Jake Vargas was among the 100 celebrities in the list of most beautiful stars published by YES! Magazine in its July 2012 issue.
The former Alice Bungisngis and the Wonder Walis told PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) at the publication’s launch party held on July 2 at the Eastwood Richmonde Hotel, that he is proud of his achievement.
He has no particular grooming regimen, “Wala akong ginagamit sa mukha. Talagang ligo lang, sabon lang.
“Atsaka lagi lang matulog nang maaga, kumain sa tamang oras, at dapat laging naka-smile, huwag sisimangot para laging fresh iyong mukha ko,” he says.
HAIR MAKEOVER. However, Jake could sometimes be griped about his hair.
For the last five years, he had been sporting a medium fringe hairdo, which he so carefully styles with wax in order to achieve his desired texture.
But just last June, the 20-year-old actor decided to trim and style his mane differently.
“Idea ko talaga na magpagupit,” he said when asked what inspired him to get a haircut.
“Ako ang nagsabi [sa stylist] na pagupitan iyong likod, iyong patilya ko paiklin, at iyong bangs din so ako talaga iyong nag-design kumbaga.”
The result of this personal experiment is a slick but edgy look.
The side and back portions have been trimmed down to a neat length, while keeping the party-up top with gelled spikes.
Jake explains that he changed his his hairdo is to show the public a different side of his persona.
“Para naman po mabago ang image ko sa paningin ng tao.
“Kasi iyong buhok ko dati five years na hindi pa ako nagpapagupit, so para mabago naman, nagpagupit ako.”
So far, Jake’s fans have nothing but raves for his new look.
“Actually, nagulat sila kasi kakaiba, hindi na daw ako iyong dating Jake Vargas parang ibang dimension naman, parang gano'n, parang ibang version ni Jake.
“Pero natuwa naman sila. Marami naman nagsasabi na nice hair, mas bagay sa ‘kin.
“Mas okay daw iyong hitsura ko, mas naging fresh, at ano mas mukha daw akong binata.”
BEEFING UP. Jake adds that his decision to get this style “upgrade” is partly because he wants to prepare himself for future mature roles onscreen.
“Baka kasi magkaroon na ako ng show na mas matured, hindi na iyong parang Tween Hearts na parang bata o teens, iyong gano’n.
“Parang mas pinaangat na mas matured ng konti.”
He says he isn’t ready yet to go daring on film and TV but, “Paghahandaan ko ‘yan kasi sa ngayon hindi pa talaga ako handa.”
For starters, Jake regularly hits the gym to do some weight training.
“Weights lang muna sa ngayon para pantanggal lang ng taba sa katawan, tapos konting pang-korte o pang-tone lang.
“Hindi naman ako nag-gi-gym ng sobra sobra, iyong parang nagpapalaki na ng katawan.
“Ano lang, papakorte lang para mas magkalaman lang.”