Palaui Beach Is Among World's Best Beaches For 2018

The Palaui Beach, located in Santa Ana, Cagayan, is among the World's Best Beaches for 2018, according to a Canadian travel agency Flight Network.

According to Flight Network, Palaui Beach is often described as raw, fresh and clean — renowned for its pure, unfiltered beauty. In fact, it’s so secluded and untouched, it was featured on the show ‘Survivor’.

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Today, the island beach is getting more attention, but it is still considered remote and pristine. All who are lucky enough to visit get to experience the fine, powdery sand and contrasting periwinkle skies and turquoise waters almost all to themselves. You may not be a castaway here, but you will definitely consider the benefits of being stranded on Palaui Beach forever.

Meanwhile, El Nido's Hidden Beach tops the list for it's “sheer untouched beauty, remoteness, sand and water quality, annual days of sunshine, and average annual temperature.”

“The wild, vegetation-covered rock formations and crystal-clear waters of Hidden Beach will make you feel as if you’ve been dropped into a movie,” the company said, quoting Sachin Aggarwal of Carlson Wagonlit Travel.

Other beaches listed were:
  • Radhanagar Beach in India (No. 4)
  • Bai Khem Beach in Vietnam (No. 5)
  • Ngapali Beach in Myanmar (No. 6)
  • Pink Beach in Indonesia (No. 7)
  • Kelingking Beach in Indonesia (No. 9)
  • Altinkum Beach in Turkey (No. 8) 
  • Dead Sea in Jordan (No. 10)

Eight other Philippine beaches were also listed among Asia’s best, including the following:
  • Guyam White Sand Beach in Siargao (No. 13)
  • Palaui Beach in Cagayan Valley (No. 22)
  • Caramoan Island Beach in Camarines Sur (No. 29)
  • Dahican Beach in Davao Oriental (No. 41)
  • Gumasa Beach in Sarangani (No 45)
  • Kalanggaman Island in Cebu (No. 49)
  • Paliton Beach in Siquijor (No. 50)

According to Flight Network, they have consulted 600 travel journalists, editors, bloggers and agencies experienced in traveling, including Forbes, The Telegraph, Daily Mail, Yahoo, BBC, The Guardian, and Los Angeles Times, for the Asian ranking.

“Flight Network consulted these travel professionals to rank the best beaches in the world, based on their personal and professional experiences. We received unparalleled insight into the most spectacular beaches on earth,” the travel company revealed.

How To Get More Instagram Followers This 2019

Getting a huge number of Instagram followers isn't that easy anymore as compared last year or two years ago. Imagine this: there are more than 1 billion monthly users on Instagram, with an ultra-smart algorithm, and tons of clever, creative and competitive brands on the social media network. So, yes, it's really hard to stand out, show off your brand, and to get more followers on Instagram. 


But, we need to work smarter and harder. 

I've been using Instagram for years now. I admit, it's not easy to get more followers nowadays. Luckily, my engagement is high enough, allowing me to book collaborations and sponsorships. Let me share with you eight tips to get more followers this 2019 based on my Instagram experience and through the latest trend.

1. Complete Your Instagram Profile

Instagram users quickly decides whether they follow you or not depending on your feed. This is your first opportunity to make a great impression, enticing people to follow your account. Make sure you have a great Instagram profile photo and complete and effective Instagram bio. Always remember that your Instagram profile is as important as your homepage.

2. Use Hashtags and Location Tags

In case you missed it, Instagram Stories including photos and videos appear on the Instagram Explore page, allowing other people who don't even follow you still browse and watch your stories. They might even tap your handle name and follow your profile. Amazing, right? 

All you have to do is use up to 30 hashtags per post. You can also use hashtags on your Instagram Stories. Your story may also appear in the stories for different locations and hashtags. You'll receive a notification from Instagram when your story is added to location's story page. Make sure you use a location sticker to your Instagram story to be added on the list. Once added, this is an opportunity to be in front of new audiences! 

3. Post Selfies Once In A While

Seriously? Yes, of course! 

Instagram is a social media network and people want to follow the accounts that they can relate to, regardless of weather that's a brand, influencers, or a person they meet on mountain climbing. It is very important to make your Instagram account as personable and relatable as much as possible. 

4. Promote Your Instagram on Facebook

'Mga lodi, patingin naman ng IG travel photos niyo'.

'Need travel inspiration, please drop your IGs on the comment'

Cross-promoting your Instagram on other social media platforms like Facebook, Snapchat, and Twitter is an easy way to attract and introduce yourself to new audiences. It's time to think about your Instagram strategy as a part of your wider marketing efforts. Yes, you can grow outside the Instagram app.

