On the Spot with John-Paul Bautista

in Community Insight

Where did you first start your employment?

I started ‘working’ in my dad’s lottery shop when I was 10 to earn pocket money.   I got my first real job at 16 working part time at Safeways. 

How would you describe yourself?

Ambitious, hard working, caring and loyal.

Which person has been the biggest influence in your life?

I can’t name just one, there have been a few; my parents, my Uncle Boss, my wife, certain friends….during your life, different people influence you in different ways.

What’s the best book you’ve ever read?

During lockdown I’ve been reading a lot! I’m really enjoying David Baldacci’s books, he’s so descriptive in his writing, it’s like watching a movie in your head.

What’s your favourite music track? 

Fuf! Anyone who knows me knows I love music; reggae, hip hop, flamenco.  I don’t think I could narrow it down to a single album, let alone one song!  If I had to choose, it would probably have to be a Bob Marley track maybe Redemption Song or War or Rat Race or Babylon System…….

What’s your biggest fear?

Going bald, but that happened already so……

If you could change something about yourself, what would it be? 

My baldness!! I really liked my hair!

Have you ever been given advice that you wished you had acted on? 

Yes, I was once told to invest in a scaffolding company and I didn’t…… I should have done, Gib is full of it!

What makes you laugh? 

Una pila de cosas!! El Commandante Lara is hilarious, my kids, some of my friends and their funk (they know who they are!).

What’s your greatest ambition?

To always have my wife and kids around me.

What’s the best country you’ve ever visited and why? 

I love Spain but visiting Egypt and India was an amazing experience and really puts your own life into perspective.

What is your idea of perfect happiness? 

Beach, family & music.

Which word or phrases do you most overuse?

“Señora, no tiene nada!”  But most recently it’s been “pass pass pass the ball.”

Do you have any regrets?

We’ve all made mistake yes, but we shouldn’t dwell on regrets.   

What keeps you awake at night? 


What’s the best experience you’ve had in life so far? 

I’m fortunate enough to have had some great experiences. Watching Barca beat Madrid 5-0 (twice), concerts, visiting the pyramids, the birth of my children. I like to invest in memories. 

If you didn’t live where you are currently located where would you like to Live (Money no object)? 

I would have a beach house in the Cadiz area, with my chiringuito and huerto. Me gusta el Sur.

What person historic or living would you most like to meet?

Bob Marley and Jesus. 

If you could change one thing about Gibraltar what would it be? 

The amount of dog poo/pee on our pavements. Que asco!

What is your favourite hobby or interest? 

I love music, football and art.

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