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M&S Davao Style File: Tobi Ang on fatherhood, work and style

 

M&S Father's Day x Tobi Ang

“Our best moments are those spent at home.”
On Tobi: M&S Collection linen polo over tailored fit shirt & white linen shorts; On Michelle: M&S linen chambray shirt dress.

 

What’s keeping 36-year-old Tobi Ang lately is learning to be a good father to his two young girls, Daniella (2.5 years old) and Natalia (10 months old) and “father” and leader of The Angcore Motor Group, where he sits as vice-president and COO.

 

M&S Father's Day x Tobi Ang

Family time.
On Tobi: M&S Collection pure linen polo over slim fit shirt & pure cotton chino shorts. On Michelle: M&S Collection linen rich dress

 

 

“My day always starts waking up and spending time with my girls. The girls, Michelle, my wife, and our two girls are early risers, so I get to spend some quality family time with them before heading to the office,” shares Tobi.

 

M&S Father's Day x Tobi Ang

“I spend time with my daughters in the morning before heading to the office.”
On Tobi: Blue Harbor striped shirt & M&S Collection white linen shorts.

 

M&S Father's Day x Tobi Ang

 

 

I caught up with Tobi and his family in their lovely home. Over coffee, the young dad shared how he manages his time between fatherhood, loving husband, and a businessman.

And since I can confidently say he is one of Davao’s well-dressed young men, I wanted to find out how his manner of dressing has changed from being single to becoming a dad.

 

What’s family time like?

Any time I get to spend with my wife and kids is quality family time for me. Usually, our best moments are those spent at home.

Being a father is my greatest challenge and responsibility. I hope I’m able to raise good kids, who will become positive contributors to society.

 

M&S Father's Day x Tobi Ang

On Tobi: Blue Harbor long-sleeve knitwear & M&S Collection white linen shorts.

 

M&S Father's Day x Tobi Ang

 

And what is couple’s time?

Since our kids are still very young, we barely get our own time. We try to squeeze in a vacation once in a while, otherwise, we just put on our headphones and enjoy watching our favorite TV Shows while the kids are fast asleep.

 

M&S Father's Day x Tobi Ang

“Tobi likes to cook. Steak is his specialty,” said Michelle.
On Tobi: M&S Collection pure linen polo over slim fit shirt & pure cotton chino shorts. On Michelle: M&S Collection linen rich dress

 

How about “me” time?

The Angcore Group has Kia, Chevrolet & Mahindra dealerships in the Davao region and General Santos, so I barely have “me” time. But I am a big believer in staying healthy in order to maximize the time you have and what you can do with it. So, I try my best to allocate time for working out. Lately, it’s been rowing, Pilates and HIIT Training three times a week. It clears my mind and gives me the energy to keep up with my kids.

 

M&S Father's Day x Tobi Ang

“I always go with what makes me feel comfortable.”
On Tobi: M&S Collection ensemble of pure linen polo over slim fit crew shirt, cotton chino sorts & striped espadrilles.

 

What’s your fashion style?

I used to dabble in more fashion forward and trendy styles when I was much younger, but I’ve since moved on to a more classic look. I always go with what makes me feel comfortable and confident to take on anything. If you call that my signature look, then I’ll go with it.

I was never good at following fashion icons. I see something I like and I get inspired by the look, but I don’t take note of who was wearing it.

 

Has the contents of the closet changed much now that you’re married with kids?

I’d say I’m a much more practical dresser these days. When you have kids who are as active as mine, it’s difficult to maintain a blazer, well pressed shirt or polished leather shoes. I used to travel with all those items checked. Nowadays, I accessorize with a hip seat carrier, diaper backpack, cargo pants & sneakers.

I wear polo shirt, jeans or slacks and loafers during the day, and when there are nice events, I don’t mind putting on a good suit every now and then. I always try to dress appropriately for every occasion.

 

M&S Father's Day x Tobi Ang

“I’d say I’m a much more practical dresser these days.”
On Tobi: Cotton short sleeves, super slim denim, canvas lace up sneakers, and accessories, all from M&S Collection.

 

M&S Father's Day x Tobi Ang

 

Who shops for you?

I do a lot of my own shopping and do it when I have to, so it’s not that often. I try to limit my clothes to what I can wear and let go of items I no longer use.

 

Do you set a price limit when shopping for clothes?

I always look at value for money, so price is relative. I buy things of good value, and I never spend on something I’m not comfortable wearing. If I have to worry about damaging what I’m wearing, and have to be extra careful, then it’s too expensive for me. I usually buy brands that feel & look good and stay that way for quite a while.

 

M&S Father's Day x Tobi Ang

“During work days I wear polo shirt, jeans or slacks and loafers.”
On Tobi: Blue Harbor long sleeves, M&S Collection Value chino & M&S Collection lace shoes; all accessories from M&S Collection.

 

M&S Father's Day x Tobi Ang

 

 

Your Lola Pat (Montemayor) is an avid M&S shopper. How does M&S appeal to you?

M&S will always be relevant and it appeals to all generations. But personally, it will always have a special place in my heart, since I bought my first suit from their Shangri-la branch for my junior prom a few decades ago.

 

What important piece of clothing should a dad have in his wardrobe?

Comfortable shoes, and maybe a good watch that tells you when it’s time to go home.

 

M&S Father's Day x Tobi Ang

On Tobi: M&S Collection linen polo over tailored fit shirt & white linen shorts; On Michelle: M&S linen chambray shirt dress.

 

Fashion: Marks & Spencer 2017 Summer Collection available at Abreeza Mall & SM Lanang Premier
Photography: Wizbren Ang
Styling: Otoy Mercado

 

Email me at jinggoysalvador@yahoo.com. For more lifestyle & travel stories, visit www.ofapplesandlemons.com & www.jeepneyjinggoy.com

Also published in the SunStar Davao newspaper.

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