More Featured Sights

Satellite image of SM City Jinjian in Jinjiang, Quanzhou, Fujian, China

SM City Jinjiang

January 17, 2015

I first featured SM City Xiamen, the first SM mall outside the Philippines, way back in 2007. I guess it’s now time to feature the second such SM mall and this is SM City Jinjiang (SM泉州晋江, Wikipedia), located in Jinjiang, Quanzhou in the Fujian province of China. Facade... (read more)

Satellite image of the sunken church of Bajaoen in Lake Mapanuepe, San Marcelino, Zambales

Sunken Church of Bajaoen

January 10, 2015

I was fascinated when I first learned about the sunken church in Lake Reschen in Italy which was submerged along with many other houses and buildings when a hydroelectric dam was created in the 1940s. What remains above the water is the church steeple which provides a haunting yet picturesque... (read more)

Satellite image of the MacArthur Landing Memorial in Palo, Leyte

Leyte Landing Memorial

October 20, 2014

Today is the 70th anniversary of the fulfillment of General Douglas MacArthur’s pledge of “I shall return” after being forced out of the Philippines by the Imperial Japanese Army during World War II. On October 20, 1944, MacArthur, together with Philippine Commonwealth President Sergio Osmeña, landed at Palo, Leyte on... (read more)

Satellite image of Cape Engaño Lighthouse on Palaui Island in Sta. Ana, Cagayan.

Cape Engaño Lighthouse

September 7, 2014

If Cape Bojeador Lighthouse guides ships on the northwestern corner of Luzon, then Cape Engaño Lighthouse (Wikipedia) is its metaphorical sibling, guiding ships on Luzon’s northeastern frontier. This Spanish-era lighthouse, built in 1888 and first used in 1892, sits atop a hill on the northernmost point of Palaui Island in... (read more)

Satellite image of the Diosdado Macapagal Bridge in Butuan.

Diosdado Macapagal Bridge

August 2, 2014

Touted as the longest bridge in Mindanao with a length of 907 meters, the Diosdado Macapagal Bridge is one of the top tourist attractions in Butuan City with its raw and elegant design. Similar to the previously-featured Marcelo B. Fernan Bridge in Cebu, the Diosdado Macapagal Bridge is a cable-stayed... (read more)

About Vista Pinas

Vista Pinas features Philippine-related sights and locations as seen from satellite and aerial imagery provided by Google Maps, Microsoft’s Bing Maps, and Nokia’s Here service. Explore the Philippines from a different point of view!

Learn more...