A Fine Specimen

Twenty-six-year-old Nate Burkey is our Tuesday sizzler! Born and raised in the US to a Filipino mother and an American father, this 6’2″-tall hunk is here for the meantime as he’s playing for the Philippine club Kaya FC in the United Football League [UFL]. Nate first appeared as a forward for the Philippine national football [or soccer] team, The Azkals. He has also done commercial and ramp modeling on the side.

Lift

If he’s being groomed as the next big leading man of GMA, then the station should pump-prime his career fast – really fast – before his contemporaries edge him out of the game. Aljur Abenica

looks really fine these days – chiseled and carved, shaped and sculpted to movie star looks. It’s a shame to put all that to waste.

Faster

These days he’s really on top. Paulo Avelino‘s prominence in the Bench Body advertisements of late, i.e. summer campaign for 2012, is proof-positive that he has actually made it to the A-list. While he was languishing before as a supporting actor for less-talented and least handsome actors in GMA, he’s now lording it over the prime time slots of ABS-CBN as an important young actor.

The Brothers Gutierrez

Identical twins Richard [left] and Raymond Gutierrez were Bench models when they were teens. People saw a lot of potential in dem two – tall and fair and handsome in lots of ways. Photo above was taken, I think, 12 years ago when they were just 16 years old for the Bench clothing line.

And then Richard went on to become a teen heartthrob then a Cosmopolitan centerfold [leftmost photo] and a hunky Bench model, who walked the runways shirtless. He also starred in a lot of movies and prime time soaps on GMA. On the other hand, Raymond became a tv presenter because he couldn’t fit into the leading-man role. Plus he got fat along the way.

These days, Richard’s hosting Survivor Philippines and gained a bit of poundage.

And Raymond? Well, he lost a lot of the flabs. Recently he was launched as an endorser of Sexy Solutions, “a holistic fat reduction clinic that specializes in breaking the plateau, by helping you lose those last 10 or 20 pounds that never seem to come off despite diet or exercise.” So there. [And Chris Cayzer is also coming home from Oz. But that’s another story.]

Top Resort

To those wondering where Aljur hangs out when he doesn’t have work, he hies off to his father’s resort in Batangas City – Patio Alfonso. Named after his father and paternal grandfather, the resort is located in Barangay Tinga Labac, where daddy Alfonso also manages an entertainment center.

Quashing ugly rumors that the resort was given by Aljur’s wealthy gay lover, his father says that the property was purchased way back in the 90s and only developed in 2010. The move from their native Pampanga to Batangas, according to daddy Alfonso, was triggered by the Pinatubo volcanic eruption in 1991. So there!