The Philippines Department of Tourism (PDOT) recently conducted an Instagram photo contest with the theme “Soul of the Philippines”.  And I am more than happy to be selected as a two-time finalist! Yes, two of my submitted photos were chosen as part of the Top 25 Finalists.

The Soul of the Philippines photo contest was opened to all TBEX (Travel Blog Exchange) Asia 2016 participants. Around 400 travel bloggers/delegates from different parts of the world were able to visit places in the Philippines from the bustling city of Manila to the beautiful islands of Palawan among others.

Photos taken during the duration of the conference can be submitted as entries by posting in Instagram with the hashtags #soulofthephilippines and #philippinesphotocontest. From all of the entries, 25 photos were selected as part of the Final round. Out of the 25 Finalists, two will be selected to win the Grand Prize and Runner Up Prize.

From hundreds of photos submitted, I already feel like a winner to have my two photos selected as part of the 25 finalists. Hope you can check out my photos below posted in PDOT’s Instagram account, @tourismphilippines:

Finalist Entry 1

Finalist Entry 2

Send some <3, love. Please do checkout other finalists’ entries as well. You will for surely have loads of travel inspiration. You can see all 25 Finalist photos here: SOUL OF THE PHILIPPINES

Let us also support our tourism industry, from PDOT to the wonderful locals who make all of our travels absolutely fabulous!

Thank you for the love and support! 🙂 🙂 🙂



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    Thelittlelai: Beyond limits

    November 22, 2016

    I actually wanted to join TBEX the last time, I was run out of the budget that’s why I wasn’t able to join. Anyway, I like your pictures and I admire how you have captured it. You really deserved to be a finalist. I’m not that proficient in capturing photo as I’m still learning more about it. Once again, congratulations and more recognition to come shortly.


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    November 22, 2016

    Hey congratulations. 2 of the top 25 is yours, that must be quite an achievement and gratifying. Hope you are picked on top… top two even.

    The photos you took were really beautiful. I especially liked the one on Escudero, the door somehow comes to life in the photo.

    Once again, congratulations and best wishes.

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      Arrianne Guzman

      November 23, 2016

      Thank you sooo much, Robert! 🙂

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    KT Nielsen

    November 22, 2016

    Oh wow! Big congratulations for being a finalist to the Soul of the Philippines photo contest. I personally love the boodle fight food photo. So colorful, so Filipino! I hope you win the competition. I’ve visited the Instagram account of the DOT and I liked both photos. Here’s to hoping you best out the other entries. 🙂

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      Arrianne Guzman

      November 23, 2016

      Thank you so much, KT! 🙂

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    Maerose JS

    November 22, 2016

    Wow! What a feat. Had I been one of the judges, I’d definitely pick your photos too. Would love to visit Villa Escudero but I often disregard the idea due to proximity issues. But I didn’t know that they also have a museum. THAT I wouldn’t want to miss.. So I’m putting the hacienda in my itinerary for when I visit the Philippines again. Perhaps next year. 😉 I also love the boodle fight feast! I super miss Pinoy food– 😛 Hope you’d make it and win the competition! Best of luck!

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      Arrianne Guzman

      November 23, 2016

      Thank you sooo much, Maerose!!! The pink museum is beautiful outside and at the same time really fantastic inside! You would not expect such extensive collection can be found inside 🙂 I hope you’d be able to visit it soon!

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    November 22, 2016

    How awesome that you’re part of the top 25 finalists! Two photos even. That’s a great accomplishment. Both photos look great. My personal favorite would be the first one: The colors are so wonderful!

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      Arrianne Guzman

      November 23, 2016

      Thank you, Carola! 🙂

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    November 23, 2016

    Congratulations! I always love to see people doing good and succeeding! This is a great achievement you should be proud of! I love your pics and the Boodle fight is awesome! Will be following you in Instagram. Have a great day!

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    Mommy Queenelizabeth

    November 23, 2016

    Wow! That was quite an achievement! I admire the photo entries you had there. There really captured the heart of our country. Must be a proud momentum… Being at the top 25 with 2 photos chosen was inspiring and really impressive… you did a great job! congratulations! 🙂

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    November 23, 2016

    As early as now, I’d congratulate you for making it to the finals! I just got curious on why is the color pink? Hahaha. I hope you win! Great captures btw!

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    Milton Coyne

    November 24, 2016

    Congratulations Arriane.. I love all your photos and I think you really deserves this. I wish all the best and I hope you win the contest as well! Mejo natakam lang ako sa second picture hahaha It’s been a while since we last had a boodle fight!
    PS : i liked both pics na sa IG ^_^ Good luck !

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    November 29, 2016

    Congratulations on being selected! you are so lucky to have your 2 entries as part of the contest. i have been folliwng you on instagram and i must say you really take good shots. hope you win!