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Meet the Guys YOU Should Be Crushing on This Year

A doctor, a businessman, a social entrepreneur, and an athlete-we got them all here.
IMAGE Cenon Norial III PHOTOGRAPHER'S ASSISTANT Mav Bernardo ART Clare Magno

Meet Candy's new romantics, Candy Girls.

Inspired by Taylor Swift's song of the same title, Eljohn YeeLouis FaureMikael Soriano, and Santino Rosales have all encountered roadblocks (heartbreaks) while working in their respective fields and passions. But instead of getting discouraged and just giving up completely, they continued working hard. And their hard work is paying off because now, they're excelling in their chosen fields.

Take inspiration from our conversations with each of them on a rainy August afternoon at the newly-opened Rizal Park Hotel. Take notes and remember their words, because you'll surely need them when you're working on your own dreams.

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Eljohn Yee

Name: Eljohn C. Yee
Birthday: January 3, 1991 (26)
Schools: Ateneo De Manila University, University of the Philippines - Manila
Hobbies: cooking, swimming, writing, advocacy work

Cute (future) doctor alert! If you're looking for a smart and handsome gentleman, then he's the one for you. For starters, Eljohn graduated summa cum laude from the Ateneo de Manila University in 2012, went on to pursue medicine at UP Manila, and attended clinical electives at Oxford University in England.

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When asked why he pursued medicine despite knowing it takes a long time to finish it, he says he was looking for something in which he could do a lot of things. He found later on that being a doctor wasn't just about the clinical stuff. Eljohn says the journey was long and hard but the sense of fulfillment when you're able to help people was what motivated him to keep going.

Eljohn graduated with Latin honors in college and in med school. How'd he do that while still having a social life? "I won't say that I'm the best in managing schedules; I've wasted a lot of time with a lot of nonsensical things. But when you have fun doing something, just innately put time into it," he says.

"When you have fun doing something, just innately put time into it."

Eljohn adds that little sacrifices gave him more time to do more productive things like studying and modeling. He says balance is hard but it still depends on how you manage your time, "at least find something to waste your time on productively, like going to the gym or exercising, or like Candy photo shoots [laughs]!" When he's not in front of the camera, you'll probably see him cooking or doing advocacy work. *swoons*

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Eljohn studied in UP Manila which grants free tuition to undergraduate students but not med students; what does he have to say about that? He hopes that it'd be totally free in the future but that "as of now, since kulang—if ever kulang 'yung budget—baka mas okay na mapunta muna siya doon sa kumukuha ng first degree kasi med school is second degree."

Lastly, we asked him what advice he could give to aspiring doctors because medicine can really be exhausting at times. Eljohn says that great group mates will help ease the pressure and always seek help from your seniors because they're there to guide you. He adds that you just have to remind yourself of that one reason to keep you going despite not eating breakfast and lunch or being on a 36-hour shift without any sleep.

"If masagot mo sa sarili mo bakit gusto mong maging doctor, whether dahil gusto mong mag-opera, gusto mong tumingin ng tao, or gusto mo ng never-ending science, never-ending culture of learning, then it's really for you."

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P.S. Here's a S/O to Eljohn who's taking the Philippine Physician Licensure Examination this weekend and next weekend. Good luck, Doc Eljohn! We're rooting for you! ♥ —KTRojas

Louis Faure

Name: Louis Faure
Birthday: November 22, 1992 (24)
School: HEC Paris
Hobbies: Writing

Louis may not have been born Filipino, but he might as well be. Aside from being able to speak Tagalog fluently (surprise!), talking to him and following his work of raising organic free-range chickens with Gawad Kalinga Enchanted Farm will remind you of how much potential our country has.

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"My job here may be, eventually, to convince Filipinos how much they need to realize their own uniqueness. Not because I'm altruistic, but because I badly need my fellow French to learn from them," Louis explains. "I [want] Filipinos to discover their own beauty. My love for Filipinos is half because of my desire for my countrymen to learn from them; my country has deep problems as well. The keys are not to be found in my country; they're to be found here, just like we have the things that you also need."

Although he studied in one of France and Europe's top business schools and has made a name for himself as a social entrepreneur, Louis remains humble and acknowledges the fact that what he's done so far was possible because he was surrounded by people who have good hearts. He says that jumping on a plane to work in the Philippines on something he had no idea about (yup, he didn't know until he got here that he'll be raising chickens) was easier because GK's farmers were selfless about what they knew.

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"I am lucky to be in an environment where relationships are very authentic. I'm in an environment where I was welcomed as a son and as a brother. It's an amazing opportunity that I left a home and had another home," he tells us. "I left my family and had another family. Being in an environment like this taught me so much about how Filipinos extended their definition of family to actually include me."

"I left my family and had another family. Being in an environment like this taught me so much about how Filipinos extended their definition of family to actually include me."

