Bursting at the Seams: Arvin Macu

The Gay Pride flag boy’s name is Arvin Macu, a freelance model from Olongapo City. He has appeared in fashion shows and ads with best buddy Jeffrey Surio. The 24-year old stud, who was recently named in the Mr. and Ms. Body Shots 2007 as the Photographers’ Choice Awardee, also appeared at the Cosmo Air 69 Bachelors’ Bash held recently [second photo].

Martin Jickain scuttlebutt

1. At the Quezon City Hall last Monday, the parking boys [and onlookers] were in a frenzy. Martin Jickain‘s estranged wife was giving away his shoes – lots of them – as contained in one of the councilor’s service trucks. Most of the shoes were sneakers and trainers, and the parking boys and city hall personnel were just too happy to have ’em shoes worn by the cute model.

2. At the Chika Mo Chika Ko show [6-7 pm, Saturdays at UNTV Channel 21 on Sky and Channel 99 on Destiny], the funny hosts were rattling off a blind item about a recently-separated male model who went back to his relationship with the tv director-boyfriend. Of course, there are no blind items in the show as the hosts eventually name the subjects. The hosts identified the male model and the director of the morning show Sis on GMA 7. Hilarious show. You should watch it guys.

Andrew Wolff out of “Nars” movie

The Big Bad Wolff is now out of the digital flick “Nars”, which is a tribute to all nurses and nursing students in the Philippines. Andrew Wolff was originally cast as the male lead in the movie, but he was later replaced by another Fil-British model, Jon Mullally aka Jon Avila of Star Magic. The director of “Nars” is Adolfo Alix, Jr., who also megged the Philippines’ bet to the 2008 Oscars, Donsol. “Nars” is expected to premiere on October 24 at the Philippine Nurses’ Convention.

What’s Hayden up to tonight?

For weeks, Celebrity Duets [Saturdays, 7 pm GMA 7] contestant Dr. Hayden Kho, Jr. has thrilled audiences with his cutesy spiels, plus the fact that he has taken off his shirt countless times for the show. Maybe that’s the reason he has stayed that long in the show, never mind the singing. Tonight, not a few people are waiting what he’s going to do next in the show, now that he has already shown his waxed chest and gyrated audaciously on stage.

Pitstop with Mark San Diego

Twenty-eight year-old model and former music veejay, Mark San Diego considers his puwit [gluteus maximus], cheekbones and eyes as his best physical assets. He has modeled for top Filipino brands and apparel aside from blazing the runway for premier fashion designers. Mark has also done modeling jobs in Thailand, Singapore, Hong Kong, Europe and New York. According to his bio, his idol is Marcus Schenkenberg and his style icon is Brad Pitt.

Jon Hall is in the house!

Although he is not that visible these days, the mostest Bench underwear model Jon Hall still delivers that raw and manful bearing he has always been known for. Based in Cebu [Malapascua] to be with his Filipino mother and British father [he also has a sister into modeling], he shuttles back to Manila when there are projects. The ultimate male model has declared in a magazine interview that he has now grown mature as he is “pretty mellow now though.” He also has made an effort to stop drinking to control his temper. He admits that his worst vice though is smoking. When asked if he is hot, he makes a go for modesty by saying he thinks he is “not bad looking, but I won’t be arrogant about it.”

Jet Rai, active in showbiz again

After his much-publicized past as a model-turned-hermit-in-the-mountains, Amarjit Rai aka Jet Rai aka Jet Alcantara is back in showbiz, although without the fanfare. The 6’3″-tall model-turned-actor just wrapped up the critically praised digital movie, Ataul [Coffin]: For Rent. The last movie he did prior to this was the queer flick Bathhouse in 2005, where he bared some skin. Jet Rai started out as a model, and always the first runner-up in male contests such as the SM Man of the Year in 1997 [he lost to a fresh-faced medical student named Charles Constantino] and the Mr. World-Philippines. He was said to have gone to the hills and practiced the life of a hermit before going back to do Bathhouse.

Bo Rivera at the Be Bench Finals

Thomas “Bo” Rivera is one busy model these days. The 20-year-old hottie was the featured hunk of the month of Cosmopolitan [Philippines] Magazine for September 2007. He was also a featured model in the Cosmo Air 69 show. Recently, Bo – who stands 6’2″ and was a finalist at the 2007 Mossimo Bikini Summit, was one of the select few who blazed through the stage in the underwear show at the Be Bench Finals.

Scenes from a Bench Underwear Go-See

For followers of ANTM, a ‘go-see’ would have to be model auditions where the models go from one designer to another to get hired. The Bench Fever Underwear Show [held last year] attracted hundreds of models during their go-see, which included the pros, amateurs, and the curious. The professional mannequins had to slug it out with the upstarts before a panel of judges with rate cards. It is quite a humbling experience, as described by one top model, after going through the process. But that’s how the cookie actually crumbles for models who want to land a fair and honest job. [ There’s Puma Borja, Will Devaughn, Cedric Sandez, and Lawrence de Stefano. And UPH, that’s your friend Jeffrey from Laguna, right? The one in the last photo, middle guy.]

Hayden takes off his shirt in Celebrity Duets

Hayden Kho, Jr., the resident hunk in Celebrity Duets [Philippine edition], just took off his shirt at the latest show of the singing competition that combines celebrities of different backgrounds with professional singers. The 6’2 1/2″-tall former model [he just passed this year’s Physician Licensure Exams], sang Bon Jovi’s “Bed of Roses” and at the end of the song, ripped his Body by Belo shirt. Shameless plug for the hunk: To see more shirtless Hayden in the coming shows of Celebrity Duets, text Duets Hayden and send to 367 to Smart and Talk N Text subscribers and 2364 for Globe, Sun and Touch Mobile users.
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