Welcome to Esquire Man at His Best 2021

This year marks the 10th anniversary of Esquire Philippines. What better way to celebrate than with our annual Man at His Best (MAHB) event. This year, MAHB returns digitally with an immersive experience through the Esquire Playhouse where we honor heroes and mavericks from the worlds of film, music, business, art, sport, politics, and more. The aim is to spotlight the movers and shakers that have inspired us in the past year—with a drink in hand, of course.

The Esquire Playhouse is full of everything good—interviews, podcasts, and videos—that are free to explore right from the comfort of your home. From actress and film producer Angel Locsin and lawyer and Vice President Leni Robredo, to Kumu president Rexy Dorado and CEO Roland Ros, we present the 2021 honorees who are as exciting and inspiring as ever.

Esquire Presents Man at His Best 2021: Heroes and Mavericks

The Honorees

• Actress and film producer Angel Locsin has made it her mission to fight for women and continually encourages them to speak up, now more than ever. Angel Locsin is Esquire Philippines' Advocate of the Year. Head to the Esquire Playhouse Bedroom to read more about her fight against injustice.


• Masungi Georeserve project manager Ann Dumaliang and trustee Billie Dumaliang, who protect and defend the virgin landscapes of Rizal from armed men and land grabbers, are Esquire Philippines' Warriors of the Year. Visit the Esquire Playhouse Bar to learn more about their struggles to keep Masungi alive.

Nine-piece folk-pop band Ben&Ben are leading the charge in the New Golden Age of OPM. Ben&Ben are Esquire Philippines' Artists of the Year. Head to the Esquire Playhouse Bar to read more about their journey.

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• Inventor and James Dyson awardee Carvey Maigue is doing real work to bring the AuREUS System Technology to the market. Carvey Maigue is Esquire Philippines' Innovator of the Year. Read more about his challenging journey at the Esquire Playhouse Bedroom.

• Jollibee Foods Corp president and CEO Ernesto Tanmantiong faced the toughest challenges over the past year. With his guidance, the company has quickly rebounded and remains focused on its goal of becoming one of the top restaurant companies in the world. Ernesto Tanmantiong is Esquire Philippines' Businessman of the Year. Head to the Esquire Playhouse Library to read more about Jollibee's journey this year in this rare Q&A with its CEO.


• Weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz made history as the Philippines' first Olympics gold medallist while symbolically lifting the weight of an entire nation's pandemic-induced anguish. Hidilyn Diaz is Esquire Philippines' Athlete of the Year. Read more about our gold medalist at the Esquire Playhouse Garage.

• Actor John Arcilla became the country's first-ever Volpi Cup awardee at the Venice Film Festival, joining the ranks of the global film industry's greatest figures. John Arcilla is Esquire Philippines' Actor of the Year. Head to the Esquire Playhouse Living Room for his masterclass in acting.

• Lawyer and Vice President Leni Robredo says: "I've learned that no difficulty is insurmountable. When people come together, no amount of preparation or resources would ever defeat passion and energy and enthusiasm." Leni Robredo is Esquire Philippines' Maverick of the Year. The Vice President of the Philippines, in her own words: Esquire Playhouse Library.

• The Philippines' first and only Nobel Laureate Maria Ressa has endured lawsuits and death threats. But that hasn't stopped her from fulfilling her mission to protect democracy from the dangers of "information operations," disinformation, and the algorithms that dictate our online lives. Read what the Nobel Peace Prize Laureate has to say at the Esquire Playhouse Garage.


• Kumu president Rexy Dorado and CEO Roland Ros are determined to bring startup Kumu into the promised land. Rexy Dorado and Roland Ros are Esquire Philippines' Creators of the Year. Visit the Esquire Playhouse Living Room to read more about their startup story.

Explore the Esquire Playhouse to take part in the festivities for Man at His Best 2021. To keep up with everything else happening for Esquire MAHB 2021, don't forget to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube, as well as the hashtags #EsquireMAHB2021 and #EsquireManatHisBest.

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