The Country's Most Eligible Bachelors
THE MANOR BORN
These young men, offspring of notable families, were born with the proverbial silver spoon.
Also good looking, intelligent, and industrious, Charles, too, was an Ateneo Blue Eagle in his college years just like older brother Chris, but is now paving a path of his own in the professional ranks as a former assistant coach on PBA teams Powerade, Barako Bull, GlobalPort, and on the national team, Smart Gilas Pilipinas. On the side, he’s anchoring the sports segment for Fox Network, penning game recaps and analyses for GMA News, and habitually making his rounds of Manila’s social scene.
Jaime Urquijo Zobel de Ayala
Jaime Urquijo Zobel de Ayala
His family name requires no introduction. Jaime, Don Jaime Zobel de Ayala’s grandson from widowed daughter Bea Zobel Jr., has lived outside the Philippines for most of his life, residing in Spain as a child and then in England to attend All Hallows School and Worth School (thus the charming hybrid accent of Spanish, British, and American). Upon graduation from Notre Dame University in 2010, Jaime was selected by the national team to represent the Philippines at the Asian 5 Nations tournament, and he’s stayed on as a member since—the reason behind Jaime’s more frequent trips home despite his hectic schedule as a Wall Street analyst in New York.
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
You've seen them on television and on pages of a magazine, perhaps even on billboards.
The most fawned-over personality on television during his time as a journalist, Atom studied at Ateneo de Manila and Philippine Science High School before graduating with a degree in Applied Physics from the University of the Philippines- Diliman. One of ABS-CBN News’ most dedicated (not to mention handsome) field reporters, he famously delivered one of the hardest-hitting newscasts of 2013, risking his life to get the Philippine public its very first glimpse into the devastation of Typhoon Yolanda. We like a man who
John Lloyd Cruz
John Lloyd Cruz
Having played the lead role in a number of the country’s highest-grossing romantic comedies and dramas, John Lloyd is one of his generation’s most popular matinee idols. A growing art collector, he’s usually at major art exhibits these days versus the parties he was known to attend routinely in the past. His goofy, slightly off-kilter appeal is as desirable as ever—only now it’s artists and curators he’s often charming, probably to get a good deal on the next big thing in art. His collection, featured in Esquire Philippines’ art issue, runs the gamut from Elmer Borlongan and Pow Martinez to Onib Olmedo and even Damien Hirst.
Franco came home to Manila in 2009 after living abroad for more than a decade, of which two years were spent with a charity organization as a camp counselor in Vancouver and Washington. It would have been to no one’s surprise if Franco had taken the culinary path, as his dad Sandy is a chef and restaurateur, and his grandmother is well-loved cookbook author Nora Daza. But bright lights beckoned, and Franco decided to give showbiz a try. Now he’s following in the footsteps of cousin Isabelle Daza.
Amado Araneta Fores
Amado Araneta Fores
Like most men his age, Amado’s Twitter musings and Instagram posts are populated by food (and an occasional proclamation of his admiration of celebrity gourmet Nigella Lawson). Except that in
With golden skin and attractive Eurasian features, it was only a matter of time until show business came knocking for Matteo, an Italian-Filipino racer born in Cebu to entrepreneurs Gianluca Guidicelli and Glenna Fernan (a niece of former Chief Justice Marcelo Fernan). Eventually, Matteo retired from racing and pursued acting full time, enrolling in workshops at the New York Film Academy and in a two-year Musical Theater course at Columbia College in Chicago. He’s since top-billed shows on primetime television and was a regular host on ABS-CBN’s weekly variety show.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream,
A lean, 6’1 physique and exotic Brazilian-Japanese looks have helped Daniel succeed at modeling in over 25 countries after moving out of their family home in Brazil at only 16 years old, but it’s is genuine, friendly ways that have allowed him to thrive in Manila. His favorite form of exercise is football, which he tries to play daily.
The 38-year-old matinee idol and triathlete only
This Filipino-Australian actor’s star is on the rise. The triple threat (he acts, sings, and dances) was last year’s most talked-about young celebrity and has been on the cover of major magazines including Men’s Health, YES!, and Cosmopolitan. James is fast becoming Philippine show business’ most coveted male lead.
Freethinkers and artists who are helping to alter the face of Philippine culture.
Film director Quark is one of beauty juggernaut Vicki Belo’s two children with Atom Henares, entrepreneur and founder of cult radio station NU 107. While his mother and sister Cristalle are known to be the more outgoing members of the family, Quark has been quietly successful in his own line of work.
Martin Ramos Licauco
Martin Ramos Licauco
Martin, the son of Bak Ramos and Lito Licauco, is the youngest—and the only single—grandson of National Book Store’s “Nanay” Socorro Ramos. A graduate of the University of the Philippines College of Music, Martin is a classical pianist and trained at Konservatorium Prayner in Vienna, Austria, for his craft. He’s now engaged in the family business’ distribution arm, but
This young contemporary artist was a recipient of the Ateneo Art Award in 2009 and the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ Thirteen Artists award in 2012. Since then his installations and sculptures have been displayed not only around Manila, but also in Australia, Japan, and Singapore.
