Drinks with Luke Landrigan

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Hello, friends! First of all, Happy Valentine’s Day to everybody! Enjoy the day with your lovah. Enjoy it while it lasts! Haha! Next, allow me to thank you all for being here in my blog to check out the first Drinks with Denise interview which I’m really excited to share with you. If you’ve been following me on social media (InstagramTwitterFacebook), I’ve been planning this lil feature on my blog since late last year, and finally, I’m premiering it today. This won’t be your typical nice, clean, highly edited Q&A. I will tend to leave all the interviews raw as I can because I want you guys to get to know these people I shall feature better; the more candid they get, the more interesting it will all be.

So, let’s begin, shall we?

Let me give you a brief background on the first person I had drinks with for this feature. Luke Landrigan is gorgeous! Let’s just put it out there. Tanned, fit, he’s easy on the eyes. But there’s more to this pro-surfer than how he wears his board shorts (read: super low). He’s also a dotting father and an accomplished and very hands-on resort owner. You can see him daily, manning the San Juan Surf Resort and Surf School, nit-picking on the littlest details like making sure that the flower pots are clean from cigarette butts, and that the tables of their restaurant, Coast Call Kitchen + Bar, are spotless. Read on, as I asked him a few unguarded questions that he gamely answered over his favorite drink, which would be buko (Coconut) juice.

HOW DID WE MEET?

His version:

Luke: Donavon(Frankenreiter) event di  ba? Sa beach. Tumugtog si Donavon dito sa San Juan years ago pero di kita nakita nung concert, the next day lang nung nagsurf na pero hindi ka nagsurf.

Me: Nagsurf ako!

Luke: Hindi ka kaya nagsurf!

Me: Nagsurf ako pero yun yung time na lagi akong natutumba kasi sobrang unhealthy ko nun.

Luke: Pero ngayon okay na? Naeenjoy mo na magsurf? Healthy ka narin kumain.

Me: Oo.

Luke: Medyo? Ha ha! Ayun, dun tayo unang nagkakilala tapos sabi mo nun babalik ka pero after three years ka na bumalik.

Denise: Ha? Hindi ata tama yan.

Luke: Three years yun! 2011 pa kaya si Donavon nagpunta dito. Hindi ba yun yung first?

 

My version:

I can’t remember exactly the first time that Luke and I officially met. He’s probably right though. We might have met the day after Donavon’s concert in San Juan. A bunch of us media people were transported there for the gig and a day of surfing, which was hosted by Luke’s surf school. I attempted to surf and I was bad! I failed big time because I remember being so unhealthy. After that attempt, I thought that the sport wasn’t for me, but I’m glad that I gave it another chance and now I’m so hooked to it. Anyway, I met Luke while I was resting from that grueling surf session, and I asked my photographer friend Mark Ang to take a photo of me with him. I remember he ripped the back of his shorts and that you can actually see part of his butt cheek. Ahhh! Well… Haha! Then we got to talk, he was trying to convince me that surfing is good for my body, that it’s fun, yadda yadda, but I was so closed minded at that time, and I’ve decided that I will never like it but obviously, I was wrong and that he’s right. I think we’ve become friends after that.

WHAT MAKES YOU MAD AND HOW DO YOU DEAL WITH IT?

Luke:  I don’t like inconsiderate people. Yung mga taong hindi iniisip yung ginagawa o sinasabi nila kung nakakasakit na sila ng ibang tao. Yung feelings lang nila yung iniisip nila. How do I deal with it? Umaalis ako. I have to do something physical para makalimutan ko.

Me: Physical? Nanununtok ka?

Luke: Hindi naman. Magdadrive ako, magmomotor ako, maghahike ako, o magsusurf ako, para maclear lang yung mind ko. Although naaapektohan lang ako kapag yung taong medyo inconsiderate e yung sobrang kilala ko na, or kaya family ko, yun, nagagalit talaga ako. Pero kung hindi ko kakilala, okay lang.

HAVE YOU EVER THOUGHT OF ENTERING SHOWBIZ? IF YES, WHAT KIND OF ACTOR WOULD YOU HAVE WANTED TO BE?

Luke: Nung mga early 20s, nung nakikita ko na may mga pumupuntang mga artista dito sa resort ng madalas tapos ang gaganda ng mga gamit nila, ang ganda ng mga kotse, ng mga surfboards, naisip ko “Langya, sarap ng mga buhay nitong mga ‘to a!” Tapos lahat ng mga girls kinikilig sa kanila sabi ko mukang yun yung dream job na gusto ng mga lalaki. Pero naisip ko lang naman yun, di ko rin naman sineryoso, di naman nagtagal. Eventually, habang tumatanda na ako, narealize ko na mukang hindi pala ganun kasaya tapos narealize ko rin na hindi ako marunong kumanta at sumayaw, kaya ayan, sa dagat na lang ako. And I realized also that it’s not that fun that wherever you go, dinudumog ka ng tao, wala ka ng privacy. Tapos may gawin ka na konting mali lang, talagang lagot ka. Tsaka feeling ko minsan yung iba, hindi na sila yun, parang bawat kilos nila, ginagawa na lang nila para sa ibang tao.

