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“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.

Victor Basa is sexually confused….

…. in the digital flick Maling Akala [Wrong Assumption]. Expect this hunk to do some acting as he tackles a queer role in this Cinema One original movie. In the movie Victor Basa is caught making love with a fisherman. The promo for the movie goes: From the creators of Inang Yaya comes this romantic comedy that dares to ask: Is the perfect man gay? Co-directors Veronica Velasco and Pablo Biglang-Awa collaborate once again for the indie film Maling Akala, which is one of the finalists of the 2007 Cinema One Originals Digital Film Festival. The movie will be shown from January 28-31 at the UP Film Institute Cine Adarna. The synopsis: The bittersweet love story of JP (Victor Basa) and Teta (Jodi Sta. Maria) gives us a glimpse of how a gay man-straight woman relationship works… or doesn’t. JP is a fugitive on the run, after having accidentally killed his lover. On the bus, he sits next to Teta, who is nine months pregnant. When Teta gives birth, JP accompanies mother and child home to their fishpond in Sasmuan, Pampanga. Teta impulsively introduces JP as the father of her child, surprising both JP and her parents. When JP and Teta agree to play-act husband and wife, their queer, dysfunctional tale begins.

Onemig Bondoc is a hot papa!

I was watching tv earlier, and was surprised to hear that erstwhile teen idol and inactive actor Onemig Bondoc is now a father to a 6-month-old girl. The mother of the baby is Valerie Bariou, a French-Filipina freelance model who has done several TV commercial and print ads. According to the report, the baby was born in France and the couple [not yet married, though] stayed there for two months after the birth, before flying back to Manila where Onemig’s businesses are located. Sorely missed on tv and the big screen, the baby-faced actor [who is 30 years old] is now a full-fledged hot dad!

Harold Pineda is back in town

The ultimate sexy poster boy of the 90s era of skin flicks is back in town. Harold Pineda just came back from a four-year stint in the Land of the Rising Sun as a hosto or male entertainer. Harold Pineda, who last appeared in the 2002 movie Alyas Bomba Queen, started his career from winning the Ginoong Pilipinas title in 1998. From then on he was cast, sans clothes, in numerous sexy movies in his time.

Must Love Dogs

Joross Gamboa loves dogs.

John Archer, a psychologist at the University of Central Lancashire [Preston, UK], has been trying to figure out for some time why people love their pets. In evolutionary terms, love for dogs and other pets “poses a problem,” he writes. Being attached to animals is not, strictly speaking, necessary for human health and welfare. According to Archer, while it is true that studies show that people with pets live a bit longer and have better blood pressure than benighted non-owners, yet in the literal sense, we don’t really need all those dogs and cats to survive. Archer’s alternative Darwinian theory: Pets manipulate the same instincts and responses that have evolved to facilitate human relationships, “primarily (but not exclusively) those between parent and child.” Or, to look at it from the opposite direction, Archer suggests, “consider the possibility that pets are, in evolutionary terms, manipulating human responses, that they are the equivalent of social parasites.” Social parasites inject themselves into the social systems of other species and thrive there. Dogs are masters at that. They show a range of emotions—love, anxiety, curiosity—and thus trick us into thinking they possess the full range of human feelings.

Jon Mullally above water


Big Brother House resident Jon Mullaly revealed recently that he had an uncomfortable sense of belonging in England where he grew up. Emotionless, he was caught on cam revealing to a fellow resident that he did not feel welcome in England during his growing up years, that he always considered himself an outsider there, and that he wished he grew up here in the Philippines. Jon is finally loosening up inside the famous house. Maybe a little prodding from the other residents could push him to divulge more about his background, which – for now- has remained a mystery.

Leading Man: Rafael Rosell

After finally proving his worth as a serious actor, sans the annoying accent, Rafael Rosell is now elevated to leading man status. Rafael recently bagged the Supporting Actor plum at the film critics’ Gawad Urian for his role in the lesbian movie Rome and Juliet. In a recent interview, Rafael noted that after winning the award, the press is now interested in his body of work rather than asking him about his body [due largely to his Bench underwear contract].

Wendell Ramos accepts indecent proposals?

A few minutes ago at Showbiz Central on GMA 7, Bench-actor-with-the-flexed-butt Wendell Ramos was seated in a chair with electrodes attached to his fingertips, a blood pressure cuff on his arm, and a pneumatic tube strapped around his chest. In short, he was attached to a polygraph. The host asked him whether he has accepted any indecent proposals that came his way, and the actor answered “No.” The test results , however, showed that he was lying. For whatever it is worth, the lie detector test may or may not be conclusive. For sure, it will be a big issue against him though. After all, a lie detector, its proponents claim, records the “internal blushes” of a liar.

Mano Mano: Michael Roy Jornales

Michael Roy Jornales is one of the featured fighters in ABS-CBN’s rip-off of The Contender – Pinoy Mano Mano. Michael Roy was first seen as the grand winner of Little Dreamboy, a kids’ talent and personality show on the now-defunct SangLinggo nAPO Sila noontime show on ABS-CBN. He disappered for a while, and recently reappeared on rival station GMA 7 as one of the martial arts experts on the hit fantasy series Encantadia. Now he is back on ABS-CBN as one of the contenders in the boxing show. He is into mixed martial arts and he considers it his advantage in the contest.

Jake Cuenca is the new Palos

With photos sent in by the mysterious harrychuachika [no more Harry pics?] , crotch-clutcher Jake Cuenca is the new Palos, the 60’s komiks character popularized by Bernard Bonnin. 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.
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