Your four-day Holy Week break begins tomorrow--what have you got planned? If you'll be traveling, lucky you! But, you don't have to feel bad or bored about being stuck in the city...especially when there are cute guys like Markki Stroem you can look forward to spotting when you do Bisita Iglesia (just don't let him distract you too much).
Just by looking at Markki’s captivating smile, boy-next-door charm, and that undeniably swoon-worthy abs (which you'll see again next Wednesday, don't you worry), you know he’s a catch. Not only does he have such great talent in acting and singing that are guaranteed to bowl you over, this guy also has a dynamic and outgoing attitude that would make you want to keep chatting with him for hours on end.
In the last couple of weeks, you found out about his career and background and how much he loves summer. This week, we give you an exclusive peek at his past relationships, thoughts (and experiences) on summer flings and women, and why he wouldn’t date a fan (so, don't act like one around him!). Don't forget to click through his fiery gallery!
What do you think makes you sexy?
I guess, people say when I converse with them, I’m really animated, I’m kind of engaging. I dunno if that makes me sexy, but that kinda like, I guess, add to things--that they’re able to have a conversation with me, in that context. I guess in my perspective, I dunno, it’s sexy.
What do you think is your best asset?
My hands. They’re, look, pretty big. So, since I play the piano, it really helps. When I do chords, I don’t have to overstretch.
What’s your favorite summer look on a girl?
Ah, bikini. Yeah, I’m telling the truth. Ah, okay wait, let’s say the bikini with a sarong as bottom. It’s really sexy. I think girls should be comfortable with how they look. It’s just the confidence, you know. Like, even if you don’t have the figure of Megan Fox, it still looks sexy if you’re confident with how you look.
What turns you off in women?
I don’t like it when they have nothing here (points to his head). I can’t have a conversation with someone who only cares about her hair or her, I don’t know. I need to have substance in a conversation, like, “So, how was your day?” “It was good.” “Where did you go?” “I went to an art exhibit.” Not like, “Oh, I went to the parlor again and like, oh my God!”
Would you date a fan?
No, I couldn’t. Unless, well, I like doing the chasing; I don’t like it to be so easy. I want it to come naturally. You know, when you’re eating in a diner and then you know the typical, she’s a waitress and she comes in, you know in the States, those typical stories. Or maybe if you go to Italy or if I’m here and I’m in a bank, I walk in, and there you go. I don’t know, it could happen at any moment. Love doesn’t choose, love just happens.
Have you ever had a summer fling?
I’ve had a summer fling and I’ll tell you a story. I was in Boracay, and she was playing the piano and performing--I’m drawn to talent. There are some people drawn to personality, some to looks, but me, it's talent, talent, done. She just composed the song in front of my face, and I was just awestruck by that. It just worked, but then, she’s not from here, she’s from abroad. So it didn’t work out, but it was a lot of fun. It was five to six years ago, or four years ago. It was a lot of fun.
So, what can you say about summer flings?
I mean, I’d say, since I’m half-European, if it happens, it happens. But, you know, I guess I was brought up like that--my dad is very liberal. But, me, I’m more of the person who likes to get to know someone before I start dating, like really get to know. It’s not just looks, 'cause looks only gets you a month, and then, done. So it’s all about clicking with the person, and being able to converse and have fun.
Do you think summer flings could turn into something more?
It could. Given the right circumstance, the right time, the right place, the right environment, the right moment in your life. But, if not, if it isn’t the right time for both of you, it isn’t the right place and time, it’s just like any other day of the 365 days that we have in a year. It’s just another day that you meet someone fatefully on that occasion, and it just happens that it didn’t work.
Tell us about the most romantic summer you've had.
Ah, Ilocos. I went with my second girlfriend. I was with her for nine months, but we went there for a good five days, six days--it was really quite an experience. It’s very beautiful, and it’s very secluded.
Now, tell us about your worst summer.
Ah, my worst summer! I had to work, in sales. I was working in Crowne Plaza Hotel in Zurich two and a half years ago. And I was working the whole summer--sales, marketing, and banqueting, on some of the really good summer days. But it was fun, the Euro Cup was there, I like football, so I watched a bit of it at the Lexigrund stadium, which was the stadium right next to the hotel. The French team and the Italian team, they stayed in the hotel, so we were serving them, it was quite a fantastic experience--of course, if you’re a huge fan of them.
Have you ever had a perfect summer kiss?
On the beach, at the rocks in Boracay, the big rocks. That’s where it happened--with the talented lady whom I watched.
What’s your summer flirting style?
I’m the kind of person who's just, like, if it happens, it happens, you know. I don’t push, I don’t wanna go and meet them and stuff. If it happens and we fatefully end up meeting each other, then yeah. If not, then no. I’m not gonna have all the pride and say “Hey, you’re incredibly beautiful.” No, I’m not upfront. If it happens, it happens.
Are you in a relationship right now?
With my music. Oh God, showbiz answer. I wanted to stop myself but it just... No, I’m not in a relationship right now. To be honest, I was traumatized by my last one--a three-year relationship. She kinda cheated on me, in front of my face. So it was really bad. After those three faithful years, I visited her in the States, we went to a party, then it got ugly--I just found her in the bathroom hooking up with some guy. Anyway, we’re not talking about that. But, that’s why I’m kinda traumatized at the moment.
But, can you see yourself in a relationship anytime soon?
Not really looking. I mean, like I say, it’s fate; if it comes, it comes; if it doesn’t happen, it doesn’t happen, you know. And I don’t wanna force it, 'cause now I’m busy all the time. I don’t wanna ruin it, I don’t wanna get her angry and get her disappointed in what I do because I have so much on my plate. It’s better to just focus.
How many girlfriends have you had?
Three. One for two years, then after that, one for nine months. First was Filipina, next was Italian- Filipina, and then the last was three years. Last year was my first year single. It was fun because the three were one after the other, and now I just need time for myself.
Can you tell us the difference you see between European girls and Filipinas?
They're so much wilder in Europe. In Europe, they’re really just, in a sense, flings. Well, I was with my ex-girlfriend for three years, she was Swedish-Italian. She was really wild, the typical college girl. And then you have Filipinas. My first girlfriend is Filipina, who’s really like the marrying type, someone you can stay with for a long time because she's just so nice. Filipinas are easy to talk to, they don’t like to go out so much or so often. I don’t know, they’re not as feisty, which I like, to be honest. I really like.
Shot on location at Ayala Triangle Gardens, Makati.
Special thanks to Ayala Land.
Outfit: Shirt from Folded and Hung, jeans from WAGW...For Her Man, shoes from Topman
Stylist: Camille Santiago
Makeup: Cats del Rosario
Sittings editor: Trixie Reyna
Special thanks to Allan Altera