Ferrari and Balesin: Hot and Fast in Paradise


If you think it’s impossible, think again! With master planning, precise logistics and a whole lot of divine intervention for fair weather and calm seas, some of the most luxuriously powerful cars on the planet made their way to beautiful Balesin Island.

The epic weekend started with the arrival of a silver Ferrari Portofino and a white Ferrari GTC4 Lusso aboard the Balesin Barge from Real, Quezon. Well, actually, all this started with the partnership and support of Ferrari for the Red Charity Gala last October 2018. 

After the Gala, we wanted to bring the Ferraris to beautiful Balesin Island for a photo shoot to kick off the official partnership, but because of crazy schedules, we only got it all done this month, just in time for my hubby Dennis and my silver wedding anniversary this June.  

In God’s perfect time, and with the planning expertise of Mastermind’s Sunny Ku, everything fell into place, with the gracious blessings of Alphaland Corporation’s big boss, Roberto V. Ongpin,’s enterprising CEO Paj Rodriguez, and the warmest support of Ferrari’s Willie Soong & Marc Soong.  

The Ferrari Portofino is the most powerful convertible that Ferrari has ever produced. It  converts from an authentic Berlinetta into an open-top Spider in just 14 seconds, even in low-speed driving. Dennis and I rode along as professional driver, namesake and Ferrari service director Dennis Ayuyao took the handsome convertible for a spin, while MyMetro Photo documented it all. 

The Ferrari GTC4Lusso T, on the other hand, is the car manufacturer’s first-ever, full, four-seater to be powered by a V8. Equipped with the latest evolution of the V8 turbo family, the 3.9-litre punches out a maximum of 610 cv at 7,500 rpm, delivering instant throttle response and smooth progressive pick-up across the rev range. 

Autostrada Motore really pushed the envelope on getting its cars into the most amazing locales with this photo shoot. I hope my hubby gets the hint that the silver Ferrari is so fitting for our Silver Anniversary!  

We couldn’t have chosen a better weekend since the new Regency Private Villas were on their trial run before officially opening this Holy Week. Balesin has truly outdone itself again with its newest masterpiece – the first of the four Regency Private Villas, Villa A.  

This jewel has 20 bedroom suites and has a pan-Asian, architectural style similar to the existing Balesin Private Villas. The new Regency Private Villa can host a maximum of 68 persons in its plush suite rooms, has its own private, white-sand beach, a stunning view of Lamon Bay, and is the perfect place to watch the sunset. It is located near the soccer field and Bali Village and is just five minutes away from the Clubhouse. 

At the main floor, there is a spacious salon with comfy couches, an Internet room, a business center, and a fully equipped kitchen. The Fila Philippines family, led by Butch and Cris Albert, hosted a White Party to celebrate their Silver Anniversary as well. DJ and director Mike Lavarez got everyone dancing with his 80s tunes at the chic cabañasnext to the infinity freshwater swimming pool with an integrated saltwater whirlpool.  

On the lower ground floor, the kids enjoyed the enormous entertainment area with a bar, billiards and table tennis. Best friends Athena Valdes and Bela Albert sang at the karaoke room next to the massage room and gym.For inquiries on the Balesin Private Villa, please contact Evans Ramos at +639171249459 or

The busy but fun weekend also included photo sessions on board M/Y Obsessions, and a private dinner at Toscana to celebrate the 25thwedding anniversary of the three couples, Dennis and me, Butch and Cris, and Freddie and Kaye Tinga.  

Freddie and his kids flew in by private jet courtesy of, the leading private aircraft charter company in the Philippines. With a fleet of 27 jets and helicopters, has positioned Private Terminals nationwide, in Manila, Clark, Boracay, Cebu, Puerto Princesa, Bohol and Davao. flies VIP’s, corporate honchos, private groups, and even works as an air ambulance. is the only air charter company in the country with a fleet of Gulfstream jets that can fly nonstop to any point in Asia or Australia. Their helicopters can go anywhere in the country. Frequent flyers have their own membership and loyalty program. For more details, call +632-5555-888 or email

Our photographer Marty Ilagan is anticipating an action packed summer. This ace photographer is also the Camp Director of thefirst annual Summer Sports Camp that BalesinIslandClub is offering in partnership with San Miguel Corporation.   

Sea Princess, Marty Ilagan, Balesin CEO Mike Asperin and Dennis Valdes

The Summer Sports Camp is offering up a worthwhile and memorable summer vacation for kids and the whole family with various bespoke programs available until June 28. The San Miguel Balesin Summer Sports Camps is also sponsored by Under Armour Southeast Asia, Wilson, Tri-Factor, and Blackbox Audio Systems.

Together with Marty as the International Professional Tennis Registry Coach, an all-star roster of expert coaches and instructors will teach basketball, tennis, baseball, and soccer to kids aged eight to 18. Other coaches include PBA legends Vince Hizon, Alvin Patrimonio, Johnny Abarrientos, Willie Miller, and Louie Gonzalez for basketball, and national team coaches PJ Tierro, Niño Alcantara, Roland Kraut, Karl Santamaria, and Dennis Sta. Cruz for tennis.

The Summer Sports Camp includes a parents’ package, a Day of Total Wellness at Aegle Wellness Center on Balesin. The program includes a medi-spa experience at the premier integrative health and wellness center in the country, headed by medical director Dr. Benedict Valdecañas and associate medical director Dr. Ruby Magpantay. For inquiries, visit or contact Luisa Banta at +639175979651 or Fritz Tangara at +639565045727, or email

More pics on Instagram @seaprincess888.

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