Mane Attraction: Tiangco vs Quimbo

Ayee Macaraig

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The hairstyles of Congressmen Toby Tiangco and Miro Quimbo turn heads on court and online. Grab the gel, your honor.

VANITY HAIR. The two lawmakers shock and awe with their hairdos.

MANILA, Philippines – Sorry, Rep. Quimbo, your hair is no longer in vogue.

Navotas Rep. Tobias “Toby” Tiangco stole the crowning glory from prosecution spokesperson Marikina Rep. Romero “Miro” Quimbo when he appeared as a witness at the #CoronaTrial, Monday, March 12.

Tiangco turned his back on his House colleagues as he testified for the defense. But as coined by humor blogger The Professional Heckler, his hairdo was the “mane attraction.”

The congressman’s spiked salt-and-pepper hair, bright green tie, and eyebrows distracted many viewers, and triggered a salon-like discussion online on what exactly his hairstyle is called. It even inspired a wacky blog entry featuring the more senior members of the impeachment court. 

Tiangco is not the first challenger to Quimbo’s matinee-idol-status. Earlier, Quimbo was once quoted as saying his spikes are no match for the skin of Defense Spokesperson Tranquil Salvador III.

Anime? Charice? Clooney?

Quimbo is known for his signature ‘do known as a faux-hawk but Tiangco’s hair is sui generis, a class of its own.

Is it a bird’s nest? Plain funky? Super gelled? The debate is fierce, with references ranging from Hollywood, K-Pop to Navotas livelihood.

Some Twitter users think Tiangco took a page out of George Clooney’s stylebook. 

Several netizens though think Tiangco’s hair is Asian-inspired, either by anime or K-pop. 

Commission on Elections Spokesperson James Jimenez casts his vote on Tiangco’s look. 

Others including columnist Wilson Lee Flores looked closer to home, comparing Tiangco’s hair to the controversial new look of Charice. Perhaps he echoes Charice, “This is me. This is who I am.” 

Twitter user @HilagaPedro thinks Navotas, the country’s fishing capital, has something to do with the look of its congressman. 

BIRD'S NEST? The Twitterverse debates what Rep. Tiangco's hairstyle looks like.

‘Who wore it best?’

Even ANC anchor Tony Velasquez could not resist jumping into the conversation. @Kakanturing posed the ultimate fashion question: “Who wore it best?” 

Quimbo still maintains a fan base but many think Tiangco trumped his look. 

Don’t worry, Rep. Quimbo. The fashion scene is much like the impeachment trial. As the Project Runway tagline goes, “One day, you’re in, the next day, you’re out.” –

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