Tini Dahl photographed by BJ Pascual for Preview Magazine
The Pope's in town and that means a travel ban, i.e. no flights can come in and out of these parts. So we've compiled a list of the chicest spots you can drive to sans air travel. They're all pretty photogenic, so make sure you've got enough juice in your phone.
1. FORTUNE ISLAND, Batangas
Preview's March 2013 fashion editorial "Born To Die" (above) was shot here by ace photographer Paolo Pineda. The beautifully bronzed Jess Kienle lapped up the waves, while the rest of the team ogled at these beautiful ruins that remind us of Acropolis. Drive to Nasugbu and take an hour-plus boat ride to this island. Two if the water is really choppy.
2. PINTO ART MUSEUM, Antipolo
You've probably seen this super-datey restaurant and museum on your feed, from couples who like to Instagram their every move like crazy. But don't let that stop you from heading out here. Not only is Antipolo close to Manila; the place has charming Spanish architecture and homegrown art. But resist the urge to ham it up by the spraypainted piece that says "We Are The Kids That Your Parents Warned You About." Everyone has a picture there. Everyone.
Images via @givemesam
3. BALER, Aurora, Quezon
Teal and melon painted houses line the shore of this surf spot in Aurora Quezon. Work your core as you ride your board, then take body-selfies on the beach right after. Estimate about 6 hours for travel time via JoyBus - a WiFi-ed tourister with cushy seats and freezing AC (so wear more than just a swimsuit and a wispy coverup.) And just like on a plane, make sure to book a seat on the outbound and return trips by phoning ahead. My friend and I learned the hard way and had to take an old bus to Cabanatuan, then Manila, on the way home - an additional two hours.
"Gone Surfing" by BJ Pascual, styled by MJ Benitez (Preview Magazine March 2014)
4. SOUQ, San Fernando, Pampanga
Forget Tagaytay. Head North to the other road-trip destination that’s just an hour away from the city: Pampanga. The province has long been known for its baroque-style furniture and amazing food, and Souq is testament to that. A Moroccan courtyard anchors the space, enclosed by a furniture shop, a casual restaurant serving bistro food, and a dive bar in which to park your boyfriend.
We think the trippy red lighting and hard-hat lamps make for awesome photos. (Via @annapcanlas)
5. EL UNION COFFEE, San Juan, La Union
At first glance, El Union might seem like any other hipster joint in the city—wooden counters, curated munchies (skillet cookies and smores, anyone?), and a barista who can make a heart shape in your latte foam. But what sets it apart is that it’s by the beach. San Juan, La Union, to be exact. Home to surf camps and newbie riders, it’s a great spot to hear the waves, as you sip on your third-wave (coffee).
Bonus: there's always a ton of hotties. You might even see this guy.