Where in the world is Tonio Ortigas? The dopey-eyed [note: Dopey of the seven dwarfs fame isn’t really dopey; he is simply childlike] actor-stripper rose to relative recognition by posing in gutsy naked photos at the time when the standard cover for the family jewels are speedos and jockeys and not books, fruits and flimsy loincloth. Tonio Ortigas made a couple or three films , the most memorable of which was his frontal nudity scenes in a dance sequence for Burlesk King [released 1999]. Eventually, he disappeared from the scene. He was last seen consorting inq7.net’s most-read columnist and real-life sex-and-tell hag, Dolly Anne Carvajal.
looked like this, in a promotional shoot for his teen movie Island of Desire
, with scorned-wife-of-the-moment Ruffa Gutierrez. Zoren is now married with kids and happily working still as an actor. Too, he is currently the director of Fantastic Man
on GMA 7. Zoren, who took a crash course in filmmaking under the renowned director Peque Gallaga in Bacolod City, explains his career shift: “Directing has always been my passion. I’ve been wanting to be a director for eight years now, I think now is the time. It started back in the States where my family lived for about five years. I was 15 then and we had a videography business called Father & Sons because it was ours, my father’s and my brothers’. I remember I had a grand time manning the business because you know naman how big the Filipino community is in Chicago. I was really the one tasked with shooting weddings, baptismal up to editing materials.”
Where in the world is Joshua Diaz, that cute twink ages ago who went from comely to cocky? He was in the cutesy teen series Click
[with a then-prepubescent but already irritating Maui Taylor before she got her twins] in GMA 7, as one of the cuter and nicer guys. Suddenly he switched image [apparently upon the prodding of his father-manager who wanted easy stardom for his kid] and went to town in his speedos, starring in a sexy comedy, the forgettable Ang Tipo Kong Lalaki,
with the crazy singer Mystica as his love interest. Nothing much happened after that, notwithstanding the beefcake photos that came out in the magazines. Last I heard from my friend UPH [http://ultimatepinoyhunks.blogspot.com
], the guy’s in one of the call centers in Makati, still looking good.