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Photo-Op's Top Summer Travel Destinations

By Juan Calleja
Traveling in the Philippines has never been more rewarding. After more than two years of being cooped up at home, it’s nice to head out and enjoy the sun beaming down on our backs, smell the fresh air, plus take in some of the sights!

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So, get your stuff packed, apply on some sunscreen, and check out our top travel spots for this summer! Don’t forget to bring your camera too and capture all your picture-perfect vacay shots!

1. Boracay

Undoubtedly proclaimed as one of the best beaches in the world, Boracay reigns as one of our go-to destinations for summer. The sunsets here are arguably the best. Be sure to scout a vantage point that screams the iconic Boracay photo — white sand, crystal clear waters, and tourists frolicking along the water’s edge. Remember to pack an all-in-one lens so that you can capture everything from wide-angle to telephoto at the flick of the wrist. And if you like getting your feet wet, cameras like the Coolpix W150 are your best friend here as they can go up to 10m underwater, plus shockproof up to 1.8m, more than enough as you shoot in the ebb and flow.

2. Vigan

If you’re down to soak up all the history, why not head north to Vigan in Ilocos Sur? With stately homes built during the Spanish era, Vigan boasts of iconic architecture that’s well-preserved and drenched in culture and traditions. Proceed to Calle Crisologo, one of the most famous thoroughfares in Vigan, and capture its colorful stalls of traditional snacks and sundries, the quintessential calesas plying the area, and even the cobblestone street itself.

TOP TIP: Use a long exposure when shooting at night to add dynamism and remove the unwanted touristy crowds from your photos! Make use of cameras with extended long exposure shutter speeds like the Nikon D780 and see how it would add another creative layer in your images!

3. Sagada

A stone's throw away from the hustle and bustle of Baguio City, one can find the hidden oasis of serenity that is Sagada. Nestled deep within the valleys of Mountain Province, Sagada is famous for its hanging coffins, placid rice terraces that can go head-to-head with the ones in Banaue, and of course, who could forget the picturesque sea of clouds in Marlboro Hills? Visit during the summer months for breathtaking views of the terraces, plus the beauty in the simplicity of the townsfolk.

Remember to pack light too, as treks to Sagada are upwards of two hours. Your back and legs will greatly thank you. A lightweight mirrorless camera, like the Nikon Z 6ii, Z 50, the Fujifilm XT-4, or the Canon EOS M200 is great for treks like these -- they're small enough not to add significant weight to your gear but powerful enough to be able to churn out amazing images.

4. Bohol

An island-province situated in the Central Visayas, and a mere two-hour ferry ride from Cebu, Bohol is a hidden gem that is often in the shadows. A tourist destination, amazing spots to visit include the iconic Chocolate Hills (which are perfectly brown during the summer months), often coined as the "Eighth Wonder of the World"; various historical churches scattered across the island, and the elusive Philippine Tarsier. Be sure to pack lots of memory cards + extra batteries so you wouldn’t be caught in the middle of a great adventure unprepared.

5. Bonifacio Global City

You might be wondering, “Wait, BGC? I thought this was supposed to be all about travel?”

Yes, indeed!

BGC is one of our top picks for those who want to do some urban exploring without leaving the comforts of the city. BGC has amazing spots where one can sit back, chill, and even enjoy the city skyline with a couple of drinks or two. Visit Straight Up Rooftop Restaurant and take in the sights of the city.

Tote along a Nikon D5600 (like what was used in this photo), and a wide-angle lens like the NIKKOR 10-20mm, and what you have is the ultimate urban landscape photography kit! Pack a small tripod too and shoot the BGC skyline at night!
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With the entire country now down to Alert Level 1 and most destinations are now opened to accepting tourists, let us all make the most of our summer -- create memories, take photos, and leave only footprints in each destination we head on out to.

Happy Travels!
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