Andrew Schimmer’s time to shine

Reader harrychuachika, who never fails to surprise me, sent in this photo and asks: “Isn’t that Andrew Schimmer?”. Most probably, as he is the only guy I know with the “JAS” tat on his right arm. This was taken a few days ago at the Slimmers World Great Bodies launch, and I presume he is one of the contestants. His development and transformation is quite amazing, as he went from gangly teen to incredible bulk. Now 21 years old, the Fil-German John Andrew Schimmer was last seen in the comedy flick Apat Dapat, Dapat Apat and will soon be appearing as the male lead in the sex movie, Green Paradise.

Roman’s numeral is showing

Twenty-three-year-old Roman de Dios was reportedly discovered in the farm fields of Concepcion, Tarlac by talent scouts from Manila [who were just passing by]. They convinced him to go to Manila and try his luck in modeling. Convinced, he was. His first assignment was the bare-for-all Extreme Sexy Fashion Show in the now-closed Klownz Araneta. This was followed by another Extreme sequel, before he did a more daring Xkandalo show. I presume these were all bikini shows.

Enchong is having fun

Smooth boy Enchong Dee seems to have abandoned his training for the Olympic Gold. He’s been concentrating lately on tv soaps and shows, and modeling for the underwear brand Bench. First photo above was taken from the Bench Fever Underwear and Denim Show in 2006, where the 18-year old showed his swimmer’s bod, while second photo [right] was taken recently at the Be Bench Finals Night, where he bared a bit of extra poundage.

Kananete [The Infidel]

Sampal ng kananete
napa-este ang peste nagkandaleche-leche
sino sino sino ba
ang nagsabing tao ka?
sino sino sino ba
ang pumatol sa tanga.

The digital short Kananete [The Infidel], directed by Rosswill Hilario, will have its world premiere tomorrow at the gala night of the Manila Pride Fest at Robinson’s Galleria Movieworld IndieSine. The 22-minute movie is the familiar story of two men who “set out to redefine a home in our present society…defying norms and pushing through lies and forgiveness.” One of the lead actors is 29-year-old Marc Mendoza [photo above].

Manila Pride Fest

Starting tomorrow, October 24, the MANILA PRIDE FEST: The 1st International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Film Festival 2007 will be held at the Robinson’s Galleria Movieworld IndieSine. The festival runs until October 30. The festival will have around five (5) film features each day. On October 25, Australian film makers will showcase their works. October 26 will topbill Canadian flicks while October 27 will be an American film screening. Movies from other countries will be shown on October 28 under the category Untold Stories: All Mixed Up, and the European, Latin and African countries will screen their works on October 29. The Philippines will have its day on October 30, where the likes of Ang Lalake sa Parola and Cinemalaya’s best short film Misteryo ng Hapis [my favorite short film! dark, atmospheric and rich!] by Mark dela Cruz will be shown.

Model above is known as Sam Miguel of the Toma Boys. He was the poster boy [literally] of the 2005 Pink Film Festival [3rd International Gay and Lesbian Film and Video Festival] held in Manila.

Mr. Big: Sassan Shokouhi

One of the 69 “hot, new bachelors” of Cosmopolitan [Phils.] magazine this year who is destined to be big is Sassan Shokouhi, a 22-year-old Filipino-Iranian model. He is the new face of Eskinol Master Facial Cleanser billboards in the city. The 6’3″-tall hunk also appeared during the Air 69 Bachelors’ Bash of the magazine – in shiny green tights, so tight you can decipher what he’s up to. Such a tease.

The other Guevara

The wind beneath Be Bench ultimate winner Carlo Guevara‘s wings would definitely have to be his older brother, 21-year-old Paolo Adrian Guevara. Although he did not make it to the top 12 in the Be Bench search, he was fully supportive of his brother throughout the contest. He was also responsible for prodding Carlo earlier in the go-see for the event, as the younger Guevara wanted to back out when he was in the midst of taller and buffer models. The 5’8″-tall Paolo is a graduate of the College of Saint Benilde and has been modeling for quite some time. Ultimate voyeur UPH says Paolo looks way much better in person.

Alken and Paolo

Paolo Serrano [bottom pic] and Alken Miranda were members of the now-disbanded VivaHotmen. Paolo Serrano, reportedly only 20 years old, is active in the indie circuit – having appeared recently in movies such as Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, Hipo and the controversial direct-to-video Masahe M2M. On the other hand, 23-year old Alken Miranda seemed to have disappeared into oblivion after doing the Kama Sutra video a few years back.

Sexy Single Dads

Models-turned-actors Christian Vasquez [left] and Paolo Paraiso are just two of the sexy single fathers in showbiz. The 6’1″-tall Christian Vasquez, who is now 30 years old, has a son tucked somewhere in Bacolod. On the other hand the 6′-tall 25-year-old Paolo Paraiso has an infant son with an ex-live-in partner. Both dads appeared together in the Vagina Monologues knock off, Penis Talks, and in the now-defunct sexy group, Barako Boys. Paolo is now an exclusive talent for GMA Artist Center while Christian is still a freelance actor.