Philippine contemporary artist NONA GARCIA paints an exclusive portrait of JOHN LLOYD CRUZ for Esquire’s February art issue. While many remember the actor as the matinee idol perennially pegged as the boy next door and goofball love interest, few know about Cruz’ newfound love for art. Audrey Carpio visits the actors’ home to discover an impressive art collection, and finds out what drew the celebrity to the hobby.
Also, Esquire commissions six of the country’s best painters to work with two promising lensmen in a collaborative exercise that resulted in a series of stunning photographic works, which raises more questions than answers. Because in an exercise where there is more than one artist, who gets put their name in the artwork? Jerome Gomez explores the case.
Also not to be missed in the issue is Esquire’s annual Best New Restaurants feature. A modern-day guide to the 19 places you should be eating in at the moment, the food finds you should try, and find out which restaurants bagged Esquire’s dish of the year, and Esquire’s restaurant of the year.
And finally: read 12 short stories about love from some of the publication’s favorite writers; a profile on three of the country’s best bets for future fighting glory in the boxing ring; and Patricia Evangelista returns to Tacloban to find a love story amidst the rubble of Haiyan.