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MAN, OH MAN! MANILA'S STYLISH 8

You sure you're not a model...?
MAN, OH MAN! MANILA'S STYLISH 8 You sure you're not a model...?

Finding a man who knows his designers or can talk to you about clothes is like looking for a needle in a haystack. This week, we zeroed in on eight “regular” men scattered around the metro—style crushes that will make you go, "you sure you're not a model?"

JAVIER MARCALAIN

Oliver Spencer jacket, Garrett Leight Sunglasses (from Ronnie and Joe)


APC printed button down

Tell us a secret: “I like watching horror films with people who can’t handle them. I know it’s horrible, but it’s fun."

As soon as he sat on the chair, our makeup artist asked if he already styled his ‘do. “ I literally woke up like this,” answered the Spanish-Filipino bad boy (in looks! in looks!).

Catch him: Working at Ronnie and Joe, Rockwell or SM Aura

CARLOS DEL PRADO

Hand-me-down grey shirt, Uniqlo button-down, Y-3 shorts


Uniqlo crew neck, Y-3 pants, Converse sneakers

Tell us a secret: "I thought it was kinda cute/funny how most of us who came thru for the shoot looked like we all went to the same barber."

Though he works at Homme et Femme, Carlos isn't brand-conscious. This Japa-stylin' guy knows how to shop ukay and is also a do-it-yourself-er (his top above is his uncle’s shirt which he cut himself).

Catch him: Visiting one of the H&F stores… He’s the guy in the bucket hat.

ALEC RIVERA

Arnold Galang marsala suit, Zara printed polo, bespoke Valentino shoes (from Marikina), Casio watch


Topman sweater

Tell us a secret: "I like crushing my bag of chips before I eat it."

How many straight guys rock skinny jeans and short shorts? This videographer and one of the founders of production team Manila Man can also channel his creativity into his OOTDs. From preppy to floral prints, to pink barongs, what did they say again about a man who can wear pink? Oh yeah, they’re tough.

Catch him: Shopping with his girlfriend or filming a new video for Globe or something.

GERARD CANCIO

Uniqlo grey sweater, ACNE jeans

 Tell us a secret: “I can’t dance.”

We disagree! After he got all warmed up and comfortable, we saw him subtly grooving to the beat of Drake’s Tuesday. This college footballer and now skater and motorcycle enthusiast is also the man behind Easy Skate-Surf. He could wear the Gosling out of a plain cotton shirt. Which is doublespeak for: Looks Photoshopped in real life.

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Catch him: Brewing a cup of coffee in his store in Brixton, or outside, skating with his girl.

MIGUEL ROCHA

Pigalle pullover hoodie, Forever 21 black joggers, Richer or Poorer socks, Nike Flyknit trainers

Tell us a secret: “I sometimes listen to One Direction.”

For a guy who’s all for hip-hop, that’s quite a cute secret. This marketing stud of basketball kicks at Titan is a major sneakerhead, partial to pullovers, track pants, and hoodies - all in black.

Catch him: At Titan, BGC. PS. According to him, they are currently getting hold of female sizes!

DAVID ONG

Button-down, ACNE


Henley newspaper boy clothing, Uniqlo shorts, Reebok by Pharell Williams ice cream sneakers  (from Beeper Flavor)

Tell us a secret: “I was driving and Taylor Swift's You Belong With Me played on the radio. I knew the lyrics by heart.”

An akward turtle in front of the camera, one of the co-founders of EDSA Beverage Design Group and Curator Coffee and Cocktails, has a squeaky clean image. As in: he hand washes his own duds. “I don’t like other people touching my clothes,” said the guy who put camisa de chinos back on the map.

Catch him: Making latte art, and more at EDSA BDG.

KEVIN YAPYJOCO

Fullcount Type 2 denim jacket, Ralph Lauren oxford shirt and knit tie 

Tell us a secret: “I’m obsessed with cats.”

To be able to write a menswear blog requires some finesse. Kevin Yapjoco of bespokemanblog and the manager of men’s clothing retailer, Signet, definitely has it. Talk to him about the latest Doek sneakers, Zimbabwe cotton jeans, or bespoke suits, and he could go on for hours. To understand the true meaning of love, ask him how he feels about knit ties.

Catch him at: Signet, Legazpi Village, Makati

 

RALPH PORTIERA

ADYN Elongated under shirt, KITH top with side zippers, Zara Jeans Shoes:, Yohji Yamamoto Qasa Hightops


Ralph Lauren polo shirt, Comme des Garçons cardigan, Cheap Monday pants

Tell us a secret: "The princess candy necklaces are my all-time favorite candy."

The diehard football fan is actually taking up fashion Design at CSB, and yes, he’s damn serious about it. Some might think he’s doing it to score chicks but believe it or not, he’s really into the business of fashion. Note his version of a school uniform: Y-3 and Givenchy shoes, and long tees a la Yeezy.

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Catch him: At school, being swaggy.

Do you have stylish men in your life? Let us know who they are by tweeting us @stylebibleph!

Portraits by: Joan Michel 

Grooming: Anton Patdu of MAC Cosmetics and Ara Fernando

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