Much has been said of other countries most especially the most popular tourist destinations in Asia like China, Malaysia, Thailand, Japan and Korea but only a few heard of the priceless and timeless beauty of the Philippines which was also one of the less promoted destinations around the world.
A lot of people are saying that the country is always marred by violence, terrorism, crimes, rampant corruption and gives them the impression that the country is dirty and untidy, very hot and humid with lots of social, political and environmental problems as sensationalized and exaggerated by the news let alone few campaigns and marketing discouraging the tourist arrivals although what is really within the country belies all of those and quite the exact opposite for the most part.
These 81 provinces of this country proves to anyone that this country is really an underrated gem of the Orient.
These pictures taken by Instagram users both amateurs and professionals best represent each of the 81 provinces of the Philippines. To view the rest of their photos, you can click their highlighted Instagram accounts and for additional info and details. Get ready to pack your bag as we show you a series of images from broad north to the deep south and from the vastness of the Pacific coasts to the magnificent side on the west.
This is the third part of eight series.
This island northern Mindanao province is known for its lanzones fruit tree but there's more to lanzones to see in this beautiful island. One such thing is this photo of a wanderlust @yohanhow that transport to a time travel in the past and bring us to the year 1871 when an old volcano in Camiguin island erupted and sunk some areas of it including their cemetery, the big cross in the middle of the sea commemorates the said tragedy.
@luxelifeadventures is a collection of a thousand stunning visuals around the world and its capture of the Katibawasan Falls is nothing short of an epic that is synonymous with Camiguin.
This Western Visayas province north of Panay island is the Seafood Capital of the World and what's better way to showcase this province abundance of nature is through this photo of @eulalox posted in Instagram of this priced most sought after, mouth-watering Diwal shellfish.
Named after the province where it is bountiful, these lovely shells has its creative use made into chandeliers and some lamps and windows and thanks to @westelmestero for this photo
@thebestofbicol is a collection of all things Bicol - sweeping shores, majestic landscapes and spicy food and this photo of a Hanging Bridge at Twin Rock beach is just one of only 25 stunning visuals featured in the site.
Words aren't enough to describe Balacay Point in Barangay Benticayan, Baras which is another sea meets the sky landscape amidst the backdrop of a lush vegetation serenely captured by the lenses of the wanderlust @jon_lakwatsero. His attention might be diverted by other places but his shots of the picturesque Catanduanes is certainly his calling. Can't wait for him to return and have some more shots of that astounding island.
The industrial province of Cavite has landscapes of epic proportions to show us. This for example was simply imposing photo taken by @heypril21 of Mount Marami in Maragondon with lots of endemic plants thriving there while some others are just visually stunning to look at.
This province is home to the idyllic Tagaytay with its cool climate and gorgeous visually appealing landscape and the image of @jnpen highlights the main produce of this place which is pineapple in this lovely field.
This gorgeous province in Central Visayas is both rich in history and nature's bounty. It never runs out of interesting stories to tell and breath taking places to see.
The province is where the first permanent Spanish settlement in the Philippines is located as well as the birthplace of Christianity in the country as shown in the photo by @lyudmila_dorz of a cross erected on the very spot where the original cross was planted to symbolize the embracing of Christianity by Filipinos.
@The_Philippines is another collaboration site of images taken by various users capturing some of the most beautiful places in the country and this breath taking photo of Kawasan Falls in Badian is just one of the 741 images so far and counting.
This mining province is very rich in natural wonders as well. In her mission to accomplish the feat of visiting all the 81 provinces of the Philippines, @cuteehcath discovered the untamed and untapped beauty of this Monkayo Falls in Compostela Valley.
@websterclav wants to treat you to another sauna therapy and this time in Mainit Sulfuric Hot Spring in Maco.
Cotabato province is formerly called North Cotabato. Under the masterful lenses of @yngpixels has vividly capture a few images that best define Mindanao in which this image of the majestic Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Masjid in Cotabato City, the biggest mosque in the country exemplifies it.
@jaypeeswing deservedly took this photo of Asik Asik Falls in Alamada, one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the country and posted it on Instagram for the world to see.
If not for @mymelods Instagram image of Okbot Cave in Kapalong we will never know that there's interesting places to see in Davao del Norte.
@eazytraveler gave me goosebumps for this photo of a colony of Geoffrey Rousette fruit bat in Monfort Bat Sanctuary.
Davao Region is home to some of the records of greater scale. It is home to one of the largest city, Davao, the highest mountain peak in the country, Mount Apo, one of the safest city and region in the world and even one of the most beautiful orchids. Davao del Sur has one of the most beautiful view of the majestic Mount Apo just like in this picture of @iamgailq from the Kapatagan valley.
Touted as one of the most beautiful orchids in the world, Vanda Sanderiana or locally called as waling-waling has various species of this orchid found in the province and this picture from @xuegee is just one of them.
With 1,864 images and counting of some of her fondest moments, @mustlovemom surely enjoyed her stay in Malita Dives to capture this Instagram perfect moment of balmy weather and comely nature in deep soak.
@jojie_alcantara will never be left out with her own poignant memory of her native Davao Occidental by capturing this astounding view of Mt. Apo from the Mariscal beach with contrasting hues and saturation undertones of the moment.