Are you part-Japanese? Your name sounds like you are.
No, I’m not Japanese. AJ is just a nickname. Back in high school there was another girl who had the same full name as mine, so I adapted AJ for myself. “Sachi” comes from my cosplay background.
So, from cosplay, now you’re a model?
Yes. Cosplaying was just my stepping stone to modelling. From there, I had offers to do photo shoots and bikini open pageants. But it didn’t happen right away. Because back then, I was not really that confident with my body.
Well, obviously you’re very confident with your body now.
Yes, I am. And, actually, kaunti lang naman yung difference. But I’m very happy with my body.
Does this also mean that you’re delving full-time into modelling now?
Yeah. But I’m currently working on starting my own business. I want to have my own line of clothing or lingerie.
Do you need a “partner” to help you with that?
I’m currently in a relationship.
It's all strictly business, then. What kind of man would you allow a peek of yourself in your lingerie designs?
That’ll be someone who understands me. Someone who can help me make special decisions. He also has to be very patient with me. Really good physical attributes isn’t a requirement for me. Basta, understanding and patient.
Older guys are usually the understanding and patient types. Are older guys fine with you?
Yes. Basta stable ang mind niya and he’s focused on what he wants now and in the future. These, for me, are the qualities of a real man.
And what will this mentally stable, focused, understanding and patient guy get in return?
Well, my parents brought me up knowing how to focus on the people that I love.
Can you kindly elaborate on that.
I’m malambing… loving, loyal, and true.
We were hoping you we’re referring to a different kind of “focusing.” You know, something more physical.
Ha ha ha! Of course kasama na iyon. That’s why my boyfriend and I love each other very much!
Are you also confident when it comes to that? We mean, do you initiate the action?
Oh my God! Secret! Ha ha!
Do you really want us to beg?
Well…basta! We take each other to heaven and…to the highest level! Ha ha! Oh, I have more to add pa pala to the qualities I like from a man…
I want someone who’s very passionate, like my boyfriend. That’s why I love every moment with him. He always knows what to do. And he doesn’t stop teaching me and I still have a lot to learn from him. And for him, my body is his wonderland! Ha ha!
PHOTOGRAPHY: PAUL TICZON OF THE ATTIC STUDIO FOR NIKON PHILIPPINES
STYLING AND MAKEUP: JO TICZON FOR WWW.JOTICZON.COM
HAIR: DONN DONATO OF THE ATTIC STUDIO
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