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Lifestyle Hotshots: Architect, Florist, And Model Miko De Los Reyes On Keeping Things Smooth

Lifestyle Hotshots: Architect, Florist, And Model Miko De Los Reyes On Keeping Things Smooth

You can't take it away from him–young and dapper architect Miko de los Reyes prefers having his life rhythm on point. The UP Diliman graduate is always on time in his appoinments, and is soft and crazy watchful of his every spoken word. He always likes things planned out perfectly, and it's not just on the way he sports his slick hair and crisp shirt or on being the ultimate planner of his trips (and his upcoming wedding) with Rustan's scion Nicole Tantoco. (The good-looking pair is high society's latest 'it' couple!) Our mouths are left agape at just the thought of how Miko keeps himself in check–when he's not on site for construction and design work under his family's firm, he's managing his other family business–the three decade-old The Flower Farm in Tagaytay, or modeling for some ad. He could easily be the next hottest bachelor. Well, he still could be–until he isn't anymore!

How millennial are you and why?

"It’s funny you asked that because the characteristic that you might relate to a millennial I dont really identify with. I'm not a free spirit, I'm not that techie either so I think I'm a older soul who is ahead of his time. I'm very parricular about schedules, time, and setting up plans for myself."

Do you like to read?

"Well, im more of a visual learner actually than a learner from text."

How do you counter the myth about millennials being too entitled?

"Well again, I think it's a funny question because I'm one of the people who ends up asking millennials the same question because I cant quite relate to the stereotypes of millennials. I'm worrysome I make sure everything's complete all the time. My other siblings are also very different from me. I'm the youngest (of three) but throughout everything, even career, I've stayed on the same path. Maybe, I'm one of the millennials who doesn't exemplify the stereotype."

How did you get started with using social IG in your projects/advocacies?

"On my Instagram, I dont think I post photos that other people would want to see but the things I would like to share and things that are more special to me so whether it's an emotion or moment that I'm experiencing in that time that's what I choose to capture and share.  I like the sea so I've been doing scuba diving lately.  I havent done it in awhile. I started scuba diving when I was 12."

As a millennial, we’re feeling you still want to have more in life. What else do you dream of doing in the future despite juggling a lot of stuff now?

"I'm pretty much settled on my career but what do I dream of more? I'm not sure I'm looking forward to building my own house. Because now I'm building houses for everybody else but not my own so, so I'd say I'm looking forward to buildng my own house."

How meticulous are you with your posts? Describe your process.

"I wouldn't say I'm not that particular. I think other people probably take more effort to.  I wouldn't say I'm the best photographer but I try to pick a presentable photo of whatever activity I'm doing at the moment and I just, I dont overthink it."

If you were to create your own hashtag, what would that be and why?

"Maybe anything to do with getting upset with inefficient–that's what I'm known for, 'cause I'm known as a planner and hate people when they are late. Anything to do with you being upset and inefficient."

What are your mid-summer plans?

"Well, I'm busy now at the office so it's probably just work but whenever i can sneak in some trip or travel I usually do.  I'm headed to New York this week for two weeks."

Any dream destination and why?

"I'd say probably the Asian destinations still, I've learned after going to Myanmar I was able to experience a little bit more of what we have here in Asia already. Europe and the West is very nice and there's a lot of things to see there but with the Asian culture it's a little bit different 'cause you'r e able to relate in some way but then it's new. So, maybe that's my dream destination now, it would be northern Vietnam and Sri Lanka."

Ideal summer escapade and why?

"Usually when I go with my friends I'm the planner that does everything, I book everything I just pay it and they can pay me back whenever they want... Summer is pretty warm here so what I would do for summer get away is probably embrace the really hot weather and go somewhere where we can cool off and enjoy the hot climate already so probably a beach destination out of town. It would be nice if we could rent a nice house all to ourselves and probably that house would be, it would be nice if it's on the beach and there'd be other activities we could do, we could visit near waterfall, go hiking on the mountains."

Ideal summer date and why?

"The ideal thing would be to go abroad to a cooler country during the summer. Probably somewhere I haven't been yet, I'd probably go back to South Africa if it was Summer here, because it's still cooler the weather there. But there's still a lot of places that I havent gone to."

How do you maintain your bod during the summer?

"I don't know, I don't really have the summer bod. I'm not a gym guy and I don't think I have the time to go to the gym. I'm just at the office usually and then if not I'm resting or I'm out of town but I go running, I try to do it 3 times a week. I used to do triathlon a while back but biking isn't really my thing, so for me it's running."

What time of day do you run?

"I prefer mornings but usually I have to get to the office earlier so I end up doing it early evening. But during the weekends, I can run in the morning."

Most recommended diet?

"That's another funny question to ask me 'cause people are making fun of me now but there was a time that I would just lessen my carb intake just for controlling. I like to eat a lot but although lately I went to a doctor and I found out that I'm gluten-intolerant so whenever I tell poeple I'm on a gluten-free diet they look at me like it's a douche-y diet! Like, I'm just being maarte but it's a real thing! My allergies were because of gluten. I got so many ailments and sicknesses, they were all related and it all goes down to gluten. So I've been gluten-free na for over 2 months and life's been so much better for me."

Your most effective gwapo trick?

"I dont know, probably, I think just be yourself. Don't try to be somebody else because the more you're yourself your authenticity is what gets you where you want to go anyway."

Your most effective trick to get the girl?

"I think it's still the same as my last answer, just be yourself because if you have to make her bola then it's not worth it. I'm not sure, I've always been myself that's never been a problem, but I don't know, I'm a little quirky. Other guys, I think they try too hard to impress somebody. I think the most important way to get somebody to like you is to get to know each other as best as you can.  It's not just through the gestures and by buying and doing things. But if they can understand you for who you are or what you're into in life and goals and if you share that with each other, then I think that's what's going to get you into a relationship."

 

Produced by The @ABSCBNLifestyle Team (Katrina Angco, Julia Arenas, Duey Guison, Angela Sy, Mels Timan, & Barry Viloria) | Cinematography Jana Jimenez with Gio Vibar | Photographs by Vyn Radovan | Grooming by Raf Bardon, Johnson Estrella, and Ryan Wong of MAC Cosmetics | Styling by JM Gumatay, Shaira Mariel Habon, and Carl Pabilona of @TheStylistCrewPH | Hairstyling: @VivereSalon

Shot on location at: I’m Hotel 7862 Makati Ave, Makati City

Special Thanks to: Melissa Lim of @IMhotelPH | Gabs Azarcon and Vanessa Vergara of @MacCosmetics | Arvin Amaro of @VivereSalon 

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