Anung klaseng artista? Putik, okay ‘to a. Ala Robin Padilla, yun ang gusto ko! Idol ko yun. Swabe! Grabe, first time ko nakita si Robin, napahinto talaga ako, ang gwapo talaga nya! Mahahalikan ko yun e. Ha ha!

Me: Alam mong ilalagay ko ‘to di ba?

Luke: Oo! Lagay mo! Sana nga mabasa nya e. Ang gwapo mo, chong! Labyu, pare! Ha ha!

Me: WE LOVE YOU, ROBIN!

WHAT’S THE BEST THING ABOUT BEING A FATHER?

Luke: Nung nagkaanak ako, mas inisip ko yung future, mas pinaghahandaan ko sha. Mas naging responsible ako. Pero yung isa sa pinakafavorite ko sa pagiging daddy, tuwing umaga, nagigising ako sa kiss ni Kai, ikikiss nya lang ako sa cheeks.

Me: Sigurado kang si Kai yun?

Luke: Si Kai yun. Si Kai lang ang katabi ko. Ha ha.

Me: Okay haha.

Luke: Gustong gusto ko rin yung nagsusurf kami. Naaalala ko nung bata ako, tinuturuan ako magsurf ng dad ko. Basta yung mga little moments ko with Kai, ang saya lang talaga. Tsaka kapag hinahatid ko sha sa school nya, tapos andun yung mga ibang daddies, kwento kwento kami, pinapanuod namin yung mga kids namin. Sarap! Sarap ng feeling. Instant vitamins din kasi, kapag pagod ako tapos nakikita ko si Kai, sumasaya ako. Somehow, I feel that I’m still an irresponsible dad compared to some dads I know na full on fathers talaga, alam ko na hindi ko kasi kayang gawin yun. Hindi ko alam kung bakit. Kung ganun lang ba talaga ako? Or baka dahil sa lifestyle ko? But I try. I really do try to always be with my son as much as I can.

WHAT IS ONE THING THAT YOU WANT TO DO WITH YOUR LIFE BEFORE TURNING 40?

Luke: Get married.

Me: Talaga? E bakit nung isang araw lang sabi mo…

Luke: Wag mo ng kontrahin, moment ko to e!

Me: Ah okay. Sorry, sorry. Ha ha! So bakit?

Luke: E ayoko naman na kasi na sa wedding pictures ko, uugod ugod na ako. Papakasal ako kapag 60 na ako? Pa’no ang wedding pictures ko nun? Maliban na lang kung kasing gwapo ko si George Clooney, pwede. Hindi mababaw ang rason ko no? Ha ha!

NAME THREE MEMORABLE SONGS IN YOUR LIFE AND WHY.

Luke: Alam mo, hindi ako music person.

Me: Kaya tumatawag ka sa akin para kantahan mo lang ako ng “Nasa Iyo Na Ang Lahat?”

Luke: E yun yung latest kay Daniel Padilla e. But to answer your question, isa siguro yung “Grow Old with You” kasi yun lang siguro yung kabisado ko tsaka maiksi lang sha na song, tsaka feeling ko pasok yung tone ng boses ko dun sa kanta. Ha ha! Next yung “Like a Stone” ng Audioslave kasi yun yung favorite namin ng ex-girlfriend ko. Last, yung “With or Without You” ng U2 kasi yun yung kinakanta namin sa karaoke ng mga friends ko, yun yung isa sa mga favorites namin.

WILL YOU KISS A GUY FOR A MINUTE IN EXCHANGE FOR A P100, 000?

Luke: No. I’ll only kiss a guy if in return, may mabubuhay na isang tao or animal. Pero kung pera?! No f@#king way, man!

WHY IS BUKO JUICE YOUR FAVORITE DRINK?

Luke: Gusto mo talaga malaman kung ano yung rason?

Me: Oo.

Luke: Sabi kasi ng mga friends ko pampadami daw sha ng sperm.

Me: Uggghhh…Seryoso ba’to?!

Luke: Seryoso! Pampadami! Tsaka shempre refreshing sha, at pang cleansing narin. Ha ha ha!

Follow Luke on Instagram and Twitter.

Interviewed on Feb 14, 2015

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