What’s your ideal type? For this year’s Most Wanted Bachelors List, Zee Lifestyle finds five men who are the stuff dreams are made of. Hailing from all over the world, they now call Cebu home. It’s a showcase of smoldering gazes, half smiles and captivating accents—and who’s complaining? Certainly not us.
My dream girls is CRAZYADRIEN GUERREY, 26
In the two years that he’s lived in Cebu, this shy Brittany native takes a big bite out of life travelling around the country, learning new languages, making music and performing with his punk bands Rouge Tampax and The Penalties at the Peace Bar on weekend nights, and,of course, looking for that someone special. Adrien had decided to move to Cebu after visiting a friend who worked for Alliance Francaise, and worked at Macaron Tango Café before his current job as the head chef for La Maison Rose. On the dating front, however, he admits he’s yet to go on a crazy date, good or bad, that would be one for the books, but that might also be because he already knows what he wants—someone with a strong character, a radiant smile with a nice set of teeth and, something he admits with no hesitation, “a
Romantic or pragmatic? The French have romance in their blood. Joking aside though, I am both romantic and practical. It depends on the girl.
Habits you have that might take getting used to: I have the tendency to get too engrossed in my work that it takes me to long to reply to messages or pick up phone calls. Some girls don’t like that.
Pet peeves: I can’t stand anyone who has a bad attitude towards other people, as well as know-it-alls and pretentious girls.
Can most likely be seen at: Cooking at La Maison Rose, playing music at Peace Bar, and hanging out at Outpost, Tree Lounge, or even Mango sometimes for clubbing.
My dream girl is INTELLIGENTJOEL CLOTAS, 29
Just when you think he’s heavily flirting with you, or with everyone, think again: he’s Spanish—he’s just very naturally affectionate. Born and raised in Barcelona, Joel’s accent is thick and sexy, something he’s working hard to improve on as the next IELTS exams draw closer and he’s trying to secure a “skills visa.” An architect by profession, he drums up the next hot resort in Bohol, Boracay or Palawan at Gallego Architects; but by night, he’s Scrapyard Lounge’s resident DJ. “Cebu has a similar atmosphere with Barcelona,” he says, justifying why he feels so at home here. “It is a beach city and people enjoy the laidback life.”
Romantic or pragmatic: I’m romantic in most intimate moments, but I am not as sweet as a teddy bear every second.
Craziest date you’ve ever been on: It was more awkward. I dated a girl in Barcelona a while back, and over dinner she didn’t talk much at all, just answering me with a “yes” or “no.” It was very uncomfortable. When I arrived home, she sent me a really long message about her feelings, her dreams, our dinner—an amazing essay. She could be a great writer, but the date was over.
How important is “physical beauty” to you? I admit it is important to a certain point, but of course, looks are all but temporary. What eventually matters are your experiences together. Someone being uninteresting is far worse than not having the perfect body.
What a woman might want: I enjoy cooking, especially for a woman I’m into. It’s not just men whose hearts are won through their stomachs. I know women really love a man who can be their own personal chef.
My dream girl is SPONTANEOUS JESSE ELLIS, 29
“I’ve spent the last ten years travelling and would like to settle down,” said this cheerful Canadian, but he can’t help that his positive disposition and ambition has brought him places, including Cebu, where he came to expand his online business MyCheapWeek.com. He admits, though, that it’s high time to pour more resources into finding the one. His attention to detail and desire to always keep a girl happy is constantly put to the test, being an uncle to six nieces, and he is confident he won’t fail in this regard. As for his business, MyCheapWeek. com specializes in selling vacation rental weeks at discounts up to 75% less than Expedia or Orbitz, and Jesse has an entrepreneurial drive and desire to get ahead that keeps him on his toes. All that’s left now is finding someone to share the adventure with.
Romantic or pragmatic? I guess I would say I am romantic, but in a spontaneous and perhaps even goofy way.
Best dating lesson you’ve learned: Don’t get drunk before your date or make sure they are first because that way you can keep your charm.
Habits you have that might need adjusting to: Being self-employed, I need to go to bed and wake up earlier, and spread myself a bit thin most times. I am also a bit of a scatterbrain.
Can most often be seen at: During the work week, I am in IT Park, and during the weekend, I’m usually at Tree Lounge or Distillery—and if it’s a really late night, at Mango. When I get friends organized, I enjoy going to the beach or going boating.
