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This year’s set of bachelors project a singular sophistication that is too charming to resist.

This year’s set of bachelors project a singular sophistication that is too charming to resist.

A lot has been said about men who are impeccably dressed. And with the emergence of debonair characters on our TV screens—from Mad Men’s 1960’s collection of dapper advertising honchos who deliver lines while dressed in tailored three-piece suits and even the occasional hat, to the sharp-tongued and equally sharply dressed Harvey Specter on lawyer drama Suits—it’s clear that there’s a lot more to say.

Of course, it’s never just the clothes that make the man. What creates the magnetic pull to someone well-dressed is more than just the pants-shirt-jacket combination; what grabs attention, and eventually keeps it, is an attitude that is as important an accessory as a classic watch or thoroughly shined leather shoes—demonstrating a confidence that stems from success in various ventures and a determination to get further ahead.

This month, Zee Lifestyle features the men that Cebu will soon be going mad for—and not just for their broad shoulders and how good they look in sunglasses. What makes them really attractive is the success in their respective career endeavors at a generally young age, the passionate drive to do more for themselves and the place they now call home, and easygoing personalities that get them on everyone’s radar. And though said personalities are accessories enough, they up the ante with sunglasses and watches from Rudy Project, and sharp apparel from Marithé + François Girbaud. Truly, these five fashionable gentlemen are confident, competent and dedicated to what they do; and let’s be honest, the good looks don’t hurt either.

 

VINCE LAMPERT

It may seem that the way Vince Lampert landed in Cebu 11 years ago was an act of serendipity. He started his career with DEDON during the summer of 2001 in Luneburg, Germany packing products for German customer deliveries, when his efficiency garnered the attention of the company’s owner who sent him out of Germany for work. As fate would have had it, the next 24 hours found Vince in Cebu, where his fondness for the weather, culture and people was reason enough to stay. Now, the 29-year-old is the managing director of DEDON Cebu Manufacturing. But his determination means there’s still more to come. “Big ambition, big plans!”

What is your career mantra?

“Give more, expect less.” Whether it is personal or career wise, when you give more of yourself, it will come back to you a thousand fold… I see it as a kind of “pass it forward.” You pass on your kindness; in hopes that that person passes on kindness to another person.

What is the best quality you can offer a woman?

Integrity, it’s the total package. A man with integrity not just shows sincere unconditional love but also encompasses pure respect, adoration and all other values that make you a “real man.”

When you look at your old photos, what was your “what was I thinking?!” moment, fashion-wise?

Flashy/sporty mode. I was fully into soccer and playing my sport, practicing three times a week and having weekend games and tournaments. Wearing jeans and a polo shirt at that time was impossible for me.

We’re all still kids inside. What makes your inner child come out?

We all have an inner child in us and sometimes we need to get in touch with [our inner child] to enjoy and appreciate what life truly brings. I remember this quote from George Bernard Shaw that says, “We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.”

JONATHAN KENNEDY

Jonathan Kennedy began his career working at the front office of the Montreal Canadiens, but he always knew that he eventually wanted to start his own business. After several small web business ventures, Jon, along with partners JP Bisson and Diana Quartin, landed in Cebu last year with Clicking Labs, a company that offers marketing services for companies who want to create a strong online presence. But more than building a successful business, Clicking Labs credits their success over the past year to finding the right people for the job, and are dedicated to creating an empowering and happy work environment. Of course, Jon’s roots in sports remain—he also runs www.asportinglife.co, where he highlights the creative side to sports.

What is your career mantra?

Helping others along their paths somehow helps you along yours.

What’s next for you?

The next step is to work hard on developing a culture of happy and motivated employees. The Zappos.com model is one that many employers can benefit from. They built a billion dollar company on the concept of happy employees and outstanding customer service. We want to become the best place to work in the Philippines while reaching impressive growth and sales figures.

The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. Do you agree?

Definitely. Nothing makes me happier than someone going out of their way to prepare a meal for me.

What’s your go-to aphrodisiac?

Sr. Pedro Lechon Manok

Which Mad Man are you?

Don Draper. I’m the creative problem solver, I love crisp white shirts and I’m somewhat of an online ad man.

JP BISSON

Jean-Patrick Bisson must have entrepreneurship in his blood—starting out with lemonade stands at an early age in Canada before moving on to starting a landscaping company with friends in high school and selling items from China through the classified ads. The internet proved to be a turning point, with the inception of Clicking Labs, which he founded with Jon Kennedy and Diana Quartin. The business led them to Cebu, and over the past year, Clicking Labs has progressed to a new office and a growing staff of 50. In his downtime, JP enjoys reading and getting massages, although one of the things he enjoys most about Cebu is having the beach just a short drive away.

What advice do you have for the Filipino people to get to where you are now?

Focus, guts and a willingness to go the extra mile. I’ve spoken to many brilliant Cebuanos who would make great entrepreneurs but they often lack the confidence or the family support to make the leap and be willing to fail.