THE KITCHEN MAVERICKS
It’s not just skillful service and innovative recipes that are reeling in a discerning crowd of diners to these restaurateurs’ establishments.
The mixologist brought his expertise from a decade of bartending to Maharlika Moderno Filipino and Jeepney Filipino Gastropub, two dining establishments that fly the Philippine flag in New York City.
The dashing chef Jayps hails from one of Bacolod’s
Raised in California, BJ helms one of Manila’s most well-loved casual dining spots as the sous chef of Wildflour Café + Bakery. Before that, he worked with chef Cyrille Soenen of Brasserie Cicou.
The chef and partner
This young chef broke into the scene when he opened his first restaurant, The Girl + the Bull. He held his own at the recently concluded Madrid Fusión Manila, where he showcased his own takes on Filipino dishes alongside veteran chefs such as Margarita Forés and Carlos Garcia.
Justin would have been an architect if he hadn’t discovered a love for cooking. After taking up a course at the Culinary Institute of America, he worked in restaurants in San Francisco, New York, and San Sebastian before moving back to Manila in 2014 to become a private chef.
David is co-founder and managing partner of The Curator, a popular coffee bar in Legazpi Village, and EDSA Beverage Design Group, a craft microbrewery and café that showcases the best of local concoctions.
The determined and accomplished few who are used to attaining extraordinary success, whether they’re continuing a legacy or creating their own.
The debonair chief financial officer of the Max's Group of Companies is a former banker who boasts over 15 years in the industry, leading Deutsche Bank’s global transaction banking and trade finance and cash management departments.
Emil Yap III
Emil Yap III
Emil is the grandson of the late Emilio Yap, the
You’ll need to be equally sharp, well-read, and socially aware to keep up with these intellectuals. Only women of both style and substance need apply.
Jacques Christophe Branellec
The executive vice president and deputy CEO of Jewelmer Joaillerie
Armed with master’s degrees in global business, international relations, and literature from Georgetown University, Oxford University, and Cambridge University, respectively, Quintin worked on policy and structural reform in the Senate, House of Representatives, and the National Security Council before moving into the private sector, working on development and sustainability for companies in the energy and minerals sector.
The first Filipino to graduate from Stanford Law School (he took his master of law with a specialization in energy, environment, and policy and finished with honors to boot), Paolo is a seasoned litigator and start-up consultant who counsels entrepreneurs and fund managers on corporate affairs.
With his dreamy brown eyes and chiseled jawline, the Filipino-British head turner could pass for a model. Instead, the entrepreneur develops apps such as Booky, a restaurant app.
THE YOUNG GUNS
If the youth is the future, the Philippines has much to look forward to.
Matt, who received his broker’s license this year, works for a real estate start-up called Turnkey. He was a member of the national baseball team for eight years and a member of Ateneo de Manila’s Blue Batters for
Mikkel is not only my cousin, he is a brother to me in many ways. We have shared many adventures together from New York to Malasimbo. He’s always there to support me through the good times and the turbulent
His mother is Grace Poe-Llamanzares, who was a frontrunner in the 2016 presidential election and is currently a senator. A political science graduate of Ateneo de Manila University, Brian took classes in
This 28-year-old New York University graduate spent five years as an assistant director at Star Cinema before returning to New York
Andro and Gino Magat
Andro and Gino Magat
Gino is a headhunter, while elder brother Andro is a partner at Lima Architecture, which is a participant in the ongoing Venice Architecture Biennale. This is, however, Andro’s final year as a bachelor, as he’s planning a beach wedding with his fiancée in January.
Jeff co-produced La Union Soul Surf, a successful
Currently working at Deloitte Consulting in New York, Rocco majored in economics at New York University. He says his five-year plan includes “getting my MBA from a top-tier institution and helping lead the alternative energy revolution in whatever capacity I can.”
Sports are a way of life for these disciplined competitive athletes
Cole & Gus Aguirre
Gus & Cole Aguirre
These good-looking brothers inherited their love of horses from their father, polo patron Bobby Aguirre. Both currently based in Australia, Cole (above) and Gus (top left) can be counted on to participate in the Enrique Zobel Cup and GlobalPort’s Philippine Polo Open whenever they’re home in Manila.
The Filipino-Swiss driver recently competed in the 2016 Blancpain GT Series, driving an Audi R8 LMS for the International Snowmobile Racing team. Last year, he joined the GP2 Series, considered by many to be a step away from Formula One, and finished with a ranking of 26th overall.
The professional golfer won the Philippine Open and his first Asian Tour title in 2015. In February he finished fourth in the Singapore Open and received one of three Athlete of the Year awards from the Philippine Sportswriters Association, alongside boxers Nonito Donaire and Donnie Nietes.
A graduate of Ateneo de Manila University, Javi dabbled in advertising before deciding to pursue his show jumping career full time. He joined Manila Polo Club’s team of riding instructors, which includes his mom, equestrienne Mia Virata. Currently training in France for a year, Javi hopes to represent the Philippines at the next Southeast Asian Games.