Cosmo Online Hunk Jason Sabio: The Romantic

Who knew this jock was such a romantic? Jason gets serious as he opens up about his leading lady Cristalle Belo-Henares and gives his two cents on the subject of love.

In our past two interviews with football star Jason Sabio we learned that not only does he have game on the soccer pitch, but he knows how to maneuver around the dating field too! This charmer knows what he wants and will do whatever it takes to get it.

This week our brainy and brawny Online Hunk lets his guard down as he opens up about his relationship with entrepreneur and beauty expert Cristalle Belo Henares. Read our interview below to get all the kilig-worthy deets about this power couple and find out what makes him the ideal husband.

Are you in a relationship right now?

Yes I am currently in a relationship. Her name is Cristalle Belo-Henares.

How did you guys meet?

We actually met at Ruffa Gutierrez and Tim Yap’s Virlanie Foundation charity storytelling back in September of 2011. We were acquaintances for about a month, then we really hit it off at the Esquire Ball.

What do you like most about her?

I think it’s her passion when it comes to her businesses, as well as how she goes about life. She always wants the best, not only for herself but for the people around her. Things like that just get me riled up and she has such a positive influence on me. She has improved my game, improved me as a person, and we click really well. It’s definitely a relationship that’s different from anything I’ve ever had where I can depend on her but at the same time also be responsible enough on my own to make sure she’s happy.

Is it intimidating to be with someone like her knowing that she’s very successful and comes from a well-known family?

Yes, I’m still quite intimidated until today. It’s not hard getting used to but it’s always in the back of my mind: “Am I good enough?” I think that’s one of my biggest insecurities. What I mean by that is I want to make sure that if Cristalle is the one, we’ll have enough for our children and I can give them what they want.

Can you share some of your most romantic stories with Cristalle?

On Valentine’s Day I made her a scrapbook. Each page of the scrapbook is a significant event in our relationship. I left some pages blank so every month we can put our own pictures and new experiences that we’ve shared. As of now we’re already filling up that scrapbook so we might need to get another one. With respect to dates, one thing Cristalle and I like to do is go to the Mercato Market. We go there at least twice a week. It’s something we like to do. It’s not about going out and partying; it’s about doing low-key stuff and just having good conversation and enjoying awesome food.

You’re both probably really busy though. How do you find time for each other?

We have to make the most of the time we have. Actually yesterday was the first time I saw her in a month. I was so busy. I was out of the country and she was out of the country, so it ended up being 29 days where we didn’t see each other. It’s tough to carry on a relationship over the computer, but we know that we both have our own things. We have to focus on our careers as of right now. Whenever we get together we make sure we optimize the time we have.

What’s the best relationship advice you ever received?

The best relationship advice I ever received is probably The Golden Rule: “Do unto others what you want others to do unto you.” You have to be a little selfish but you also have to make sure that your partner is happy. You have to work together. If you’re taking in everything and you’re receiving everything, your partner might like that but you need to give back as well. There needs to be a healthy balance and just make sure that you think, “Is this good for my partner? Is it good for us?” So it’s really just The Golden Rule.  

Have you had any other girlfriends before Cristalle?

I dated a little bit here in the Philippines. I’ve had two other serious girlfriends in the States but it was nothing significant.

Have you ever had your heart broken? How did you deal with it?

I have. I had my heart broken once before. That was actually before I moved to the Philippines. I was able to deal with it just because I was busy. I was traveling a lot with the national team so I had my mind off it because of my friends, which was good. Fortunately I was able to get over it and bigger and brighter things happened.

How about the opposite: have you ever broken any girl’s heart?

Probably but not intentionally. And I hope I don’t break any more hearts.

How do you show your affection for a girl?

Just the little things, the small gestures. Whether it’s a casual kiss while you’re walking or you’re holding her hand. I’m not afraid to show PDA. Obviously nothing over the top, but [I like to make] Cristalle feel that I love her and it’s not a secret.

What’s the best way to a guy’s heart?

The best way to a guy’s heart is to make him feel unique. Whatever you decide to do, it should be to make him feel unique and special. The guy around the corner is not the same, and that’s why you’re sharing time with him.

What are your non-negotiables in a relationship?

I’m quite easy when it comes to relationships. I’m very patient. I guess a non-negotiable would be infidelity. That’s it for me. I mean I have a lot of trust. I’m one of those people that will give the other person a benefit of the doubt. You need to. Without trust or one of those strong pillars in a relationship, it’s hard to move forward and hard for that relationship to have a positive influence in your life. But if you have that trust and you can keep that trust, everything falls into place.

How do you distinguish physical cheating from emotional cheating?

I think it depends on the length of the relationship. Obviously if it’s early in the relationship there’s going to be emotional attachment to other people whether it’s a girl or a guy. I guess it’s really just about finding that balance and knowing with time and the growth of the relationship what the boundaries are. Obviously physical, that’s off-limits. Emotional can also be hard. It can be hard on a relationship but like I said, as long as you trust the person enough to talk to other guys or girls, I think that’s perfectly okay.

What is your take on open relationships?

When you’re younger and unsure, it’s okay. It’s something you need to explore, and as selfish as that may sound, everybody has to go through with it. You need to find out who you are as a person and who you want to be in a relationship. But I think once it becomes more serious and you put yourself in the position where you think, "this is it, this is the one," then open relationships are not even a question.  

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

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