Francis Zamora: From public servant to talk show host
Tinnie Esguerra (The Philippine Star) - June 15, 2014 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines - The quintessential man-on-the-go, San Juan Vice Mayor Francis Zamora exploits his gift of gab as he faces his latest challenge: Hosting a men’s magazine talk show. With the production crew gearing up to shoot its pilot episode, the still-untitled show is slated to air around July or August.

Francis excitedly shares, “My segment will focus on the ‘mancave’ or men’s interests such as exotic cars, extreme sports, hangouts and getaways of our favorite male celebrities.”

Judging from his past athletic experiences (he was team captain of the 1998-1999 DLSU UAAP champion team) as well as his love for travel, sports, fitness and food, his talk show stint seems to be right up his alley.

If his face seems vaguely familiar, it’s because of that giant Ultimo billboard along EDSA (cor. Connecticut) that motorists can’t help but notice during rush hour traffic. With his dynamic and fast-paced lifestyle, Francis continues to be the men’s wear brand’s endorser.

Amused at his “celebrity status,” Francis good-humoredly jests, “It’s very flattering when people recognize me as that guy who has a billboard in EDSA. I’m amazed with the facial, name and brand recall it has given me and Ultimo as well.”

Although he wears many hats — as a public servant, entrepreneur, restaurateur and athlete — Francis feels proudest about being a devoted family man, particularly about being a very hands-on dad to his four kids. He admits, “Despite my very busy schedule in San Juan, I make time for my kids, especially during important occasions. In fact, I was present in the delivery room during the four times my wife gave birth and was even the one who cut the umbilical cords of all my children.”

Asked to share the best advice given to him by his dad, Francis shares, “Make sure your kids grow up to be responsible, obedient and goal-oriented. Strike a balance between love and discipline. Mold them with good morals and right conduct and build their character while they’re young, and invest in their education.”

For Father’s Day, Francis counts on the small but meaningful gestures of thoughtfulness from his kids. “I’m not looking forward to anything fancy on Father’s Day. A small token of love and appreciation such as a hug, a kiss or even a card from my children would really make me happy,” he affirms.

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