SceneZoned: Tropical Lust With Tony Labrusca
Under Manila’s tropical sky, Tony Labrusca, your local heartthrob, bad boy, and favorite werewolf, was making rounds around The Island. It was a daytime discovery in itself, watching him make his way through the set and bask in the midday sun for the perfect snap. He was restless, not fidgety nor anxious, but constantly in motion. Unstopping. We learn later on that this is his preferred state of being, his perfect mindset if you will. It dawned upon us at that moment, while watching his photographs be taken against colorful pastel backgrounds, why he was chosen as the new face of the famous jeans brand, Lee. He embodies Lee’s latest philosophy, Move Your Lee. It’s all about energy, and this guy’s got a lot of that to spare.
Hard to miss, thanks in part to his chiseled physique and tough-guy demeanor, Tony splashes the water of his fame nonchalantly and creates an endless ripple of reactions. The transformation of energy continues, turning the ripples into waves and flooding his Instagram with hundreds of thousands of followers. Don’t even get us started on the tsunami he’d caused with his part in McDonald’s Tuloy Pa Rin commercial, or his involvement alongside Daniel Padilla and Kathryn Bernardo in La Luna Sangre. In this moment of heat, the tropical lust within Tony Labrusca continues to sizzle, and he doesn’t mind it at all. Join us as /ESCAPE travels through The Island in search for the man of the season.
/ESCAPE: What three words are synonymous with “Tony Labrusca”?
Tony Labrusca: Wolf. Adventurous. Spontaneous.
Currently, we’re all about looking back. Can you tell us a cool throwback story?
Tony: Let’s throw it back to my first ever TVC with McDonald’s. It was pretty cool to be the nationwide heartbreaker/nang-iwan boy. LOL.
What did you want to be when you were a kid?
Tony: A lawyer or a doctor.
What’s the best part about doing what you do?
Tony: It makes me feel like I’m experiencing life rapidly. I get to meet so many new people, always set new goals, and constantly challenge myself to be better.
Describe your current mindset.
Tony: I’m all about energy! Stay positive and attract positivity.
What’s your biggest guilty pleasure?
Tony: Gummy bears.
If we open your camera roll, what are we going to find?
Tony: All my recent traveling!
At the moment, where would you rather be?
How do you cool down on a hot day?
Tony: I love hot weather so there’s no need to cool down. But an ice cream will do.
What’s one thing you’d never leave home without?
Tony: An extra t-shirt, shorts, and underwear. You never know when you can go on an adventure or workout.
What would you wear on a night out, on a date, or on a trip to the supermarket?
Tony: It’s always the same. Lee jeans, a plain shirt, and a pair of sneakers.
When was the last time you Netflix and Chilled?
Tony: Uh… Netflix is life, I watch Netflix every night. LOL.
If you were a superhero, who would you be?
Tony: Penance, he’s got dope kinetic energy. Or Jean Grey because of her telekinesis. Those class 5 mutant powers of hers are limitless.
How does it feel being constantly watched and looked at by so many people?
Tony: Cringe-worthy, at times. But you know, at the same time I feel blessed to have such a big audience. If I have something meaningful to say, people are really there to listen.
Do you ever find yourself avoiding public places?
Tony: Nah. Sometimes maybe I should, but nah.
How do you think people see you?
Tony: I get the ‘bad boy looks with a good heart’ a lot.
Do you think it’s close to who you are?
Tony: Actually kind of. I have a permanent bitch face if I’m not smiling, but I try my best to be kind to everyone. All my fans know I can be grumpy though. LOL.
What’s one thing that’ll always make you angry?
Tony: People who stand on the wrong side of the escalator.
How constantly are you on the move?
Tony: 24/7 baby! If I didn’t need sleep I prolly wouldn’t lol. I guess that’s why I’m perfect for Lee. I’m always on the move.
What’s your favourite /ESCAPE?
Tony: Spontaneously take a trip to a tropical island, feel the sun’s energy, the ocean’s force, and at night just let the waves sing you to sleep.
Forceful, lively, and a ball of pure energy, similar to his favorite superheroes, there’s no doubt that Tony Labrusca’s lifestyle isn’t likely to slow down anytime soon. Perhaps we’ll see more of him grace our screens as he breaks more hearts, or maybe he’ll once again exude his dominance as a creature of the night. We can’t wait to see what’s next for Tony, but with his hustle and outlook on life, we can tell he’s well on his way to superstardom.
Photography by Erwin Canlas (@erwincanlas)
Interview by Ralph Desiderio (@ralphdesiderio)
Art Direction by Kinskie Oriña (@kin.orina)
Grooming by Vira Crisostomo of Benefit Cosmetics (@benefitph)
Clothing by Lee (@leejeansphils)
Produced by Kaye Pernia (@kayepernia)
Edited by Isay Yason (@isayyason)
Video edited by Dana Malang (@danamalang)
Assisted by Nigel Garcia (@nigelgarciaaa)
Shot on location at The Island (@theislandph)