Ang Lalake sa Parola out on DVD!

Viva Films’ blockbuster gay sensation, Ang Lalake sa Parola has just been released on video. A friend of the blog sent an email announcing that the movie with an “uncut” label, is now being sold at SM video stores in DVD and VCD [someone still uses this, apparently] formats. The movie ran for several weeks at the Robinsons Galleria IndieSine, and was reported by the mall as the highest grossing digital film shown in its theaters.

Perky: Paolo Cruz

Paolo Cruz is 22 years old, stands 5’9″ and is from Marinduque. He finished BS Business Administration Major in Computer Management at the National University in Manila. Paolo Cruz started modeling at the age of 16 when he was included in the group, Cinderella Teens 2003. He has also appeared in various TVCs, most notable of which was the Sun Cellular 24/7 commercial.

The Boxer: Rico Barrera

Best remembered as the sniff-sniveling, tight-speedo-wearing resident in the first Philippine edition of Big Brother, Rico Barrera is out to prove that he’s really a tough cookie. He is in ABS-CBN’s Pinoy Mano Mano: The Celebrity Boxing Challenge, where he risks his new beak against fellow TV and movie personalities in a boxing-reality show . He lost last Saturday.

Misc. Backstage

Photos sent in by regular regulars, too good not to share. Top one is yoga instructor and dj Al Galang aka Johnny Z [black briefs] fooling around with fellow candidate Thomas “Bo” Rivera backstage at the Mossimo Bikini Summit 2007 finals. The two have been noticed after their Mossimo stint: Johnny Z is now a radio jock for 103.5 MAX FM [1-4 pm daily] while Bo is a Bench model and endorser. Both were Cosmo Men for 2007. On the other hand, lower photo shows Ian Leonel Porlayagan [center], current Mister Philippines and Cosmo Bachelor Bash model, in some leopard-print bikini fashion show. The guy has gone from dumps to dives, after winning the Mister Philippines title.

Watch “Sikil” Tonight!

Today, rain or more rain, Sikil will have its Philippine premiere at the UP Film Center. The movie, which is directed by Roni Bertubin, is doing the international film festival circuit [it is currently in Cancun and will have a Palm Springs preem in January]. Sikil has two screenings – 5 pm and 7 pm, and tickets cost Php 100.00 each. For more information on how to buy the tickets, you may call the UP Film Center at 920.5301 loc. 4589, 926.3640, or 926.2722.

Must Love Dogs

Joross Gamboa loves dogs.

John Archer, a psychologist at the University of Central Lancashire [Preston, UK], has been trying to figure out for some time why people love their pets. In evolutionary terms, love for dogs and other pets “poses a problem,” he writes. Being attached to animals is not, strictly speaking, necessary for human health and welfare. According to Archer, while it is true that studies show that people with pets live a bit longer and have better blood pressure than benighted non-owners, yet in the literal sense, we don’t really need all those dogs and cats to survive. Archer’s alternative Darwinian theory: Pets manipulate the same instincts and responses that have evolved to facilitate human relationships, “primarily (but not exclusively) those between parent and child.” Or, to look at it from the opposite direction, Archer suggests, “consider the possibility that pets are, in evolutionary terms, manipulating human responses, that they are the equivalent of social parasites.” Social parasites inject themselves into the social systems of other species and thrive there. Dogs are masters at that. They show a range of emotions—love, anxiety, curiosity—and thus trick us into thinking they possess the full range of human feelings.