We got (a little too) comfortable with Abby Poblador
How many times have we heard Rico Robles introduce PXC’s resident ring girl with all his gritty might, inciting the crowd into a chorus of boisterous cheers, as Abby Poblador does her intoxicating dance around the Terrordome? Beyond the sex symbol that she has wittingly become, what do we really know of Abby?
Who would have thought that Abby Poblador likes them big? “I recently sold my R1 and Ducati,” she informed Lakay photographer Raul Landingin as the latter inquired of her bikes. If you follow Abby on social media, you would know that she rides big bikes, owning a Yamaha R1 and a Ducati Monster until recently disposing of them after her boyfriend and riding partner left for the States some time ago. “Although I’m thinking of buying a Harley,” she continued as Raul and her exchanged notes on their bike know-how.
You may have also seen a video of her emptying magazines at a shooting range. What are the biggest guns you own? “I have an AK-47 and a Thompson.” Yes, a freakin’ Tommy gun. Who introduced you to shooting? “Initially, my boyfriend introduced me to shooting. It’s more natural for guys to be into firearms naman, ‘di ba? Then when I tried it, nagustuhan ko. I started buying my own guns.” Do you also shoot with pistols, or just big guns? “Mas gusto ko yung binibira! I’ve tried pistols before, and it’s like, okay, that’s it? With big guns, iba yung thrill eh. Sa submachine gun, inuubos ko ng isang bira yung buong round. Pero magtitira ako for test shots.”
Even though she has modeling shoots with her Ducati, Abby tells us that both hobbies are neither a gimmick nor a marketing ploy. “People ask me, ‘Do you really ride bikes!?’ They’re surprised when I tell them I do.”
As a model, you’d think that Abby Poblador is a high maintenance lady who’s hard to keep up with. “Actually, bihira akong pumunta ng spa or salon. It’s not my thing. I color my own hair. I do my own nails.” Another assumption people typically have of women in Abby’s line of work is that models have beauty but lack the brains. Here again, she proves us wrong. Graduating with Latin honors during college, I asked her if she ever thought of pursuing a career in the course she finished. “Mass Communcation graduate ako. Hindi ko talaga siya gusto. What I wanted to take was HRIM. But my mom – sila yung nagpapaaral sa akin – gusto niyang maging TV reporter ako. Sinunod ko nalang, and pinagbutihan ko siya. Kinaya ko pang maging scholar (both in Makati Science High School and Philippine Women’s University) kahit na ‘di ko siya gusto, just to prove that I could do it. After I graduated, I still pursued my passion. I tried working in a hotel as guest services officer. I worked in Diamond Hotel and Mandarin Oriental. Pero hindi ko siya nagustuhan, so nag-resign ako. Then I tried modeling. From there, nagtuluy-tuloy na.”