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Where summer is forever

Theres still time to enjoy the season in a place where it seems like summer never ends


By Liza Ilarde

@ilardeliza on Instagram

Photographed by Jo Ann Bitagcol
Styled by Liza Ilarde
Assisted by Rudolph Leonor
Hair and makeup by Baba Parma
Model: Lyndsay Boszko (IM Agency)
Shot on location at Lagùn Hotel, El Nido, Palawan

  • Prints-a-palooza! Floral-print silk blouse and matching pants by Escada, sneaker mules by Brash

  • Make it pop. Puffy belted wrap coat by Escada, rashguard swimsuit by Tomas Maier x Uniqlo, sneaker mules by Brash

  • Ready to get sun-kissed. Boxy jacket by Escada,
    bikini top by Seek The Uniq, lemon-print shorts by Plains & Prints, vintage sunglasses by Christian Diana

  • Color-coordinated. Metallic T-shirt by Escada Sport, denim cutoff shorts by Garage, shower slippers by The Athlete’s Foot, belt bag by Bershka, compression socks by Fly Society

  • Stay sporty and cool.Cocoon cardigan by Memo, crop top by Penshoppe, track pants by Escada Sport, crystal-studded slides by Swarovski x Fitflop

  • Lounging around. Floral-print button-front shirtdress
    and satin mules by Mango, bikini top by Topshop,
    floral-print slim pants by Escada, sunglasses by Poppy Lissiman

  • Ready to plunge. Sheer blouse with drawstring neckline by Escada Sport, orange swimsuit (worn underneath) by H&M, sunglasses by Roberi & Fraud, resin earrings by Joanique Mix

    With Boracay closed for five more months, summer winding down, and rain slowly creeping in, city folks are looking for one more chance to enjoy the season—and a place to spend it. We recently flew to El Nido, Palawan to shoot our “last hurrah for summer” fashion editorial and had the opportunity to stay in the town’s first boutique hotel, Lagùn Hotel, which is currently on soft opening.

    As you enter the hotel, the lobby has an immediate impact. The colorful interiors were thoughtfully designed by Cecil Ravelas. She used sustainable bamboo for the ceiling, turned felled trees into furniture, and hung handwoven wicker pendant lamps by Zacarias 1925 (a collaboration with artist Gabby Lichauco).

    The five-story hotel has 37 rooms, including a special PWD room. On the ground floor, there is an all-day-dining restaurant, which left my tummy happy after each meal. Their chef is a gem! And don’t forget to check out the roof deck, which has a pool and where you can enjoy the stunning views of Taraw Limestone Cliff and the ocean in the distance. (The spa opens in June.)

    One of Lagùn Hotel’s strong points is that it is far enough from the busy center, yet close enough that you can walk to town and enjoy the many charming bars, restaurants, and shops. And it’s just a hop, skip, and a jump to the bancas parked by the shore and which can take you island-hopping—a must when in El Nido!


    Store info: Bershka, Glorietta 2, SM Aura Premier, Mega Fashion Hall, Ayala Center Cebu; Brash at Payless, payless.ph; Escada, Greenbelt 5; Escada Sport, Greenbelt 5; Fly Society at Urban Athletics, Greenbelt 3, S Maison, UP Town Center; Garage, garageclothing.com; H&M, hm.com; Joanique Mix, @joaniquemix on Instagram; Lagùn Hotel, Balinsasayaw Rd., El Nido, Palawan, tel (+63917) 156-1507, email [email protected], lagunhotel.com, @lagunhotel on Instagram; Mango, shop.mango.com/PH/mango; Memo, memofashion.com; Penshoppe, penshoppe.com; Plains & Prints, plainsandprints.com; Poppy Lissiman, @poppylissiman

    on Instagram; Roberi & Fraud, @roberiandfraud on Instagram;

    Seek The Uniq, seektheuniq.com; Swarovski x Fitflop at Fitflop, SM Aura Premier, Shangri-La Plaza; The Athlete’s Foot, theathletesfoot.com.ph; Topshop, topshop.com; Uniqlo, uniqlo.com/ph

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