Philippine contemporary artist Nona Garcia paints an exclusive portrait of John Lloyd Cruz for Esquire’s February art issue.
There's more to the actor who's been perennially pegged as the boy next door and goofball love interest than his substantial talent for acting and considerable charm, which of course brought him all the accoutrements of fame.
Audrey Carpio visits the actor's home and discovers an impressive art collection—from Elmer Borlongan, Pardo de Leon, Pow Matinez, Nikki Luna, Manuel Ocampo, to name a few.
How the celebrity develops his taste for the expensive hobby, partly, because of his "bromance" with Romeo Lee—who, as described by Carpio, is "the King of Punk and a noted connoissure of lo-fi stereo systems."
John Lloyd quips, "So humaling kay Romeo. Naging item na kami."
Meanwhile, Esquire commissions six of the country’s best painters to work with two promising lensmen in a collaborative exercise that resulted in a series of stunning photographic works, which raises more questions than answers. Because in an exercise where there is more than one artist, who gets to put their name in the artwork? Jerome Gomez explores the case.
Also not to be missed in the issue is Esquire’s annual Best New Restaurants feature. A modern-day guide to the 19 places you should be eating in at the moment, the food finds you should try. More, find out which restaurants bagged Esquire’s dish of the year and Esquire’s restaurant of the year.
Finally, read 12 short stories about love from some of the publication’s favorite writers; a profile on three of the country’s best bets for future fighting glory in the boxing ring; and Patricia Evangelista returns to Tacloban to find a love story amidst the rubble of typhoon Yolanda.