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What is a “Class A” model?

[l-r: Trishan Cuaso, Derek Ramsey, Iago Raterta]

[l-r: Andrew Wolff, William Devaughn, Peter Nordell]
[l-r: Victor Basa, Rocky Salumbides, Bruce Quebral]

During dinner, my friend UPH, who has finally put up his site [ http://www.ultimatepinoyhunks.net] after the Ram Sagad saga, was diss-cussing with me recently how some D-list models classify themselves, conceitedly, as “Class A.” The subject matter came about after UPH recalled how one wannabe model [D.] he purposely met suddenly self-proclaimed that he is a Class A model, together with A., G., and a host of others I could only tick from the back of my mind’s D-list. And then again, I do not even remember the bigger-league male mannequins calling themselves “Class A models.” They are simply called models. Top models.

Finally, it dawned into smart aleck UPH that in Greenhills Shopping Center, home of the counterfeit goods, the vendors classify their wares from Class A imitation to Class D crock. Say, for example, there is a Class A Rolex in Greenhills – which means that it is a precise replica, but still a replica; the Class D would be crass-fake big-time. And it all made sense.

And so, we finally understood what that wannabe model was saying all along. Since they cannot go a bit higher and join the ranks of the Iagos, Victors and Dereks and all the models shown above [representing a select few of the top male mannequins], the Daves, Alizons, Guinesses and a multitude of others go a step nearer and call themselves respectably as “Class A models.”

Our concerns, precisely.

Rocky!


Whenever I see 6’2″-tall model Rocky Salumbides i feel like humming The Crimea’s “Lottery Winners on Acid.” That is, I go weirdly insane like a lottery winner on acid. Although I am quite partial to the cutesy Chinaman pale boys [e.g. Carlos Concepcion], the Philippines’ male supermodel is one of my dark-skinned favorites. Of course, everybody knows his humble beginnings [street food vendor, Trinity College varsity basketball player, struggling model] to supermodel status. This 25-year old model is also known for his professionalism, competency and modesty, that is why he is one of the most in-demand male mannequins in the fashion runways of Manila, Singapore and Hong Kong.

Dreamboat: Arthur Manlutac

Twenty-three-year old Arthur Manlutac works as a technical support agent in a big BPO corporation somewhere between Ayala and Gil Puyat Avenues in Makati City. He is originally from Tarlac City, but he studied at the Mapua Institute of Technology-Makati campus. A part-time model, this hunky squirt has been turning heads in his building [and area].

Big Future: Mark Onir Rino

In the latest Icon magazine issue, twenty-two year old Mark Onir Rino appears in a fashion spread in a futuristic-metallic theme [I’m just wondering why some photogs, usually the thinking-just-inside-the-box ones, associate “futuristic” themes with metal or shiny objects]. Mark Onir, who is one scorching hot model, stands 5’10” and is from Calamba, Laguna province. He was a finalist in the Guess? Faces to Watch Philippines and has recently appeared in the Philippine Fashion Week. This model, who is one of the most dandy-favored male mannequins in the biz today, was once a varsity basketball player.

Ding-Dong! Here’s Pong!

Twenty-four year old Pong Cruz is a model and singer, who was once among the top three finalists in a Maharlikang Pilipino pageant held years back. The 5’11”-tall looker has also modeled for top fashion designers. With his height and very-mucho-Filipino looks, Pong Cruz deserves a second-look in the models’ playing field. Of course, his hair can always be fixed by a good stylist.

New Icon Magazine Issue!

This is the go-grab-a-copy now post. Icon Magazine Philippines has come out with its latest issue, with Sylvester “Ram” Sagad on the cover. Ram Sagad [UPH’s source of woes and troubles recently] is the current winner of the Century Tuna Superbods, an annual model search of Century Tuna. He was the surprise unknown who beat top favorites and pro models in the competition. Incidentally, the latest issue also features perennial bikini pageant contestant Alizon Andres, who talks about some “controversy” in the Century Tuna event. Alizon Andres handily won the Texter’s Choice award in the pageant and there’s no controversy there. Ok, go buy the magazine boys!

Rednaked.

Red Magat is an aircraft mechanic technician by day and a part-time bikini model by night. This 5’11”-tall chunk was last seen as a bikini contestant in the Seiko Films-produced flick, Bikini Open. It seems like art imitates life, as Red Magat had been in most bikini contests in the country. Yet, Red Magat is proud to reveal that his earnings in modeling have put his three younger siblings to school in their native Obando, Bulacan.

John Carlo Cruz wins in Zambales Bikini Open

UPH, isn’t that your favorite boy, John Carlo Cruz [no.17]? He finally won a bikini contest last April in faraway Iba, Zambales. Maybe the metro competition was too strong he had to go to the 2007 Zambales Bikini Open. Well, he had some stiff competition from veteran bikini contest contenders, Michael Hoo [middle] and Cherroy Curamen. Fortunately, John Carlo Cruz took home the top prize. So, UPH, that explains why he was busy.

The Pout 2: Domz Nadres


The fantasy would have to be like this: at 2 a.m. there’s a naked guy up the dark alley and his name is Domz Nadres. This 21-year old part-time model has elicited lots of requests from you guys, I can’t help but put him here again. Although he may not be conventionally-handsome, Domz Nadres sure is one hunk with gobs of appeal, thanks to those vicious lips and sculpted bod.

Blue Eagle Delight: Doug Kramer

The Ateneo’s former Blue Eagle forward Doug Kramer seems like he is on a new career path. One of the preeminent players of the Ateneo’s basketball team, the 23-year old, 6’4″ power forward has now graduated with an AB Interdisciplinary Studies course, and it seems like he is trekking towards showbiz. It is no surprise since he has long been dating a pretty gal from the bright lights and that he has been modeling underwear for Bench for quite some time.
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