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Robert Declaro bedazzles

If you have been shopping in the Greenbelt Mall area lately, chances are you would have spotted some male models dressed as the Queen’s guards with faux bearskin hats, giving away handbills for Citibank. One of them is 5’11”-tall model Robert Declaro, last seen as one of the contestants in Body Shots 2008.  He was also one of the featured bachelors for the 2007 edition of Cosmopolitan [Phils.] magazine’s annual list of 69 hot boys and men.  Robert Declaro, who is now 24 years old, went to the San Pablo Colleges in San Pablo City, Laguna.

Rafael Rosell wants to soar

Because he is nice and sexy and handsome, my Christmas wish for Bench underwear model, boyband dancer-teaser and occasional award-winning actor Rafael Rosell is more success in his career. Which means he should be in leading-man status by next year and less appearances with that group that sings and struts shirtless. I’m pretty sure RafaelRosell, who has the talent, charm and the pleasant appearance [plus he can drop his pants and underpants in a snap], can wing it!

Aki again and again.

How do you measure Aki? I hope you won’t mind if I keep on posting his photos here over and over again. It’s just that Akihiro Sato is biiiig! And addicting! How can you not like such a face and body! Plus, the stories that stylists and make-up artists and hairdressers tell about the man – that he is all sugar and spice and everything nice. Okay, now I’m gushing again. I heard he went to France for a four-month job, but he’ll definitely come back for his other commitments here.

Angelo Cacciatore, dancer.

In the heart-warming movie Billy Elliot, the 11-year-old protagonist pursues his passion for dancing the ballet and declares that he’s not a “poof” – it’s just that dancing is “like electricity, electricity!” Our entry for today is not a poof either but he’s as graceful and nimble as a seasoned ballet dancer. Angelo Cacciatore is a ballet dancer who studied his craft in Italy for eight years before coming home to the Philippines. He is one-half Filipino and one-half Italian, and he’s here to stay to pursue his love for dancing. In between the pas de valse and the pas marche, he has appeared in tv commercials and fashion shows, e.g. the Bench show held this year, as one of the underwear models,

Redux: Geoff Taylor

Here are more images of sexy model and singer Geoff Taylor. Of course, he can smack-dab fit into those speedo-style briefs, no matter how tacky and garish they are. That is because he used to be a model prior to joining showbiz as a singer.  The 5’11”-tall native of Tuguegarao, Cagayan is now busy concentrating on his singing career by appearing in out-of-town shows.  With such looks and talent [and bod!], Geoff Taylor will soon be on his way to fame. 

Fierce: Jerrymie Ferrer

Jerrymie Ferrer is a 27-year-old model from the Queen City of the South.  He has won quite a number of titles in the male bikini contests held in Cebu City. Too, he’s one of the regular ramp models in the runway shows of the city’s top fashion designers.  The 5’10”-tall hunk has also been featured in the biennial underwear shows of Bench in Manila.

Hideo Muraoka stays

The Professional Models Association of the Philippines [PMAP] held an exhibit recently entitled “Mabuhay Modelong Pinoy,” which is the organization’s campaign “to preserve our sense of pride for true Philippine beauty”  and  “to uphold strength and marketability in Philippine beauty.”  Plain-spoken it means – what the heck are these Brazilians doing in our midst and taking our jobs? It’s PMAP’s way of asserting its vigilance, so to speak. And I’m guessing Aki was not invited. Or Hideo [photo above] was not in the guest list, which curiously included the fashion designers who have a very special fondness for getting foreign models in their shows.  

Aki tests the waters

So Aki is not only the newest sensation in the modeling world, but he gets offers, financially tempting exclusive offers for tv and the movies, and guess what he does — he just keeps ’em hanging, saying he’s not going to go limitative for anyone or for any studio or company, and instead he elects to go as a free agent, independent of all the dictates [and whims] of the executives who want him to dance half naked for vapid variety shows and act half naked in sappy soaps and clown around half naked in senseless sitcoms, but then again he wants to really do some serious acting  and he’s learning his Filipino at the State U while he gets top billing for all, mostly all of the runway shows, plus he did just one independent movie – sort of testing the waters – as a Brazilian searching for his roots in the Philippines and it’s called Handuman, the meaning of which escapes me at the moment but I’m pretty sure it’s not soft porn.  

Mr. Big: Lance Howard

Lance Howard is really going forward!  He first appeared as a contestant in the 2007 Ginoong Pilipinas contest [won by Dennis Barrion], where he represented Quezon City.  The 6’1″-tall mestizo was a standout in the contest that put too much emphasis on the scanty swimwear – all because he was bursting in his britches throughout the flesh fest!  Just the same, Lance got discovered by talent agents and went on to model for prints ads and the runways.  

Beefcake: Rye Fariñas

Ryan “Rye” Farinas has finally gone all out for a photo shoot. And he looks too manly in this image!  Rye is the “Singing Heartthrob” of GMA-7 when the Artist Center exclusive talents were launched earlier this year. Although his singing career is yet to take off in his home studio, he has already made the rounds of modeling assignments for print and commercial ads, and the runway. The 5’10”-tall model has already been in two shows of the annual Cosmopolitan [Phils] magazine’s Bachelors Bash.  Born to famous parents, the 20-year-old is taking up culinary arts at the College of St. Benilde.
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