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On the SPOT: Chris Tiu
The multi-hyphenated heartthrob on his new business, his "sweet" fans and why basketball is top priority this year.
Published on: Apr 20, 2011 - 5:45am


Chris Tiu-basketball player, barangay councilor, entrepreneur, TV host and heartthrob. Click for more photos.


( 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.


Nesvita TVC



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.


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  • ashley tiu
    gigawa mo kong tanga! pd nman plang ganito!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i hate u!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Apr 17 2012 @ 11:28am     Reply  
  • ashley tiu
    ayoiko ng may ksama kng mga girl friend ha.....................................................!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Apr 17 2012 @ 11:27am     Reply  
  • gloria
    walang basagan nang Idol.. di nga naman lahat ma please.. kanya kanyang panlasa, pero wala na sanang siraan... God bless us All
    Apr 26 2011 @ 01:49am     Reply  
  • controversy
    Oppps pr, sorry ha, you are not a lasalista pala - kasi ang mga lasalista marunong mag-english ng maayos. .. outside of the coutnry, Ateneo where??? gosh, your english 101 teacher is probably crying...
    Apr 26 2011 @ 01:14am     Reply  
  • pr
    You may like him if you want but I don't like him. He's all yours to bring home to Mama. It doesn't add up to anything even if it is one of the most difficult courses in Ateneo like this school is the end all be all of everything in life. Outside of the country, Ateneo where?
    Apr 22 2011 @ 08:26am     Reply  
  • controversy
    @pr, spoken like a true lasalista,...ehem, parang may halong inggit..
    Apr 22 2011 @ 05:05am     Reply  
  • mp
    @pr Chris is far from being overrated. He is the complete package, the type one would likr to take home to mama. One of the courses he completed is considered to be one of the most difficult courses in the Ateneo. He is intelligent, comes from a wealthy family, respectful, and very humble. His achievements are something to be proud of. Sure, there are a lot of other goodlooking guys in other schools but they don't have the perfect combination of looks, humility, intelligence and athleticism like Chris. If I had a son, I would like him to be like Chris!
    Apr 22 2011 @ 05:03am     Reply  
  • kate
    I love him and he may look like just an ordinary chinese, But what he has, what he can do, what he wants to do, is definitely out of ordinary. He has what a girl wants to have in a man- good family background, religious, stable life, intelligence, responsible, family man, disciplined, big heart... His Girlfriend is such a lucky and blessed human being.
    Apr 22 2011 @ 12:22am     Reply  
  • happykoko
    @pr, I dunno about his showbiz and business activities, but this guy is really good with his basketball. Too bad he isnt as tall to be really dominating but if you ask any baller even on the streets, I bet they would say that this guy can really shoot the ball.
    Apr 21 2011 @ 07:30pm     Reply  
  • pr
    Overrated. It is just the media that is making him that big like any other. Other schools have better looking hearthrobs if only the media will place them in the radar screen.
    Apr 21 2011 @ 11:42am     Reply  
  • hello
    KAW NA! THE BEST KA!rnrntaob lahat ng show ng kapamilya na umapa sa show mo, tns or agbrnrn!
    Apr 20 2011 @ 04:46pm     Reply  
  • welovetiu
    Apr 20 2011 @ 01:45pm     Reply  
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