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.

Jake Cuenca at the Be Bench Finals

Jake Cuenca was a no-show at the Cosmopolitan Bash, although he was one of the magazine’s hot centerfolds this year. However, a week after the Cosmo event, Jake appeared on stage at the Denim and Underwear Fashion Show of Bench, coinciding with the Be Bench Grand Finals at the Araneta Coliseum. Of course, he was one of the bolder ones in low-rise Bench briefs, at one point clutching his crotch again [just like last year at the Bench Fever show] to the delight of an appreciative audience.

Andrew Wolff’s Back [Again]

Andrew Wolff was spotted at the the recent Cosmo Bachelors’ Bash, not on stage though, but among the audience. And no, he wasn’t screaming his lungs out every time some hunk in tights comes out on stage. He was just quietly hobnobbing with the Brazilian girls, who came to lend support to their fellow models who appeared in the Air Cosmopolitan Flight 69 show. Photos above were taken during the Bench Fever 2006 Underwear and Denim Show held at the Araneta Coliseum.

Ram Sagad at the Cosmo Bash

Twenty-one year old baller and model Sylvester “Ram” Sagad was such a refreshing sight to behold at the Air Cosmopolitan Flight 69 [Bachelors’ Bash] held recently. In short neon green disco shorts, Ram really worked the crowd that night with his boyish charm and built 6’3″ frame. Ram [he got his nick from Rambo, the famous character of Sylvester Stallone] currently plays for the San Sebastian College Recoletos Stags, together with JC Tiuseco. Incidentally, JC Tiuseco was Ram’s runner-up when he won the Century Tuna Superbods Image Model Search last summer.

Cosmo Party Tonight

l-r: Jon Hall, Rich Herrera and Marc Nelson

These are three of the original men of Cosmo’s centerfolds. Jon Hall, Rich Herrera and Marc Nelson seem peppy, shirtless under the blazing sun. Jon Hall, it seems, has settled in his native Cebu; Rich Herrera has retreated to his passion for flag football; and Marc Nelson is busy with his fitness-travelogue show on tv.Tonight, will the three make another appearance showing off their washboard abs on the runway at the annual Cosmopolitan Bachelors’ Bash at the NBC Tent in the Fort?

Lean and Taut: Ronald Simbillo

Twenty-five-year-old Ronald Simbillo was one of the original boys who strutted down the runway in Cosmopolitan [Phils] Magazine’s first Bachelors’ Bash in 2002 at the old Dish Bar in Rockwell Power Plant, Makati City. Back then, the Cosmo men were merely shirtless in jeans at the small venue. The 5’11”-tall freelance model [who boasts of a size 29″ waistline!] is from Imus, Cavite province. He was last seen as a finalist in the 2007 Men of Government [the bar] contest in Makati.
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