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PreNup at Fortune Island

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.

Preparation

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!!

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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?

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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.
  • Enjoy!

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  • ARTHUR RICKY

    Hi! We are also planning on having our prenup photos taken there on November or early December. Just want to ask if there is a prenup photo fee or any fee for that matter? thanks!

    • Ten

      When we went there last year, Boat rental is 4500 and the entrance fee is 300/pax. You may want to text Mang Dante for updates.

      • ARTHUR RICKY

        So there is no fee for pictorials other than the boat fee and entrance? and is it possible if I can ask for Mang Dante’s number? Is he the owner or something?

        Thanks!

        • Ten

          If I remember correctly, we only paid the entrance fee and the boat fee. Here is Kuya Dante’s number: (0939.489.5292) Hope you have a great prenup shoot as well.

  • Lester Pioquinto

    Wow. Congratulations on the wedding. The video is awesoMe!

    • Ma-an

      Thanks! 🙂

  • Love the photos and your pre-nupt video! Congratulations on your engagement! 🙂

    • Ma-an

      Thank you so much 🙂

  • Ann Balisbis

    I wanna see the video, too! Too bad it ain’t working. 🙁 Anyways, congrats on your upcoming wedding! The place is really ideal for a greek feel prenup. Been hearing about the place from friends who’ve been there, but haven’t had the chance to go. Hope I can see the beauty of the place straight to my eyes in the future! 🙂

    • Ten

      what supposed to be the error?

      • Ann Balisbis

        It just won’t load. Connection problem maybe? I’ll try again later. 🙂

        • Ten

          No Problemo!

    • Ma-an

      Hope you are able to view the video 🙂

  • I liked the photos, specially the video. But what I loved the most is the feeling of love. Though we’ve been married for 23 years, seeing couples fall madly in love and get married brings us back to the time when we were young and foolish, but madly in love…. and still is

    • Ma-an

      Thank you so much! 🙂 Being in love is indeed the best feeling in the world 🙂

  • Caroline Vieyra

    This is so beautiful what a romantic destination and romantic engagement! The pictures are gorgeous friend!

    • Ma-an

      Thanks so much 🙂 We’re glad you like it 🙂

  • Its more fun on the Philippines! There’s a lot of place to visit here in tje Philippines. This place would make you feel Majesty. Thank you for sharing.

    http://dorothytorretijo.blogspot.com/

    • Ma-an

      Oh yes! It’s really more fun in the Philippines 🙂

  • Congratulations on your engagement! the video is of very high quality. very dramatic and cinematic ala telenovela la trailer. but honestly my eyes were locked on you both, didn’t even notice the backdrop.
    Wish you both all the best. x

    • Ma-an

      Thank you so much! Nakakataba ng puso ^_^

  • nicolepaler

    Your prenup feels more like a trailer for an international movie rather than a wedding! Cinematic Creatives did an awesome job and daym, the name really suits them well! Congrats on your engagement! 🙂

    • Ma-an

      If only artistahin din kame, hehe! Yup, Cinematic Creatives did a really great job. We’re so happy to work with them 🙂 Thank you so much! We’re glad you like it.

  • Cheryl F

    This is really a perfect location for an intimate shoot. I would love to visit this island someday. Your production team is awesome by the way.

    • Ma-an

      Thank you so much! We’re indeed fortunate to team up with the Cinematic Creatives people. They are awesome to work with. 🙂

  • Hello Ma-An.

    First, congratulations on your engagement! And Fortune Island, wow, I’ve never been there though most of my friends have already been. I can see why most couples want to take their prenup photoshoot in that island, it looks like it is made for it you know. Somehow, the ruins made it all the more appealing and romantic.

    Your prenup video is really beautiful. The capture of the drones are really dramatic.

    • Ma-an

      Hi Marge!

