On a recent family get-together, I showed a sample of our engagement/prenup video to my aunties who (most unfortunately) would not be able to attend our wedding this April. Aside from asking questions about my husband-to-be, they were also a bit curious as to where the photo and video shoot took place. They couldn’t believe that it was in the Philippines. I told them that we went to Fortune Island for the shoot.
My fiance first proposed to me almost two years ago on an overnight trip at Burot Beach. We were sitting in his tent when he whispered to me (in Tagalog, of course) “Let’s get married.” I asked him if he was serious. Then he got down on one knee (still inside his tent) and said it again. I said “Yes!” and we hugged and all of these happened unbeknownst to his family who were with us on that trip. We were engaged and nobody knew! I thought he might be just too overwhelmed at that time because we were surrounded by family and the place, (although it was not that perfect), it was right at that time. I thought he wasn’t serious, as he didn’t have a ring for me that time. (I know, I know. I didn’t really need the ring, but it does make it official, ne? I didn’t want to assume. Hehe!) But he proposed again 6 months after in Kalinga. It was a sweet surprise. We almost backed out from the trip because it was raining so hard that time and there was flood everywhere! But he was adamant that we go on that trip, and so we did. And I am so glad that we did. After almost 10 hours of road trip (Manila-Kalinga) and a short trek to Apo Whang-od’s village, he took me aside from the group of hikers we were with, quietly gave me the ring and asked me to marry him again. No frills. Just as simple as that. And of course, I said “Yes” again.
Why Fortune Island? Well, early on in the planning stage of our wedding, we initially wanted to have a beach wedding. He and I adore the outdoors, most especially the beach. As we can’t have our dream beach wedding, we decided to have our prenup on a beach. And Fortune Island ranked very high up on our list. We fell in love with how the island looked. Located about 15km off the coast of Nasugbu, Batangas, Fortune Island used to be a luxury resort back in the day. Now, it is just a deserted island with crumbling structures reminiscent of the ruins in Greece. However, these crumbling structures is what adds to the beauty and mystique of the island. One thing to consider when going to Fortune Island is the weather. The waves can get treacherous. The locals would tell you that the best months to go there would be around February-March because the waves would be a lot calmer. A week before our scheduled shoot, it was raining for days. He would check the weather app every day to find out if it would rain on the day of the shoot. We didn’t really have a back-up plan. I just prayed so hard that the rain would stop even for one day. And thank God, it did! It was an almost perfect day. The waves were calm (at least until around after 1pm, the time we decided to go back to Nasugbu proper), the wind was good enough to let 2 drones fly without a hitch, and the sun is bright enough but not scorchingly hot. So sorry to bore you.. On with the pictures!!
To the Cinematic Creatives team, a big THANK YOU! Even though some of you haven’t slept a wink before the shoot and some even came directly to the site from another shoot, you still did an awesome job. Thanks for directing the fiance and I; we’re not actors, most especially me. And as I am a very, extremely shy person, your job got a lot more difficult.
How to get there?
The easiest way to get to Fortune Island is by private car. Especially if you have to bring a lot of equipment with you, we highly recommend that you bring your own car. When you get to the resort, take the boat ride to Fortune Island. For a group of 10 pax, the boat ride costs around PhP 4,000-6,000.
Contact Person: Mang Dante (0939.489.5292)
If you’re going to commute, take a DLTB bus from Buendia to Nasugbu, Batangas terminal. The fare is around PhP 160. Then take a tricycle to the coast of Nasugbu. From the coast of Nasugbu, take a boat ride to Fortune Island.
Just a friendly reminder:
- There is no bathroom on the Island. So be prepared to rough it out. For the ladies, don’t forget to bring wipes 🙂
- Don’t forget to bring your own food and water. There is no sari-sari store on the island. Mang Dante and his wife kindly offered to cook rice for us for only PhP 50.00 🙂 And we cooked our lunch (Adobo) the night before, so we won’t have to cook when we got to the island.
- Please bring garbage bags. Clean as you go.