Rocky's x Yong Sebastian: Cool summer bonding

Yong Sebastian, 39, is taking every opportunity to grow with his two boys, Nikko, 12, and Franco, 7, and summer is when they can bond the longest

YOU reap what you sow.

Young father and agriculturist, Roberto Charles “Yong” Sebastian, 39, believes that good strong bonds can be harvested from well nurtured relationships. Seedlings should be fed with love, care and respect. To date, he is witnessing the fruits of his labor through his fast-growing kids.

Yong is taking every opportunity to grow with his two boys, Nikko, 12, and Franco, 7, and the summer school break is the ideal time. This is when father and sons can bond the longest.

The Sebastians admit to loving the sun and the sea and it’s not surprising that the annual summer vacation will take them to a destination where both will be enjoyed.

As to choosing where to head to this year, Yong said, “We always discuss and decide as a family.”And “family” extends beyond their unit. “We will spend some quality time with my in-laws in Manila then go on a cruise to the Caribbean to celebrate my mom's birthday. We're leaving this coming May for a two-week vacation.”Once back in Davao, more father-son bonding will fill the calendar.

“The boys and I will definitely be engaging in sports this summer. Boxing and basketball are two of our favorites which we can play together.”

Yong & the boys will definitely be engaging in sports this summer. Boxing and basketball are two of our favorites which we can play together

Beyond sports, Yong shares, “I sometimes take them with me to work and walk the farms. I jog around the village while the boys are on their scooters. At home, we play on the game console at times as well.”

He admits that the outdoors, especially the farms, is the best place to take the kids this summer season.

“My place of work, a banana plantation, will expose the kids to what I do for work, and at the family’s fruit farms is where they can hangout and relax. It’s cooler among the green and wide expanse.”

And part of staying cool is making sure the boys are kept well groomed. Dad sees no reason why good grooming should take a back seat during school break.

It applies to himself as well. “In my line of work it is important to be well groomed because I represent the company in dealing directly with banana growers and government agencies,” said Yong.

“If there’s a good time to keep the hair short, it’s during this hot spell.”

Rocky’s is Sebastian’s go-to place for their hair care. They discovered the barbershop back in 2011 when the Abreeza Mall branch opened.

The Sebastians bonding include a regular grooming at Rocky's barbershop-a sleek, polished look for Yong, a new look from the style menu for NIkko & Franco for his “usual” styling

“Eldest child, Nikko, was seven when he had his first haircut at Rocky’s and said he was satisfied with his new look,” said Yong, and added, “Franco, who was two years old then, was a crier. Only Tata or Gary could try to cheer him up. They're very patient with him.”

Rocky’s had them at the first haircut, so to speak.

Since then, the Sebastians visit Rocky’s very three weeks. Yong for his sleek, polished look; Nikko, the more meticulous client, for a cut he picks from the style menu; and Franco for his “usual” styling, free candies and chat with his favorite barber.

Although location, cleanliness and good service account for their loyalty to Rocky’s, Yong and his kids particularly like how the barbers are easy to follow instructions on their desired styles, referring to Gary and Jun, who became their “suki” barbers from day one.

“If they move to another branch, we will follow them,” quipped Yong.

Summer coolers- hang out at the family fruit farm & a sport a short hairstyle ℅ Rocky's barbershop

On Rocky’s 20th year anniversary, here’s what the Sebastians have to say, “Rocky's has consistently proven its commitment to its customers with your impressive quality of service. Congratulations on a job well done. Mabuhay!”

As they age together, Yong is steadfast in keeping the father and sons bond strong, and Rocky’s is glad to have been part of this family undertaking since 2011 and the coming years.

Rocky’s Barbershop is the first barbershop to open in a mall in Davao City in 1986. All its five branches today are conveniently located in malls- Victoria Plaza, Abreeza Mall, GMall, SM City & SM Lanang Premier. 2016 marks its 20th year in the business.

Yong, Nikko and Franco Sebastian are the featured Father and Sons personalities in the 2016 Traditions calendar of Rocky’s.


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Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on April 16, 2016.