B/ A.M. – Bench Beginnings: Steven Silva, Actor

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T-shirt by BENCH
Photography by JL Javier
Styling by Ecks Abitona
Produced by Margarita Buenaventura

Words by Margarita Buenaventura

Mornings are sacred. It’s where our rituals begin, whether that’s breakfast with loved ones or our first mouse clicks through what’s happening in the world. It sets the tone for the rest of the day: waking up on the right side of the bed is usually good, while spilling coffee on your favorite shirt or doing the walk of shame from last night’s drunken mistake, isn’t.

For some, sunrise marks a beginning, while for others, it marks a long day’s end. Through this series of morning portraits taken by JL Javier, we stole moments off of 10 people’s mornings to see just how varied we all are at greeting the day.

From the daybreak workout of a martial artist to the midday end of an outsourcing employee’s shift, we realize that our mornings may be different but they all matter, in small but special ways. And that in a year that just started, we’ve got many beginnings to look forward to.

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Shirt & trousers by BENCH

10:20 a.m. – STEVEN SILVA 

27, Theater Actor

There’s a ton of other things Steven would rather do in the morning—lazing about and stuffing himself with breakfast food, for example—but he knows he should be working up a sweat. As one of the lead characters in 9Works Theatrical’s production of La Cage aux Folles, he needs to stay fit for the physical and mental demands of the show. All that singing and dancing translates to some heavy-duty gym time for the actor, especially in the boxing ring. Getting in shape so early in the day can be a drag but as Steven demonstrates through this brutal sparring session, one can definitely emerge a champ.

“I didn’t really go to the gym last December. All that Christmas food, you know?” Steven admits over a water break. “But it’s good to be back, even though I’m dying right now. [Going to the gym] doesn’t just help me stay fit, but keeps me disciplined too.”

Catch Steven Silva as Jean-Michel in La Cage aux Folles starting Feb 28 at the RCBC Theater in Makati City. For tickets, call 586-7105 or 0917-5545560

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