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Why Women Love Atom Araullo

'Because nothing is sexier than a man who will brave a storm for you.'
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On September 15, Atom Araullo announced on Instagram that he was leaving ABS-CBN after over 10 years of service to the network. This news had the internet flipping out, because of rumors a possible network transfer. On September 21, his move to GMA was officially announced on the news program 24 Oras.

With all the buzz about Atom recently, we thought: Why do we instantly click when we see an article about him? Why does he make us get all teenage-kilig? Is it because of his eyes and smile? That mole near his right temple (yup, we've stared at him enough to notice that)? Or his wit and intelligence?

We wanted to find some answers, so we asked women why they love Atom:

A man of character

"He's the perfect combo of looks and brains. Saan ka ba makakakita ng gwapo na may utak? Wala. Sa imagination mo lang."Ira, 19

"He looks like the type of guy you can bring home to mom and lola. Bonus points because he's smart and he's an activist, so you know he stands up for something. He also looks really good under the rain."Sandra, 27

"I like Atom because he is insightful. I always check his Instagram account because his intellect and altruistic character shows in his posts. He'll be an interesting travel buddy."Noribeth, 33

He's HOT!

"I am thirsty for him—'cause of his beard. He also looks so smart and mabango. Sobrang bachelor ng aesthetic niya, like, he's single but unattainable."Mixi, 22

"Masarap siya."Toni, 33

"His smile and eyes say, 'Aalagaan kita.' But his facial hair says, 'Lagot ka sa akin. *wink*' At willing ako magpa-'lagot' sa kanya."Lei, 29

"Atom braving the Typhoon Yolanda made me wet and flooded my nether region. #IFYKWIM"Genevieve, 21

The childhood crush

"There were only two boys I was attracted to when I was a kid. One was Patrick Garcia, and the other was Atom Araullo. Si Patrick parang ayoko na 'nung nagsalita na siya. PERO SI ATOM 'NUNG NAGSALITA NA MAS GUMWAPO PA! Gimme a man who can talk. PLEASE."Cindy, 27

"Atom was one of the first pogi figures of my childhood. For me, the most handsome guys back then were Aga Mulach, Patrick Garcia, Aaron Carter, and Atom Araullo. My crushes on the other men have faded—except Atom."—Pam, 25

"Vivid sa akin no'ng una kong nakita si Atom sa CASAA [College of Arts and Sciences Alumni Association Food Center] no'ng freshman ako sa UP [University of the Philippines, Diliman]. Hindi dahil sa mamula-mula niyang kutis with facial hair na ang sarap habulin sa mga rally kahit di naman ako tibak, kun'di dahil sa natitipid ko sa allowance ko dahil 'di ko na kinakailangang bumili ng dessert. Matindi ang sweet tooth ko, by the way."Jones, 33

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"I like Atom because he's effortlessly charming. Grade four pa lang ako (32 na po ako ngayon), he was the reason why I'd wake up early every Saturday morning for 5 & Up [magazine TV show]. In UP, I'd seen him change looksfrom balbas sarado to clean shaven, to tibak na gusgusin, to polished candidate for USC [University Student Council] elections. In all those times, na-magnet pa rin niya ako. Especially when he speaks! E, I live by the quote, 'Seduce my mind and you can have my body. Find my soul and I'm yours forever.' So how can I resist, di ba?"Bambi, 32

The storm chaser

"Two reasons: Because he's smart, and because of what he did during Yolanda. Mega bonus na 'yong guwapo siya."Jai, 34

"Because nothing is sexier than a man who will brave a storm for you. #AtomxYolanda."Ariane, 26