No kidding, Gerald Anderson’s newly built gym The Th3rd Floor was carved out from the third floor of his home—once "a secret place” he and his fellow fitness buff friends would usually be at to work out or just hang. “Malapit ito sa puso ko,” he tells ABS-CBN Lifestyle. “Lahat kami, doon nag-dyi-gym and doon kami nakakapag-bonding and nakakapag-usap so ‘yun yung vibes and ‘yun yung community na gusto ko mangyari dito sa gym (The Th3rd Floor).”
Located along Don A. Roces Avenue in Quezon City, the space that used to be a food park is now a place for health and fitness. “Ang nag-attract sa akin dito is yung sobrang lapit niya sa ABS-CBN,” Gerald, who partnered with close buddy Joe Vargas for the business, explains. “After work, after work ng empleyado—it’s close to home so parang perfect location talaga. Ang ganda, malapit sa mga restaurants, booming itong area na ito.”
Suffice to say, The Th3rd Floor's interiors and facilities drew much inspiration from Gerald and his interests. “Hindi naman kumpleto kung magtatayo ako ng gym based sa personal na gusto ko. Hindi naman makukumpleto kung walang basketball court tapos nasa gilid yung gym equipment,” the 30 year-old stresses. “Yun naman talaga yung point kung bakit nabuo ito. So ayun, nakakatuwa kasi may emotional investment talaga ako with this venture.”
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Photographs by Vyn Radovan