The Most Eligible Bachelors in the Country: 2017 Edition
Young jetsetters, seasoned tycoons, future presidential candidates—we’ve done the tough work of identifying the men most worthy of your attention. You’re welcome.
Brian Poe Llamanzares
A political science graduate of Ateneo de Manila University, Brian left his job as a field correspondent at CNN Philippines to help run the 2016 presidential campaign of his mom, Senator Grace Poe Llamanzares. Today he continues to head the External Affairs committee of the team.
Natural habitat: If not the Senate, the football field
The surfer and entrepreneur is the owner and managing director of La Union Surf School and founded Soul Surf, an annual music festival in La Union, in 2014. Only time will tell if a political career is on the horizon.
Natural habitat: The Ateneo Graduate School of Business, where he’s studying for his MBA or the beach.
Simon Romulo Tantoco
While Simon chooses to keep busy with a corporate career at SM, public service runs in his veins. His grandfather is the former senator and current Development Bank of the Philippines chairman, Alberto Romulo; his great-grandfather’s brother, Carlos P. Romulo, was a diplomat and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist.
Natural habitat: Doing the rounds of SM malls.
Jaime Alfonso Zobel de Ayala
The Harvard graduate is on track to follow in the footsteps of his highly accomplished father, Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala, himself a Harvard alum and the current chairman and chief executive officer of the Ayala Corporation.
Natural habitat: Back home in Manila, as one of Globe’s brand managers for business development.
The son of Roberto V. Ongpin, Julian founded the Julian Ongpin Young Artists Gallery at Alphaland Makati in 2016, which supports emerging local and international artists.
Natural habitat: Art exhibit openings around Manila; Balesin Island, which is owned and run by his family.
Amado Araneta Forés
The Araneta scion shares the name of his great-grandfather, business tycoon J. Amado Araneta, who left the Araneta Group in the hands of his children Jorge Araneta, Judy Araneta Roxas, and Baby Araneta Forés, Amado’s grandmother.
Natural habitat: He’s often spotted at gastronomic events alongside his mom, Asia’s Best Female Chef 2016 Margarita Forés.
Emilio Yap III
The vice chairman and executive vice president of Manila Bulletin, Emil is the eldest grandchild of the late taipan Emilio Yap, a self-made billionaire whose vast business interests included hospitality (Manila Hotel), pharmaceuticals (Euro-Med Laboratories), education (Centro Escolar University), and more.
Natural habitat: Emil is also an art enthusiast who frequents art fairs and exhibit openings.
The younger brother of basketball star Chris Tiu has come into his own in the sporting world as the head coach of the Mighty Sports team and a basketball analyst for CNN Philippines. The Tiu family, led by Charles’ father Jerry, owns the Discovery Leisure Company, whose property portfolio includes Discovery Primea in Makati and Discovery Shores in Boracay.
Natural habitat: On the basketball court.
Besides overseeing the marketing operations for New York franchise Mighty Quinn’s, the newest restaurant from the Concepcion family’s The Standard Hospitality Group, the young entrepreneur is aggressively expanding his retail company’s ventures, Commonwealth Philippines and Ronnie & Joe. A recent achievement is the Ronnie & Joe collaboration with Moscot, a New York-based luxury eyewear label.
Natural habitat: You can catch him checking in at the Commonwealth flagship store in SM Aura.
Wren Go, Toby Panlilio, and Raulito Forés
One of the Makati dining scene’s hippest new openings, Made Nice Supper Club in Legazpi Village, is run by a group of five twenty-somethings: chefs Jack and Gabbi Flores, Raulito Forés, Toby Panlilio, and Wren Go. Raulito whips up the pasta dishes while Toby and Wren work front-of-house duties.
Natural habitat: Raulito and Wren are firmly hands-on at the restaurant, while Toby, otherwise known as DJ 420, spins at some of Manila’s hottest nightlife spots, including Belle & Dragon, and Black Market.
The chief finance officer and chief risk officer of Max’s Group is a banking professional who has held positions at companies such as Citibank, BPI, and Deutsche Bank, where he headed global transaction banking before returning to the family business. He is an alumnus of the University of California, Berkeley, where he earned his degree in Economics.
Natural habitat: The establishments of Max’s Group include Pancake House, Yellow Cab Pizza Co, and Krispy Kreme, to name a few. At museums checking out contemporary art or on the golf course hitting balls with his dad.
Practicing both litigation and corporate law at his private firm, Ryan is also e youngest professor on the faculty of the University of the Philippines College of Law, teaching family law, private international law, and legal history, among other subjects, for the past three years. It must be noted that professors of the state university’s law school do not apply—they are invited.
Natural habitat: Besides the Diliman and Bonifacio Global City campuses of U.P. College of Law, Ryan trains for Muay Thai and plays football at Sparta Philippines.
Few men can say they’ve lived like Victor Baron. He went on a two-year expedition through 19 countries from North to South America on a motorcycle, worked as a ski and snowboarding instructor in the French Alps, and immersed himself in humanitarian work in Calcutta. He recently returned to Manila to finish his medical internship at Makati Medical Center after earning a degree in neuroscience at the University of Michigan and a medical degree at De La Salle Health Sciences Institute. Once you’ve met an adventure-seeker with an impressive list of accomplishments as lengthy as Victor’s, it’s difficult to meet anyone half as interesting.
Natural habitat: When he’s not out of town chasing waves or volunteering at orphanages, you might find this multilingual (he’s fluent in English, French, Spanish, and Filipino) at museums and galleries, meeting like-minded freethinkers.
The former president of the Philippines is glad to keep a low profile these days as a regular citizen after handing over the reins to President Rodrigo Duterte, but we’re still wondering: Will he ever find the one? His past dalliances include stylist and blogger Liz Uy, former television host Shalani Soledad-Romulo, and radio DJ Grace Lee.
Natural habitat: He’s back in the shadow of his celebrity sister Kris Aquino, who has stolen his thunder yet again with an upcoming Hollywood role.