I am a Filipino. My name is Nathanael Nunag. I have a Philippine passport. I am a traveler. This is my passage to the world. Then and now.
Filipinos’ story has always been an outward-looking one. We long for the sea and what is out there, yet we remain rooted to the land of our birth. Like the souls depicted in the Manunggul jar we journey yeteverything we really are remains. Our journey to the world as a people is told and retold by our passports and travel documents. Our passport is our identity. It tells us where we come from, where we have gone before, and where we are heading. It tells of our comings and goings, if our departures and arrivals. But beyond serving as canvass for nostalgic musings, passports are valuable historical, economic, political and social heralds. Their pages convey facts, which, before discerning eyes, link disparate events, weave talesm and paint a picture of a nation from snapshots of individual persons. Our passports are intertwined with our story as a people. Let’s talk about the freedom to travel- we want to give people in every part of the world the same chance that other peoples have.
Filipinos possess one of the best travel documents in the world. He endured centuries of colonization and suffered indignities in the hands of his kindred, but with true grit, he fought for and regained his freedom each time. He faced challenges and overcame them. He persevered and was rewarded. Now, his right to travel is respected. His identity is acknowledged. His passport is welcome.
We have enlisted countries we have visited since we started our blog 4 years ago. Unfortunately, we only have been to 15 Countries which is a bit short of a number for a travel blogger/vlogger. We promised ourselves to travel as we want to but ended up still-staying on our day time jobs. Let us know if you have the same position as ours and what is your escape plan? Or if you have already succeeded from that scenario, let us congratulate you and ask some of your tips. Or if you are this rich kid who just enjoy traveling anywhere , we are very happy for you!
We would love to hear which countries you have been. If you have your blog/vlog link too, you can post it on the comment section. We would love to engage with you. If this article reaches 50 valuable comments, we will be giving away a paypal credit of 10 US dollars as a raffle prize among those people.
Here are the 15 Countries We Have Visited Before The COVID Lockdown. What’s yours?
Read our blogs: Bagan and Mandalay
Read our blogs: Agra and Mumbai
Read our blog: Malaysia Layover
Read our blogs: Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh, Sapa, Hue
Read our blogs: Siem Riep and Phnom Penh
Read our blogs: Sta.Cruz, Magdalena, Pampanga, Manila, Alabang, Mandaluyong, Pasay, Quezon City, Palompon, Tacloban, San Juan, Bauang, Tiaong, Cebu, Oslob, Baguio, Laoag, Paoay, Vigan, Tuguegarao, Sta. Ana, Boracay, Palaui, Palawan, La Libertad, Manjuyod and Bohol
7.) South Korea
Read our blogs: Seoul and Muju
Read our blogs: Taipei, Jiufen, and Taichung
Read our blogs: Great Ocean Road, Tullamarine, Melbourne, Canberra, and Sydney
Read our blog: Hong Kong
11.) United Kingdom
Read our blogs: London, Oxford, Guildford, Stone Henge and Bath
12.) United States of America
Read our blog: New York
Read our blog: Bangkok
Read our blog: Singapore layover
Some historical facts:
- When Martial Law was declared by President Ferdinand Marcos on 21 September 1972, Juan de la Cruz found himself barred from travelling overseas. Through Letter of Instruction No. 4, President Marcos instructed then Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Carlos P. Romulo, to stop issuing travel papers, including passports, to any citizen except to those sent abroad by the Philippine government. For a person to leave the country, he must be cleared by the Travel Committee which included the Department of Foreign Affairs, the Department of National Defense, the Department of Tourism, and the National Intelligence Coordinating Agency. When Martial Law was lifted in 1982, restrictions on the issuance of Philippine passports were likewise lifted.
- During the term of Sec. Arturo Tolentino as Foreign Affairs Minister from 1984 to 1985, he emphasized the right of every Filipino to obtain a passport. He abolished the Income Tax Return as a documentary requirement for passport application. Rich or poor, Filipinos right to travel would not be denied.
Hi there, I have enjoyed your blog postings! And you take great photos.
In response to your inquiry, I have traveled to 54 countries — about 35 of them are the subjects of my blog, Camino Milagro, which I started in late 2014, when I put it all in storage, gave up my house to renters and started traveling full time. I am grounded now, but luckily in my beloved Bay Area.
Like most of my fellow obsessed travelers, I am taking it one day at a time — and counting my blessings! My blog lists countries at the bottom. The last dozen postings are ruminations on this time in the world and are listed under “California”. Here is my blog address:
And here are my 54 countries!
