Yen Baet, an award-winning Filipina photographer, has been named as among the Top 10 Travel photographers by a Thomson UK. She's named along with Steve McCurry, the NatGeo photographer who took the iconic Afghan girl photo.
Here are only some of Yen Baet's breathtaking images, taken just recently when she visited the Philippines.
San Pablo City, located in the southern portion of Laguna province is nestled in the foothills of three mountains namely Mount Banahaw, Mount Makiling and the Sierra Madre Mountains. It is nicknamed the "City of Seven Lakes" because of the 7 crater lakes scattered around the city. These low-profile volcanic craters were formed by phreatomagmatic eruptions, an eruption where ground water comes in contact with hot magma pushing up near the Earth's surface. San Pablo City has a long history as far back as the pre-Spanish colonial period when it was officially declared as a town in 1647 by the Spanish governement.
Cudugnon Cave is located not far to the west of El Nido's Lagen Island. The cave is believed to be a Neolithic burial place, thereby considered to be a significant archeological site. In fact, several prehistoric human bones and ancient artifacts have been found here.
The powedered white sand of Alona Beach stretches one and a half kilometers and ends in rocky cliffs at both sides, offering views of its pristine waters. It is the most developed beach located southwest of Panglao Island in Bohol. Other than its scenic views, and being close to Bohol's tourist spots, the island boasts centuries-old churches, and is also a base for island hopping, dolphin watching, and diving.
Lagen Island is tucked in a cove set among lush tropical forest, limestone walls and a crystal clear lagoon. Many attractions are accessible from the island including natural wonders such as Cudugnon Cave and Snake Island. It is one of the beautiful islands that comprise El Nido, which is often referred to as the "Philippines' Last Frontier," and one of the top tourist destinations in the Philippines.
The historic Baclayon Church is an important part of Boholano and national heritage declared in 1995 as a National Historic Treasure. This massive ancient edifice still retains its centuries old architectural design and is considered the best preserved of its kind in the region. The relics of antiquity found in the church, and museum, which date back to the early 16th century include crystal chandeliers, brightly colored window panes, life-size religious images, carved altars with gold embossing, and a silver tabanacle.
The Chocolate Hills are somewhat one-dimensional when it comes to vantage points especially if you're confined to the tourist's viewing deck. But like any other subjects one might want to photograph, it's not impossible to find something interesting if you think hard enough. Thanks to the creative genius of hardworking Filipinos who merely want to earn a few bucks, visitors can have their photos taken while straddling and jumping from a broomstick, to give the impression that they're flying over the hills Harry Potter style. All I had to do was to find that perfect spot where I could include them in my frame and give this popular tourist spot a fantasy-like twist. So in case you're wondering, no, they were not 'shopped in.
The Loboc River Cruise is a popular activity while in the province of Bohol. Visitors can board a floating restaurant by the Loay bridge and partake of food that features local delicacies. They also get serenaded by a local band during the buffet and while cruising along Loboc river. The cruise ends at Busay Falls.
Known locally as mawmag in Cebuano/Visayan and mamag in Luzon, the Philippine tarsier is a species of tarsier endemic to the Philippines. It is found in the southeastern part of the archipelago, particularly on the islands of Bohol, Samar, Leyte and Mindanao. measures only about 85 to 160 millimetres (3.35 to 6.30 in) in height, making it one of the smallest primates. For the past 45 million years, tarsiers have inhabited rainforests around the world, but now they only exist on a few islands in the Philippines, Borneo and Indonesia. In Bohol, the Philippine tarsier was a common sight in the southern part of the island until the 1960s. Since then, the number has dropped to around 700 on the island. Conservation efforts are being made to protect the species.
Life it is. A farmer in Bohol.
Booming and beautiful. Can you believe this is in the metro? Bonifacio Global City.
Here's a shot of the El Nido Lagen rock.