Beard and butter: a celebration of scruffy boys

Movember, a movement to raise awareness about prostate cancer by growing out men’s facial hair, isn’t really a big thing here in the Philippines. It’s probably because Asians don’t have the genetics to grow out beards the same way European men do. This doesn’t stop Filipinos from attempting to grow out their facial hair for a month, whether successfully or not.

If you were stuck with men who were obsessing over their moustaches and beards for the last 30 days, we hope you chose to see the fun side of it. So before our favorite bearded man (Santa) comes to town, Young STAR rounds up five bearded men to talk about what they do for a living and how they take care of their facial hair.

 

Herv Alvarez, 23, copywriter

When did you grow out your beard?

I started growing out my beard and experimenting with different beard lengths back in 2013. Before that, I was clean-shaven because my then-girlfriend really hated when I had even the least bit of stubble. After that relationship, I decided to take self-improvement seriously, so I went to the gym, changed my hairstyle and clothes, and I grew out my facial hair while I was at it!

 

Was there a time that you hated growing it?

Yeah, for sure! It was back in high school, around 2009, when my facial hair started growing and I had to shave every other day to keep it at bay because my school had a strict “3×4 haircut and no facial hair” rule that we had to abide by. Around that same time, I was gunning for roles in TV commercials but I’d get turned down most of the time because I perpetually had a 5 o’clock shadow that made me look a notch older than most auditionees my age. I couldn’t help but hate how I couldn’t get any gigs just because of a little facial hair.

How do you groom it?

I like keeping my beard care to a minimum, so I just use mild soap to keep my facial hair fresh and soft to the touch, then I towel dry it. I use a small comb to fix the mess and make it appear fuller. I’m not too particular about length and shape, so I don’t have it groomed by my barber. Instead, I just use curved mustache scissors to trim the mustache hairs that go over the lip, and if the overall length starts to bother me, I use my Philips QT4005/15 Beard and Stubble Trimmer for an even all-around trim.

 

Tell us about your work.

I’ve been working as a copywriter at a boutique digital marketing agency for a little over a year. Basically, I create the copy and conceptualize executions for a couple of local and international brands’ social media pages. I also do some marketing consultancy in my free time.

Geo Dineros, 27, co-owner of S2

When did you grow out your beard?

About two years ago. Funny thing is that I didn’t know that I could actually grow a beard until one day I decided not to shave. I’ve never removed it since then.

 

Was there a time that you hated growing it?

Never.

 

What do people usually say when they see your beard?

Nothing significant but I remember my dad hated it so much that he offered me 50 pesos to remove it. I told him I’d offer him 500 pesos just to let me grow it.

How do you groom it?

Whenever I get a haircut at the barbershop I get my beard trimmed as well. Every other day, I make sure to remove the excess hair just so I could keep my beard’s form. I use beard oil to keep it fresh.

 

Tell us about your work.

I own S2, a vintage shop located at the back of Sole Slam in Alabang Town Center. We sell streetwear brands like Bape, Supreme, CDG, etc. and we also sell ‘90s goods like windbreakers, band shirts, and branded pants. I manage S2’s social media and the store as well.

Miguel Feria, 24, student & guitarist for Imelda

When did you grow out your beard?

It started out with laziness. I didn’t want to keep shaving my beard so I got this electric shaver that lets me shave it down to a length I feel is aesthetically pleasing. This was around four years ago.

 

Was there a time that you hated growing it?

When I first grew my moustache, a bunch of my classmates made fun of me for it. But now we all have beards. So I guess I won.

 

What do people usually say when they see your beard?

I’ll get the occasional “Hey, can I touch your beard?,” Which, depending on the delivery, can sometimes get creepy and uncomfortable.

How do you groom it?

I just trim it every two to three weeks, depending on how I’m liking how it grows. I usually just put argan oil on it so my skin doesn’t dry up under it.

 

Tell us about your work.
I’m currently studying math with computer applications in DLSU. I’m mainly busy with my coursework and a little research work. I also play guitar for my band Imelda.

Franz Pantaleon, 27, writer

When did you grow out your beard?

I started growing it out around mid-2015. I’ve shaved it off completely around three times since then; first was after a breakup, and the other two were just to freak people out on my last day as an employee. I’ve always been the type to leave something people could remember me by. So what better way than by throwing the shavings around the office like confetti? Of course I didn’t really do that, but planting the image in people’s minds always gets a good laugh.

Was there a time that you hated growing it?

For most of my early 20s, I’ve had a love-hate relationship with my beard. Sure, I could grow it, but being a performance artist (spoken word), I wanted to look fresh and young at events. Later on, I decided to just alternate between having a scruffy look and a clean-shaven look. And then, in August of 2015, I met a girl — Nadine. We had been talking for a couple of days and she’d mentioned that she was into beards. I told her that I could grow a beard. She asked me what sort, and I said a full beard. So I started growing it out to impress her. She’s my girlfriend now and one of the best surprises life’s given me.

 

What do people usually say when they see your beard?

I often get asked how I managed to grow such a majestic~ beard. My answer’s always the same. I just got lucky with the genetics lottery.

How do you groom it?

As for maintenance, no special routines. It’s cooperative on its own, so I just maintain the two to three week-long trim. Though my girlfriend and I have been meaning to get some beard oils and products.

 

Tell us about your work.
I’m a writer by trade and by passion. Freelancing at the moment, but with experience in both publishing and advertising. Spoken word’s taken a backseat for now, though I still perform when time and schedule permit. [I[ also co-founded a small prod, now on its second year, that sets up events in hopes of finding new and emerging talent, connecting artists to audiences, and providing a platform for entertainment, communion, and education. For the most part, though, I’ve been focusing on improving as a writer and lover of poetry.

Gab Banal, 27, basketball player & Ride Revolution instructor

When did you grow out your beard?

I was sporting my beard already three years ago. I’ve always had it. The length just varies depending on what season it is and what my mood is. If you have it, you just gotta grow it out cause not most Filipinos have it.

Was there a time that you hated growing it?

When it’s summer, I usually trim it to a five o’clock shadow. I workout a lot so I sweat and it’s best if I keep it that short.

What do people usually say when they see your beard?

Everytime I make beso, ladies always get tickled with it.

How do you groom it?

I usually shampoo and condition my beard. Afterwards, I put beard oil. I get my products from The Fine Gentleman.

 

Tell us about your work.
I’m a basketball player during the day. We have practice from 12 to3 p.m. everyday. Then at night I teach indoor cycling at Ride Revolution.

A typical day would be, basketball practice then workout after or if I have a class at night, I just do spinning class. It’s good cardio workout. It’s like my outlet from basketball.

Photography by Arabella Paner
Produced by Ina Jacobe
Shot on location at Another Barbershop

Another Barbershop is a small neighborhood barbershop and retail space in Poblacion, Makati. They believe in grooming beyond just clean cuts and close shaves — when you look good, you feel good. Visit them at 5880 Enriquez Avenue, Makati City.

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