SUNDAY INQUIRER MAGAZINE
Metrosexual and proud of it
By Bayani San Diego Jr.
Last updated 07:51am (Mla time) 02/25/2007
MANILA, Philippines -- Yes, he admits it, Piolo Pascual says without embarrassment. “It’s the ‘in’ thing. I can call myself a metrosexual because I like taking care of myself.”
Continues the actor-singer who has had to fend off nasty rumors about his sexuality: “I like to pamper myself. (Being a metrosexual) is a matter of feeling and looking good. I believe metrosexuals are more responsible; they care about presenting themselves well to other people.”
Not that he’s vain, because when it comes to grooming rituals, he’s a fuss-free, low-maintenance guy, says Piolo.
“As long as I get eight hours of sleep, I’m safe. Sometimes it’s better to look scruffy or plain. If possible, I avoid wearing make-up but it’s a job requirement.”
His only indulgence is a weekly pedicure and regular foot spa treatments. “I fuss over my feet. It’s my only fetish! I feel ill at ease when I have calluses,” he says with a grin.
Dressing up usually means "throwing together something after a shower,” confesses Piolo whose favorite date outfit is a simple long-sleeved shirt and jeans. “Very safe,” he says of his sense of style.
“When you’re a kid, you can afford to be more experimental. But as you mature, you need to define your style because what you wear reflects your personality. Your character. You really have to be careful in choosing your clothes in terms of colors and combinations.”
As far as Piolo is concerned, comfort is key. “I’m a casual dresser and I don’t go for flashy clothes. But I can be edgy when I’m onstage," he adds.
Surely he’s had his fair share of fashion faux pas in the past? Definitely, says Piolo.
The worst outfit in his closet? He gasps: “My ‘Hunks’ costumes! They made us wear absurd clothes—with tassels, laces and fishnet. Scary!”
He also confesses to an acid-wash crime, among other follies of youth. “When I was in grade six, my mom bought me a striped baston (slim cut) acid-wash jeans. I was forced to wear it!”
In high-school, he sported a devil’s do. “Like the haircut of Emilio Estevez in (the movie) ‘The Mighty Ducks.’ I regret that to this day,” Piolo says, laughing.
As a special treat, he shops in upscale stores in the US. The most expensive article of clothing in his closet? “Hugo Boss jackets. Bally blazers. These suits are a good investment. You can wear them forever.”
For awards shows, Piolo runs to Inno Sotto, but prefers Paul Smith among foreign brands. “Even though its line is colorful, it goes well with other brands,” he says.
Precisely because Piolo is a confessed simple dresser, he is a perfect fit as a Bench man, says his friends and colleagues, among them original Bench model Richard Gomez, fellow “Hunk” Diether Ocampo and R&B singer Jay-R.
Piolo’s debut as Bench endorser coincides with the label’s 20th anniversary, says Ben Chan, the moving force behind the lifestyle label. “The opportunity to work with Piolo came at the right moment. Piolo is long overdue for Bench. Signing him up is the best way to kick off our 20th year.”
“I just want to be comfortable,” Piolo sums up his fashion principle which, he says, is consistent with the Bench philosophy. “Since I am already in the public eye, I want people to look at me and not at my costume.”