Chinese New Year

The Chinese year 4706 begins on February 7, 2008. This is the Year of the Rat [Earth] and according to the Chinese zodiac, “a Rat Year is a time of hard work, activity, and renewal.” This is also a good year to begin a new job, get married, launch a product or make a fresh start. “Ventures begun now may not yield fast returns, but opportunities will come for people who are well prepared and resourceful,” according to the forecast. Moreover, “the best way to succeed is to be patient, let things develop slowly, and make the most of every opening you can find.” Model above is Filipino-Chinese Zachi Uy, 22-year-old model, fitness instructor and a one-time Mossimo Bikini Summit 2007 finalist.

Summer Hunk: Jamil Basa

Twenty-one-year-old Jamil Basa is a freelance model who appeared in the movie Troika. In the movie, he played the role of a bisexual miner who had graphic sex scenes with anohter miner. Jamil did daring photoshoots for the queer rag Icon and the flick’s “coffee table book” in promoting the movie. The Olongapo-born and Baguio-raised actor wannabe was also a finalist [top 5] at the Slimmers World International Great Bodies 2007 contest, which was won by twinkie Carlito Rosadino.

Victor Basa is sexually confused….

…. in the digital flick Maling Akala [Wrong Assumption]. Expect this hunk to do some acting as he tackles a queer role in this Cinema One original movie. In the movie Victor Basa is caught making love with a fisherman. The promo for the movie goes: From the creators of Inang Yaya comes this romantic comedy that dares to ask: Is the perfect man gay? Co-directors Veronica Velasco and Pablo Biglang-Awa collaborate once again for the indie film Maling Akala, which is one of the finalists of the 2007 Cinema One Originals Digital Film Festival. The movie will be shown from January 28-31 at the UP Film Institute Cine Adarna. The synopsis: The bittersweet love story of JP (Victor Basa) and Teta (Jodi Sta. Maria) gives us a glimpse of how a gay man-straight woman relationship works… or doesn’t. JP is a fugitive on the run, after having accidentally killed his lover. On the bus, he sits next to Teta, who is nine months pregnant. When Teta gives birth, JP accompanies mother and child home to their fishpond in Sasmuan, Pampanga. Teta impulsively introduces JP as the father of her child, surprising both JP and her parents. When JP and Teta agree to play-act husband and wife, their queer, dysfunctional tale begins.

Dave Concepcion, Sexy Body 2008

The chinito hunk’s name is Dave Concepcion, a 21-year-old native of Lucena City. A part-time model and a student, Dave was last seen as a finalist in Kouros 2006 Male Model Search. The 5’9″-tall Dave is now in this year’s edition of Mr. and Ms. Sexy Body 2008, an annual bikini event sponsored by Sta. Lucia East Grand Mall in Cainta, Rizal. It looks like the bikini contests are just around the corner then, as summer is fast approaching.

Sofian Ait-Mansour

Twenty-five-year-old French model Sofian Ait-Mansour was one of the featured hunks in Bench underwear’s summer campaign last year. He is best remembered as the boyfriend of the full-bosomed winner of Big Brother: Celebrity Edition , Keanna Reeves. The 6’1″-tall Sofian, who is now based in Hong Kong, also did commercial ads while in Manila and was one of Cosmopolitan [Philippines] magazine’s 2006 bachelors.

Will Devaughn, Big Brother winner

Tonight will be the grand night of the Big Brother: Celebrity 2 edition, where William Devaughn Stumpf, better known as Will Devaughn is one of the Big Four finalists. The 25-year-old multi-racial [German, Filipino, African-American] male model is the only good-looking guy left in the Big Brother house, and, he’s got the queer and girl votes. Will is supporting the Brave Kids Foundation [a charity for kids with cancer], which stands to benefit from the big payout in case he wins tonight’s grand reveal.

Henrique Fukuoka, Brazilian model

There is no stopping the Brazilian invasion of Asian shores. Japanese-Brazilian male model Henrique Fukuoka has been modeling for quite some time now around Asia. He has done campaigns in Bangkok, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur and Manila. The 6’2″-tall model [chest – 38.5; waist – 30.5] is managed in the Philippines by Reco Modeling Agency.

Rafael Rosell for Bench Body [again]

Rounding up the cast of Bench Body’s new ads ala 300 is Rafael Rosell, the underwear company’s go-to hunk for its tight undergarments commercials. He seems to be at ease without clothes on as he is so proud displaying his bod in billboards and adverts. He had all the right to do so, natch! Incidentally, Rafael Rosell was also the featured guy on Men’s Health [Philippines] magazine a month ago, in the same 300 theme – dark, windy and melancholic. And lusty, of course.

Yuletide Boy 3: Daniel Korber

Daniel Korber is a German-Filipino model based in Cebu. The 5’10”-tall cutie, who was born in Germany but raised in Cebu, has been modeling for quite some time now in the Queen City of the South. He has a degree of Hotel and Restaurant Management at the Southwestern University in Cebu, where he also bagged the Mr. College 2004 title.

AJ Winkler and Don Mendoza for Bench

Although the new Bench Body ads with the 300 theme are a wee bit photoshopped to glossy finish, don’t get tired yet about the male forms in those tight skivvies. Shown above are AJ Winkler [red briefs] and Don Mendoza, male models who are always together in print ads and fashion adverts, I’m now beginning to wonder why. Both competed at the 2004 MTV Fashionista Best Model Search, where AJ Winkler bagged the Mr. Intercontinental-Phils award [while Don Mendoza went home empty-handed]. Yet Don Mendoza was this year’s Philippine rep to Manhunt International in China. Both are under the wings of model-maker and publicist Keren Pascual.
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