Balikbayan Bae of Laguna: Mark Paul Espelita

Hobbies: I’ve been playing basketball since I was 7 years old.

Special talents: Nagpe-play ako ng drums and guitar. So yun, maybe? Haha!

Favorite thing about where you’re from: I love Pansol! Dahil sa mga swimming pools!

Dream place to live in: I can’t think of any other country I’d want to live in besides the Philippines. I love it here!

Wildest dream pet: A tiger or a wolf! I’m a tall guy so I’d love a big pet.

Favorite iconic movie line: “There is only one God, and I’m sure he doesn’t dress like that.” – Captain America to Loki in The Avengers

Celebrity look-alike: Dennis Trillo! Do I agree? Sino ba naman ako para tumanggi, si Dennis na ‘yun!

Local celebrity idol: Coco Martin. Humble lang and ‘yung story niya is one of the most inspiring life stories I’ve heard.

If you were not modeling what would your career be?

I’d probably be working as a flight attendant. I haven’t given up on that dream yet, kaya maybe someday!

How did you realize you wanted to be a model?

I only realized that I wanted to get into it last year when I came back here to the Philippines!

What positive impact do you want to make as a model?

I want to change how people look at models. Akala nila madali lang at puro pasarap, pero behind the scenes, we have to handle a lot of rejections.

What was your reaction when you found out you won Boardwalk’s Model Search?

I felt very blessed! Hindi ko in-expect at all eh.

Boardwalk style is…

Comfortable and very pleasant to the eyes. Especially the shirts!

Favorite Boardwalk piece?

The jackets! The styles are great, the best part is they’re made for hot weather—perfect for the Philippines!

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