Hailing from the Philippines and raised just within its capital, Jacob has developed a love for cars at an early age through his father’s Jeep Wrangler and his older brother’s Nissan Sentra.
Leaving his previous life as a musician and a corporate slave, he started his writing career as a news and features writer for AutoDeal, a leading car-buying website in the Philippines. It was there where he made his way up to become the chief editor and senior car reviewer before he left the company in 2020.
Jacob joined the U.S./Global edition of Motor1in 2018 as a weekend editor, while also working as a daily late-night news writer. He has a column on the motoring section of a major newspaper, the Philippine Star, where he tests cars for the local market and shares his insights about the automotive industry.
Right now, Jacob has a love-hate relationship with hot hatches but has a soft spot in his heart for the latest generation of the Suzuki Jimny.