Curious how hunk dad Dingdong Dantes does his and family’s travels?

Curious how hunk dad Dingdong Dantes does his and family’s travels?

This man doesn’t let even his busy schedule take away from what matters: family time.

He’s an actor, commercial model, and film producer—but above all, he is a husband to Marian Rivera-Dantes and a dad to their daughter Zia. Photo by Paulo Navarro

How often do you go on holidays?

Ding Dong Dantes and Marian Rivera try to find time to be together, despite their ridiculously busy schedules. A happy couple indeed. Photo from Ding Dong Dantes

Because both our [his and wife Marian Rivera’s] work schedules are unpredictable, we have to wait for our respective shows to go on a break before we plan anything. That’s why we almost always book at the last minute— a habit that is not highly recommended; haha! The key holidays are also the basic ones like Christmas, Holy Week and, of course, our birthdays in August and November.

What’s your secret to fnding time for vacations despite your crazy busy work schedules?

When your schedules are just as hectic as your ravishing spouse’s (and Marian Rivera IS ravishing), you WILL need help. Photo from Ding Dong Dantes.

The moment we find a window, we immediately grab it, may it be a couple of days to a whole week. With our work, it is impossible for us to be away for more than two weeks. How do you plan your family getaways? We have friends who help us, like Access Travel of Angely Dub.

Most of the time, I find it more convenient for someone to help me in the planning since both of us are always preoccupied with other things. Of course, we already know what we want—it’s really just a matter of organizing the logistics. Given that we stay at least two days in a new place, my basic policy is 20 percent planned itinerary, and 80 percent kung ano ang matripan (on what we feel like doing).

What is your favorite Philippine destination?

Yes, Zia. That is a good-looking beach.
Photo from Ding Dong Dantes

I like any place that is peaceful, green, sustainable and clean. A place where my kids can safely run around while we enjoy a cup of cofee, or a mug of beer. It does not matter if it is on a mountain, by the beach, in my friend’s backyard, or even a protected area in any place within the chaotic Metro Manila for as long as we are with the right people. Pero siyempre, dapat panalo rin ang pagkain. (But of course, the food has to be a winner too.)

What are the most memorable holidays you’ve had in the Philippines as a family?

Sunsets are often the happiest when you see them with the right people. In Dong’s case, it’s with Marian and Zia. Photo from Ding Dong Dantes

We really love the beautiful islands here in our country. Palawan will always have a special place in our hearts. Amanpulo is on the top of our list. Our recent trip to Siargao via SkyJet Airlines is also one for the books. Book a SkyJet flight, direct from Manila to Coron, Palawan; Batanes; and Camiguin.

Your favorite beach and why this beach?

Hard to say. We love so many and each has its own charm.

Things you love to do when on a holiday?

Eat. Sleep. Play. Plan. Repeat.

Your travel essentials aside from IDs and cash?

Cameras to document memories.

Where do you wanna holiday next?

We want to visit Cebu next.

Who is Dingdong Dantes?
Dingdong Dantes is a well-loved Filipino actor, commercial model, film producer, and film studio AgostoDos Pictures owner. He’s married to Filipino actor Marian Rivera with whom he has a daughter with.

Hail to the best pizza place in Siargao

It will be a shame to visit Siargao and skip Kermit, the island stop for wonderful cocktail concoctions, the best pizza in town and perfect tropical resto-bar setting.

Kermit’s hands on owner Gianni Grifoni with his little one at Kermit

Kermit in General Luna, Siargao, is a lively resto-bar where it seems everyone around knows everybody. But it’s not for this reason alone that you should go. The open deck you walk onto barefoot fitted with loungy seats and sunken chairs is prolly the most relaxed spot I’ve been to recently. While the area is exclusive to guests staying at Kermit and the affable owner Gianni Grifoni’s personal guests, there is a rustic tropical space next to it where you can grab a seat to eat or drink or both.

Local curates Siargao

When islander Elaine Abonal is on a break from teaching surfing in Siargao, you’ll catch her on road trips, swimming in wild islands and eating at her favorite dining places

Elaine enjoying a day out in Dako Island

I was born and raised
 in Manila but I’ve been frequenting Siargao
 for the past 13 years.
At first I would stay for one month, then one month became two, and later on it stretched longer. In 2016, we started renting a house and got ourselves a dog.

My goal is to provide the best way to teach surfing in Siargao.
At Surfista Travels, we cover all bases when we teach, from theory to safety to etiquette. We do photo analysis. Surfista’s emphasis is for one to become a learned surfer.

Harana restaurant: Lazy times and delightful eats

Harana restaurant: Lazy times and delightful eats

Surfer Luke Landrigan loves Harana’s food and vibe. He says he likes ordering their poke bowl

It feels like time has stopped. At least this is how I felt when I visited resort-restaurant Harana on my visit to Siargao. Guests are sprawled on beanbags or cocooned in a hammock, whiling away on their smartphone as they wait for the waves to come up to do the more exciting kind of “surfing.” One guest rubs a resident dog’s tummy, saying hello.

Chill R&B music plays in the background—tame enough to not disturb napping guests—as I sip my cup of joe. Harana restaurant is a large open air native-themed space, hugging the wonderful sea breeze. There are wooden chairs and tables, colorful beanbags and low tables, distinctive hung woven lamps, and a vibrant bar manned by friendly staf.

Food

Breakfasts here area delight. We had very good tocino, homemade honey and salt-cured pork and chicken meat served with egg and garlic rice, and arroz caldo, fascinating for its annatto oil drizzling and unusual toppings of dried fish, string beans and water spinach. There were grilled eggplant, international breakfast served with two eggs, bread, fruits and bacon salted just right. The Harana Fried Rice was remarkable.

Breakfasts are as beautiful as these: fresh fruits and vegetables, tortang along (grilled then pan-fried eggplant), dried fish, rice and egg

Drinks

Ginger tea, fruit shakes, calamansi juice, softdrinks, beer, and an extensive liquor collection.

The basics
About Php300 (USD6) per person. Haranasurf.com, tel + 63998 849 5461

Story by Monica De Leon; photos by Daniel Soriano

 

 

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