What was your best holiday?
It was probably New Year's Day in 2008 with my whole family. We went to Boracay, and it was my Mom's first time and my little brother's first time there. It was so much fun because it was like a virgin island for them.
What was the best hotel you've stayed in?
Shangri-La's Mactan Island Resort & Spa is nice. And I love Discovery Shores. It's modern and up to date and the service is really very good. And I remember one time, when I had just won the best actress award for the movie Baler, they put up a banner in my room that said "Congratulations, Anne!". At Shangri-La Mactan in Cebu, you've got everything and you don't have to go anywhere else.
What is your favorite resort?
El Nido Miniloc. The feeling of having the island all to yourself - that's what I love about it.
What do you always take with you when you travel?
My digicam, my flipflops, my SLR, cellphone and charger, and well-packed toiletries. I do my own packing; I want to make sure that everything's in place.
Are you interested in photography?
Yes, ever since I got my very first SLR a few years back. I didn't have any lessons at all; it was more of trial and error, fiddling around, until I got 'round to using it properly. Now, I'm into techie stuff, looking at SLRs with interchangeable lens. I always bring my SLR with me.
What do you like taking pictures of? Everything. Food, people, places. I like taking pictures of people most of all.
What do you usually do on vacation? It depends on where I'm going. If the place is purely for relaxation, then I take it easy, go to a spa, just stroll around. Sometimes I go island hopping. At El Nido, there's an itinerary set for you so you can go kayaking or diving or snorkeling. I also like that because it's relaxing, but at the same time I'm doing a lot of stuff.
What places would you recommend for party goers? Manila. And anywhere where there's a fiesta or festival because everything is so lively. Of course, Boracay is forever the party place. I hardly go out anymore because of work, but M Café is okay on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Where do you go shopping? I love bazaars because you can find stuff that are personalized or customized. Whenever there's an urban bazaar in Rockwell, I'm there. For only P100 ($2.15), you can buy so much already.
What accessories do you like shopping for? Watches and bags, of course.
Your favorite bag? I refuse to choose one. I love them all!
Your favorite shoes: My Chanel shoes. And my green Lanvin sandals.
Your favorite clothing brand? I like Topshop.
Your favorite scent? Folded & Hung. I also like Eclat d'Arpege by Lanvin and Chance by Chanel.
What was your worst holiday experience? I don't think I really had any bad holiday experience. Last year, my friends and I celebrated New Year's in Boracay, which was good, but we felt we didn't have as much time as we would have wanted. We had to go back to Manila for work.
What was your biggest packing mistake? I went on holiday for a month and packed far too many clothes, went shopping and ended up with twice as many clothes for the trip back home.
What do you avoid on holidays? As much as possible the crowds, the traffic, the last minute bookings. That's why as early as September I book my ticket and hotel for December.
What do you hate about the holidays? The traffic. The delayed flights. I'm pretty much an organized person and I make advanced plans. Delayed flights wreck those plans.
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About the insider
Filipino-Australian actress, model, host and performer Anne Curtis will star in upcoming action movie Buy Bust with MMA fighter Brandon Vera. She's also a host in daily noontime variety show Showtime.
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Originally published in InFlight Traveller December 2010/January 2011. Updated August 2016