I'm not sure when was the exact moment I had met Tony Labrusca. I just remember it to be at work—either I was styling him or putting together a shoot where he modeled. I recall him being mostly playful, as what you'd expect from a teenager who grew up in from afar land then venturing into a scene that already favored him early on. (Need I remind you about his viral TV fast food commercial with Elisse Joson?) I'd come across Tony again in events and once through a common friend's birthday party. The next longest time I'd be with him again was a photo shoot for this site easly last year. At our recent shoot with him as our next guest editor aka #ABSCBNLifestyleInspo, Tony's inner child literally came into play as we found ourselves trying out the City of Dreams Manila's Virtual Reality Galaga Fever. His playfulness still rang apparent, but within years of effectively portraying important television and film roles that would eventually peg him as the next matinee idol, I felt like Tony has somehow changed. It was the demeanor, I thought, seeing him grow into this man.
Of course, I don't just mean "man" just because of his enviable stubble (yes, I wish I grew a beard as sexy as his, too!) Or how he has charmed primetime viewers as Jake on La Luna Sangre or seduced iWant subscribers after locking lips with Angel Aquino on Glorious. I say "man" to describe how he has worked his way up with pure professionalism and zeal, as the young millennial now enjoys that hard-earned success and financial freedom he deserves. I can say he's the man of the hour, as he also fittingly banners the Kapamilya network's newest crime drama Sino Ang May Sala?, takes on different brand ambassadorships, and leads this year's batch of celebrity hunks and heartthrobs or #ABSCBNLifestyleHotshots.
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Speaking of his new soap at the shoot, I got to ask Tony randomly about his greatest "crime" he's ever committed. "When I was young, I'd steal whatever I could steal," he answered. I giggled, and took it back only to realize he was serious. He went on about how hard life has been to him and his family before. I smiled knowing that was way back then.
Let your career be hotter and brighter than this summer, Tony!
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Produced by Barry Viloria | Creative direction by Mels Timan and Barry Viloria | Photography by Toff Tiozon | Styling by Camille Santiago | Grooming by Muriel Vega-Perez | Shot on location at Nobu Hotel Manila, City of Dreams Manila | Special thanks to Mario Colmenares, Portia Dimla of Star Magic, and Romina Gervacio of City of Dreams Manila