Dreaming of Summer

But I can see you
Your brown skin shining in the sun
You got your hair combed back now
Sunglasses on baby
I can tell you my love for you will still be strong
After the boys of summer, have gone

– Boys of Summer, Don Henley.

I’m dreaming of summer, when the air is hot and humid and everyone’s in the beach. And of course, the season for the bikini contests and shows, where boys are in their skimpiest [and gaudiest] swimwear. Model above is John Wilson Serra, in a floral print bikini. Good enough for summer.

Daybreak on Valentine’s Day

Guys, mark your calendars! Here’s an alternative Valentine’s Day date movie. On 13-14 February, Daybreak will be shown at the Cine Adarna of the UP Film Institute. It stars Coco Martin and Paolo Rivero, from the script of Charliebebs Gohetia and the direction of Adolfo Alix Jr. I’m pretty sure this will be a good one, for lovers out there who are in for a good cry.

Synopsis: DAYBREAK happens entirely in one place: a rest house in Taal, Batangas and only with two characters. In a single narrative time, intending by way of voyeurism, we discover what happens to two men spending one night contemplating whether to break up or continue their relationship. William and JP allow us to know their biggest lies and the biggest truths… two people loving each other, clinging to each other, betraying each other — trying the fragility of their feelings in only one night. Memories and dreams, truths and lies, fears and desires, betrayal and honesty, love and hate are all closely entwined in this night. Behind the veil of words, they are drawn to each other but will the light of the sunrise bring this intimacy to an end?

Daybreak will also be shown at Robinsons Galleria IndieSine from 20-26 February, 27 February – 4 March at Robinsons Manila [Ermita], and 5-11 March at Robinsons Bacolod.

Decriminalizing Libel

The Supreme Court issued on 25 January a circular advising courts nationwide to impose fines rather than jail terms on persons convicted of libel. The circular states that judges “may, in the exercise of sound discretion and taking into consideration the peculiar circumstances of each case, determine whether the imposition of a fine alone would best serve the interests of justice or whether forbearing to impose imprisonment would depreciate the seriousness of the offense, work violence on the social order, or otherwise be contrary to the imperatives of justice.” This means that although there is no strict order for the judge to impose only a fine, the “prevailing view” of the High Court was that the imposition of fines was preferred over jail terms. There are moves by legislators, too, to totally decriminalize libel and make it just a civil liability [which means, there will no longer be warrants of arrest involved!].

Mike Tan in the dark

After his supporting stint in the hit GMA-7 show Marimar, Mike Tan is cast once again as, uh, support in the afternoon drama series Maging Akin Ka Lamang. As member of the stripteaser boy group The Studs, Mike Tan is busy shooting for the exercise and workout video. For sure, it will be a sexy shirtless Mike Tan in that one. The 21-year-old winner of GMA 7’s artista search says he is grateful to his home studio although he has not been offered lead roles yet [unlike his contemporaries]. He revealed that although his contract with GMA Artist Center is set to expire next month, he will not leave the studio that discovered him.

“Palos” premieres today

The pilot telecast of ABS-CBN’s Palos will be tonight after the news program. The reason I’m watching the show is because of hunky Jake Cuenca, sexy in a black trench coat and gloves. Although I presume he won’t go shirtless in the stylish show, I’m still into it as Jake goes bright and brisk in his action scenes. Palos is an adaptation of the Alyas Palos franchise of LVN Pictures, where the main character was a slippery Jame Bond-like mercenary with state-of-the-art skills.

Carl Rosadino, Boy-Man

Carlito “Carl” Rosadino was a gangling Art Studies student then at the State U when he got noticed for his boyish good looks. After college, he started joining bikini contests, foremost of which was the Kouros Male Model Search in 2006, where he landed first runner-up. At the Slimmers World International Bikini Bodies 2007, the 22-year-old production manager surprised everyone by beating seasoned and muscular contestants by running away with the top prize. In the final interview, he was asked: “How do you manage to stay fit in spite of your daily activities?” His winning answer was: “I [just] spend two hours working out [at Slimmers World] every day [and that is] through the help of my personal trainer. You see, I’m leanest of all the [male] finalists here, but I am proud of my body.”

Where is Niko Arellano ?

Aiman Manuel Perea, better known in the Provoq world as Niko Arellano, has always been one of my favorite guys in that group. Bubbly-sexy, this lean and tall hunk was once a candidate at the Mr. World Philippines search, where he revealed during the interview portion that he helps his family with the expenses by tending his own pares greasy spoon. As the Hiphop Bro of Provoq, Niko Arellano was the ultimate tease, too. Last seen bare-naked at the Cruise show, Niko has lately been inactive in the biz. Sorely missed, Digital Viva should give him more projects, too.

Dino Imperial in Volta

This just in, thanks to reader Barbarella for the photos. That’s Dino Imperial [Dino Kilates in the real world], the twinkie model who shot to fame via the PLDT MyDSL series of commercials. He is now cast in the fantasy series Volta in ABS-CBN, his home studio. Dino, who is turning 20 this year, was raised in Las Vegas but he came home for school. He is enrolled in Multimedia Arts [2nd year] at the College of Saint Benilde, according to his bio. For his role in Volta, Dino unwittingly becomes the subject of gay men’s fantasies as he dons a tight-fitting costume, bulges and all.

“Cruise” DVD is now out!

Guys, remember the Men of Provoq‘s show last year – Cruise: A Provocative Tour? The video of the show is now out in major record stores. It contains shots of the show [shot minutes before the actual show, when the audience were still outside the NBC Tent eagerly anticipating the start of the flesh fest]. Here you’ll see John, Niko and Harry in their G-strings atop the monkey bars, Josh Ivan and Anthony as stripping Yakuzas, Chester and Gabb in butt-crack sequences, and oh, Justin as the plain big tease. Go buy.