Two stars, one common denominator – the promise of young ambition. Julia Barretto and Marco Gumabao’s names echo throughout the entirety of the Philippine entertainment circuit. From the buzz of blockbuster movies to the quieter calm of indie passion projects, the actors have been making their mark in the industry as the faces of tomorrow.
Julia Barretto: the name that rings a thousand bells. A star in her own right – Julia has forged a formidable career since breaking into the entertainment scene over a decade ago. Hailing from a clan of reputable actors, it’s hard not to think she was born for this. But the young star shows us that there is no birthright to one’s celebrity – only a place earned. And her body of work is a testament to this. Now all grown up with a stronger sense of self and standard for authenticity, she’s at the peak of her comeback. This is Julia Barretto in her renaissance, prioritizing her peace above all.
These days, Julia has been doing everything with intention. This is most apparent in the way she dresses, making her a style inspo for a lot of ladies without even trying. Admittedly, she tried dressing more mature in her teen years because she was excited to grow up. “When I grew older, I realized that time really does fly, so you don’t want to miss out on the opportunity to be true to your age and to who you really are.” The actress believes in function over form and opts for classic pieces she can keep in her closet for longer. “I describe the way I dress as youthful, minimalistic, and functional. I celebrate my youth through fashion.” Like her staple ensemble of a comfy pullover paired with nice fitting jeans, the ‘new Julia’ likes to live life simple - secure in her learned quiet confidence.
People make the mistake of labeling Marco Gumabao as just another ‘pretty face’ in the industry. He’s got the look, no question. But he’s also got the talent and work ethic to back it up. Teeming with the grit it takes to make it big in an industry where one’s name can so easily be drowned out amongst a sea of aspiring talents, Marco has been putting in the work to get to the places he’s at right now. His star is on the rise and this is just the beginning.
Marco describes the way he dresses as laid-back, elevated, and modern. A hybrid of style and functionality, he dresses the part of the man on the move. “I want to be comfortable throughout the day, especially when I know it’s going to be a busy and productive one. I never sacrifice style for comfort, though, so I tend to go for the elevated basics and style them to create a classically modern look.” He’s a fan of staple pieces that never go out of style. “Over time, I’ve learned that it’s possible to elevate your look, even if you’re dressed head-to-toe in basics, so that’s what I worked on. Penshoppe has actually been a big help with that, because their range consists of a variety of elevated essentials. I’d like to think that more than changing my style, I’ve just leveled it up.”
Julia and Marco have made their case as tastemakers of this new generation making it no surprise that mega retail brand Penshoppe enlisted the two to become the faces of the much-loved local brand. They embody the stylish youth that Penshoppe creates clothing for. The brand’s manifesto has always been to provide on-trend, quality, and affordable clothing to Filipino consumers. Penshoppe’s latest drop of vividly stylish pieces comes right in time for Summer, ready to dress the bold and stylish youth who dare to live life in color.
Julia loves how the collection’s new drop instantly turns her closet summer-ready. “For me, Penshoppe is the one-stop destination for all your summer fashion wants and needs. However you define your style, there’s a Penshoppe piece that belongs in your cart and closet.” She’ll be taking her most-loved Penshoppe pieces to more destinations as she plans to travel a lot during summer. “I personally love planning trips - from where we’re staying, the activities we’re doing, to what we’re wearing - Summer is a season where I feel in control and carefree at the same time.
Marco’s favorite thing about being a Penshoppe ambassador is how he’s introduced to a flexible range of clothing that allow him to constantly reimagine his style. “I get to experiment with a variety of different styles, which I don’t think I would have tried to do if I weren’t a Penshoppe ambassador. It’s helped me express myself better through fashion, and that’s exactly what we aim to do for the Penshoppe community.” Constantly on the go, Marco loves the ease and convenience of online shopping. “It makes shopping easier for everyone, and it’s definitely done that for me. Even on the busiest of days, I’m able to purchase something I want remotely because everything’s online now.” If you’d raid Marco’s cart right now, you’d find his favorite summer outfits and golf items or accessories! “I love how, if there’s any equipment or accessory I want or need, I can just go on my phone and have them delivered right at my doorstep.”
Julia relishes in the ability to make herself a priority these days. “My family, friends, and my work have always been my main priorities. The only thing that’s changed is how I’m able to prioritize myself now, too. Adding myself to the list of people I need to look out for the most has been so freeing and fulfilling, and it’s helped me make better choices in life - my personal relationships, my work, and my plans for the future.”
Same goes for Marco who places great importance in physical and mental wellness. “I’ve always been very active, and I think that’s what continues to help me maintain a good wellness state. I want to be able to take care of the people in my life, and I realized that, in order for me to do that well, I have to take care of myself, too. Life is only as good as you make it, and it starts with how good and cared for you make yourself feel.”
This new generation of talent is built different. Gone are the days where the youth allow the industry to dictate their direction. They’re now paving the way and setting the tone for the future of entertainment. This is their moment, and we’re all here for it.