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Siargao Through the Eyes of Jasmine Curtis-Smith

by Maia Marquez

Siargao has undoubtedly captured the hearts of many beach lovers.

World-famous surf breaks. Untouched natural wonders punctuated by white-sand beaches and sapphire waters. No wonder this teardrop-shaped island has been making big waves in the recent years!

Just as buzzy is the Paul Soriano-directed movie of the same name. It tells the story of Diego (Jericho Rosales), a famous but burned-out musician who returns home to Siargao. He meets Laura (Erich Gonzales), a sheltered vlogger who goes on a self 'Eat, Pray, Love' journey after a failed relationship. At the same time, he reconnects with a former flame, Abi (Jasmine Curtis-Smith).

Last year, the film brought home 7 Metro Manila Film Festival Awards—including Best Supporting Actress for Jasmine Curtis-Smith!

In this exclusive interview, she shares her experience on traveling to Siargao for the first time.

What kind of traveler are you?

Jasmine: I'm a simple traveler. I research on places I want to go and head there once I've set foot in the country or town. I like to have a plan!

What are your travel essentials?

Jasmine: Moisturizer with sunscreen, lip balm, toiletries, camera, chargers—everything a millennial can't live without!

In your own words, how would you describe Siargao?

Jasmine: Siargao is a beautiful island where locals welcome every single person from all walks of life. At the same time, it still leaves people in wonder and awe at the beauty of it all.

From lagoons to waves, loud nights, and quiet morning surf sessions, Siargao will give you a great experience you’ll want to keep reliving.

What was your favorite experience in Siargao?

Jasmine: Surfing with my co-actors! It was a way to bond together before we filmed.

What tips would you give to first-time travelers to Siargao?

Jasmine: Ask the locals for the best recommendations. Also, just go with the flow. Parang waves lang ‘yan, sakyan mo lang. (It’s just like the waves, just ride with it.)

Did you get to interact with the locals?

Jasmine: Every day! They were even part of our film!

It was great because they also helped me understand their love for Siargao and I found that within me too.

What was your favorite restaurant or most memorable meal in Siargao?

Jasmine: Kermit Restaurant! It's home to the best Italian dishes. Also, our boodle fight in Daku Island!

Who will you bring on your next trip to Siargao?

Jasmine: Friends and family, I hope.

What do you love most about the place?

Jasmine: Options! [Laughs] Lots of it!

What’s your best takeaway or souvenir from your trip?

Jasmine: Making the film itself!

If you can describe Siargao in just one word, what would it be and why?

Jasmine: Best. Because we all had the best time and [they] gave us 7 best awards! [Laughs]

Photo credits: Photos via Instagram: @jascurtissmith

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About Maia
Maia’s passions in life are to travel and tell stories. Born in the States and raised in Manila while having studied in France, her ultimate goal is to travel all countries of the world. While she’s not abroad, she spends time tanning at the beach, exploring the underwater world or chilling with her 13 dogs. Follow her adventures on her Instagram @maiawillseetheworld.

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