Nice, you have been to a lot of countries..! I hope we can collaborate on the future for a travel vlog.. ❤️
My list is much shorter, but it overlaps with both of yours: Canada, Mexico, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Puerto Rico, Panama, Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay, Spain, England, Germany, France. I’d love to go to Asia next. My college roommate is in Taiwan (from Taiwan).
I’m quite a bit older and have managed 35 many of which are included on posts on my blog too.
Have you been to the Philippines? ❤️
No, I haven’t.
I see that you have been to Singapore too! Thanks for dropping by @coffeecassio !
Yes, are you from Singapore? ❤️
Yes I am from SG, where are you from? You seem so well travelled 🧳
Philippines! See you soon in Singapore and let’s collaborate for a blog ❤️
Hi my dear,
I am so lucky to travel since many many years and I have been in about 67 countries so far which I enjoyed all.
I have been on all continents.
My blog is
where I have part of my travels as I just started to write blogposts since 2 years.
I am also on IG .
I just got retired and was on my way to do great travels when Corona cut our plans. But I hope it is just postponed for a while.
We all need to focus on our health at this moment.
I can just say that travelling and meeting people abroad is the Best thing you can have in your life.
Keep in touch and hope that you enjoy some of my blogs ❤
I agree ❤️
Were you stark naked in the Philippines? 🙂
I feel blessed to have traveled so much right before this pandemic put the world in a standstill. I got to visit the Netherlands, France, Morocco, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, and Taiwan. Now it’s time to #stayhome
Hope to collaborate with you in the future! Keep safe ❤️
Hello, on briefs 😁
The countries I visited so far are:
Australia -all regions
USA ( New York,Las Vegas,Los Angeles ,Ithaca ,Buffalo )
These are the ones that came into my mind : )
That’s a lot! I hope you visit Philippines too someday!
15 countries in 4 years is pretty good ! Keep it up 💪🏻
Thank you Jeremy, keep safe this COVID season 🙂
You have to come back to the US, so you can see more than NYC!
I know… I will definitely need to go back.. by the way, are you from NYC? 🙂
No, I’m in Florida 🏖
I’m quite a bit older than you are so I’ve had more time to travel. It all seems long ago now that we are in lockdown in NYC. I was supposed to be in the Philippines in February but after the coronavirus outbreak that plan got scotched. Here’s my list:
Ireland, England, Scotland, Netherlands, France, Italy, Greece, Yugoslavia (yeah, I said I was old), Austria, Finland, Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania, Russia, Turkey, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Cambodia, Mexico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Trinidad, Tobago, St. Lucia, St. Maarten, Aruba, Canada.
very exciting list that you have there.. I would love to go to Russia and try the trans-siberian railway.. It could be a wonderful experience. 🙂
That’s good you’ve been to a lot. For me I am forced to come back every year to PH, Switzerland and OZ (Australia) as I have families there and/or quick vacay. Now that we have covid PH is still in our list because I miss my father and other important things to attend to. FYI… I like you wearing barong!
Thank you Kabayan!! Where are you currently? Switzerland or OZ?
Neither. Haha! I am back home here in New Zealand.
Keep safe ❤️❤️❤️
I have been to 25 countries, but I started with my wanderlust a bit late. And because of Covid, I don’t know when it will be safe to travel again…especially for oldies like me.
Unless you are the King of Thailand, you’ll be the only one who CAN travel anywhere else in the world, including your 20 concubines! during this pandemic. I haven’t done the African continent. As a travel writer who edited a travel magazine, I’m done with the Austral-Asian continent that includes several cities and provinces within a country; 4 major cities of the US (Chicago, SF, LA, NY); and since I live in Europe now for the last 20 years, Asia seems to be very far these days and Europe is easier to travel so most of Europe. While you’re still young and have the stamina, keep going. And travel with an open mind. Cheerio!
Very impressive.. and thank you for the advise.. see you around! ❤️
Depends how far back you are talking about lol! I have been to 81 so far. However, just months before covid19 I was in Vietnam, Philippines, China, and Singapore. Cheers
Nice, That’s a lot.. which places in the Philippines have you visited?
Posts in my blog, Manila Cebu, Bacolod, Gen Santos, Cauayan , and Lemery. Most of time I go and base in Cebu. cheers
Ok will read about it.. Do you have IG?
sorry no techkie IG?
hahaha no nothing like that, the blog is already a big effort. Cheers
Wow, love travel blogs! They always inspire me. I’ve been all over the United States, Canada, Mexico, Spain, Italy, France, Italy, Vietnam. Many more on my bucket list!🏝🌏 I’m also juggle a side hustle in travel industry. I hope someday to experience so much more!🤗🌻