Bruce Quebral bids showbiz goodbye

Former baller, Bench model, Cosmo bachelor and part-time actor Bruce Quebral is quitting showbiz to be a cabin crew member of an airline company based in the Middle East. Flight Attendant or Steward to most. Bruce says that a career in the airline industry is more stable and dependable, as he plans to build a family after five years. Oh well, it seems like this would have to be the last time we’ll get to see Bruce in his near-naked glory.

Athan Collado is Mr. Expo World Phils.

Athan Collado is on a winning streak.  Last night, he took home the Mr. Expo World Philippines 2008 title, edging out heavy favorites Carl Rosadino, Brian Bernardo and Patrick Perlas.  That’s strike two for Athan as he recently won the title Man of the Year 2008.  He will then go to Guatemala City in November for the international finals.  Athan, a DLSU graduate, works for the Hyatt Hotel and Casino in Manila.

Jon or Brent?

Fill in the blanks time: My choice for a dream do-all-you-can date in Boracay would be [a] Jon Mullally, or [b] Brent Javier . You can only choose one hunk. Will it be Mr. Mullally a.k.a. Jon Avila, the shy English guy who is getting some good and big breaks in his home studio? Or Brent Javier, Mississauga born and raised, and another bashful cutie who is inching his way up the showbiz ladder [although he got in way ahead of Jon]. Both are Bench underwear models, who started out in the business as fledgling male mannequins from other countries. Now in their late 20s, the guys are seriously moving into acting on tv and the movies.

Vic y Aki

Nipo-brasileiro [or Brapanese here in conjunction-junkie Manila] model  Akihiro Sato  is the newest endorser of Bench Body rival, Penshoppe Undercover.  The 24-year-old,  6’1″-tall model, who is taking the Philippine fashion capital by storm, was immediately and readily signed up by the clothing brand before anyone else did.  Of course, long-time and current clothes endorser Victor Basa gets to play nice and second fiddle to the Brazilian in the underwear campaign.

Mark John Sellado stamps his class!

Twenty-year-old Mark John Sellado is one of the male contestants in the Mr. & Ms. Expo World – Philippines search.  He is a good friend of the good-looking Pacquiao guy, who is also one of the candidates in this year’s pageant.  Mark John is one of the exciting reasons why you should watch this year’s contest at the Metro Bar on 6 October [Monday] at 7 p.m.  Who knows, the 5’9″-tall model might just seal it and go on to represent the Philippines in the international finals in Guatemala City in November.

Hiro Torobu is Ginoong Bicolandia

Eighteen-year-old Hiroshi Torobu is the new Ginoong Bicolandia, the biggest annual male pageant held in the Bicol Region [consisting of six provinces].  The 5’9″-tall student of San Beda College [Manila] was the top favorite to win the contest.  Hiro is also one of the more popular contestants in the Mr. & Ms. Expo World – Philippines search, which will now be held on 6 October [Monday] at the Metro Bar along West Avenue. Photo of Hiro courtesy of the Expo World press kit.

Leighton Galzote shows it

Okay, let’s focus on the person not the underwear. Besides, if you comment anything about the wonderful, great, fabulous “swimwear”, you will again see the wrath of It-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named a.k.a. The Sleazebag Who Comments in Capital Letters. Back to the model – Leighton Galzote is a 25-year-old freelance model who was once a runner-up [Mr. Visayas] in the 2006 Ginoong Pilipinas pageant. A pageant veteran and bikini show fixture, Leighton stands 5’11” and hails from Ilocos Norte.

Geoff Briz in the limelight again

Filipino, French and Scottish male model Geoffrey Briz aka Geoff Rodriguez is in the news again, this time as the Philippine representative [together with his girlfriend] to The Amazing Race Asia [TARA] Season 3. For a time, I thought he has packed his bags and left Manila for good, as he has not been getting enough modeling projects lately. He used to be with that successful song-and-dance boy group called Powerboys, right? Now, he has qualified for TARA and I shall be rooting for this gangling mestizo. And hopefully, win or lose at TARA, he’ll gain re-entry into Manila’s busy modeling scene.

John Lopez strikes a pose

While some of his contemporaries at the now-defunct Mossimo Bikini Summit have now taken the showbiz route [e.g. Aljarreau Galang, Mr. Racho, Haroun Morales, Kim Gantioqui], Derek Zoolander-wannabe John Anthony Lopez is quietly making a name as a top model in the country. He’s been seen in the fashion runways lately for top designers and commercial brands. Noticeably, he’s the only moreno model in the local brand Folded & Hung’s underwear line.

Cosmo Bruce

It’s Cosmo season once again! Turns out, baller-turned-model-actor Bruce Quebral is one of the guys featured in the top ten bachelors.  In his CS3-ed photo for the magazine, Bruce is seen showing tufts of hair in his pubic mound.  Now, I’m thinking Bruce has found his regulation pose and angle, i.e., showing off his pubic hair in public. Remember, in the recently-concluded Bench Blackout show, he was also seen lowering his briefs to reveal generous amounts of those kinky little hairs down there. Maybe next time he can lower his briefs more.
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