Gianni’s custom-made Firewire Lemon Butter surfboard is designed by world-renowned surfer Rob Machado. Also, Firewire is the only surfboard manufacturer in the world that got an ECOBOARD certification, which could very well be the reason why Gianni strongly supports its product given that he’s a conservation expert and environmental advocate himself.
BUY on Firewiresurfboards.com or purchase locally via Blackmarketph.com
Board shorts can make or break a surf session that is why it is important to choose a brand with performance in mind. For Gianni, Volcom fits the bill because its board shorts are water repellent and made to move with a surfer with its four-way stretch complete Stoney cinch fly technology, a continuous drawcord around the wait that allows for a larger range of adjusting and flexibility.
BUY on Volcom.com
Gianni’s own apparel brand has also been making waves in the surfing community. The Gwapitos brand is made of local materials, which is Gianni’s way of supporting the local industry. Inspired by surfing and island lifestyle, Gwapitos’ merch is the perfect outfit for your next adventure or beach trip.
BUY on Gwapitos.com
Vans is is Gianni’s favorite brand for footwear and carry-on backpack because it merges comfort, traction, utility, and style.
BUY on Vans.com or at Ground floor level, Glorietta 3, Ayala Center, Makati City
Gianni likes to have a separate device for music that’s why he doesn’t store songs on his iPhone. The audiophile in Gianni loves the iPod for its excellent sound output and it remains his favorite for a quick music fix. For capturing moments and staying connected during his surf trips, Gianni relies on his iPhone.
BUY on Apple.com or at 2nd floor, Greenbelt 3, Ayala Center, Makati City
To up his soundtrip experience, Gianni prefers the Marshall brand. Aside from its noise-cancelling feature, it also offers the best in audio with its “robust sound that balances clarity with just the right amount of bass.” More importantly, it provides up to 20 hours of wireless playtime, which is perfect for long journeys.
BUY on: Marshallheadphones.com
Wawai’s Organics is Gianni’s brand of choice for sunblock to ward off the harsh sunlight. An added bonus of the product is that it’s chemical-free.
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For sunnies, it’s Fin by Beachshack Inc, a lifestyle company known for producing apparel and cosmetics that strongly promote the merry, laid-back beach culture.
BUY on Quiver.com.ph
Photos by Daniel Soriano
Bernie’s is a two-storey seven-bedroom hotel inspired by the traditional Ivatan architecture with touches of modern. Its “quaintly” features? The stone-dotted façade with trellis and vertical windows; the stone path leading to the entrance; the homey but bright and airy interiors, and the careful mix of wooden furnishings, kerosene lamp-inspired fixtures, ornamental plants and art pieces. One nice touch at Bernie’s are its books, shelves of them, that are the first to greet guests.
The B&B is logically designed—the social spaces are on the ground floor while the rooms on are on the second floor.
Slip at the small garden at the back for a quiet moment by yourself and take in the sun and Ivana’s peaceful surroundings.
There are queen bedrooms and double bedrooms, all spacious. I stayed in a queen room with whitewashed walls and stone tiles, well-furnished along with mod cons. It has a spacious bathroom with fine toiletries. At full house, Bernie’s can be filled with up to 21 people.
Bernie’s only serves breakfast and it’s typically what’s available like fried flying fish, rice and coffee. The innkeeper may cook a meal for guests.
See Batanes’ famous landmarks close by: the House of Dakay, the oldest stone house in Batanes; Honesty Coffee Shop, an unmanned store that operates solely on trust; the Old Spanish Bridge.
Starts at Php3,500 (USD67) per night
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Story by Jonalyn Fortuno; photos by Ferdz Decena
The decor is eclectic—a mix of items accumulated by owner Jose Enrique Soriano from his travels and gifts from family and regulars throughout the years. In between Japanese posters, stickers, and beer cartons on the walls are a photo of Che Guevarra by the bar, Philippine and rainbow flags by tap beer dispensers, and other intriguing pieces. Music is diverse.
The pub isn’t intimidating at all so if you’re a newbie on, say, craft beer, you’ll not feel alienated nor judged in case you end up being a bit inquisitive. If half of Fred’s charm goes to good food and drinks, the pub’s honest, casual, cool vibe could rightfully take the other half.
Try any of Fred’s specials: fleishchkaese, German meatloaf, Mexican fried rice, salsa, and fried egg; Fish, Fish and Chips, batter on a bed of fries and fried dilis; sesame seed tuna in poke salad dressing; grilled tuna belly in peanut sauce with crispy bagoong alamang (fried shrimp paste); and the savory salted egg wings, chicken wings coated in salted egg, chili, and olive oil.
Ranges from serious beers: Beer No. 1, which has a citrusy Pinatubo’s Magma Bock for a more intense note, or the smoky and hoppy Brainstorm IPA.
About Php250 (USD5) per person
Craft beers are from Php115
Words: Jonalyn Fortuno
Photos: Pauline Dycoco
In a neighborhood that is becoming a home for all things artsy, hipster, cool, and cosmopolitan, Element Boutique Hotel on Guerrego Street in Poblacion, Makati is like a calm haven that lets you breathe after a night of riotous fun.