Rugged Baller: James Zablan

Another sexy baller with legit rock-hard abs is 27-year-old James Zablan. The 6’2″-tall hunk used to play collegiate basketball for the FEU Tamaraws in the 2001-2003 UAAP Seasons. Immediately after graduation, he played for the Philippine Basketball League as a member of the newbie team Viva Mineral Water. This year, he was part of the Philippine Basketball Association [PBA] Rookie Camp along with 46 other amateur ballers. Unfortunately, he was not drafted into the pro league. Yet, basketball’s loss is the modeling world’s gain, as James Zablan has done [and still does] countless A-list designers’ ramp shows, print ads and TVCs.

Beautiful Baller: JC Tiuseco

Those are real abs. John Carlo “JC” Tiuseco is a 23-year old basketball player for the San Sebastian College Recoletos Golden Stags that plays in the NCAA. Off basketball season and school, JC has done modeling for ramp and print ads. The 5’11” -tall looker was also the first runner-up in the Century Tuna Image Model Search last April, beating out heavy favorites [pro models] in said search. JC is also in this year’s list of the 69 Hot Bachelors of Cosmopolitan [Phils] Magazine.

Bim Cecilio quitting modeling for good?

Twenty-six year old Cherubim Tito “Bim” Cecilio, who is one of Manila’s top male mods, is apparently chucking his runway and ad career in favor of a business venture in his native Albay province. Details are sketchy, but the 5’10”-tall stunning model has lately been nowhere within the klieg and footlights of Manila’s fashion world. He will be sorely missed then, as Bim was one of the very few Filipino male models who are professionals and well-educated.

Who is Thomas Kiupel?

He is the latest model of Hanford underwear. Thomas Kiupel has been modeling for quite some time now, and it is only recently that he has been noticed in the metro. Maybe he’s some German-Filipino model, with roots from Zamboanga City. Or Austrian, perhaps. Nevertheless, with the looks, height and bod, Thomas Kiupel is very much welcome in this part of the globe.

Martin Jickain loses weight

Martin Jickain is all over the papers these days, in advertisements for the non-invasive slimming method of Marie France for Men. His pictures with a big tummy, like his wife, are also plastered in the ad campaign, where he proclaims he lost 30 lbs. and counting. It’s a good thing he’s decided to lose the extra baggage, although he still looks a bit plumpish. For now, photo above will remind us how he looked gorgeously slim and fab a few years back, when he was still single.


His name is Morgan Gauthier, a fly-in model of Elan Models International [Philippines]. Probably Canadian or French, Morgan is currently a finalist in the Shopwise [Supermarket] Face to Face image model search, along with Mike Young and Danny Marco Odejar. The Face to Face search will have its Grand Finals on September 12, 2007 at the Festival Mall in Alabang, where the male and female winners will receive a total of One Million Pesos plus a contract with the supermarket.

Happy Weekend! [with Del Felicidario]

“We have only 3 reasons to be truly happy: something to do, someone to love and something to hope for.” That is the blurb in the Friendster account of male mod Rodel Felicidario. Such nice words for the weekend, which surely got some of us thinking, ticking the three things that really make us happy. By the way, 22-year old Rodel is a talent of Mercator Model Management, Inc., and has appeared in the recent Bench Fever Underwear Show and Cosmopolitan Magazine’s Eligible Bachelors list. The soft-spoken 5’10”-tall model has made a quantum leap from his humble origins in the side streets of Caloocan City to the glaring footlights of modeling and showbiz.

The Harrys

J., these are the chinito Harrys I was telling you about – Harry de Guzman [right] and Harry Chua aka Harry Laurel of the new Men of Provoq team. Harry de Guzman, late 20’s, is a ramp and commercial model, who was a regular fixture in the past editions of the Cosmopolitan [Philippines] Magazine’s Bachelors’ Bash. Harry Chua, early 20’s, was the grand winner in Heatwave 2007 – A Bikini Showdown. He is also in an indie movie called Ang Lalaki sa Parola [The Man in the Lighthouse]. Whoever ticks your fancy, both chinito guys are hunky dory, if you ask me.

Swart: JC Mendoza

JC Mendoza is a 23-year old freelance model who believes that his best feature is his skin color. Swarthy and mysterious enough, JC is a Marketing graduate of the Polytechnic University of the Philippines [PUP]. The 5’9″-tall model was discovered by an agent in his school when he won the Mister Marketing World [PUP] title in 2004. He also finished second-runner up in the Mr. and Ms. Sexy Body 2005 [where Provoq guy Johnron Tanada landed in the top 6].

The Men of Provoq are back! [photoshoot]

A few days before the event Cruise by the Men of Provoq, tickets are nearing sold-out status. Lex Bonife has been gracious enough to reserve two tickets for myself and hyper-Provoqtilating UPH. I’m fancy-feeling this will be one big affair, as Viva is pulling all stops to make this second edition of the Men of Provoq truly bodacious and rememberable.

Cruise, a Provocative Tour is a gay party highlighted by a series of sexually-charged production numbers with themes from around the different continents of the world, from the Men of Provoq. The party is on August 10, 2007 at the NBC Tent. Show Starts at 9pm. VIP tickets entitle one to a free drink and entrance to a specially designated area right by the stage for the best view of the show. VIP ticket holders can also drink and interact with the Provoq Men right after the show. VIP tickets are at Php1500 and are not commercially available. You may email your contact numbers if you want reservation for the VIP tickets.

For other ticket inquiries you may contact Viva Concert office at 687-6181 local 620 or 745. Lines may be busy at times, but just keep on dialing guys so as not to miss the big boys’ show.

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