My dream girl is WILDFIRAAS BAASSIRI, 32
“I can’t pick just one; I love everything about women,” says Firas when asked about the part of a woman’s body that entices him the most. The Istanbul native, like his country of origin, exudes a beguiling aura that keeps people on their toes—with brooding eyes and a secretive smile that suggests surprises await when in his company. With a strong appetite for life, Firas loves to cook, engages in various fitness activities like extreme sports and martial arts, and encourages people to develop a healthier eating lifestyle. He does so as the chef and proprietor of Vegan’s Guild, a food kiosk set up every Saturday at the Banilad Town Center. Find out more about his passion for health and longevity on www.facebook.com/vegansguild.
A habit of yours that might need adjusting to: I’m quite frank. I feel the need to always say what’s on my mind regardless of who I’m talking to. Some people with that, but some people, especially here, might find it a little rude.
Best dating advice you’ve heard: Pay attention to details and small things that might seem trivial or insignificant, because the little things can matter the world to women.
Best dating lesson you’ve learned: It’s important not to rush into things because what’s meant to happen will happen.
How important is “physical beauty” to you? I’d say it is important but at the end of the day, it’s the chemistry that you have with your partner that matters most—and chemistry goes far beyond how attracted you are to one another personally.
My dream girl is SURPRISINGDAVID ORTEGA, 25
The French-Spanish David has been in Cebu for barely a year, but he’s gone on more bad, awkward and fake coffee and movie dates than he can care to count. But he keeps on, wanting to find that one special girl while keeping a positive outlook—“If they didn’t happen, I might just be a boring person with a dull life.” He’s adventurous, enjoys travel, learning new cultures and languages, and does a lot of sports while he’s not working as the marketing manager for Arcanys, a software development outsourcing company. “After all I have been through, I believe I am still a romantic—I left my country, my comfort zone, to be with someone here.” It didn’t work out, but he’s here and determined to make the most of it.
What a woman might want: I’m very caring and I cook. And I’m independent—I can take care of myself and my girl. If a woman wanted to have to take care of someone, she’d have a baby, but I am here to be her man. I am also confident, so I’m not the jealous type who tries to sneak into her phone or Facebook.
Craziest dating experience: It’s really disappointing to meet someone who is a total poser, but as far as posers go, I met someone online and agreed to meet. Not only did she turn out to be a he, but he was also unruly, despicable, extremely picky and so full of himself.
Best relationship advice you’ve heard: Don’t plan things too much. There is no real science to relationships. And do not impose. People want a relationship, not a dictatorship.
Best dating advice to give: Just go for it. You never know what will come out of a simple date. Also, being rejected is not the end of the world. Life goes on and so does love.
- by Ian Baol
- sittings editor Shari Quimbo
- creative director David Jones Cua
- photography Dan Douglas Ong
- fashion stylist RENova Image and Style
- assistant Lor Yutico
- hair and make up Jessie Glova
- assistants Ann Ramos, John Dare Bejelia and Rey Reyes
- model Victoria Aviso (Wafer Models)
- locale Radisson Blu Cebu Executive Suite
LADY CYCLISTS HIT THE ROADS AND SLOPES OF CEBU.
Cycling has been a growing sport and hobby for many years but it’s popularity has erupted since the Covid pandemic. People biking to work and for recreation is an everyday sight in Cebu. More and more are joining the ride. Many are quite serious about cycling. I know three ladies who are among those who’ve gone long distances across Cebu.
How did you get into serious cycling? What was your motivation?
Blinky de Leon. Event Host, Product Endorser & Influencer
“ I’ve been into cycling since I was a kid. A little backstory, I was around 10 years old when my dad surprised me with my first custom-made mountain bike. I still keep it until now, in fact I had it refurbished. It’s the most sentimental thing I ever received since it was his way/gesture to catch up with me after not seeing each other for almost 6 yrs. My dad is based in Germany and he also loves cycling and makes his own bamboo bike.”
“Just a year ago though, my friend Gazini randomly, out of nowhere, picked me up from home to bike with her to the South of Cebu. I felt really excited and motivated to get back on track because it’s very nostalgic and brings back so many great memories. And since then, the rest was history. We’ve been joining different groups, tried different routes and conquered different heights. I’ve met so many cyclists with very inspiring stories in the bike community who kept me feeling motivated too. I also look forward to the sights and the adventure that comes along with it.”
Yumz Mariot. Branding & Marketing Consultant
“I used to bike along with rock and wall climbing. I am lousy with ballgames which is why. Our usual route were Talamban and Mactan but one time, managed to ship gears all the way to Dumaguete for a quick ride to Valencia, the next town located at a higher elevation. Those were days when I did it for fun and what bike I was using did not matter.”
“Fast forward to 2021, a year after the pandemic lockdown began, I realized I have been lazy to do any fitness routine. Too caught up on juggling between house chores and Work from Home deliverables (I work as a Branding and Marketing Consultant), I started to feel my body needs to move as much as my brain does. A hysical fitness routine is as important as what I eat, or what I read or watch. So I decided to invest on a decent MTB, just very recently and got myself a much necessary restart. What motivates me even more is the area where I currently reside at. It is vast, fresh, green and safe for solo bikers like me.”
