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Chris Tiu-basketball player, barangay councilor, entrepreneur, TV host and heartthrob. Click for more photos.
(SPOT.ph) Often dubbed as every girl's dream guy, Chris Tiu first made waves when he donned an Ateneo de Manila University jersey and stepped out into the basketball court in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) games. Fast-forward to 2011, the charming chinito is now much more than just the shooting guard and team captain who led his university team to victory in 2008.
The 25-year old Management Engineering and Applied Math and Finance graduate has been wearing several hats since college graduation: as barangay councilor in Makati, as TV host for Man vs. Beast and Hanepbuhay, and as team captain and shooting guard of the national basketball team Smart Gilas.
Chris Tiu for Habitat for Humanity
The basketball heartthrob has also appeared in several TV commercials: Greenwich Pizza, Ako Mismo, Milo Wellness, Milo Mondial, Milo 3-in-1, Oracare, Nesvita, and Advil. Plus, he's an endorser for Smart Sandbox and Adidas. Tiu also lends his voice and star power to several advocacies like HPV cancer prevention, Habitat for Humanity, and World Vision's fight against hunger. Currently, he is one of the ambassadors of the National Book Development Board’s (NBDB) Get Caught Reading (GCR) Campaign, among others.
Now with another business venture under his belt, Tiu proves to be the budding food entrepreneur. In 2006, he opened his first food stall in Ateneo called Chinky Chickens, which still sells chicken rice meals at the university today. His latest baby, Happy Lemon, is a franchise from Hong Kong that serves milk tea fare, among other chilled concoctions.
We sidled up to the hardcourt cutie whose talents and good looks have spawned fan groups with witty names like "Iglesia ni Chris Tiu," and has graced both our Top 10 Most Eligible Filipino Bachelors and Top 10 Cutest Male Athletes lists as he talks about his newest business project, his fans, what he thinks about crazy rumors and why basketball will take top priority this year.
Tell us about your newest business venture, Happy Lemon.
It took my friends and I awhile to get the franchise. The Promenade Greenhills is our flagship branch and we plan to open several more [branches] this year. We really like Happy Lemon, and we buy it every time we go abroad.
You're busy with the Smart Gilas basketball team, as Kagawad in Makati and your TV hosting stints, do you even have leisure time?
The last few months have been really busy since we play most of our games abroad.