10 best mountains for serious climbers

10 best mountains for serious climbers

A sea of clouds, mysterious lakes, enchanting forests and a mountain-top active crater are some of the thrilling things you’ll see if you brave climbing some of the most exciting peaks in the Philippines. We’ve put together Davao-based mountaineer Rhonson Ng’s and UP Mountaineers president Ed Magdaluyo Jr.’s list of their favorite mountains that should be explored by any serious hiker at least once. 

Get inspiration from Siargao resident surfer Gianni’s travel bag

Get inspiration from Siargao resident surfer Gianni’s travel bag

For multi-talented surfer, chef, entrepreneur, and Siargao’s overall cool guy Gianni Grifoni, there are things that, non-negotiably, he lugs with him whenever he travels. And travels usually means surf trips, so if you are a budding surfer or one who’s already into the game, take inspiration from the guy for your own future trips.

Firewire surfboard

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

Volcom board short

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

Gwapitos string bag, shirt, and cap

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 bag and shoes

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

iPod and iPhone

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

Marshall headphone

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

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.
BUY on Facebook.com/wawaisph/

Fin sunglasses

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

That pretty little bed and breakfast

That pretty little bed and breakfast

This is a place very far away from Manila that can make you blurt the perfect awww: Bernie’s Bed and Breakfast in Ivana, a sleepy town in Batanes some 15km from Basco Airport.


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.

Sleep

 

Author Jonalyn Fortuno enjoying some peace and quiet at the Queen Room

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.

Eat

 


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.

Do

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.

The basics
Starts at Php3,500 (USD67) per night
Facebook.com/Bernies-Bed-And-Breakfast

Get there
SkyJet flies daily from Manila to Batanes Book a SkyJet flight now.

Story by Jonalyn Fortuno; photos by Ferdz Decena

Revolt from trend and grab your beer

Revolt from trend and grab your beer


Fred’s Revolucion is the only dive bar in historic Escolta, Manila, and it’s what you’d imagine a neighborhood pub to be—nondescript on the outside; unfinished, gritty, with tin roof and plywood-clad on the inside. A couple of craft beer brands are on the rafter, while plywood shelves display imported and local liquors.

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.

Eat                                     

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.

Drink

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.

The basics
About Php250 (USD5) per person
Craft beers are from Php115
Fredsrevolucion.com

Words: Jonalyn Fortuno
Photos: Pauline Dycoco

Comfy meets artsy in Poblacion, Makati

Comfy meets artsy in Poblacion, Makati

Drink and try every concept bar you may have heard of in Poblacion, Makati City’s budding “it” place,” because at the end of a long night of partying, there’s a place in the hood you can have a restful sleep in: Element Boutique Hotel. Next day, the hotel’s intriguing artworks in every nook will sober you up.

The warm French bistro at the ground floor is made more interesting with art pieces here and there

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.

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