Who is your idol, career-wise?

I admire many entrepreneurs but Steve Jobs is at the top of that list. He built a company from his garage, got fired, then came back and pulled the biggest turnaround in business history.

Are you single?

I have a girlfriend who’s also my business party. Crazy? Yeah I know.

What is the best quality you can offer a woman?

Understanding that women are meant to be loved, not understood.

What sports do you play?

I love hockey. We’ve even started a ball hockey game every Wednesday night at the Apas Barangay basketball court. [Shameless plug!] In Canada, I used to snowboard but it’s been a while now.

SAM GULLAS

At 27, Gerald Anthony Gullas Jr, or Samsam, began his career learning the business before becoming the assistant vice-president for administration and finance at the University of the Visayas. Upon the behest of his grandfather and father, he spent the early days of his career being transferred to various departments; now, he assists the university’s administrators in managing the school. He also manages the university’s basketball teams, and is the basketball and sports commissioner for Talisay City. But one thing that’s really important is family. In fact, his decision to run for public office in the 2013 elections was inspired by his grandfather, Eddie Gullas.

What advice do you have for the Filipino people to get to where you are now?

Always trust family. They will always know what is best for you. You may argue along the way, but at the end of the day, they will always have your best interests at heart.

A way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. Do you agree?

Yes! I think it comes from my shortcomings as a cook as well. As I always say, the microwave was and always will be the best invention for a single man.

What sports do you play?

Basketball. I used to practice with the UV basketball teams everyday but since I got injured last November, I haven’t played basketball. But hopefully I’ll be back soon.

What is your opinion on politics in the country?

I think we are going in the right direction. Filipinos are passionate. I am very sure that if all of us are united towards one common goal, like how we are during a Pacquiao fight, the Philippines will surely move forward.

We’re all still kids inside, what makes you inner child come out?

It definitely comes out when I’m with my brothers and sisters. I may be the oldest in a bunch of five but when I’m with them, I basically act like the youngest.

GIO PUCCINI

Half Italian, half Columbian Gio Puccini’s stay in the Philippines began as a vacation in neighboring provinces when he landed a job with ePerformax Contact Centers & BPO in Manila. His extended stay allowed more vacation time and Cebu quickly became one of his favorite destinations, which made his appointment as program director at the ePerformax office in Cebu a welcome assignment. However, most people might know him better as Gio Salvador, the name he adapted while sharing the screen with Boy Abunda, Aiai De Las Alas, Eugene Domingo, John Lloyd Cruz, among others as a model, host and actor. Now at 26, Gio has settled into the Philippine lifestyle comfortably, although he believes working on the beach would be a great addition to his routine.

How did you reach where you are in your career?

Sticking to what I believe in and verbalizing what has been thoroughly thought out—whether it’s an idea or solution to address challenges, issues and opportunities—has helped catapult my career. When you work in a company like ePerformax that values its people and believes that everyone’s opinions matters, I encourage everyone to speak up.

What is your career mantra?

Work hard, play hard. Be productive, healthy and happy.

What do you look for in a woman?

Nothing is more beautiful than an intelligent woman. I also love one who is good at time management, and is able to take off to visit a new area at a whim.

When you look at your old photos, what was your “what was I thinking?!” moment, fashion-wise?

Wearing camo cargo shorts. I was a nerd in high school, so it’s okay.

What sports do you play?

I’ll play anything although I’m not a pro. I just joined the ePerformax soccer team. In high school, I played water polo, which was tons of fun. I also like hobie catamarans, surfing, pretty much anything in the water.

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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…

by: Zen

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#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.

ZEE’s Allain Fonte with the casts of the top-rating Thai BL series (2019) “Cause You’re My Boy” of GMMTV (from L-R) Amp Phurikulkrit Chusakdiskulwibul, AJ Chayapol Jutamas, Neo Trai Nimtawat, Frank Thanatsaran Samthonglai, ADF, Drake Laedeke, Phuwin Tangsakyuen, and JJ Chayakorn Jutamas.

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 wearing Marchesa at the Venezia Red Carpet in the Venice Film Festival (2019)

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.

 

Darren Criss with his dad (left) Charles William Criss, and his mother (right) Cerina Criss. Source

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 in Bangkok’s MRT (a scene in a Thai film).

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.

Raquella (right) with film director Olaf de Fleur (left) receives the Best Feature Film Award at the 2008 Berlin International Film Festival in Germany. Photo grabbed from Berlinale archives.

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.

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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.

 

April Duenas, Nikki Gayatin and Arielle Gayatin for Arcy Gayatin—Photos by John Paul Autor from Lifestyle Inquirer.net

 

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.

 

Arcy Gayatin (photo grabbed from Space Philippines Blog Spot)

 

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.

 

Arcy Gayatin’s Pink Flamingo collection                                               Arcy Gayatin’s Sketch on a Terno

 

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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