Although it may seem like he's got everything figured out already, this 24-year-old Parisian admits that he still doesn't know what his purpose in life is; all he knows is that he has to keep on taking opportunities that come his way and learning something new.

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"I still can't tell you that I already found my purpose in life, because I need to understand my leadership and my role. I believe that we can all play different roles in our lives. You can also be passionate about many things," Louis explains. "Anna Meloto (Human Nature's co-founder and president) would tell me passion is the fuel but you don't wake up in the morning out of passion because otherwise, you would have stopped a long time ago; I wake up because of my purpose. And I draw my passion from my purpose."

So his advice to Candy Girls who are still trying to figure out which road they'll be taking to reach for their dreams?

"I suggest that instead of working on the things that are already here, get out of your comfort zone. Try hard on something that you don't really like, not even something you know you'll eventually like."

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"When you look for your passion, I suggest that instead of working on the things that are already here, get out of your comfort zone. Try hard on something that you don't really like, not even something you know you'll eventually like. By doing this, you'll discover many things about yourself that you didn't really expect. That's how you'll see what your true passions are." —ADeLaPena

Mikael Soriano

Name: Mikael C. Soriano
Birthday: July 31, 1995 (22)
School: Ateneo De Manila University
Hobbies: playing football, yoga, photography, traveling

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Aside from a handsome face, Miel also has the brains and mad skills on the football field. He's a Management graduate from Ateneo de Manila University, who also attended Toulouse Business School in France.

For a business minor, he and his classmates created a web app called TRDNT (read as Trident), which provides more secure and convenient transactions online. "Right now, we buy things from Facebook groups or Instagram and then when you want something, you still have to do the manual processing," he explains.

"I was like 'I have to fix this problem' because I'm sure I'm not the only one who has been victimized by these scammers."

Aside from being a class project, what made him decide to create the web app, Miel says, was his own experience. He explains that he was once scammed while trying to buy a pair of sneakers online because the seller asked him to deposit the payment first. "I was like 'I have to fix this problem' because I'm sure I'm not the only one who has been victimized by these scammers," he adds. TRDNT was originally just for sneakers but with the help of their business mentors, they are already able to cater to other things.

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For most people, it's a dream to go to France, let alone live and study there and that's exactly what Miel has done. He studied at Toulouse Business School and although it may not look like it in his social media posts, he admits that it wasn't easy. It took him a month to adjust because he didn't know much French, so asking for directions and getting food was difficult at first. But with the help of different apps, he was able to adapt. There were also times when Miel felt homesickness.

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"I did feel it, actually, towards my third and fourth month. And what I did was, because I'm a huge FRIENDS fan, I was lucky that France's Netflix had the entire 10 seasons! So FRIENDS usually reminded me of home and helped me cope with the homesickness." 

He looks back on his time in France with fondness, though, because he learned a lot of new things. There, he says, it's more liberal in a sense that you can wear anything you want and you're free to do anything you please. Group activities are also work-centered, which according to him is good practice for the future because you can't choose the people you work with.

But business isn't all that takes up Miel's time. This 22-year-old also has the heart for football—he was part of Ateneo's football team. Brotherhood, he says, is one reason that made him love the sport.

"Ever since I entered the team, I felt like I didn't enter it alone. It felt like I was part of a wolf pack."

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"Ever since I entered the team, I felt like I didn't enter it alone. It felt like I was part of a wolf pack," he explains. Even though he's now an alumnus, he still spends time on playing football, making it a point to play twice a week in open plays. However, he says that he doesn't plan on pursuing a professional football career. He's planning to focus on his career in business instead. We'll totally support you in that, Miel! —KTRojas

Santino Rosales

Name: Santino Gabriel Palomares Rosales
Birthday: December 11, 2000 (16)
School: Colegio de San Agustin
Hobbies: working out, eating, sleeping

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Sad news for Saint's fans: he has absolutely no plans of joining show business—now or in the future. But when we got to talk to him, he said that modeling is keeping him busy these days, especially after he joined the Professional Models Association of the Philippines (PMAP). This means we can still see him in print ads and commercials. Woohoo!

But aside from modeling, this 16-year-old is also busy with his studies and on working on his dream of becoming a professional football player. He's currently training with Kaya Futbol Club, a professional football club based in Makati. 

"I always liked football but in 2013, my mom came up to me and asked me if I wanted to join the academy of Kaya FC. This is where I started playing seriously. The academy developed me to become the player that I am today. Around months after joining the academy, they conducted tryouts for the under 15 elite team," Saint shares. "I got in and that was my first time playing football competitively. From there, it just went uphill. I had two seasons in the under 15 team. The year after that, I tried out for the under 17 and I played for them as well. Last summer, we won our fifth championship. Now I'm training constantly."

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While it may seem like Saint has his whole life handed to him on a silver platter, he reveals that it's not always easy. In modeling, he had to wait and join PMAP to get more opportunities. In football, he didn't get in his school's football team even after trying out for them constantly.

