To say that Joaco Cañas hit the ground running since he arrived in the Philippines would be an understatement. He taught himself how to speak English while making his mark on the local football scene, playing defender and center back for Loyola Meralco Sparks. His love for the sport prompts this smasher to take an active role in promoting it throughout the country while participating in philanthropic projects that use football to foster peace in conflict-ridden areas. His background in Sports Science also gives Joaco the tools to help others achieve their #bodgoals as a personal trainer, giving Filipinos a wider fitness and nutrition perspective. Photography fascinates him, with a separate IG account dedicated solely to his snapshots: glimpses of how he sees the world that he moves in. Seems like a bit much, a little too surreal, to be honest. But, at the end of the day, Joaco is a simple, living, breathing human being: a quiet, polite 29-year-old Spaniard living in Manila who is really, really good at football.
How millennial are you and why?
“I’ve heard about the term ‘millennial’ but I’m not so sure what exactly it means. Based on what I know, maybe I’m not.”
How do you counter the myth about millennials being too entitled?
“I’m a person that likes to do extra. I think that the extra work that you do always pays off. For instance, I always do something extra in my job as an athlete. I not only show up for the required training, I also put in extra hours in the gym and watch my food consumption to keep myself fit for my job. Also, I try to be nice all the time, hoping that people would be nice to me as well.”
How did you get started with using social IG in your projects/advocacies?
“I actually opened my Facebook and Instagram account when I was about to come here. It was a way to reach other people from different countries, to get to know them, because Facebook is more international. The rest, like Twitter and Instagram, followed soon after.”
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?
“In terms of my career, I definitely want to grow more with the team, and help football develop in the Philippines. I’d like to see the league develop and get more fans. I’m also a personal trainer. One of my goals is to open up my own gym and fitness studio here in the Philippines.”
How meticulous are you with your posts? Describe your process.
“I pretty much post about stuff I do. I don’t really spend much time editing photos or comparing photos. I mean, I do it but it doesn’t take me forever.”
What was your greatest social media/ online moment like?
“I like to travel and I like to share places I’ve visited around the Philippines and around Asia. They are special in the sense that I’m not sure when I’m going to do those again.”
What do you think is your most ‘exciting’ post? Which one receives the most likes?
“Oh, I don’t know. Hmmm. I’m not really sure. I don’t really check much, so I don't know which ones get more likes over the other.”
What are your mid-summer plans?
“I’ll be training and playing games around the Philippines. That’s my summer.”
Any dream destination and why?
“South America, maybe? I’ve never been to America, North or South. I’ve been around the Philippines, around Europe so I think I would like to know it also.”
Ideal summer escapade and why?
“The last summer I celebrated was five years ago; I was in Ibiza, Spain. I went with my friends and had an amazing time there. You get to meet people from all over the world and the vibe there was unbelievable. Everyone had the same mentality of having fun and that’s what makes the energy there really, really good.”
Ideal summer date and why?
“Definitely by the beach. I always say it’s more about the company than the situation but I can be really happy in a hammock having wine. Or, maybe in an island, where you set up a table with great food.”
How do you maintain your bod during the summer?
“When I’m off season, I still run, I still go for my workouts in the gym. I like to keep myself active because I don’t want to struggle when I get back. Probably not as active and fit as preparing for a competition requires, but still, quite active.”
“I’m always playing football, every five to six times a week. Around four to five times a week, I go to the gym and I design my own program and workout plan.”
Most recommended diet?
“Pretty much eating healthy, real food, that’s pretty much it. I don’t like to eat from cans, or junk food, or sodas. I love ice cream, so once in a while I have that. I love burgers as well, but I don’t want a burger from fast food joints. I rather go for something with proper meat in the patty and everything.”
Your most effective gwapo trick?
“I just try to look presentable. I’m a very hygienic person so I like to smell good and make sure I look clean and everything.”
Your most effective trick to get the girl?
“I try to find out what she does and what she likes and start a conversation from there. It depends on the situation. I start a topic, relate it to where we are and what we are doing and continue our conversation.”
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