With his Tisoy features, it's hard to miss Andretti Mari Stevens, a Mapua Cardinals guard, in and out of the hardcourt.
At his launch as one of Smart Elite ambassadors recently, PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) asked him, "Ayaw mo mag-artista?"
Smiling, he said, "Parang, siguro, yes.
"Sino ba namang mag-no-no sa chance na ibibigay?"
With Freddie Webb, Joey Marquez, Benjie Paras, to name a few, as examples, he added, "Siguro, being an athlete, parang isang stepping stone na rin siguro for showbiz.
"Kasi parang famous na rin, kilala ka, parang advantage na rin."
He obliged to answering our "showbiz" questions.
Who do you pick as your leading lady?
A pause befor replying, "Siguro, Angel Locsin, Anne Curtis, Solenn Heussaff."
The ladies he mentioned are also his crushes.
In the campus they are like celebrities, how does he keep himself grounded?
"Siyempre po, kailangan humble pa rin po kahit everybody’s looking at you. Parang ano lang, normal person lang po sa campus."
Single or taken?
He said, "Yes, may girlfriend."
How does he juggle studies, basketball, and lovelife?
"Siyempre po, iba-balance mo rin po yun, parang yung time lang po.
"Pa’no, yung time management mo, kailangan nakaayos.
What does he look for in a girl?
"Siguro, andun na yung siyempre pretty, mabait."
Then he put emphasis on "understanding."
Andretti resumed, "Kasi kailangan yung girlfriend mo, understanding.
"Kasi wala ka namang masyadong time like nung ibang tao, yung parang regular student na may time kahit ano.
"Kunyare, aalis kayo ganito, ganitong time kayo uuwi, siyempre kailangan mo rin alagaan yung sarili mo as an athlete."
Are you romantic?
Looking quite uncomfortable about the question, he said, "Siguro, yes?"
What are the sweetest things he's done for a girl?
A pause before the 23-year-old heartthrob answering, "Siguro yung you took her out, surprise, na may dinner kami...
"Parang I gave her this, she wears it, parang ganun."
On gay proposals, this third-year Service Engineering Management athlete said, "Siyempre, i-ignore mo yun kasi parang...nasa sarili mo na yun, e."