way you'll learn new shots, new tricks and advance photo editing techniques. Know your subjects but it can always be diverse. Blogging needs photos to attract readers. Good luck to your blogging career! If you want to learn more about blogging, explore this site more.

Noriel Panganiban

Most-Read Posts of the Month

“I Love Baguio City” - My Travel Story in the Summer Capital of the Philippines

The Strawberry Farm, Burnham Park, Mines View Park, the Mansion, Wright Park, Lourdes Grotto, and Session Road; these are among of the popular landmarks in the more commonly known “Summer Capital of the Philippines” – Baguio City. Why so? Well, the temperature here seldom exceeds 26 degree centigrade. During the cold season of December to February, the temperature falls down to even below 10 degree centigrade. The record low temperature was 6.3 degree and that was on January 18, 1961.

How to Travel to Baguio City?
Going to this cold city in the mountainous province of Benguet, Philippines is a six to seven hours travel by passenger utility bus from Manila. Starting from EDSA, traversing the NLEX, entering SCTEX, exiting the province of Tarlac and going through the neighbouring provinces of Pangasinan and La Union, and then exploring the zigzag road of either the Marcos Highway, the Kennon Road or the Naguilian Road, the coldest place in the Philippines will be reached. Baguio is about 2…

"Business as Usual" as the Filipinos Define It (Vulcanizing Shop, Sari-Sari Store, Bakery) – Part 1

I asked the shop owner about these old unused tires on what are they doing with it. The Vulcanizing shop owners says, “Oh, someone will pick up those tires and pay us 5 or 10 pesos each. Sometimes they just take it for free”.

Vulcanizing Shop - A Classic Example of Filipino Business
You’ve most probably seen and been into a local, typical vulcanizing shop like this one in the photo. The business concept is very simple. Here’s a customer with his flat or deflated tire and the vulcanizing boy will repair it using a rubber compound patch, a heating tool, and an air pump. If it’s a regular car or van tire, repairing one may only take 10 minutes the cost of which is around 30 to 60 pesos. If it’s a tire from a truck or bus, it could be around 30 minutes and the repair would cost the vehicle owner around 100 to 150 pesos.

Here’s the thing. A shop like this one could potentially earn a revenue of 1000 up to 2000 per day just by repairing a flat tire. Why? Well, with thousands of vehicles like j…

“Fixer” in Philippine Government Agencies Like the Social Security System (SSS) and Land Transportation Office (LTO) – What We Filipinos Can Do About it?

Maybe in this post, I can clearly explain how “fixing” works in many government offices in the country. The idea is first, to warn you that such illegal fixing happens, and second, to give you tips on how you should avoid them. Plain and simple, we will not in anyway damage or speak against anyone or any particular office of the government in this post. It just happened that this is about my experience with LTO and SSS Tagaytay. I want to emphasize that still many government employees in the Philippines are doing their jobs right - including those who are working in the said branches.
If you have experienced transacting with any government offices here in the Philippines, whether you're a Filipino or not, you should already be familiar with these signages.

Here’s a bit of knowledge for you to digest first.
What is “fixing” or who is a “fixer” by the way?
In the Philippines, these good words happened to have a negative connotation over the past decades. Good words? Yes, indeed. When …

Who are These OFWs (Overseas Filipino Workers) and Why are They the Modern Heroes of the Philippines

At the turn of the millennium, the Philippine government launches this campaign program calling the overseas Filipino workers or OFWs as “Mga Bagong Bayani ng Bayan” (Modern Heroes of the Nation). From then onwards, different organizations established programs giving awards and recognitions to selected OFWs who did a remarkable contribution or action to their family, friends, work or in general, to the country.

OFW ka ba?Bakit?Eh kasi dating mo pa lang, mayaman ka na. Boom! 
(Are you an OFW? Why? Because with just the way look, it seems that you’re rich. Boom!)

My Cousin Dado as an OFW in South Korea 

At present, OFWs around the world are estimated to be around 12 – 14 million. This is approximately 10 – 12 percent of the Philippines total population. These OFWs are distributed on many countries all over the globe majority of whom are in Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Japan, Singapore, Hongkong, Taiwan, South Korea, and Italy. Immigrant workers in the United States, Australia and Eu…

The Divisoria Malls - Defining Shopping in the Philippines

They call it the 168 Mall. It is one of the busiest places in the Philippines during shopping days like Christmas season when longing for enjoyment and relaxation is on the air once again. From Cavite, my home place, going to Divisoria, it will take you about an hour travel under normal traffic flow.

What is in this place? Well, Divisoria is the Bargain Shopping Capital of the Philippines. This is where wholesale and retail prices make shoppers say “WOW!” on delight. Visiting this place will definitely give you a realization about shopping on a different dimension. Find out why on the next paragraphs.

