There's nothing sexier than a man who not only looks good, but has the brains to back it up. Case in point: our October Online Hunk, Jason Sabio.
You might recognize him as one of the many studs in the Philippine national football team, but did you know that aside from representing the country on the soccer pitch, this 26-year old hottie is also a lawyer in the making? Athletic, good-looking, and smart? Talk about the complete package!
He may have been born and raised in the States, but this moreno looker considers himself 100% Filipino and wears the country's colors with pride. Get to know Jason more as he talks about his law aspirations, the best thing about being an Azkal, and his biggest goal in life. Get ready to swoon, ladies!
What keeps you busy?
Right now, just playing football both for Kaya FC which is part of the UFL professional football here in the Philippines, as well as for the Azkals which is the Philippines' national football team.
How long have you been playing football?
I’ve bee playing football since the age of 11, so for the past 15 years.
How did you get into it?
A good friend of mine while I was growing up. I went to his house and we were just supposed to hang out for the afternoon and he ended up saying “Hey, let’s go play some soccer.” I was living in the States then so we called it soccer [not football]. I fell in love with it. It’s a team sport. Not only is it fun, but you also learn a lot on and off the field.
What position do you play?
I play center back. It’s part of the defense.
How’s it different playing in the Philippines and playing abroad?
The game is just different. Here in the Philippines, it’s very typical Asian so it’s a lot quicker. Size doesn’t really matter. You need to be agile, quick, and feisty. With the teams we play with here in Asia, that’s what the game is about. In the States it’s about who’s stronger, who’s faster, who’s taller. I enjoy it a lot more here just because I think it fits my style of playing.
What’s the best part about being an Azkal?
I think the best part is wearing that flag on my chest whenever I get to represent the country. There’s a lot of pride that comes with it and I’m just really grateful that I have the opportunity to wear that flag on my chest. Every time I suit up and play an international match I know that I don’t only have the support of my teammates, but many other people at home and in the stands.
You’re pure Filipino, right?
Yes, I am pure Filipino.
What are people’s usual first impressions of you?
That I like to dance. Usually when people meet me for the first time and there’s a good beat on the radio or I’m just in the car and it’s something I can groove my body to, I’ll do it. So yeah, that I dance, that I’m friendly, and easy to talk to.
How would you describe your lifestyle?
My lifestyle right now is hectic. I’ve been traveling in and out of the country and I’m barely home. I call Manila home now. I’ve just been playing a lot of football. Hopefully after December our national team schedule simmers down a little bit and my lifestyle will be a little more structured.
Do you have any other hobbies or play any other sports?
I love all sports. I love playing tennis, I love playing golf, and especially basketball. But I also like trying new things like Zumba in Fitness First and Body Jam. Just different things that are different and make your body feel good. Pretty much anything active.
What’s your guiltiest pleasure?
Sweets! Anything sweet, especially halo-halo from Chowking. That’s probably my favorite dessert. For someone that’s active like me, I always need to satisfy my vice of eating sweets, whether it’s chocolate or halo-halo. I always get a dessert every meal.
Since you like sweets, you probably don’t follow any diet. Or do you?
I do when it’s time for an actual competition or an event where my body needs to be at its optimal condition. I make sure I’m eating healthy, have a good protein and carb intake. I do try to limit the bad things that go into my body.
Are you still in school? You’re taking up law, right?
I am. I’m on an official leave of absence from law school. I actually have one more year left. I need to finish it before summer of 2015 so actually I have to finish one year within three years. Unfortunately, I can’t take classes here. I have to go back to Alabama to take them, so right now I’m trying to coordinate what I can do to finish my degree because that degree is something I can carry with me for the rest of my life.
Why law? Why do you want to be a lawyer?
Well, when I was teaching high school I found out that I work best in teams. I think that translates to why I like football so much. I wanted to be in a profession where not only can I think analytically but also where I can work with others in a sense that I need to work with another person to increase the welfare of everyone. Whether it’s going against someone or someone on my team, you still have to work together and compromise and come up with the best solution where everyone’s happy. So that’s really why I decided to be a lawyer.
What did you teach in high school?
This was in the US, right after college. I taught Physics to juniors and seniors, Physical Science to freshmen and sophomores, and I taught Environment Science to juniors and seniors. So that’s five classes in total. I was really young--only 22 years old.
How do you juggle academics and being in the national team?
Well, right now I’m not juggling it. For the first six months when I joined the national team I was traveling back and forth from the States. It was actually quite difficult. I was missing a lot of class and my immersion to the academia was just not there, so unfortunately, I couldn’t juggle it. But when I was in college, since my lifestyle was a little more structured and my academia was part of the reason why I was playing football, it was easier to juggle then. But for professional school there needs to be focus, and that’s why I decided to take an official leave of absence.
After law school, do you plan on practicing here or abroad?
Well, I plan to work here in the Philippines. But if it’s being an actual attorney, I’m not so sure. The way I see law school is that it doesn’t teach you how to be a lawyer; it actually just gives you a skill set. A skill set that you can use in business, on the football field, or you can even use for networking. Hopefully, I’ll use my GED to be good at whatever I decide to do with respect to my career.
What would you say is your biggest goal in life?
My biggest goal in life is to give my kids the same opportunities my parents afforded me, whether that’s financially or just experiences. I want them to experience life the way I did. Not limited, but also not too much so that they’ll have a basis when they become adults and when it’s their turn to become parents. They’ll know exactly what to do.
Outfit: Jeans from Sparkle and Fade Theater Mall Greenhills
Shot on location at Summit Studio
Sittings editor: Stephanie F. Esguerra
Interviewer: Gianna Banzon
Stylist: Soleil Angeles for KC Leyco
Grooming: Joyce Ignacio