This afternoon, clock out of work early and head over to Starmall Las Pinas and watch the grand finals of the annual bikini open competition called Heatwave – The Summer Bikini Showdown 2012. Happening at 5 p.m. at the Events Hub of the mall, there are lots of scantily-clad boys on stage! Among the boys are – top row, l-r: AJ Aquino, Argie Rico, Aron Gueco, Brent Beltran and Eric Gatdula; bottom row, l-r: Niccolo Aguilar, Raven Tiongson, Ian Almazan, Vann Laviste and Irewon Santarina. Admission is free!

Heatwave Auditions

left to right: Migz Enriquez, 2010 winner James Versoza and 2nd ru Jhon Mark Marcia

Summer time, bikini contest time! The final screening schedule of Heatwave – The Summer Bikini Showdown 2012 is as follows:

March 17 & 25 at 1 p.m. – My Spa Fitness Gym, 2nd Level, Starmall Las Piñas
March 23 & 24 at 1 p.m. – Sports Center, 3rd Level, Starmall Alabang

Contest Qualifications:
Open to male and female, 18 to 25 years old;
At least 5’ 8” for male and 5’ 5” for female;
At least high school graduate;

Applicants must submit the following together with completed Application Form in a short brown envelope:

Full Body, Colored photo in swimwear (trunks for male , 2-piece bikini for female)
Close-up photo
Birth Certificates (photocopy and original)
Any Valid ID (photocopy and original)



After 15 days of voting [using Blogger’s basic gadget Poll without multiple voting from users] and an amazing number of 5,158 votes [mostly last-minute ones cast], the winner of our poll for Heatwave‘s most popular and well-liked contestant is hunky James Versoza, closely followed by Laguna teener Raymond Fortunado. Regular bikini open contestant Jake Mendoza [in photo] placed third, despite some midnight rally of votes from his rabid supporters. The Grand Finals of the contest is tonight at 7 p.m. at Starmall- Las Pinas City. Admission is free!


l-r: James Versoza, Jake Mendoza, Raymond Fortunado
While no one was looking, a virtual unknown by the name of James Versoza surged past frontrunners Raymond Fortunado and Jake Mendoza in the site’s poll for the top Heatwave: The Summer Bikini Showdown contestant [more of the boys here and here]. Find out on the Finals Night, 13 June 2010 [Sunday] 7 pm at Starmall Las Pinas, who gets to win the first prize. Admission is free. Call 842.2513 for details.

Heatwave Vote

More of the Heatwave boys. Top to bottom [It’s a bit tedious to tag under the photos]: Sephore dela Cruz, R-Jay Basbas, Paul Duque, Paolo Esteban, Migz Enriquez, Jhon Mark Marcia [remember this boy from Lips Bar?], Jake Mendoza and Ivan Belmonte. This contest is one of the summer shows of the Star Group of Malls [Starmalls] and it’s a free event. Just for fun there’s a poll on your best bet for the contest, based on the photos of course. Cast your vote for your favorite guy and there might be an award on Finals Night [13 June 2010] for the no. 1 vote-getter here. By clicking on the picture, the file name is the boy’s name.


Now that the Ginoong Pilipinas has been proclaimed [John Erquiza of Pangasinan won the title], summer’s last few bikini contests for hot and new boys are underway, too. Remember that contest where Harrison Chua was discovered [Then unknown Harry got the top prize]? It’s called Heatwave: The Summer Bikini Showdown. This year, there are about a dozen sexy boys competing for this Starmalls-sponsored event. Five of the boys are posted here, from top-bottom: Raymond Fortunado, James Versoza, Jachin Trillo [Jachin Delovieres in the real world], Enrico Sarmiento [a.k.a. Paolo Dionio] and Don Velasco. The schedule of activities for this free event is as follows: pre-pageant on 28 May 2010 [Friday] 5 pm at the Starmall EDSA Shaw and on 31 May 2010 [Monday] 5 pm at Starmall Alabang. The Finals Night will be on 13 June 2010 [Sunday] 7 pm at Starmall Las Pinas. Admission is free. Call 842.2513 for details only and not for booking. Capisce?

Heatwave 2009!

Oscar Ilada, Jr.

l-r: Alvin Orencia, Dan Custodio, Julian Binarao and Kevin Reyes

l-r: Bullet Dennon Baldonado, Yco Mijarez, Russel Edge Ramos and Nicolas Philip Bacani

l-r: Carlo Atienza, Gamac Mendoza, Henrick Salandanan and Jay Barcelina

Who’s your pick? From Jeffrey Ventura, the Corporate Marketing Officer of Starmall, I received this email [with tyro photos of the contestants]: Again, we would like to ask for your support in promoting our event – HEATWAVE – The Summer Bikini Showdown 2009. Pre-Pageants will be on May 13, 2009 (Wednesday) at Cuba Libre Bar and Restaurant, 2nd Level of Starmall EDSA-Shaw at 7 pm (for Batch 1) and on May 15, 2009 (Friday) at Cuba Libre Bar and Restaurant, 2nd Level of Starmall Las Pinas at 7 pm (for Batch 2). Admission is FREE. Grand Finals will be on May 29, 2009, Friday at Starmall Alabang at 7 pm. For details, pls call 842-2513. Attached herewith are the photos of our 14 male contestants.

Rafael Morales in Heatwave

Remember the contest where Harrison Chua a.k.a Harry Laurel was discovered? Summer’s last bikini contest – Heatwave : The Summer Bikini Showdown 2009 – finally has a schedule and it is going to be held on 29 May 2009 at Starmall Alabang. One of the favorites is Haroun‘s brother, Rafael Morales.  Catch the 23-year-old part-time model and occasional bikini open contestant [he was a no-show at the recent Super Bodies Bikini Open Year 4] on finals night and on the pre-pageant activities on 13 May 2009 7 p.m. at the Cuba Libre Bar and Restaurant in Starmall EDSA and on 15 May 2009 7 p.m. at the second level of Starmall Las Pinas. Admission is free. [Other contestants’ photos coming]


That’s Kish McBride, winner in last year’s edition of Heatwave 2008: A Summer Bikini Showdown, sponsored by the Star Group of Malls. The reason I’m posting his photo in here – again – is because Star Malls launched yesterday the third wave of the competition. Those who are interested to join, the screening schedules are as follow: March 26-27, 2009 at the Trade Hall of Starmall EDSA-Shaw, April 1-2, 2009 at My Spa Fitness at Starmall Las Pinas and on April 3-4, 2009 at Function Room B, Starmall Alabang. For details, call 842-2513.

Fresh: Mackoy Miranda

One good-looking contestant who got shut out of the main titles at stake at the recently-concluded Ginoong Pilipinas 2008 pageant was Mark Joseph “Mackoy” Miranda. The 22-year-old representative of Dasmarinas, Cavite, previously appeared in Heatwave 2007 Bikini Showdown [won by a then-unknown Harry Chua].  Prior to that, he was the Mr. AICS [Asian Institute of Computer Studies] 2005 and a contestant at the Body Heat 2006 Bikini Summit in Island Cove, Cavite.