Random Q&A with Andre
what’s your favorite high school subject?
I’ll go with science. Particular science subject? Uhm, never mind. I’ll go with art na lang. ’Yong art class and anything with robotics.
the current song in your playlist?
Mansionz, their “Dennis Rodman.” I really got into it. It’s a cool song.
(Mansionz is an American hip-hop duo composed of Mike Posner and Matthew Musto, aka Blackbear. “Dennis Rodman,” featuring the American basketball player with that name, is one of their most popular songs.)
paano ka kinikilig at ano’ng nagpapakilig sa ’yo?
If you know what makes me happy and smile, and if I’m appreciated.
what is a talent that you wish you were better at?
I wish I was better at being business-minded, and I consider that as a talent.
household chore that you hate doing?
I love doing anything that has to do with helping around the house. It’s the least I can do for having a roof to live under.
who’s your crush?
I don’t have a crush.
kobe said that you’re his designated driver when he’s in town. why do you like driving your little brother around? where do you take him?
I take him to our practices, or we shop for clothes, or maybe we just eat out, since we are always hungry.
what makes you laugh?
Random shows make me laugh. Anything with awkward situations.
what makes you cry?
Anything that has to do with saying goodbye at the airport.
what are the issues you want people to notice more? why do you feel strongly about these issues?
For me, I believe there are so many issues already. I think what can be done is study really hard and read the newspaper every day so we have the knowledge on how to fix these issues and contribute to making things better. I believe that’s the formula on how to make things easier and how to stay away from issues and problems. Just make smart decisions. Andre admits that when it comes to fashion, he’s not exactly the guy to turn to for advice. Even Dad Benjie jokingly says of Andre, “Naku, medyo pagdating sa fashion, kailangan niya ng tulong.”
Andre confesses that he relies on his stylist to pick his outfits for his shows and other events. “As long as there’s a stylist I know I trust. I know they can dress me up to look good for TV or events.”
But when there’s no stylist around, Andre turns to Kobe. “When it comes to public going out, it’s just me being me. Or while he’s here, it’s Kobe.”
Andre says that Kobe has a unique way of mixing and matching pieces, as well as a more forward sense of style.
Kobe, for his part, enjoys being the unofficial stylist of his kuya. He considers American rapper and actor Wiz Khalifa his style inspiration: “He is definitely in my top five fashion icons, ’cause he’d wear Chucks with a suit, like, no one does that. Or he’d wear a leather jacket with sharp gold or beads and still make it look good.”
And that’s a good thing for Andre, because whatever clothes or shoes Kobe buys abroad, Andre gets to sample them when Kobe comes home. “He’d bring clothes as pasalubong. We also have the same shoe size. Actually, we have the same size, from top to bottom, everything!” Andre confesses that before he decided early this year to join the AMA Online basketball team in the Philippine Basketball Association Developmental League, or D-League, he felt he was regretfully out of shape.
“I guess for my height and age, I was overweight. I was just making excuses—I wanna rest, or I wanted to go to my tapings. I was just embarrassed ’cause I didn’t know how to shoot the ball, I didn’t know how to run anymore. Pretty much, I felt that I was in my forties or fifties, retired... Parang na-brainwash ako, I don’t know how to play the sport anymore. For two years kasi, I never picked up the ball. Just no practice, that’s why.”
His basketball coach gave him a valuable tip to get back in shape, Andre says. “He said, ‘Laro ka lang. Babalik ’yan.’ From that day on, from the tryouts to the summer league and to the D-League, that’s all I did—sprint, practice, focus, that’s it. I pretty much got back in shape. So I was like, ‘Okay, it was easy.”
Having the support of his father and brother helped Andre get back his game. “I’m just inspired. Whenever I get to do a certain thing that I’m happy about, I just look at Kobe and I would just be, like, ‘Yah, see that?’ We’d talk while I’m in a game. ’Cause it’s good to see when you look somewhere or when you just feel tired, you look lang, and then they’re there watching, so it’s pretty much inspiration lang talaga for me.”