Prime Sarino. Digital Media Creative
“I started biking as a young teenager and I got the idea to start it as an adult hobby 3 years ago. I was already into running and I thought it would be great to venture into another outdoor activity to keep me occupied after work hours and weekends. I was set to travel for a year so I had to put aside the idea first but came pandemic. We were all forced to stay put and everything was put on hold. Cycling became my diversion. My cyclists friends invited me to quick and short rides. I enjoyed my first 50km ride and the sceneries and routes most of all. It also helped channel a positive mindset during the hard hit season of the pandemic. Not to mention it’s also another way to stay fit when we were forced into inactivity during the quarantine.”
Next in Part 2, we ask the ladies about their cycling experiences and memorable moments…
#CebuPride: Cebuanos in Multi-awarded Pride-Themed Films
Multi-awarded International Gay Movies with Cebuano Lead Casts
By: Allain Dumon Fonte
Pride-themed movies are starting to invade the film industry as people become more accepting and are more intrigued on the stories about LGBTIQ. Many have shared the intensity of emotions and laughed with the craziest jokes on gay-themed movies. In the Philippines, these kinds of movies were questioned as to their morality and their message to the society. The strong influence of the country’s religious standards had branded gay-themed movies as sex-oriented and nothing more. Yet, with Thailand’s more tolerant culture, Thai BL (Boy’s Love) movies and television series have created a new perception to the viewers; and that is gay-themed movies are remarkably alike to all other movies – there is romance, comedy, drama, and the continuing struggle of living like normal people. Hence, Thai BL TV series have a massive following all over Asia. At the end of 2019, they became available in Netflix and are being watched by millions of viewers all over the world.
The Philippine film industry is not that far from Thailand’s. Some of the LGBTIQ-themed movies and television series are slowly getting a following in Asia and are now accessible to viewers worldwide. A few of these pride-themed movies that casted or directed by a Filipino have already been receiving nominations and awards from Golden Globe, The Berlin Film Festival, the Venezia Film Awards, and even the Emmy’s…and the Filipinos in these films hail their roots from Cebu!
1. Lingua Franca
Lingua Franca is a film directed by a Cebuana, Isabel Sandoval. Sandoval also plays the main character of the movie, and she even wrote the screenplay. Lingua Franca tells the story of Olivia, an undocumented transgender woman in New York who works as a caregiver to a senile old-lady of Russian-decent. When Olivia is challenged to attain legal status in the US, she is left with a “marriage-based green card”. While in search for her groom-to-be, she becomes romantically involved with Alex, Olga’s grandson.
The film is now available on Netflix and has received positive reviews from the media. Stephen Dalton of the Hollywood Reporter wrote Lingua Franca is a “heartfelt personal statement rooted in timely, gripping issues that obviously resonate deeply with its author, notably trans rights and Trump-era immigration anxieties”.
Isabel Sandoval graduated summa cum laude with the degree in psychology from the University of San Carlos in Cebu, Philippines. In New York, she pursued graduate studies in Film at NYU. She is now currently residing in NYC, and already has award-winning films under her belt like Apparition, Lingua Franca, Senorita, Ritwal, The Unstoppable, and Judgement.
2. The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
This television series was aired in Netflix and has gained so much popularity because it showed the murder of world-renowned fashion designer, Gianni Versace, by a serial killer, Andrew Cunanan. Based on Maureen Orth’s book Vulgar Favors: Andrew Cunanan, Gianni Versace, and the Largest Failed Manhunt in U.S. History, this television series has 9 episodes of suspenseful scenes, and is star-studded with casts like Ricky Martin and Penelope Cruz. However, the main actor who played Andrew Cunanan is Darren Criss who gained his popularity after being a regular on the top rating TV show, Glee. Darren Criss hails his roots from Cebu, Philippines.
The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story received positive reviews from critics. At the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards, it received 9 nominations, and won 3 awards, including Outstanding Limited Series and Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie for Darren Criss.
Criss was born and raised in San Francisco, California, USA. Criss was raised as a Roman Catholic and attended roman catholic schools. He later moved to Michigan where he studied Bachelor of Fine Arts major in Theatre Performance and minor in music at the University of Michigan. Criss’s father, Charles William Criss, is a banker and served as CEO of the East West bank in Honolulu, Hawaii. Criss’s mom, Cerina, is a native of Talisay, Cebu, Philippines. When he was younger, he visited Cebu a couple of times with his mother. Darren Criss is very proud of his Cebuano roots and wants to portray Filipino characters in films and in theatres to promote visibility of the Filipinos in the American films.