On the Photo: The Popular 168 Mall in Divisoria, Manila, Philippines

Divisoria is located in Binondo, Manila. It is accessible via Quiapo(where the famous Black Nazarene of Quiapo Church is) thru Recto Avenue and via Lawton near Manila City Hall. Divisoria has been there since the early 90’s. As it is near the North Harbour, Manila’s main seaport, the freshest and cheapest products usuall…

My Red Owner-Type Jeep Driving Adventures in Cavite, Philippines

About a year ago, I was really fortunate for having this second-hand owner-type jeep. Since then, I was given the chance to drive on nearby places here in Cavite I always wish I had been into before. I am also happy to say that my low-cost camera now has a good companion in blogging, a low-cost red jeep. I could say that telling good stories is now a bit better for I can capture the right views at the right angle, at the right point (not when I used to commute and take photos from the passenger’s window, just like when I travel to Baguio City years back). Now, I can pull over and take the best shots I can, though not at all times.

My Red Owner-Type Jeep 
And so I have this great experiences in exploring the inner side (places not often talked about) of the province of Cavite where I had been living for almost a decade. Places like Pala-Pala, Trece Martires, Aguinaldo Shrine, Indang and Tagaytay are now within reach, of course with some money for the gasoline and eating. The previous blo…

Lobo, Batangas – a Place of Wonder and Simplicity

Simple life? In the beach or mountain side? Lobo is the place to be.

This Holy Week 2018, me, my wife, two of our friends, and their parents, visited Lobo in the province of Batangas.

There are three passages going here. One is thru the main town of Taysan, Batangas via barangay Dagatan. The other one is via Gov. Antonio Carpio Road, stretching from Batangas City to barangay Mapulo also in the town of Taysan. Both passages will merge into barangay Bacao in Taysan. The road from here are zigzag that the local people have called it “bitukang manok” (chicken intestine – like). Green mountains and narrow roads will make your travel more exciting in going here.

The third one is thru Batangas City entering barangay Libjo. This path is quite longer than the first two. Also a bit zigzag but as you are traversing roads mostly on the beachside, the driving experience would be full of wonders. Aside from the ocean view, there are landmarks here that will make you say to the driver to stop for …

“Pasalubong” – What Makes this Filipino Word Very Special?

Probably next to the beauty of a tourism spot, if it’s about the real reasons for traveling there, is our search for the best “pasalubong”. It’s the tagalog word for “gift” or “souvenir” and it can be anything from foods, toys, clothes, handicraft, furniture, soaps, wearables, or household items. It’s practically anything, big or small, cheap or expensive, edible or not. And for as long as that special item was bought somewhere else and then given to someone as an act of love and kindness – the true purpose has been served.

A simple gesture of “Salamat po” (Thank you) for sharing that pasalubong is enough to make you feel the love and kindness back. There is the best pasalubong for kids, for grandmas and grandpas, for a favorite grandson, for a close neighbor or friend, for the workmates, for the boss, for a former enemy, for a religious brother, and even for a complete stranger. Yes, indeed!

Well, “pasalubong” is actually different from a gift for birthday, wedding, or special gatherin…

Great Reasons Why You Should be Proud to be Pinoy Today

Yes, we live in a poor country. We walk up and sleep in a country with high unemployment rate, low quality of life, high crime incidence, rampant corruption in the government, unsolved traffic issues, high poverty and so on and so forth. We are residing in a country where there are New People’s Army, Moro Islamic Liberation Front, Abu Sayyaf Group and plenty of other leftists doing harm to the nation’s freedom and sovereignty. Many of our rivers, oceans and lands are totally polluted – some are dead. Our streets are flooded with criminals, kidnappers, snatchers, drug addicts, drug pushers and tons of other bad elements invading our liberty. In remote areas around the country, there are children walking barefoot, on their empty stomach and with unconditioned mind and body just to taste the education which their parents were forced to believe that “poverty is not a hindrance to education” – but is not. We experience over and over again the fury of strong typhoons leaving us billion-wort…


Catholicism from another perspective – this is how I understand the pilgrimage site of MonteMaria in Batangas City, Philippines. It was a huge site development project with the 96-meter tall Mary, Mother of All Asia statue as the centerpiece. You have to see it for yourself to believe!

What (not Who) is MONTEMARIA? Just for clarity, MONTEMARIA is the name of the 130-hectare township or development site project. Also, Montemaria is a place in Batangas City to which the site more likely is named after. The statue or monument or tower is called "Mother of All Asia - Tower of Peace". You may simply call it Tower of Mary or Statue of Mary. The surrounding place meanwhile is known as the Mother of All Asia Shrine.

Holy Week in the Philippines
We visited this place during the Holy Week of 2018. During this week, many Filipino Catholics are visiting religious places which is part of what they call "Visita Iglesia". It is not uncommon for a pilgrimage site like the MonteMaria…