Even when he was younger, Kyle Ortega already had his future planned out in radio. He confesses, “As I kid, I would pretend to be a DJ and record myself to know how I’d sound like on air.” With that suave Chicago accent of his, the 97.9 Home Radio DJ easily tunes people in. Take him out of the booth, and the gwapo voice also translates: Hot stuff alert! Those bulging muscles weren't just for show, either, as he was once a finalist on fitness and lifestyle show Fit for Fashion. His story of being overweight before became the core of his entry to the show.
For a man who might seem perfection personified (his chiseled features FTW!), it’s hard to believe that a cancer scare once threatened any of Kyle's dreams from ever materializing. He was diagnosed with cancer of the ileum (a section of the small intestine) in his mid-teens. He had to go through the pain that only ended following a successful operation. "That's why I have a tahi under my belly," he explains. "It's a mini-laparotomy stitch. But God is amazing!" Some would call him lucky, considering that it has long passed. But we’d like to believe it’s more than that–“Sean Kyle” does inspire in more ways than one!
How millennial are you and why?
"If it were up to 100%, I’d definitely say 95%. I’m the type of guy who relies on social media if I were to look for something I need–crowd-sourcing!"
How do you counter the myth about millennials being too entitled?
"I’m half-hearted. I would say that the word itself has its pros and cons. For people who are about 30-40, they think that being millennial is about whining and nagging, and not being content with what you have. Or, someone who takes on a job, and, if it starts getting uncomfortable, leaves it in a snap just because they think they’re not making an impact. But a pro to that would be that we’re the generation that can think of new stuff and think outside the box. We’re braver than the people before in the sense that we take more risks and innovation. We think of new technology."
How did you get started with using social media in your projects/advocacies?
"The company I work for has a tagline that says 'The home of the millennials.' We gotta keep up with what’s going on in the millennial scene so pretty much everything I talk and research about gets incorporated into my work. I’m mostly on Instagram but I use Facebook for work so I have to think of content. It’s kind of like a task but it kind of doesn’t feel like much of one because I like what I’m doing. The moment you start to like what you’re doing, it doesn’t feel like work."
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’d definitely want get paid to travel. But I feel like what I do now is my passion. I’m pretty content about it."
How meticulous are you with your posts? Describe your process.
"My feed is not really one of those #feedgoals. Whatever I’m doing at the moment, I post it. I don’t mind what it looks like nor do I arrange it in a certain manner like most people do. What I want is make people see what my life is about: work, travel, and just random stuff."
What was your greatest social media/ online moment like?
"There was this one time I manned up and took all the courage I could to post a before-and-after photo. It was me about 10 years ago, when I was 220 pounds. The transformation photo showed someone who was really chubby and had no confidence to someone who could take his clothes off, be on the beach, topless, and flaunting it. It was not just [a post about] physical transformation but more of a mental kind."
If you were to create your own hashtag, what would that be?
What are your mid-summer plans?
"I just came from Boracay for Labor Day. Maybe I’ll go to Bali right after."
Any dream destination or ideal summer escapade?
"A really good, quiet setting—something not as loud as LaBoracay. There’s always this beauty in knowing you’re in a different place where you can let go of work, responsibilities and feel like you’re in paradise."
Ideal summer date and why?
"Just you and the person you like just out there by the beach, enjoying solitude, and chillin’. No social media, no cellphones…nothing."
How do you maintain your bod during the summer?
"It’s a mix of weight loss and muscle gaining. The workouts [I do] get more intense as I go on it. In workouts, there’s something you call a plateau. The moment you see yourself in it, that’s when you know you have to amp it up. I can’t say that I’ve mastered the art of fitness or maintaining your body but it’s a learning process."
"I do a lot circuit training, cardio, and weight training. I do everything from the treadmill to really complicated ones like burpees and HIIT."
Most recommended diet?
"Before I tried to be on a crash diet which is super unhealthy. Then I realized there are other alternatives to lose weight safely. I just eat more vegetables, less carbs, and more protein."
Your most effective gwapo trick?
"Man up, pull out my man voice, and think about what I’m going to say."
Your most effective trick to get the girl?
"I don’t pull out any pick up lines but I definitely go straight to the point. Like, 'Hey, I think you’re beautiful.' I feel like every word is an art. So, you really have to put thought in every word you say."
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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