Agnesette Marie Ausan
Atty. Rita O. Peña
The hot hot days of summer are upon. For many, it’s vacation time! Some will just find time to go on a holiday to escape the hustle and bustle of city life or simply taking a break from office routine.
Whether here in the country or abroad, and with family or friends, it is how you make your vacation memorable.
One thing is for sure. Whatever you will call it — a break, trip, R&R — it is meant to recharge the body, clear the mind and renew the spirit!
On this page are the plans of some of my friends for summer.
Agnesette Marie Ausan, fashion designer: This summer I am planning on taking my dogs to the beach for the first time, try to be more fit and completely indulge myself in fruit shakes.
Pauline Gorriceta-Banusing, chef and restaurateur: My husband and I will be going on a bike and wine tour in Tuscany this summer.
Scarlet French, fashionista: I lived overseas for many years and what I realized now that I’m back in the Iloilo is that I haven’t really had the chance to go around the country. My summer plans would definitely include visiting popular beaches (Boracay on top of my list), historic and quaint towns, and discovering for myself the reason why ‘it’s more fun in the Philippines.’ Taking road trips would be fun with my (grown up) sons in tow, now that we’re all driving. I’m thinking, most of my summer days would be spent by the beach, watching the sun set with a cold drink in hand, beside someone I love. Perfect!
Rita O. Peña, lawyer: My summer plans are to go out of the country with my family and an out-of-town beach trip with my friends. I also plan to visit our hometown in Isabela, Negros Occidental and our place in Guimaras.
Marco Salcedo, chef: It’s going to be with my Salcedo and Ganzon cousins for three days of bonding at Islas Gigantes while the rest of summer (after holy week), KAMPANYA-SERYE!
Antoine Greg Flores
Stella Mae Hembra
Antoine Greg Flores, blogger: Given the opportunity to go places this summer, I would go island hopping in northern Iloilo or visit the Malumpati Cold Spring in Aklan. Stay cool!
Dauson Bermtay, fashion designer: Summer is all about the making use of the free time and the privilege of the sun. I wish to lounge lazy on a sea shore doing nothing, perhaps submerge myself in a deep blue sea sneaking the light passing through crystal waters. I plan to escape the buzz of the city. And I wouldn’t want to miss music festivals of my favorite DJs in company of good friends. In between, I will be going through the process of creating my mid-year collection which will undergo a lot of changes and hopefully maturity. So I hope they’ll watch out for the final output.
Sheila Golez-Tiongco, banker and businesswoman: This summer I want to purify my spirit, mind and body through a blend of meditations. So I plan to have a holistic treatment. To enjoy this summer, I will visit one of my favorite spot on earth, the lakeside of town of Lucerne, Switzerland. Once again I will savor the raclette cheese with a glass of my favorite vintage wine while having a candlelight dinner with the love of my life, my husband. Then we will proceed to Amsterdam to visit the Van Gogh Museum and cruise the ancient canals of Holland’s golden age. Our last stop will be Paris, will stay for a while and be French for a week. Before summer ends, I hope I will have my portrait done by a famous artist.
Sheila Draper, businesswoman: I’ve always wanted to spend summer with the entire family — my beloved husband and our three wonderful kids! This time we wish to explore more beautiful places here in the Philippines, possibly starting with the Luzon area. It doesn’t have to be fancy and spectacular — something simple yet enjoyable with the family and something that would complete our summer.
Stella Mae Hembra, marketing specialist: The fambam and I will be in the beautiful island of Guimaras for four days for various activities. After a few weeks, we’ll be in the summer capital of the Philippines, Baguio, and Vigan. Hubby and I will explore Dumaguete, Apo Island and Siquijor as well.
Mary Ann Darroca-Matiling
Rex Victor Gardose
Jong Combing-Pijuan, businesswoman: Unfortunately there won’t be any break for me this summer as this will be the perfect time for me to grow my business before school starts in June and I have to multitask again as a “mompreneur”. However, summer vacation is for kids, so I will have to find ways to keep my two children busy (and happy!) while I slave in the office. I guess it will be Japanese lessons for my son and violin lessons for my daughter plus I would have to insert a mini out of town adventure in between. Vacation time for me though will be sometime in August and my siblings and I are planning something exciting so I’m really looking forward to that!
Jay-R Santos, businessman: Summer is coming and I have quite a few plans set for my son and I. Gavin is turning 16 this July so I plan to start teaching this young man how to drive. He is so excited especially since he is an avid car enthusiast. Aside from that, of course, we are going have some R&R, perhaps in Singapore once again. We both seem to like the place because of the similar weather they have, the people are quite nice not to mention being an English speaking country and the food is simply worth coming back multiple times. Lastly we both agreed to do some gym time during the summer stretch but for polar reasons — Him to put some muscle into his skinny frame and me to shred the flab. Hopefully we succeed. Honestly it’s alot easier when you have a partner to go with and motivate you. So there, these are my summer projects.
Mary Ann Darroca-Matiling, eventologist: We’re planning a family reunion this summer. Most of us are now based in Manila and abroad. Some of our cousins are coming home with their kids to revisit and explore Iloilo, the hometown of our great grandparents. It’s also the perfect time to hit the beach. We will be exploring the beaches of Guimaras, Concepcion and Isla Gigantes this summer.
Rex Victor Gardose, academician: Summer for me this year will be real fun. Beaches will be the prime target. It will kick off immediately after the end of classes which will be on April 1. Tibiao, Antique will be the destination. After that will be preparations for our first grand homecoming at Sto. Domingo church, Quezon City. One week will be spent in Manila. Upon my return, another group of friends will camp in the island of Pulopiña, Concepcion, Iloilo. I’m also intending to visit a friend in the island of Sicogon, Carles, Iloilo. That will be in May. It will be a busy but fun-filled summer.
Jet Yap-Jiz, restauratuer: A quiet weekend at Phaidon in Antique and another quick family getaway in Dumaguete and Siquijor Island.