Chris Tiu and his "long journey" to pimple and oil free skin

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Chris Tiu: "I don't want to be discriminatory or... but I'm proud and glad that I am a guy."


Who would have thought the always fresh-faced Chris Tiu ever had pimple troubles?

At a recent event by Master Facial Wash, the Kapuso host shared some of his own pimple woes from long ago.

He was then a BS Management Engineering student with minor in Chinese Studies at Ateneo de Manila.

Chris recalled, "I did have problems with pimples. I had a lot of pimples, my face was really oily...

"At the time, I was using soap to wash my face and when I found out, I got educated, that it wasn't really good for me... that using soap has the tendency to overdry your skin which may cause more pimples pa..."

That prompted him to switch to facial cleanser, and luckily, he became the endorser of Master in 2004.

"It was a long journey... I can feel the effects [now] and I don't use soap anymore for my face."

Another advice: "Use facial wash for men because it's formulated for men... men and women have different skin types and the way we release oil also is different."

The result of his grooming routine coupled with enough sleep: "Nawala yung pimples ko!"

CHRIS AS COACH. Other than being an endorser, Chris was tasked to become a coach at the Master Game Face All-Star Challenge.

In partnership with Filoil Flying V, Master pits two basketball stars Chris Tiu and Borgie Hermida by having them coach against each other. The epic face-off will be on June 8 at the San Juan Arena.


Chris elaborated, "It's a brilliant idea to get the NCAA and UAAP as well as other non-member schools to participate in this one of a kind all-star game.

"It's great to be part again of the whole college energy," said Chris who bid goodbye to his Ateneo Blue Eagles playing days back in 2008.

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It's a first for him as a coach as well, "Coaching future superstars of Philippine basketball so I'm really looking forward to that.

"[I am] very excited, it's the first time I'm gonna be coaching on national TV, and this one, you're gonna be coaching the best players in the college level... players with a lot of fans, so I'm sure they will be following...

"It's gonna be very interesting, schools from all over the country playing together. You don't see this too often so I'd like to see how they blend in with one another."

On his 9-team line-up against Borgie Hermida, he is "very confident."

Under his turf will be cagers from Adamson University, Ateneo de Manila University, De La Salle University, University of the East, University of Santo Tomas, San Juan de Letran, Lyceum of the Philippines, San Sebastian College and Southwestern University

Chris threw in, "Top UAAP teams are in my bracket, even the top NCAA schools... A lot of really talented players to choose from, I'm just very happy to be back in the college scene.

"It's been a while, I really miss it a lot, it's a different league, the UAAP and NCAA, the passion and the energy sa players. It's a league of its own and I just feel great to be part of it again."

Meanwhile, Borgie's team is composed of Arellano University, College of St. Benilde, Emilio Aguinaldo College, Far Eastern University, Jose Rizal University, National University, Perpetual Help University, San Beda College and University of the Philippines.

Does he have a coaching strategy to beat Borgie Hermida's team?

"We'll see what happens with the line-up, then we'll play it by ear. I don't think we will have enough time to practice, so it will be quite spontaneous."


CAGERS ARE "SEMI-CELEBRITIES." While some guys feel quite uncomfortable talking about "pampaguwapo," Chris said that athletes should be conscious about how they look.

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"If you're a basketball player, whether collegiate level, high school level or even in your own league, you are a semi-celebrity or celebrities in your own right, so it's important to always look good and fresh all the time, whether you're playing or not playing," the current Rain or Shine Elasto Painters player stated.

Looking good and fresh builds up confidence, and Chris underlined, "What better way than to always be sure your face is always oil-free without blemishes or acne. That can be done if you're using the right personal care product."



Ang before guys could say, "Usapang babae iyan," Chris pointed out, "Kasi dapat guys pa rin manliligaw, hindi babae.

"It has to be the guys— confident and sure of themselves."


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