Jose Bernardo “Jobo” Roa from Cagayan de Oro is this year’s surprise winner of Body Shots 2008, a modeling competition sponsored by the Fashion Designers Association of the Philippines [FDAP]. The 19-year-old dusky charmer bested the heavy favorites in the competition, as no one expected him to finish ahead of the pack earlier. Jobo was a Cosmopolitan magazine bachelor in 2007, and a finalist in the Mister Philippines 2007 pageant [won by co-Body Shots contestant Ian Porlayagan]. Since Body Shots claims to be the “the definitive search for the next top models” in the country, Jobo is expected to land deals for products, brands and fashion shows.
It’s always a visual delight to see tall and appealing guys on the ramp. Of course, the bonus would be the bikinis and long legs and smooth torsos. Take your pick: The leftmost guy is Danny Marco Odejar, a 26-year-old model from Laguna. This 6′-tall hunk was the winner of the Bodyheat 2007 Model Search. Middle guy is Jose Bernardo “Jobo” Roa, a 21-year-old model from Cagayan de Oro City. Jobo, who stands at 5’10”, won the Body Shots 2008 modeling competition. Rightmost guy is Martin Richard, a 25-year-old Manila native of Mexican-Filipino heritage. This 6’1″-tall hunk, who was a favorite Bench Body model for print ads and runway shows, was the first runner-up in this year’s Century Tuna Superbods.
Whatever happened to male model Jobo Roa? After winning the modeling tilt Body Shots 2008, industry insiders were expecting that his rise to the top of the business would be quite,uh, meteoric. After all, he was the surprise winner in the prestigious contest for top models. The 20-year-old hunk from Cagayan de Oro City is still in the biz, regularly seen in the Fashion Week events as one of the male models on the busy runways. As for the high-profile projects on tv, it seems that the offers have been pretty much scarce.