Rocky's x Philip Garcia: Healthy habits, it’s genetic

Dad Philip with sons Buddy & Marco – active lifestyle & good grooming is in the genes.


Health is wealth. This seems to be 40-year old Philip Garcia’s mantra.

“My forever sport is basketball,” he confessed, “And my hobbies include anything about the 4×4 trucks—off road trail and muddy adventures and sometimes racing. I take my boys to weekend rides, and the racing part I get to do whenever I’m in Davao for the major festivals.”

Even if Philip works the night shift as an ER nurse in a Frisco, Texas hospital, this dad hasn’t strayed from his active course.

His sons, 14-year old Marco and 11-year old Buddy, are witnesses to his healthy habit and they are right behind him on this path.

Both kids are members of their school’s basketball league and the academy that builds elite players to compete nationally. They are second-degree black belters in mixed martial arts, and are qualifiers for state competition in swimming, too. All of these activites have scheduled practices spread throughout the week with weekends as tournament days.

“They chose these sports themselves, and my wife and I support them all the way. We take turns in taking them to their regular practices on the weekday and on the weekend tournaments, we catch it as a family.”

Schoolwork is top priority still. It’s the number one rule and the kids abide by it—with top marks.

Marco is member of the national junior honor society, while Buddy is on the gifted and talented program.

That’s not all. They’re part of their school’s music squad. Marco is a trumpeter in the middle school band, which has won various competitions in Texas, and Buddy is learning to play the tuba in a beginner band.

What the kids need not be told about is paying attention to their appearance. Good grooming must have been passed on genetically. Father and sons always step out of the house presentable.


Brothers Buddy & Marco are into basketball, swimming, mixed martial arts & music


“Being in the health care profession we set the high standard of proper grooming and healthy lifestyle. It is imperative to look my best.”

“I’m always in front of people all ages and walks of life and taking care of my patients and their families. Grooming for me is part of who I am. I want to look good on the outside and feel good in the inside.”

Marco and Buddy have their own grooming ritual as well before heading to school and even their practices.

When the Garcia family moved to Texas they sought the best barber that can come close to the services of Rocky’s, their favorite barbershop in Davao.

Philip has been a loyal client of Rocky’s since Day 1, on the opening of Rocky’s in Victoria Plaza in 1996.

“Rocky’s had an identity of its own, and the catchy ‘barbero ng mga tunay na lalaki’ slogan certainly captured its market way back then, and until now. I wanted to try it—the new business venture of good friends.”

For Philip, his first visit made an instant statement. With the haircut came a free massage that re-energized him. He walked out of Rocky’s very satisfied.

Jun Acub was always his preferred barber but soon found out that any of Rocky’s barber can give him the same smile and service, “So I ended up liking everybody.”


Dad & sons. Philip with Buddy & Marco on Rocky’s 20th year Traditions Calendar


As for Marco’s first visit, he remembers how eager he was to get on the race car or truck barber seat. It was unforgettable.

Philip is at home with Rocky’s. When he’s in Davao he makes sure there’s a boys’ trip to the barbers. It’s the bonding and pampering time before heading back to the US.

“I will always love this home grown barbershop. The people are easy to chat with just like the typical barbershops back in the day, the atmosphere is always welcoming and the eagerness to extend good service with each visit.”

On Rocky’s 20th year in the mens grooming business, Philip only wish is for Rocky’s to continue to be of good service to the clients it serves.

Rocky’s Barbershop is the first barbershop to open in a mall in Davao City in 1996. All its five branches today are conveniently located in malls- Victoria Plaza, Abreeza Mall, GMall, SM City & SM Lanang Premier in Davao City, and Centrio Ayala Mall in Cagayan de Oro City. 2016 marks its 20th year in the business.

Philip, Marco and Buddy are the featured Father and Sons personalities for September in the 2016 Traditions calendar of Rocky’s.

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Also published in the SunStar Davao newspaper.

Also published in SunStar Davao newspaper.