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LIFESTYLE GOES TO SORSOGON

Surf’s up in Gubat

In this playground yet undiscovered by tourists, kids give you surfing lessons
/ 05:30 AM May 30, 2015
Stretch of Rizal beach and Buenavista beach

THE STRETCH of Rizal Beach and Buenavista Beach attracts those who are not into crowds. THELMA SIOSON SAN JUAN

The seaside town of Gubat in Sorsogon is sleepy, but it might soon spring to life with tourist activity. That’s what the provincial government hopes will happen once surfing aficionados discover Gubat’s charms.

“Surfing is an emerging hobby for young people in Gubat. They learn from the older surfers. The stretch of Rizal Beach and Buenavista Beach is also becoming a popular destination even for those who usually surf in Baler or

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La Union because it’s less crowded,” said industrial designer Milo Naval of Siama Resort in Sorsogon City.

MILO Naval relaxes by the beach in his “butaka” chair.

MILO Naval relaxes by the beach in his “butaka” chair. SAN JUAN

Naval, who is also the consultant of the local tourism department, designed a two-level pavilion on Rizal Beach just a few meters from the shoreline.

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The circular structure with an open design is made almost entirely of sustainable materials; bamboo rods were used for the walls while anahaw fronds were plaited to make the roof with its circular opening. Six pod-shaped chandeliers cobbled together from scavenged scallop shells hang from the roof.

Champion surfer

 The pavilion was made so that surfers would have a place to rest between catching the waves. Even nonsurfers are welcome but if they decide to try their hand at surfing, they can take a lesson or two from the locals.

During an Inquirer Lifestyle shoot in Sorsogon earlier this month (the staff was flown in by Cebu Pacific), we met 11-year-old champion surfer Vea Estrellado. The youngest of three siblings, Vea started surfing only two years ago.

“My parents and two siblings also surf. I learned from one of our neighbors and I’ve been surfing ever since,” she said in the vernacular.

She later joined and won a local surfing competition, and has a couple of scars to show for it—a banged-up right knee and a scrape fading to white on her nose.

Despite these small mishaps, Vea seemed to be enjoying herself playing with her friends and giving lessons to beginners.

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“As long as they’re enrolled in school, these children can continue surfing before or after their classes,” Naval said. “They learn while in school, and then they get to play and earn when classes are finished. It’s a win-win situation for them.”

TWO-PIECE swimsuit, Bench

TWO-PIECE swimsuit, Bench

VEA Estrellado (in red) is a champion surfer who teaches the sport to beginners. She’s 11 years old. Black two-piece swimsuit, Bench; fish charm necklace, Uno de 50

VEA Estrellado (in red) is a champion surfer who teaches the sport to beginners. She’s 11 years old. Black two-piece swimsuit, Bench; fish charm necklace, Uno de 50

 MODELS repose on 'butaka' chairs by Milo Naval. On Angie, jeweled one-piece swimsuit, Despi available at Rustan’s; on Alaiza, striped bikini top, black bikini bottom, Sfera


MODELS repose on ‘butaka’ chairs by Milo Naval. On Angie, jeweled one-piece swimsuit, Despi available at Rustan’s; on Alaiza, striped bikini top, black bikini bottom, Sfera

MILO Naval used bamboo, 'anahaw' and other sustainable materials to build this Surfer’s Pavilion.

MILO Naval used bamboo, ‘anahaw’ and other sustainable materials to build this Surfer’s Pavilion.

FLORAL dress, Mike dela Rosa; white strappy sandals, Schutz from Covet Manila, Shangri-La Edsa Mall; 'butaka' chair by Milo Naval

FLORAL dress, Mike dela Rosa; white strappy sandals, Schutz from Covet Manila, Shangri-La Edsa Mall; ‘butaka’ chair by Milo Naval

SUMMER hat, H&M; shades, Prada, Branded Accessories Section of SM Store Makati; layered bangles, Uno de 50; two-piece swimsuit, DKNY available in Rustan’s

SUMMER hat, H&M; shades, Prada, Branded Accessories Section of SM Store Makati; layered bangles, Uno de 50; two-piece swimsuit, DKNY available in Rustans

Photography Toff Tiozon
Assistant photographer RJ Roque
Styling Luis Carlo San Juan
Makeup Mayesa delos Santos
Hairstyle Sari Campos
Models Anjie Balatbat & Alaiza Malinao
of Mercator Model Management

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