5 reasons why we want to be Marlon Stockinger right now
Barry Viloria on Jan 03, 2017 04:53 PM
Aside from dating Miss Universe 2017, what makes him our next athlete #mancrush? (Photos taken from Stockinger's and Wurtzbach's Instagram accounts: @marlonstockinger and @piawurtzbach)
Whether an admission has been made or not, the photos we’ve seen of Filipino-Swiss racer Marlon Stockinger spending New Year’s in Hawaii with Miss Universe 2016 Pia Wurtzbach already gave us a clue that they’re… it. Throwing in more than tens of thousands of likes plus those delight/envy-expressing comments, the Internet was quick to respond to this #relationshipgoals-worthy couple featuring no less than an athlete and a beauty queen. And here we are asking ourselves, what does the 25-year-old Stockinger have that we don’t? We could work out if we really put our heart to it, but what else?
1. He’s a Pinoy racing pride. Duh.
Skip his good looks that has landed him ambassadorship projects and magazine covers, Stockinger is a racer first. And by “first,” we mean ordinal—he’s the first Filipino to have won in a Formula race. In June 2010, Stockinger joined the Michelin Formula Renault UK Championship, and won a lights-to-flag victory in Round 9 and second place in Round 10. He has also won at the 2012 GP3 Series in Monaco, setting his first pole position and the fastest lap in that race. He now has a record of 178 races joined. Prior to participating at the Formula Renault, Stockinger has ruled the top ranks at the Asian Karting Open Championship’s Formula 125 Senior Open and Rotax Max Senior categories, among others.
2. He’s a jetsetter.
It must be that Stockinger’s racing enthusiasts of a dad is Swiss, or for his racing requirements (he joins an average of 20 races a year) that he’s all over the world. Check out his Instagram, and you’ll spot him biking next to cattle in Zurich, bae-watching at Stiges Beach in Barcelona, or sauntering on some cobblestoned street in Milan. He loves being able to travel because of his sport, he told the Philippine Star in a 2015 article, “And of course the excitement, adrenaline, and high when I’m racing.”
3. He’s a fitness enthusiast.
He’s our #mancrush, alright. And how else does he fit this description by doing more fitness ambassador stuff? Stockinger runs, pedals, boxes, swims, and lifts weights to keep in shape. For what, you ask, if he’s just sitting down anyway? Well, it’s really best for racers to be in their best condition as they get to higher levels of force while on the track.
4. He’s one cool son and kuya.
True, Stockinger’s career has thrust him elsewhere but home. Still, he’s one Filipino at heart and it shows by always putting family first. He especially loves to dote on his little brother, who's also his Pokemon Go-mate!
5. He’s dating Pia Wurtzbach.
Nuff said. In October last year, a cleaned up Stockinger revealed at the Star Magic Ball, “The truth? Let's put it this way—if Pia was here tonight, she'd be my date here so yeah obviously we see each other but we just want to keep it down low pretty much but yeah, I've been seeing Pia.” So long to that "sexiest doctor alive" the outgoing pageant titleholder previously dated. With their recent beach-bumming photos together, Stockinger and Wurtzbach have clearly kept it the opposite of down low. Cheers to this couple then!