5. Collaborate with Brands

Collaborating with other Instagram users isn't that complicated and costly. You can simply message a user who loves photography and meet up for a photo walk within BGC or in Makati or anywhere else. Make sure that you have a mutually beneficial partnership and that both of your audiences will benefit from your collaboration efforts.

6. Reply to Comments and Direct Messages

7. Post Comments To Other Instagram Accounts

I've noticed that most bloggers kept on commenting on the photos posted by another Instagram users. This is an effective way to attract new audiences. Yes, I'm also doing this! Once in a while, I leave comments to photos posted by my favorite celebrities and personalities. Followers of these celebrities and personalities can see your comment and will eventually tap your handle and browse your Instagram profile. So, make sure you have a complete Instagram bio. 

8. Post Consistently

I hope you learned something today. If the tips mentioned above works for you, please let me know. Let me know as well if you know other tips and hacks that is related to this topic so I can update this blog very soon. Thanks again!

Lasah deserves the outdoor and not being chained for the rest of his life

An online petition to free Lasah, an elephant, has started and is becoming a trending topic on social media. As of this writing, the petition has received an almost 400 thousand signatures from people all over the world.

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According to the petition, Lasah is a 37-year old wild born elephant who was captured and taken into captivity when he was a baby. Unfortunately, he was separated from his mum and herd, and eventually chained in zoos. He was exploited and exposed to tourism and entertainment for over 25 years in Malaysia.

Lasah has been forced to work in a logging camp, lived in zoos including Singapore Zoo, performed to different shows including in a popular Malaysian entertainment outlet. The elephant has been used in commercials and just recently, the 1999 film "Anna and the King".

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12 years ago he was sent to the popular Malaysian tourist island, Langkawi and since then he has been used by the profit-making Langkawi Elephant Adventures (LEA). There, Lasah was forced for elephant rides and lives all alone, which is devastating for a social animal like elephants. LEA also continues to offer Lasah for other commercial purposes on their website.

According to the petition, in July 2016, activists exposed photos of Lasah being chained on all four legs behind public eyes during LEA's closing hours. In March 2017, eight months after the campaign for Lasah have started, the Malaysian environment ministry said that Lasah is chained on two feet only and not exploited for tourism purposes.

Unfortunately, Lasah has suffered for too long. This abuse must stop. Sign and share the petition to urge the Malaysian Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad to grant Lasah's freedom, allowing him to go to a sanctuary in Cambodia which has offered a permanent home for Lasah. 

You may sign the petition HERE.

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Register at www.upmas2018.com/#funrun now with your family and friends!

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In 45 years, we have killed 60% of Earth's wildlife

Humans have been around for more than 2 million years. But in the last 44 years, we have achieved what we haven’t in all this while: a mass annihilation of our fellow earthlings. Between 1970 and 2014, Earth lost nearly 60% decline of its mammals, birds, fish, reptiles and amphibians, almost all of it due to human activity.

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The rate at which Earth is losing its biodiversity is comparable only to the mass extinctions. This and other findings have been published by the World Wildlife Fund in its Living Planet Report 2018, a stinging reminder of the declining health of the planet.

Published by WWF every two years, the report documents the state of the planet in terms of biodiversity, ecosystems, the demand on natural resources and its impact on nature and wildlife. This year, its results are even more devastating than ever:
  • 20% of the Amazon has disappeared in just 50 years 
  • On a global scale, the area of minimally disturbed forests declined by 92 million hectares between 2000 and 2013
  • Of all species that have gone extinct since 1500 AD, 75% were harmed by over exploitation or agriculture
  • Ocean acidification may be occurring at a rate not seen in at least 300 million years. The Earth is estimated to have lost 50% of its shallow water corals in the past 30 years
  • Humans are responsible for releasing 100 billion tonnes of carbon into the Earth’s system every 10 years. In April 2018, levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere reached an average of 410 parts per million (ppm) across the entire month–the highest level in at least 800,000 years
  • Only 25% of land on Earth is substantively free of the impacts of human activities. This is projected to decline to just 10% by 2050

The report states that as our reliance on natural reserves continues to grow, it’s clear that nature is not just a ‘nice thing to have’. It’s imperative for our survival.

A global deal for nature and people

WWF along with conservation and science colleagues around the world are calling for a new global deal between nature and people, involving decision makers at every level to make the right political, financial and consumer choices. WWF is collaborating with a consortium of almost 40 universities and organisations to launch a research initiative that will explore the critical work of putting together the best ways to save the planet.

The report says that the biggest challenge—and biggest opportunity—lies in changing our approach to development and remember that protecting nature also helps protect people.

In the words of Marco Lambertini, Director General of WWF International, “Today, we still have a choice. We can be the founders of a global movement that changed our relationship with the planet. Or we can be the generation that had its chance and failed to act. The choice is ours.”

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