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Girls Of Summer: Allana Montelibano

We travel to Iloilo with Allana Montelibano!
Girls Of Summer: Allana Montelibano We travel to Iloilo with Allana Montelibano!

Published in Preview Magazine's May 2007 issue.

The recent installment of Girls of Summer features Allana Montelibano as she takes us around La Paz, Iloilo. She shares about different food spots (the best batchoy in the country can be found in La Paz!), different churches with rich history and her summer memories with her cousins and grand parents.

Click on the next page as Allana takes you around Iloilo and shares more about this province!

Click on the photo gallery to see what Allana wears in Iloilo, as well as Style Bible's guide on what to bring.

Published in Preview Magazine's May 2007 issue.

Where do you stay?
I stay in our ancestral house in the Lopez Colonial Compound in La Paz, Iloilo. It's where my grandfather, the late Vice President Fernando Lopez lived since [the time of the Japanese occupation]. He used to take us to Iloilo every summer.

What's your favorite memory about the place?
My grandparents would bring me to Iloilo every summer and I would look forward to going with my lola to the small boutique stores like Payless Department Store or her suki stores on Kalye Real where she would buy little trinkets for me. We would also do paseo in what my lolo would call Kuta. It's like a “once around” along the coast of The Fort San Pedro.

What is your favorite summer memory about the place?
Swimming at the Marikudo resort and Villarosa resort by Villa beach. Marikudo at that time was the only nice resort club in the city where they had an Olympic-sized pool and a kiddie pool. I made a lot of friends and playmates during those summers. Villarosa, on the other hand, was by the beach and served a lot of good seafood dishes.

What do you do when you're in Iloilo?
I try to visit my favorite church, the Jaro Cathedral, as it holds a special place in my heart. I was crowned “Queen of Jaro” in 1995 during the yearly fiesta, held in honor of the Miraculous Lady of Candles. It is said that the image of the Nuestra Señora de Candelarias on top of the Jaro Cathedral grows larger every year. I also go to Molo church, one of Iloilo's oldest churches where all the statues are of female saints. I also visit the Asilo de Moro orphanage (my late great grandmother was a patron of these orphans), where the children create beautiful embroidered garments—and those who are disabled sew with their feet! At night, I hang out with my friends in the smallville strip where Flow bar and my favorite Japanese resto Maki and Regatta Grill (owned by my cousin Tito Lopez and Iloilo's top chef Pauline Gorriceta) are located.

What clothes do you pack?
A bathing suit, sarong, shorts, knitted tops, summer dresses, shawls, Capri jeans, white and floral summer shirts.

What watch do you wear?
Omega Speed Master, Toy watch.

What shades do you use?
Kate Spade Aviators and an Oakley Penny.

What accessories do you use?
Hermés scarf, sarong, my favorite pearl earrings, my zebra headband given to me by my good friend Eva Abesamis—she kept that since the '70s and handed it down to me. Zebra leather headband I got in Zen, Thailand. Also my iPod Shuffle.

What luggage do you use?
DVF giraffe-print carry-on

Where do you shop?
At Gaisano Department Store and the central market where they have lots of interesting native stuff. Asilo de Molo where they sell handmade embroidered handkerchiefs and placemats. It's also nice to go antique hunting in the small shops in old houses. They sell pre-war era currency and antique accessories.

Top five beauty essentials?
La Mer eye cream, Guerlain SPF 15 pressed powder, MAC SPF 15 undereye concealer and tinted lip conditioner, Lemon Aid Eye Brightener by Benefit, Cheeky Tints by Model Co., and Bare Minerals SPF 15 loose powder foundation in Medium Beige.

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