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Dingdong Distracting

There is a giant billboard of Dingdong Dantes along one of Manila’s main arteries that is really distracting to drivers. The sheer size of a humongous Dingdong with a slim, ripped bod is enough reason to look up – with the hope of seeing something extraordinary from all those pits and pores in his magnified image. But I’m not complaining, though..

Swarthy: Lauren Novero

I was just thinking whatever happened to the dark-skinned hunk, Lauren Novero? Looks like the model-turned-actor has been quietly doing support roles on tv and in the movies. Last year, he was in the primetime soaps – GMA-7’s Bakekang and ABS-CBN’s Princess Sarah. Too, after his stint in the bump-and-grinder flick Twilight Dancers, he was cast in the movies Troika, Happy Hearts and Signos [Best Foreign Film at the Lone Star International Film Festival in Fortworth, Texas].

Marco Alcaraz in Cebu

Speaking of Bench, whatever happened to Marco Alcaraz? The 6’1″-tall Bench Body model has not been very visible lately. One reader sent in news that Marco is always seen in Cebu. The 25-year-old actor was born in Davao but he went to school in Cebu, prior to his stint at San Sebastian College in Manila [where he played varsity hoops]. Plus he has a Cebuana girlfriend now, that’s why. With the entry of a new and more popular Bench underwear endorser, I’m wondering now if we’ll still get to see more of Marco Antonio Alcaraz in those colorful skivvies.

Dingdong Dantes is the newest Bench endorser

In a grand reveal held yesterday at the posh Trinoma Mall in Quezon City, Bench announced that Dingdong Dantes is its newest model. The 26-year-old actor, who initially went bold and daring for the Cosmopolitan [Phils] Bachelors Bash last year, also snagged his biggest billboard yet along EDSA [Guadalupe area], featuring him in Bench Body underwear. Which means, expect more of Dingdong-in-underwear ads – print, tv and billboards – soon.

Joseph Izon gets hotter!

Buy the latest issue of Frontman magazine, and you’ll see a Brazilian fly-in model, Jay Santos and Joseph Izon, in adult-arousing poses that are drool-worthy. It looks like Joseph Izon is making some career moves after his long break from showbiz, which started from the post-That’s Entertainment teenybopper show, Best Frends. Last seen as the hunky bodyguard in the hit primetime series, Marimar, on Channel 7, Joseph Izon is setting his sights on a bigger comeback in showbiz soon.

Summer Hunk: Jamil Basa

Twenty-one-year-old Jamil Basa is a freelance model who appeared in the movie Troika. In the movie, he played the role of a bisexual miner who had graphic sex scenes with anohter miner. Jamil did daring photoshoots for the queer rag Icon and the flick’s “coffee table book” in promoting the movie. The Olongapo-born and Baguio-raised actor wannabe was also a finalist [top 5] at the Slimmers World International Great Bodies 2007 contest, which was won by twinkie Carlito Rosadino.

Mike Tan in the dark

After his supporting stint in the hit GMA-7 show Marimar, Mike Tan is cast once again as, uh, support in the afternoon drama series Maging Akin Ka Lamang. As member of the stripteaser boy group The Studs, Mike Tan is busy shooting for the exercise and workout video. For sure, it will be a sexy shirtless Mike Tan in that one. The 21-year-old winner of GMA 7’s artista search says he is grateful to his home studio although he has not been offered lead roles yet [unlike his contemporaries]. He revealed that although his contract with GMA Artist Center is set to expire next month, he will not leave the studio that discovered him.

“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!
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