3. The Amazing Truth About Queen Raquela
The Amazing Truth About Queen Raquela premiered at the 2008 Berlin International Film Festival where it grabbed the Teddy Award for Best Feature Film. It was also awarded the Grand Jury Prize in the 10th 2008 Cinemanila International Film Festival at Malacañang Palace’s Kalayaan Hall. It starred Raquela Rios also known as Minerva to her Cebuano friends. Raquela is a local of Mandaue City, Cebu, Philippines. The film is directed by Icelandic film director, scriptwriter, and producer, Olaf de Fleur Johannesson.
Raquella Rios is a native of Mandaue City, Cebu, Philippines, and she went to the University of San Carlos in Cebu, studying sociology and anthropology. Before finishing her studies, Raquella left the Cebu and went to Iceland after being casted by Icelandic film director, scriptwriter, and producer, Olaf de Fleur Johannesson for the movie The Amazing Truth About Queen Raquela. She is now based in Bangkok, Thailand as a fashion stylist and wardrobe assistant to some local Thai movies. Raquella is also an activist for sex workers rights and trans rights in Southeast Asia; pushing for the recognition on the choice of their gender and the right to change their birth names.
There are still plenty of pride-themed films in the Philippines that gained recognition all over the world; yet these movies mentioned are special because of the talented Cebuanos that have brought Cebu to world. They truly are #CebuPride.
37 Years of High Fashion; Arcy Gayatin leaves a Legacy of Edginess and Elegance
Arcy Gayatin: A Legacy of Luxury in Fabrication
By: Allain Dumon Fonte
The brand Arcy Gayatin gave the Queen City of the South a distinct reputation in the fashion industry. The fashion line of Arcy Gayatin sets the bar higher each year for clothing luxury and fabrication techniques.
Araceli “Arcy” Ancajas Gayatin is the daughter Galileo Ancajas and Remedios Zanoria Ancajas who founded Cebu’s home brand, Gal’s Bakery. Arcy went to the University of San Carlos and studied Political Science. And just like Dr. Muccia Prada, who completed her Ph.D. in Political Science and established the luxury line of Prada, Arcy also got in touch with her artistic side and started her own fashion line. However, it was not Prada that influenced Arcy. Arcy was introduced to fashion and tailoring at a very young age by her mother, Madame Remedios Anacajas whom they dearly call Mama Eme. Mama Eme was running a tailoring business back then. It was called Arabel; named after Arcy and her sister Belma. Ara from Araceli and Bel from Belma. In those years, Arcy was fascinated by fabrics and was intrigued by how to manipulate the fabrics to come up with fashion-forward designs without compromising comfort and taste.
After 37 years of creating haute couture pieces for the most fashionable personalities in the Philippines, Arcy Gayatin is now laying down her sketchpads and pens to rest. As she enjoys her retirement, may be on a cruise to the Bahamas or a holiday to the Swiss Alps, Arcy Gayatin has left the fashion industry a legacy of elegant and edgy clothing ensembles that understand and define the shape of women; without compromising comfort and good taste.
To salute the lady who brought Cebu fashion to the world, a retrospective exhibition of Arcy’s incomparable masterpieces can be seen today at Ayala Center Cebu’s The Gallery; curated by fashion editor and writer, Clint Holton Potestas, and interior and fashion designer, Jul Oliva.
BALANCE. Arcy Gayatin is known for her perfect symmetrical lines when fabricating. She knows how to balance edginess and class; understanding well the strength and the finesse of a woman.
RHYTHM. Arcy’s expertise in draping and fabric manipulation can be seen in how she achieves rhythm between architectural lines and soft fabrics like silk and cashmere.
TEXTURE. With her thorough knowledge on fabrics, Arcy Gayatin has achieved the perfection of fabrication by working on different types of fabrics and creating a single piece of art out of them.
HARMONY. The simplicity of the silhouette plus the intricacy of the details create a wonderful harmony, making Arcy Gayatin’s design a one-of-a-kind masterpiece.
The photos below show an up-close look at the intricacy and the exquisite craftsmanship of Arcy Gayatin’s fabrication techniques:
THE SPIDER WEB: one of Arcy’s genius fabrication techniques.
MATCH and PATCH: Arcy’s unique fabrication craft by patching layers of different types of lace and lace patterns
PLEATS: The perfection of symmetry in pleats on silk.
LA ROSE BLEUE: U.P. student, Danielle Alessandra Deutsch, inspired by the artistry of Arcy Gayatin, designed this midnight blue dress. The cabbage rose made from layers of silk organdy gave this evening ensemble a romantic appeal.
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