Who to follow: Stylish swimming champ Johansen Aguilar
Barry Viloria on Jul 21, 2015 07:40 PM
"Through my Instagram, I give people my different dimensions as compared to a normal athlete. I like to add a little bit of flair to my photos, yung kahit papaano ay worth viewing," says swimming champ Johansen Aguilar on his natty online persona. (Photo taken from Johan's account: @johanaguilar)
Would we be dissing anyone if we say athletes aren’t necessarily stylish? No, seriously. When you think “athlete,” an overly sweaty person in workout clothes, sports shorts, and sneakers, with a gym bag slung to his shoulders and a towel or jug held in hand usually comes to mind. Agree? Although, guys, really, we mean no harm with that. We’re just saying: Not everyone cleans up like David Beckham or Chris Paul. Again, no wrong on either side of the style spectrum.
Maybe that’s why record-breaking national team swimmer Johansen Aguilar makes an impression whenever we scroll down our Instagram feed and see his photos.
Of course, Johan is that La Sallian scholar who graduated with magna cum laude honors and three MVP titles attached to his name. He broke DLSU alumnus Enchong Dee’s individual medley time, and has beaten the Philippine record in the men’s 50 meters backstroke and the UAAP’s 100-meter and 200-meter time for backstroke. In the recent SEA Games, Johan broke the national record yet again saying, “It goes to show na kahit papano, I’m still improving.”
Back to his sense of style, boy knows how to dress—never needing a fashion police scrutinizing his get-ups. Like a pro, he is able to match whatever he slips into with wherever in the world he finds himself strolling around (guy’s also a jet-setter!). His #ootd’s always seem put together, and, when he’s in his usual Under Armour ensemble, he still looks snazzy.
All this boils down to Johan’s love for travelling.
“I found something in taking good photos. Whenever I travel, I make it to the point that whenever I post or whenever I shared, it’s something people will appreciate. That they would love to go that country I just visited, that they would see something in the photo that would entice them to do maybe travelling,” he tells us.
With a Fuji XC2 camera and GoPro as his only tools, Johan has since embraced being an Instagrammer and blogger. He cites popular Filipino blogger David Guison as his inspiration. Online, Johan would regularly post many of his bright, well-edited snapshots, covering his travel experiences. Such include the really touristy—visiting the preserved cathedrals in Spain, kicking fallen cherry blossoms off the Tokyo streets, doing jump shots in front of the Palace of Versailles in France—to the ones that give him the athlete rush—attempting to go up the Swiss Alps, hiking in Atimonan, Quezon, swimming (duh) with the whale sharks in Cebu. For every travel, expect him to be in something damn stylish.
Take a look at some of his posts that prove our point here!
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