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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…

Filipinos! Here is My Free Education Advocacy that I Want You to Know

In the Philippines, we often hear this statement from the Filipinos about education:

“Hindi hadlang ang kahirapan para makatapos ng pag-aaral.” Poverty is not a hindrance to finish education.
I completely disagree! Allow me to explain my side.

Millions of Filipinos are unable to step highschool and even college because of the hardships in life we have in our country. Many are poor and therefore cannot afford the cost of education in the Philippines. If paying 5,000 to 20,000 pesos per semester in a Philippine college is already tough, then how about more the daily baon, school projects, transportation allowance, boarding house, and extra expenses?

Wake up! This is the truth. That Filipino statement with all respect, if I were you, forget it. Accept the fact that you cannot just earn your education in the Philippines because you are poor.

This is not an insult to anyone. I am from a poor family but I was able to complete a college degree despite of that. If you really want to find a solution…

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…


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…

2019 Philippines National and Local Election - Could this be the Politics that Will Save Us All?

Re-post: As the Philippines National/Senatorial and Local elections will be held on May 13, 2019, I think it is good to remind Filipinos once again the essence and flow of elections in the country. Local or national elections, not much of a difference if its about our culture of voting. Choose the right candidate, vote him or her. And with this post, you can be guided.

Today is the right time to again exercise our rights as a Filipino. Candidates have already introduced themselves. You roughly have the ideas who tells the truth and who's giving the lies. Your today and your future depends on these officers who will take the seat in the senate, municipal office and the house. Vote buying may feed you today or in a week, but remember you will live in 3 to 6 years while the people you voted is in the seat. Remember, corruption kills Filipino people. So think! Will you be still alive 3 or 6 years from now?

Vote wisely Filipinos!

Suffrage is the right to vote. With over 54 million voters,…

BAYANIHAN – Filipinos’ Last and Only Hope in Beating the Odds of Times

Illegal drugs, criminality, corruption in the government – these are the evil things killing the Filipino people for many decades. The government and its armed forces alone are not enough to cure the bleeding wound of our generation. The hope of a better Philippines will come from us – the people.

As a Filipino, what really went wrong with us? Why are we living in this society full of hatred, bias, inequality, and divisiveness?

This blog is meant to uncover the truth behind a distinct Filipino culture that got hidden in the dark for decades - BAYANIHAN. I had been blogging for about a decade and I have shared a lot of the stories telling why Filipinos are divided in terms of political and religious beliefs, ignorant in the many aspects of the society, denied of our rights and privileges over many things, and betrayed by a few elites running the political and economic systems of the land. It could be only two things: we were being fooled yet we are not aware of it or we were fooling o…

What Filipinos Truly Miss About the Philippines

Filipinos are known to have strong family ties. That despite of the fact that we have to leave our families and friends behind to work somewhere far, we still choose to pay a visit them whenever the time allows. In a way, these fiesta tradition, Christmas holidays, holy week, election day, and other occasion days are what brings Filipinos together. During these days, bus terminals, seaports, and airports are full of Filipinos queuing up for their rides heading home.

It’s in a Filipino wish list - to go back home no matter what.

When I got my first job in the city back in 2005, there’s always this feeling that I wanted to go back in my home province and see how things go on there. You know that feeling of missing home and you’re too far away. You really need patience, more of it. Back then, I want to see my parents, my friends, and relatives whom I had grown up with. I want to see the green environment, that place that made me a person that I am today. Since then, I tried making ways o…

Filipinos Very Own Jeepney is in Manila and Everywhere in the Philippines

Jeepney symbolizes the culture of the Philippines. This is the primary means of transportation of the Filipino people. This vehicle can be seen anywhere in the country. There is no city, town or barangay that has no jeepneys to represent them. Jeepney is the life of the people in the Philippines.

On the Photo: Jeepney Blessing Ceremony
Children and adults in this photo are excited about the blessing of this new jeepney. Coins were thrown on top of the jeepney and they scrambled for it. For the jeepney owner, this is the start of a new day, a new business venture. Jeepney like this one, which has a stainless body costs around P300,000 to Php400,000 and is mainly used as a passenger utility vehicle.

How many jeepneys can you see here?

How about here?

Riding a Jeepney - How it Feels to be in It
Riding on the jeepney might not be that comfortable and convenient to all. If you are tall, you have no other choice but to bend your neck a little. If you are fat, worst case that the driver will charg…

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…

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