Empoy's Bed­room

YES! (Philippines) - - COVER STORY -

Empoy’s bed­room is fit for a bach­e­lor, with only the bare ne­ces­si­ties: a sofa bed, a flat-screen TV, a split-type air-con, and a small bath­room. One sec­tion of the closet con­tains, not clothes, but Empoy’s col­lec­tion of toys and ac­tion fig­ures. Framed posters of Empoy’s movies are propped on the floor. Nat­u­ral light floods the room via glass slid­ing doors, which can be cov­ered with roller shades when Empoy wants pri­vacy.

Small stools and an ac­cent chair pro­vide seat­ing for his friends, who fre­quent his room when­ever Empoy is here. “Doon kasi ako nag-i-stay madalas sa ba­hay ng mommy ko pag umuuwi ako dito sa Bal­i­uag,” he says. “Pag mag­pa­pal­aba ng brip.”

A big moun­tain bike (or MTB) is parked on one side of the room. Empoy picked up the bik­ing hobby in 2015, but he says he hasn’t biked re­cently be­cause of his busy sched­ule. He and his friends have biked the trails in Star­baks Café and Tukod, both in San Rafael, Bu­la­can, and the Cand­aba Wet­lands Bird Sanc­tu­ary in Cand­aba, Pam­panga.

These days, the self-con­fessed ad­ven­ture boy is more into hik­ing than bik­ing. “Umaakyat kami lagi,” he says. With fel­low hik­ers, he has climbed Mount Pu­lag, Mount Manal­mon, and most re­cently the Tarak Ridge in Mariv­e­les, Bataan. The moun­tain’s peak, ac­cord­ing to the pinoy­moun­taineer.com web­site, is 1,130 me­ters above sea level.

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