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There’s something about Elmer

Frankly, he does look ordinary to me but there’s something about Dante Balboa, or Elmer Anisco, that makes him tick in the sex-o-meter. Dante Balboa was a former runway and print-ad model and member of the Professional Models Association of the Philippines (PMAP). During his heyday, he was the Mr. Young Philippines and 2nd runner-up at the Manhunt Philippines search. For some unfathomable reason, he was named by showbiz writers as ‘educated hunk” and “brainy boldie.” It must be because of the fact that he majored in Architecture at the University of the Philippines aside from also attending special courses in Computer and Landscape Architecture, B.A. Film and Audio-Visual Communication and B.A. Philosophy at the State U. He was also an instructor on philosophy, language, and literature at Far Eastern University (FEU). Quite a feat for an actor who strip-bared in Seiko Films’ skin flicks of yore.

Deep-Dark: Ariel Morales

Ariel Morales is now 31 years old, a former ramp and commercial model and part-time stage actor. He grew up in Valenzuela City but graduated with a degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management from the Colegio del Sagrado in Iloilo City. He was discovered at the Boracay Bikini Open 1998, which subsequently paved the way for modeling assignments in Metro Manila. Aside from modeling, Ariel also went into theater, the most memorable of which were his portrayal of the national hero opposite Chinchin Gutierrez in Mi Ultimo Adios and in Lahi [Kami ay Pilipino] at the Centennial Show in Clark Expo Filipino.

Bruce Quebral goes to Slovenian Big Brother

The local edition of Big Brother recently announced on the show that on 19 April, “Basketball Hunk” Bruce Quebral will board a plane to Slovenia and room in with that country’s BB edition. Bruce, who knows nothing about the swap until he boards the plane, will be in Slovenia for a week. Methinks that would be awfully traumatic; imagine, of all horrors, being told that you will be thrown into where-the-heck-is-Slovenia when you are already on the airplane! According to the Slovenian Big Brother management, they selected Bruce for the inter-country swap [one Slovenian girl, Tina, will join Pinoy Big Brother] because of his good looks as there are not enough handsome guys in the BB house. Here’s hoping a more liberal Slovenian house will show Bruce in more ways we can imagine.

Anziehend! Michael Seifert!

The Chlorella Growth Factor [CGF] must have worked wonders on this kid. Now that he is of legal age, we can now feature Michael Seifert, erstwhile model of the Cherifer [with taurine and CGF] growth and weight promoting vitamins for children. At the recent gala night of the 2007 Philippine Fashion Week, many were wondering who the hunky model was. Apparently, he has bulked up and, er, grown. He is half-German, half-Filipino [mom is from Bacolod City], and a former child commercial model [together with his sister, Sandra – cohost of that midnight show on GMA 7, Walang Tulugan]. Michael went to Brent International School-Manila and speaks four languages fluently – German, English, Filipino and French.

Beguiling! Cassidy Shun

As I have mentioned before, Cebu is such a treasure trove of goodlooking half-breed [mestizos] models. Top Cebu model Cassidy Shun is virtually unknown in Manila, but he sure is knocking them out of their fashion wits in the Queen City of the South. The uniquely-named Cassidy Shun [I remember there was an American actor-singer who went by the name of Shaun Cassidy, he who sang “Da Doo Ron Ron” and starred in Hardy Boys series in the 70s] is a member of the Models Association of Cebu or MAC. Said models’ association is probably the Cebu counterpart of Manila’s influential Professional Models Association of the Phils. or PMAP. Cassidy is also an actor in ABS-CBN-Cebu’s Cebuanovela, called “Summer Sunshine.” The 22-year-old, 6’2″-tall model initially played for Samsung in the local play-for-pay basketball tournaments, before being discovered for the fashion klieg lights.

Man-Boy: Reynald Llanes

When I posted photos of Reynald Llanes in a free gallery site a couple of months back, many were asking about the 411 on this guy. Reynald Llanes is 22, 5’9″ tall and a student of Nursing at the South East Asian Colleges. He does modeling part-time and has appeared in Fila fashion show, Street Bodies 2006, Bikini Watch, Campus Face 2006, and Makati Shangrila formal designers fashion show. According to the interview he did for Male Revue Magazine, he swears he will never “bare in a movie.” Guys, he said movies. Movies not magazines. And heck, there’s a lot of difference in there.

Chipper: Ken Escudero

He has the most number of aka labels so far. Alvin Asuncion aka Ken Escudero aka Alvien Cano aka Ken Silverio, is 20 years old and the 2006 winner of the annual Ginoong Pilipinas male pageant. He was also the Mr. Photogenic in the recently concluded Mister International Pageant held in Singapore. Although he looks barely legal, Ken Escudero, as he is known now, has appeared as the lead in the gay indie flick Sikil, where he gets to show some skin. Incidentally, Cavite-born Ken graduated with a degree of BS Marine Transportation from the Asian Institute of Maritime Studies in Pasay City.

G-ford turns his back on us and we are not the least bit offended.

G-ford Lara, half of the bod-to-die-for brother-models team [the other being CJ Lara], is 28 years old and single. He has been modeling for quite some time now for A-list designers and brands in the country, most notable of which were assignments for Bench Underwear and Cosmopolitan Magazine’s Eligible Bachelors Show. CJ has also appeared in a movie, the unlamented Xerex Files Trilogy, where he played a deadbeat fiancée in the “O” episode of said film.

What’s with Gold’s Gym Makati?


Methinks that gym is deteriorating and how. There was a time when it was an imposing structure right inside the tony side of Glorietta mall. But now, the locker room stinks like rotten takeaway long forgotten at the back of the car, the machines and equipment crank big-time from wear and tear, and the service sucks like Gold’s is merely a backyard gym. And I’m not mentioning that the place has now been invaded by freeloader models and wannabees, employees or agents with discounted corporate tie-ins, blackmarket gift certificate buyers, and unlicensed gym instructors who happen to merely have nice bods. Once Fitness First opens shop at the new Greenbelt Mall 5, that would have to be a threat. Major. So please, Gold’s Gym Makati, how about some notable change in your corporate management. Improve the service, equipment, quality control and security in the place. If not for regular members Vince Canizares, Andrew Wolff [pictures above], Carlos Concepcion, and okay, that Agassi guy, I would have long deported myself to that gym on top of that sperm bank in Malate district. What’s the name of that gym again?

Beach Wear Alert!

Not that I am complaining: the good designer at the 2007 Philippine Fashion Week put Iago Raterta in those clothes, and it brings good delight to us all. But the question would have to be: Will you wear those to the beach? Or, when you go pick dainty pink flowers with a woven basket over at Barangay Balabag or Yapak, way up the hills where you get a remarkable view of the Island of Boracay, will you doll up with what Iago’s bearing, I mean, wearing? Of course, you will.
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