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Photo Essay: Mt. Guiting-Guiting, The K2 of the Philippines

Mayo's Peak

Filipino hard-core mountaineers are understandably infatuated with Mount Guiting-Guiting, the imposing jagged-peaked mountain in the island of Sibuyan in Central Philippines. Albeit shorter than Mount Apo by 900 meters, “G2” is the more physically demanding mountain to climb, putting to test a mountaineer’s mettle and resolve when (s)he is confronted …

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Photo Essay: Maria, Siquijor

The C-shaped beach on the other side of the diving platform

Maria is a common Spanish name, and it is also a name of a town in Siquijor, a province deeply devout in the Catholic faith. Maria, the town, is famous for a delectable beach and (eerie) Catholic (night-walking) image of Santa Rita. To get to Maria, you can take a …

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Photo Essay: A Peek Into Burmese Culture

A young Burmese girl with "thanaka"

Each country has its own quirks, but because we are often introduced to them via popular media, we are not as shocked when we see them first-hand. Consider, however, a country whose freedom of the press has been severely restricted in the past and is only starting to abandon censorship. …

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West America “Rocks”!

Monument Valley

The American West is home to some of the most magnificent and breathtaking rock formations that have found their way in travel glossies, outdoor magazines, documentaries and the silver screen. More than just jaw-dropping sights, the following rock formations across the United States tell a lot of stories about the …

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This is How We Roll: Bicycle Taxis in Southeast Asia

Kota Kinabalu will soon be crawling with these pedestrian-pulled contraptions (Photo by Chelsea Hicks)

There’s nothing more environment-friendly than rickshaws as far as transportation goes. It gets you from A to B (albeit a short A to B) faster than your two feet could ever carry you. It doesn’t cause more atmospheric stress than your typical gas-guzzling conveyance; and it provides livelihood for locals …

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Photo Essay: El Nido, Palawan

Papaya Beach on the other side of Seven Commando, largely ignored by mainstream island hoppers

They call it paradise. Or if you ask the creator of “Peanuts,” Charles Schulz might say “happiness is white sand and karst limestones. And oh, turquoise waters.” El Nido has already been on the path to mainstream popularity before another Palawan attraction six hours away gained worldwide acclaim after being …

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Photo Essay: Puerto Princesa Underground River

The photogenic entrance to the cave

Before it snagged the coveted title of one of the world’s newest Seven Wonders of Nature, the St. Paul Subterranean River National Park, now more famously known as the Puerto Princesa Underground River (PPUR), was already on the list of the UNESCO World Heritage Site (inscribed December 4, 1999) for …

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