Monthly Archives: September 2010

Sid and Rocky

Model, ex-dick-a-day feature and indie flick regular Rocky Salumbides is in Muli also. Of course, he’s not doing the frontals and he can only do the mooning scene plus the semi-hard-penis-in-white-briefs shot with lead Sid Lucero. The thing is, this is a warm-and-fuzzy feel-good gay flick. Muli – directed by Adolfo Alix, Jr. [Daybreak, D’Survivors] – will be shown uncut on 22 September 2010 in theaters nationwide.


The most romantic Filipino gay movie that came out in recent years, Muli is being shown again commercially starting 22 September 2010 in major theaters across the country. The feature film, starring straight actors Sid Lucero and Cogie Domingo, will be shown without cuts and with an R-18 rating. Here’s a statement, which is very insightful, from the writer of the movie, Jerry Gracio –

Last year, after the screening of a film which I wrote, I was confronted by a number of critics and entertainment writers, accusing me of being “anti-gay” for having shown gays as “predators”, casting the bakla in a bad light. Several months before, I delivered a lecture at a poetry workshop in UP on gay poetry and the poetics of gender. I was also accused of being “anti-gay” for talking about the need to veer away from titi-centric gay poetry: poetry centered on the phallus, reeking of semen and sweat.

Muli is an attempt to clarify my position. I’m not against the depiction of gay sex, no matter how graphic, in poetry, fiction, or film. But neither do I believe that gays should always be deified in literature or in cinema: that there is only one way of depicting the bakla. Or, that gay films should always center on sex and sexual acrobatics, or that gay writers should only talk about their being gay, shoving the bakla to other people’s faces.

There was a spate of gay films in recent years, and as expected, said films tried to outdo each other by showing men’s body at the slightest provocation. I’ve been offered to write a number of gay-themed films, perhaps, because there is a market for such films. But as always, the producers always want a skin flick, in the guise of doing a drama, or worse, art film. Having wrtten skin flicks in the early years of my career as a writer, I could detect if the producer is a concerned artist who only wants to recoup his investment via a gay skin flick, or a con-artist who wants to dupe actors and film crews to rake in money by passing on the project as art.

I understand that, coming from a “marginal” position; gay writers should be cautious in crafting the image of the bakla being written on the page and projected on screen. But I believe that there should be a multi-faceted projection of that image. Because the bakla is not just a bakla, but a lawyer, a cadre, an engineer; and yes, a screaming faggot, and a predator at times.

Thus, Muli, tries to give a changing picture of the bakla for the past four decades, even within and outside the Communist Party, which is considered a bastion of the most progressive thoughts in conservative Philippine society. And since I’m a hopeless romantic, I would want to convey a positive, long-lasting gay relationship, which I think is now possible, despite the tragedy of our lives as gays.


Why do boys love to show off their pubes in public? Is there a certain appeal to it? The guy on the left is Mossimo Bikini Summit alum and yoga teacher Aljarreau Galang who is most comfortable in his skin. The one on the right is, of course, Christian Bautista who is a deeply religious, proverb-quoting, theistic J freak, singer and occasional actor. And then again he had to show his pubic hair intentionally.


Hey Andre Endique! What have you been doing lately? Not much has been heard from you after your star-turning appearance in the Coke TVC eh? Never mind if that Jiro guy beat you at the 2009 Mossimo Bikini Summit. You’ll do just fine. I think. By the way, that guy behind you seems cute, too.


Not in the Philippines, but definitely Filipino. So, can we make an exception, pretty please? It’s a full frontal guy for crying out loud! This is Paolo Roldan, the newest male supermodel – thanks to Givenchy’s Coup de Foudre ad [in photo] in the June 2010 issue of Vogue Paris. The 6’2″-tall model from Toronto, Canada closed for Givenchy’s fall winter collection fashion show in Paris last January. Snaps for the guy!

Folio Out Now

The new magazine with nekkid boys, Folio is out now in stores! One of the featured guys is delish dude Marco Alcaraz, who just might spring a surprise in his spread. Folio sells at Php 175.00 at the following stores: CV Magazines in Landmark Department Store – Makati, all Filbars outlets, and Fully Booked in Trinoma, Greenhills, The Fort and SM North EDSA. It will also be available at BookSale branches next week.

Pool Boys

Cool and refreshing. Why, it’s David Guingona [left] and Jhon Mark Marcia together in the pool, wet in spandex! Big and burly David is doing tv work these days and is sometimes seen doing ramp work for designers in the A- to B- list categories. On the other hand, boyish operator Jhon Mark is crossing the legit line to modeling also. Happy Thursday!

Phil McCracken

Butt exhibitionist during the Cosmo show is 6’4″-tall Miguel Patrick Masigan, an up-and-coming model. The 21-year-old BS Biology student at the University of Santo Tomas [UST] gamely showed his buttocks – oblong-shaped like Vietnamese watermelons [sweet and succulent sans the dark stripes, of course!] – during the show, much to the delight of the audience.


Thirty-one-year-old model and tv host Rich Herrera is firing up reality tv nights with his appearance on the latest edition of Amazing Race Asia. The hunky model is representing the Philippines, together with his 34-year-old partner – a basketball player-model, in the hit show.


You’ve seen the front part [i.e. his money shot], now look at his backside! Jeremy Ian Mesias does another turn as he showcases his many angles for the movie Discreetly, which was shown recently in select theaters. The gay flick’s directed by Cris Pablo, who is also at the helm of another all-out boy fleshfest Subok, shown tomorrow [15 September 2010] at Robinsons Galleria, Ruben Cinema Recto, Remar Cinema Cubao, and Colon Cebu.
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