It’s very fitting that my eldest paternal first cousin Paolo chose to celebrate his 40th birthday here in our Lolo’s hometown. I never got to meet my paternal grandfather (he died before I was born; same as my maternal grandfather), but from the stories I heard, well, let’s just say he led quite a prominent life here – even if he wasn’t necessarily Palaweño in origin. Consequently, this is also where my father and his siblings spent some of their formative years.
As for me, this marks my second visit to the island since 2003. I didn’t really get to see much back then, since I was only saling kitkit in my mom’s environmental trip. This visit, however, should be quite eventful, not really for me, but for some of my visiting relatives from California and Perth, who haven’t seen this country in decades.
And it looks like Paolo planned quite an itinerary. We’re going on city tour in a couple of hours. So, later!
We got to know him as Gerard Sison, the Australian-raised model-surfer who played shady suitor Miguel Asuncion in JasMine the Series. Now, the Kapatid hunk is ready to conquer the scene anew with a bolder attitude and a brand new moniker. Introducing: Gerard Garcia!
His rebirth (so he calls it) couldn’t come in more proper timing: The 25-year-old TV5 contract artist was selected to grace the pages of Cosmopolitan Philippines’ 69 Hottest Bachelors2014 insert as one of the Top 10 Centerfolds. As per tradition, he is slated to make his Cosmo Bachelor Bash debut in the corporate-themed “Cosmo Tower 69” fashion show this September 24 in World Trade Center, Pasay City. There, he will be joining co-CenterfoldsPaulo Avelino, Geoff Eigenmann, James Reid, Pancho Magno, Joseph Marco, Benjamin Alves, Daniel Velasco, Diego Furoni, and Chris Banchero.
At the press conference held last September 9 in Luxent Hotel, Quezon City, Gerard couldn’t hide his elation. “It’s a dream come true. It’s such an honor to be part of this magazine. I’ve been waiting for this for a long time”, he said to News5’s MJ Marfori during his side interview. Throughout the round of questions, he showed no qualms in showcasing his playful attitude. He then took a serious turn when asked about what he wants to get out of his Bash appearance in terms of career. To which, he shared one of his lifelong goals: “My dream is always to be a movie star, not just movies for the sake of doing movies but to have choice in what I want to do, so I’m working towards that. That’s all I want.”