"I got rejected multiple times! After I joined the academy, that's when I improved a lot and finally got in the team," he shares. "What drove me to work harder was the failure. I'm the kind of person who looks at failures as opportunities to grow and to realize my mistakes. That's when I correct them. Failure to me is important in succeeding."

"I'm the kind of person who looks at failures as opportunities to grow and to realize my mistakes. That's when I correct them. Failure to me is important in succeeding."

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At present, Saint says that he's only busy with three things: school, football, and modeling. It's not easy to juggle these things and he knows that. This is why it means the world to him to have the support of his family and loved ones, especially because he's still young.

"It is very important to me that my family has my back, if not it's the most important thing in my life. Without them, I wouldn't have the mental strength to deal with my life right now," Saint says. "They play a really big part in my life."

He understands, though, that not everyone is lucky to have that kind of support, that's why his advice to people is this:

"Love everyone and make every single person feel accepted. That way, each one of us progresses."

At 16, Saint is wise beyond his years. While he knows he's achieved something already, he also knows the value of the people around him. Throughout this interview, he never fails to mention how much his loved ones play a big part in everything that he's achieved so far and for that, he's truly grateful.

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When asked what he thinks of the recognition and attention he's been getting, Saint answers and tells us they're blessings. He says, "It's always a nice surprise when people recognize me for the nice things. There are people who actually appreciate what I do; I can never get used to that. It's really a blessing to have what I have. I am just grateful for everything."

With his attitude and his talents, we're certain he'll reach the stars soon. —ADeLaPena

PHOTOGRAPHY Cenon Norial III PHOTOGRAPHER'S ASSISTANT Mav Bernardo GROOMING Eddiemar Cabiltes STYLING Janelle Yau ART DIRECTION Clare Magno INTERN Trisha Duncan CLOTHES Bench, Penshoppe

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To the Person Who Does Not Know Any 1D Song

By: CJ Reyno

Never in my wildest dream I imagined to meet someone who does not know a single One Direction song or who does not even know, Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne, Niall Horan, and err… Zayn Malik. How did you spend your teenagehood without listening to their songs? The disrespect to my #StyPayHorLikSon. My initial reaction, Vas Happenin’?

Since I was 12 years old, that was way back on 2012, One Direction songs have been my official life soundtrip, my go-to songs whenever I feel happy, sad, mad, excited, and etch. I can still remember how people went crazy just to attend their concert here in the Philippines. I must admit, I was one of those. LOL. The group was also dubbed as, “The Biggest Boyband in the World”. They were an era. You really left me in awe when you told me that you do not know a single One Direction song. Their songs are gold. But I was a little hopeful when a new messaged popped up on our conversation, “Hey I know one, Make You Beautiful”.

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You do not know how my world collapsed after reading your message. I would like to say that I appreciate the effort, thanks, but they do not have a song entitled, Make You Beautiful, because it is, What Makes You Beautiful. I tried to explain but you said that they are just the same. (Tip: Never fight with a Directioner when it comes to this because we will not let our guards down). No! They are not the same. How can you make this big mistake? LOL. What Makes You Beautiful is One Direction’s debut song. Almost everyone knows this, “you’re insecure, don’t know what for,” ring a bell? The music video of this surpassed 1 billion views on Youtube. On my 21 years of existence, you are the very first person who told me this “I-Thought-It-Was-A-Joke-But-You-Are-Serious” statement.

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As a persuasive fangirl, I thought to myself that I should make you appreciate their music, that you should know that it is What Makes You Beautiful, not Make You Beautiful. The group may be in hiatus but their music is and will always remain superior. You are hard-headed lad. We even when to the point where you challenged me to treat so I can make you watch their music video. Am I even surprised that I agreed to this? HAHA. I feel like an agent trying to persuade her customer to buy a property on our company. You do not know how happy I was when you sent me your video listening to What Makes You Beautiful. I felt like I successfully closed a deal with my client. Not to exaggerate but I really jumped because of happiness after watching your video. It was the first message I checked that morning. Thank you for your effort, so much appreciated. Funny how our conversation starts with your innocence on One Direction until it goes deeper and last longer. Up All Nigh conversations which turned to almost Midnight Memories. Ironic how a Directioner had developed an admiration on someone who dislikes her favorite boys? Just like One Direction’s song, Change My Mind, “Never felt like this before. Are we friends or are we more?” I guess, like Liam’s line on Love You Goodbye, “It's inevitable everything that's good comes to an end. It's impossible to know if after this we can still be friends.”

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I was happy that I made you listen to One Direction. At least I made you appreciate and made you aware that there is a song called, What Makes You Beautiful, not Make You Beautiful. I am happy that you already found your Girl Almighty. Wish me luck on finding my Summer Love. xoxo, Your Directioner friend

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