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The first president and CEO of Ayala Corp who is not a member of the Ayala family talks to Esquire Philippines about why he thought he was wrong for the job, and what Jaime Augusto Zobel De Ayala said that made him change his mind.
Every year, Esquire Philippines’ Man at His Best (MAHB) honors extraordinary Filipinos who are reshaping society. These are the men and women who are raising the bar for Filipino creatives, athletes, public servants, and professionals.This year, we’re celebrating eight modern-day heroes and ...
As a national uprising mounts against the Islamic Republic, young women wait for deceptively simple things, like the ability to wear their hair uncovered. For one writer, spending a month with his Iranian niece put it all in perspective.
ran never seemed to get much consideration from Americans of my generation. It was more of a Boomer thing. Our parents watched the events of the 1970s and 1980s—the Revolution, the hostage crisis, the spiral into repressive theocracy—and so for them, Iran ...
Celebrities don’t owe anyone the public disclosure of their labels.
Kit Connor, lead star of Netflix’s hit coming-of-age LGBTQIA+ series Heartstopper, recently came out as bisexual. But not in the celebratory way all members of the community wish for.back for a minute. i’m bi. congrats for forcing an 18 year old to ...
In the modern age, plans are made to be broken.
My friend and I arranged to have dinner recently. We haven't seen each other for seven years, and I was sufficiently excited about our meeting that I actually picked up the phone and booked a table at a restaurant. Yet when he ...
It might have been the easier way out, and it might have provided him with opportunities that he didn’t have here in the Philippines, but it was never about his personal gains. Pole vaulting is an individual sport, but all athletes are part of a team—one that embodies the dream to win.
There are athletes, and then there are Filipino athletes: superhumans who push their bodies to their limits and endure unimaginable strain on their physical and mental health; and modern-day gladiators who walk through fire to fight for an ounce of recognition. For ...
In 2020, the Philippines recorded the lowest number of babies born in 34 years. It's a sign of the times.
Settling down and starting a family used to be the ultimate ideal in life. Get a stable job, marry somebody nice, have tons of babies—it’s a tale as old as time, championed by those old-timey kiddie storybooks, social norms, and popular young ...
It’s high time we stop mocking women for being passionate about things.
I was talking to friends about my newfound interest in Formula One a few months back. “Can you believe it? So unserious of me,” I told them. Sports are not my thing, and they know this, too. I have always been a ...
A true success story.
When he was young, Raymund Cauilan Berja never imagined that he would hold a significant executive position in a regional company. After all, he used to sell balut on the streets of Cagayan during his formative years.  But now, Ray, as he is ...
This Filipino graphic novel deserves its own TV show. Calling Netflix, Prime, and HBO. 
“What are cities to stars… and what are stars to the endless flow of time?” This is just one of the many existential crisis-inducing lines from the critically acclaimed Doorkeeper by Ethan Chua and Scott Lee Chua. The graphic novel follows an immortal being ...
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