Bantayan Island in the province of Cebu is Gazini Ganados' go-to spot for a quick getaway.
Now, it is easier for her to visit the island since Cebu has finally opened its newest commercial airport on the island called Bantayan Island Airport.
The Cebuana beauty queen was among the special guests invited by the local government for its "Mini Suroy Suroy" last November 28, 2020, to promote local tourism on the island.
"Suroy-suroy" is the Bisaya word for "to stroll or to walk."
She was able to explore some of the most popular tourist destinations on the island, including the Saints Peter and Paul Church in the town of Santa Fe. Gazini shared her experience visiting the church in a post on Instagram last November 29.
The former Miss Universe Philippines titleholder wrote (published as is), "Grateful to have been given the chance to visit one of the oldest churches in the Philippines.
"I’m truly amazed by its historical structure, skillfully crafted architecture and-well-preserved antiquity.
"Bare with me in the next few days as I share with you the 'must-see' destinations in the Island of Bantayan."
Saints Peter and Paul Church is the oldest parish in Cebu and was founded by the Augustinian Missionaries on June 11, 1580. The original church was actually destroyed twice, in 1628 and in 1711, by Moro pirates.
The present church was constructed in 1834, under the leadership of Fr. Doroteo Andrada del Rosario of Iloilo. It was only finished in 1863, almost three decades since it was first built.
A self-proclaimed "mermaid," Gazini also loves to go to Virgin Island, a privately-owned island resort on Bantayan Island.
In an Instagram post on November 30, Monday, she wrote, "There's no better way to spend a day in paradise than to swim your way down the clear waters and witness the wide array of sea creatures and wildlife in our oceans. I swear I was a mermaid in my past life!"
Virgin Island is also located in the town of Santa Fe, but it takes visitors a 30-minute boat ride to reach this island paradise. The island resort is known for its pristine white beach and crystal clear waters.
Visitors must pay an entrance fee of PHP500 for two people. The resort charges an additional PHP100 for every excess person.
The price range of open huts is from PHP300 to PHP1,500. Aircon cottages are also available for overnight stays which are priced from PHP3,000 to PHP7,000.
You can visit its Facebook page for more information.