      Thank you so much! Hope you can visit Fortune Island soon 🙂

  • Milton Coyne

    oh I’ve seen this in some of the package tours online… the ruins will definitely remind you of Athens in Greece which makes this place really romantic and a perfect place to do Prenup shoots… It’s definitely worth visiting.. I might include this on my travel list this year
    thanks for sharing

    • Ma-an

      Fortune Island is really worth visiting. ^_^ The place is really beautiful.

  • Joy Priginal

    The place is so beautiful. You look stunning. Can’t wait for pictures on your actual wedding I know it would look great too!

    • Ma-an

      Thank you so much 🙂 The place is indeed awesome 🙂

  • Beautiful place and production. We planned to visit fortune island, but was rescheduled due to some unexpected reasons.

    • Ma-an

      Thank you so much! 🙂 Hope you can reschedule your visit to Fortune Island soon.

  • OMG THE VIDEO. I am overwhelmed! The two of you look good together and the video made it more obvious! congratulations! I added FORTUNE ISLAND to the places I want to go to tuloy. Haha.

    • Ma-an

      Thank you so much! 🙂 Please do visit Fortune Island. It’s worth it. 🙂

  • Migs.Alaine Alejandrino

    Such a beautiful place for a pre-nup! Looks like we need to visit Fortune Island soon.

    • Ma-an

      Do come visit Fortune Island soon. It is really a beautiful place. 🙂

  • 00:18 of the video I exclaimed Grabe! so loud and my husband who was seated beside me nagulat. Sobrang ganda ng video and ng lugar. The best I’ve seen so far sa mga pre-nup.

    • Ma-an

      Thank you so much! The place was beautiful, and the team who worked with us were really amazing. We are glad you liked it 🙂

  • Ms. Chocolate Brown Hair

    Stunning video! Also, great photos.

    I have to say that I never though that would be no bathrooms there – silly me. I’ve really enjoyed this post, specially your little reminders.

    x

    • Ma-an

      Thank you so much 🙂 Fortune Island is really beautiful.

  • The Cinematic Creatives did a great job on producing such beautiful video! It honestly gave me chills! Been hearing and seeing Fortune Island through posts in Facebook but never really appreciated it until I saw your pre-nup video. Again, the team did a good job capturing the love between you & the fiance + the beauty of the island.

    • Ma-an

      The Cinematic Creatives team are indeed a talented bunch of people. They did an awesome job! And Fortune Island is one of the best beaches I have been to. Looking forward to exploring more of the Philippines soon 🙂 Thanks so much! We glad you appreciate it.

  • Absolutely beautiful story and stunning video. I can’t make up my mind on which one I like better, proposing twice, or that video that captures the moment.

    This is one of the best blogs I came across and I am bookmarking.

    • Ma-an

      Thank you so much! 🙂 We are glad you liked the video 🙂

  • Jessica

    Some things are just meant to be. Hehe. Will be here soon as I really wanted to see this stunning place and I was just in Burot Beach (where the proposal happened). Maybe your wedding destination will also be part of my next trips? Haha. Gorgeous shots btw! 🙂

    • Ma-an

      Burot Beach can be really amazing especially if there are only a few people around. Fortune Island is one of the best beaches I have been to. Thank you! 🙂

  • This is such a beautiful place, and I can say, perfect for a prenup shoot! I watched your video, it’s very romantic. I love it! Hope you can share more photos soon. 🙂

    • Ma-an

      Thank you so much 🙂 The Philippines really have a lot of beautiful places to explore.

  • Aika Lopez

    There are really a lot of place to explore here in the country.Fortune Island looks like so beautiful and perfect for a photo shoot. Congratulations to you both! Nice choice!

    cheers!

    -aika

    aikaloraine.com

    • Ma-an

      Thank you so much 🙂 Fortune Island is really lovely. The fiance has very good taste! 🙂

  • I super love it there. And when we were there, there are a lot of people having photo shoots.

    • Ma-an

      It was indeed a beautiful place. We were lucky because when we went there, there was only us and one other group who were doing photo shoots. I want to go back soon 🙂