Monthly Archives: June 2010

Cool Out

TGIF! I take my word back regarding unsexy board shorts. There are some who pull it off just fine. Take for example male model Mark Onir Rino. Of course, it helps that one has to have a great body to wear those chunky shorts to the beach. The thing is, some people just appear mighty fine in those shorts while others simply can’t hack the look. Mark Onir, in identical navy blue and red Speedo swim shorts with Hideo [top photo] and Marck Ecko board shorts, is a convincing and an impressive argument in favor of the board shorts.


Nipo-brasileiro model Hideo Muraoka has long gone from our shores, now fully settled in his native São Paulo, but many still remember him as that tall and sexy hunk who pumped up Folded & Hung‘s underwear campaign and gave rival Bench a fright. Aside from the F&H ads, he was a regular feature in the fashion runways and magazine editorials. Hideo is sorely missed these days.


Everyone in the modeling industry is all agog over the Bench Uncut show next week. It is one of the biggest fashion shows in the land, garish-glitzy undies and denims notwithstanding. A model’s appearance in this biennial show ups his stature and repute, a leap from the amateur league to the big models’ club. Now, I’m wondering if cute hunk in photo, 23-year-old former Cosmo bachelor and freelance model Bernard Jason Saguinsin is in the Bench underwear extravaganza. It would have been a delight to see him strut his stuff in there.


This is how actor Polo Ravales looks like these days. After his failed bid at superstardom via the nudity route [e.g. Walang Kawala], the former Folded & Hung endorser has picked up and on and is starting anew. He’s a bit player still at GMA-7 and he’s not complaining now. The Filipino-German hunk [real name: Paul Patrick Rodil Gruenberg] is turning 28 years old this weekend.


Here’s 22-year-old Jolo Garcia from Davao. He is currently here in Manila to try his luck in the big city with his bitty-bitsy bikini. Just recently, the 5’10”-tall A.B. Mass Communications graduate from the Holy Cross of Davao College landed as first runner-up to fellow Southerner Kenneth Paul Salva in the Man of the Year 2010 contest. Jolo maybe a newbie here in the metro but back home, he’s a bikini open veteran with such titles in the Bikini Open sa Payag ni Igme 2009 in Tacurong City, Tropicana Bikini Open 2008 in General Santos City, Body Fest 2009 in Sultan Kudarat, Body Language Bikini Open 2009 in Isla Adelina Isulan. Etc., etc. ….


Yeah they were all yellow! Summer’s definitely not yet over even if the afternoon rains zip and zoom down the metro. The bikini contests are still being organized and planned. There’s still summer’s biggest bikini showdown – the fifth staging of Hataw Super Bodies Bikini Open, where Bryan Soriano [right] and Virgilio Jaboli a.k.a. Mark Daniel Alarcon [3rd runner-up] competed last year. And some event is being crafted and designed in bikini town, with this site playing a role in the process. So there, summer may really come and go but the boys in tiny thongs are here to, uh, hang out.


I’m a bit curious how his twin brother looks like these days. Felix Roco sure has a thing going on in the sexiness department but he also has an identical twin. Where is Dominic Roco? Did he get fat? It would have been nice to see shirtless twins in showbiz, and they’re the best bets for that visual [uh, Richard Gutierrez and his brother just won’t hack it]. Incidentally, Felix Roco‘s pics are all over town these days because he’s promoting his new movie called Pendong. It’s a summer road movie featuring the largest collection of Volkswagen Type 1s a.k.a. Beetles. Pendong starts showing on 25 June 2010 at SM Digital Cinemas.

A “10”

Here’s 23-year-old Athon Fernandez from Kawit, Cavite. If he looks familiar, he was a contestant in the recently-concluded Ginoong Pilipinas 2010 and the grand winner in the first Asia-Pacific Bikini Contest. Athon is also competing in this year’s edition of summer’s biggest bikini contest – Hataw Super Bodies Bikini Open. Incidentally, there’s a go-see for the contest later [20 June 2010] from 2-6 p.m. at the Penthouse of Future Point Plaza 1 along Panay Avenue in Quezon City. Bring swimwear and photos [face and body]. For more details call Jumpstart Productions at 491.3861 or 376.7204.

The Look

Oh, it’s male mod Luke Jickain in low rise Bench jeans and briefs! He’s always in the Bench underwear shows from way back. Every time, he wears those skimpy skivvies with much confidence and coolness. Hopefully, in the coming Bench Uncut show, he’ll be more daring, say, in thongs, jockstraps and g-strings?

The Color Purple

Erstwhile Lips Bar regular Cris Quizon a.k.a. Clark Campbell gets decent this time and wears small purple swimwear, not the shocking see-through ones. The guy’s been through the A-Z of bikini contests around the metro and in other provinces where men in thongs competing for measly prize money is now widely accepted. Now that he’s become a familiar face in the racy competitions and he’s aged a bit, will Cris finally hang up his shiny jockeys this year?
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