Brazilian model and actor Daniel Matsunaga hopes 2012 will be his year. The 26-year-old hunk with the thick underbrush and juicy buns has been flying high lately on Philippine showbiz as one of today’s hottest leading men. With his hot bod, disarming smile and boyish appeal, his guaranteed stint in GMA’s shows and soaps will further secure his popularity among Filipinos, enough to make his fans and admirers swoon over him even more. Now, when will F&H release the obligatory underwear shots?
It has been one whirlwind of a bikini-nekkid-cocky year! As the year ends, I’m listing down the top 20 stories based on the number of comments [figures in italics] that you posted. Nasty or polite, fantasy or trite, your opinions are all there. Here we go –
1.WTF! It’s Neil! Hysteria on Neil Etheridge’s first take as an underwear model. 187
Aww c’mon! You know why I had to put them here. We all love these boys [except one] but then again, their careers didn’t quite take off in 2011 the way we expected. For some reason or another – manager’s problems, career shift, tired of showing penis in public, dad’s money won’t work anymore, gay scandals, falling in love – these boys didn’t make the successful cut this year. How about a vote?
Did you watch a gay indie movie this year? Although no one came close to the daring feat of one Marco Morales, a few boys stood out [and hard] from the dime-a-dozen pack. Some were coy. Others showed some balls, literally. A few went to great lengths, flashing their members. Of course, most of them showed their butts – all plump and juicy. Who was your favorite indie boy in 2011?
The year 2011 saw some boys rise from being unknown to instant celebrities. These were the boys who made their marks in showbusiness – plucked from relative obscurity to the glaring klieg lights of the industry. From left: Mikael Daez was busy modeling before he was thrust into a major GMA prime time show, Amaya and a campy movie, Temptation Island. Neil Coleta did the highly successful tv ad for iced tea and became one of the easily recognizable faces in town. Mart Escudero moved to TV5 and worked with the veterans in showbiz as he got noticed in his solo starrer, Zombadings.
Of course, Paulo Avelino made leaps and strides in his career this year: Bench Body and ABS-CBN. Love him or hate him, Rocco Nacino is getting prime projects in GMA. Model boy Jome Silayan was touted as the next leading man in Amaya, until the deal fell through. He did snag a major appearance for a Bench Body campaign and a TV5 soap. Lastly, Tom Rodriguez was toiling in the sidelines until he was cast in a major production, Temptation Island, and everybody noticed how he could be the next leading man of his time.
These were the top boys you lusted for in 2011. Bikini boys in contests around the country. Some from sleazy rinky-dink bars. Others, from national competitions. Just the same, they all wore that endangered piece of clothing called the bikini! So, who’s your favorite bikini boy of 2011?
So there. Sam Milby‘s calling it quits [for now] in Philippine showbiz. He’s leaving February next year to pursue his, ironically, American dream. Apparently, he got himself an agent in New York and was promised some casting calls in some shows. Here’s wishing him all the tough luck in the US, so that he may be successful this coming year.
Brightest young things. These are the future centerfolds of Cosmopolitan [Phils] magazine. The new leading men of the future. The hunks gracing Mens Health magazine and shirtless-hunks-on-the-cover pulp. This year they did good: Enrique Gil [leftmost], after his Cosmo sleaze and tease, had a pit, I meant hit prime time show. Meantime, JM de Guzman [middle] landed his first starring role on a tv series. And lastly, Alden Richards is the newest teen sensation in GMA.
Gone too soon. In 2011, we lost some boys and men. Sometime in February, model-actor Leo Rabago [right] died of colon cancer at the age of 48. Leo was one of the popular sexy stars in the 80s and 90s, after a highly successful career as a model. A month after, John Apacible [left] was killed at the age of 38. Like Leo, he was also one of the more prominent sexy actors in the 90s.
The most shocking loss occurred in April when promising young actor AJ Perez died in a car accident. Tall and handsome AJ was being groomed to be the next important young actor of his time until fate interfered tragically.
Early December, singer, actor, theater performer RJ Rosales died of unknown causes at the young age of 37. To fans of 90s Sunday noontime shows, he was one of the hosts and singers of ABS-CBN’s ASAP. He then went to Singapore for a successful career in theater and on television.
The year 2011 saw a lot of careers getting revived, each pump-primed to a second life and how! Topping the list is Derek Ramsay. After years of relative success, the hunky actor suddenly struck gold with the crazy box-office take of his third quarter movies, the campy drama No Other Woman and the inane comedy The Unkabogable Praybeyt Benjamin, the two highest-grossing Filipino flicks of 2011.
In runner-up position would have to be Dennis Trillo. After a series of bad luck [and bad press] in the past, Dennis got busy in 2011 – three movies and two tv soaps where he played leading man. Such feat, in retrospect, is unmatched by his peers in the industry.
Honorable mention [from the top, clockwise] – Brazilian model Hideo Muraoka disappeared after his hugely popular tighty-whities ad campaign for F & H and came back with a bigger bang as top model for leading department store SM. Actor Jericho Rosales, on a career slump for the past few years, is slowly getting back into lead actor position with new soaps and shows for ABS-CBN. Model Borgy Manotoc is suddenly all over the ubiquitous Bench Body boards in the metro, after retreating from the limelight for years.
Bikini boy Johnron Tanada who hastily left the Philippines for a Macau gig also re-appeared – still in fine come-hither form – and did a couple of daring indie flicks. GMA exclusive Mike Tan, after languishing in supporting-actor roles for years in the station, greatly benefitted from the Paulo Avelino departure and quickly grabbed prime roles. Brazilian model Daniel Matsunaga recovered from his past Bangkok scandal and quickly transitioned into doing TV, some movies and major TVC deals.