10 Filipino adventurers share how they gear up for the great outdoors

Do you run, bike, surf, climb or fly? Gear up like a pro with this shopping guide

From left: Elaine Abonal, Noelle Hilario, Alvin Pura and Pia Lopez

From left: Elaine Abonal, Noelle Hilario, Alvin Pura and Pia Lopez

Wave riders

Alvin Pura is an ambassador of SwimFit Philippines. The surfer, rock climber, and Ultimate Frisbee player is also a meteorologist and TV weatherman. Fluidsurf board shorts; Terry Senate surfboard

Competitive surfer Pia Lopez is also a model, and education and marine protection advocate. Visit gromnationsiargao.com, and @surftoschoolph on Instagram. Kudo Surf Mati bikini in lilac; Oakley Elmont Chrome sunglasses; Reef Escape sandals in nude

Surfer Elaine Abonal is an ISA-certified surf instructor, and the owner of Surfista Travels Philippines. Long-sleeved zipped one-piece rashguard (P5,990) and flip-flops (P1,990) by Roxy (at Quiksilver and R.O.X.); Arajera silver wave necklace; Golden Monstera silver wave ring

Noelle Hilario is a surfer and yogi. She’s the co-owner of Flow Retreats. Skinni reversible bikini with hipster bottom (P3,999); Havaianas flip-flops

Rock star

Xtian Dador Guerrero was a member of the national team for sport climbing from 2001 to 2011. He is currently a national route setter for sport climbing, and the captain of the Philippine team for Ultimate Frisbee. Full-sublimated jersey and shorts by Boon Technical Clothing; rock shoes, athlete’s own. Similar climbing harness, rope and gear available at R.O.X. and Decathlon

Fly girl

Rea Anchores is passionate about watersports. Aside from kiteboarding, she scuba dives, and used to be the captain of dragon boat team Bugsay Boracay. Athletic bikini top and boyshorts by Trangko. To order, email trangko.custom@gmail.com.

From left: Xtian Dador Guerrero and Rea Anchores
From left: Xtian Dador Guerrero and Rea Anchores

Rad racer

Cyclist and triathlete Vany Bandoy Hans is the first Filipina to complete the Race Across America, aka “The World’s Toughest Bicycle Race”. Her team won second place in the 4-man mixed relay category. Circuit jersey (P3,499), RXL gloves (P1,799) and Ballista MIPS Helmet (P8,999) all by Bontrager; custom bib shorts by Sportful; cycling shoes by Sidi; Trek Speed Concept 7.5 bike. Bontrager and Trek available at Trek Bicycle Store, Two Parkade, 30th St, BGC, Taguig, and cyclesport.ph

Vany Bandoy Hans
Vany Bandoy Hans


Thumbie Remigio is also known as the “King of the Forest”. Aside from being an ultra trail runner, he’s a mountain biker and rock climber. Tank and shorts by Compressport; Garmin Fenix multisport watch; shoes by Merrell

Majo Liao is a four-time female champion and course record holder of Hardcore Hundred Miles, the longest trail race in the country. She represented the Philippines in the Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc in Europe last month. Hot pink agile tank (P1,490), black agile shorts (P2,290) and Sense Pro 2 running shoes (P7,990) all by Salomon; Spartan Ultra watch by Suunto

Trail runner, mountain biker and climber, Nat Geo Explorer and environmentalist JP Alipio heads the Cordillera Conservation Trust. He also organizes the Cordillera Mountain Ultra race. Shirt with Omni-Shade sun protection by Columbia (P2,990; Quecha hiking trousers (at decathlon.ph); Speed Instinct running shoes by Hoka One One; Suunto watch

From left: Thumbie Remigio, Majo LIao, JP Alipio and his dog, Pacha
From left: Thumbie Remigio, Majo LIao, JP Alipio and his dog, Pacha

This story first appeared in the September 2017 issue of Smile magazine.

Written by

Pierra Calasanz Labrador

Photographed by

Toto Labrador

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