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Brian Poe Lla­man­zares, the only son in the brood of three of Sen­a­tor Grace Poe and busi­ness­man Neil Lla­man­zares, launched his very own brand of time­pieces—called Time Mas­ter Watches—last May 12 at the Prive Lux­ury Club, Boni­fa­cio Global City com­plex, Taguig City.

Brian, whose of­fi­cial des­ig­na­tion is chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer (CEO) and owner of Prime Hour­glass Com­pany, says it has al­ways been his dream to make watches, be­cause he grew up ad­mir­ing his dad’s watches, and he loves re­ceiv­ing watches as gifts.

“There’s a cer­tain sense of pride that comes with re­ceiv­ing a watch,” Brian told the me­dia at the prod­uct launch of Time Mas­ter Watches. “When­ever you see it, you re­mem­ber the mile­stone that it marks. That’s why, for me, cre­at­ing a watch and be­ing a part of peo­ple’s lives in that way is a dream come true.”

And as a way of giv­ing back, Brian has also part­nered with MovEd Foun­da­tion, a char­ity in­sti­tu­tion that sends less for­tu­nate kids to school. Thus, with every pur­chase of a Time Mas­ter watch, the buyer gets a chance to help in Mold­ing Op­ti­mism and Val­ues through Ed­u­ca­tion (that’s what the name MovEd stands for), as a cer­tain per­cent­age of the sales of Brian’s prod­uct goes to char­ity.

Sen­a­tor Grace, here with Brian, was smil­ing from ear to ear all night as she watched her son, only 25 years old, pre­sent­ing his busi­ness to a mixed crowd of mil­len­ni­als and busi­ness vet­er­ans.

When she was later asked how she felt, the sen­a­tor said: “So­brang nakaka-proud na sa mu­rang edad ay na­ga­gawa niya ito… Ang gusto lang na­man niya, na maka­pag­bi­gay ng isang dekali­dad na relo na hindi na­man masyadong ma­hal… na puwede na­mang pag-ipunan at ba­yaran ng mga reg­u­lar na nag­ta­tra­baho.”

(The selling price of Brian’s watches ranges from P10,000 to P15,500.)

Brian’s event be­came a re­union of sorts for the fierce lady mem­bers of the Poe fam­ily—(L-R) ac­tress Lovi, movie in­dus­try queen Su­san Ro­ces, and Sen­a­tor Grace. Madame Su­san, of course, wouldn’t have missed this chance to wit­ness her grand­son’s ca­reer mile­stone.

In his speech at the event, Brian paid trib­ute to his dad, busi­ness­man Neil Lla­man­zares: “You all know my mom, but not too many know about my dad… I love watches be­cause I grew up with a dad who loves watches... When I grad­u­ated from high school, Dad’s sur­prise gift to me was a watch. Then he gave me an­other watch when I grad­u­ated from col­lege, and more watches to mark every mile­stone in my life...

“So tonight, it’s my turn to give him a watch… the first-ever Time Mas­ter watch ever made, the Time Mas­ter Po­sei­don Metal Ore Num­ber 001!”

Fa­ther and son hugged each other, while Sen­a­tor Grace Poe watched the touch­ing scene from the side­lines.

Brian (fourth from left) made sure his fam­ily mem­bers —(L-R) Lola Su­san, mom Grace, aunt Lovi, dad Neil, and his aunt Lovi’s boyfriend, Chris Johnson—were com­fort­able enough in their seats be­fore he sig­naled for the pro­gram to start.

(Inset) Lovi got a Time Mas­ter Metal Ore as a gift from Brian. Her boyfriend Chris re­fused to ac­cept his gift, but promised to buy one soon to sup­port Brian.

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