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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.

Oh Iago!

For a time, I always thought Iago Raterta was a Brazilian [of the Tupi-Guarani stock] fly-in model. When he first came to the scene a few years back he was all over the Bench underwear ads in funny green cotton briefs. Totally unknown [except for die-hard collegiate basketball fans as he played for the UST Team], Iago had it easy entering the modeling biz, with his virile and potent looks. He really grows on you, I mean, he may not be drop-dead gorgeous but he is drop-dead gorgeous after 4 minutes staring at him. At the moment, he is one of the most requested models for ramps shows, as he is well-known for being quiet, efficient and a professional.

Where is Doug Robinson?

It seems like I haven’t been seeing Douglas Robinson on TV anymore. More specifically, this Cebuano model, who was a semi-finalist in the first Mossimo Bikini Summit in 2002, has gone a-missing from the noontime show SOP as part of Take 5 [Yes, Carlos I still watch and wait for you every 1 pm on Sundays. And we can talk about how you always traipse in your number]. I’m just wondering if he got booted out, merely resigned, or just on vacation.

Patrick Ribbsaeter!

Patrick Ribbsaeter may not be Filipino but he was in Manila for quite some time, doing modeling jobs and …. getting married. Famous for his Nescafe coffee TV ad , Patrick is half- Swedish and half-Thai. The 27-year old model also was married to a Filipina, party girl and former OUT host, Avi Siwa. Patrick is now based in India, with his own modeling and talent agency. For more photos, click here.

Roused: Lawrence Dimalanta

Twenty-one year old Lawrence Dimalanta looks even better in person, which means I am not saying I’m unexcited about his photos. This 5’11”-tall model and bikini pageant fixture is married with kids. They live in inner city Manila – Tondo.

“The Hottest VHM”: Jayson Colis

Twenty-four year old Jayson Colis was touted as the hottest member of the Viva Hotmen [VHM], the erstwhile song-dance-strip group of hunks under film outfit and talent management company Viva Films. The 6′-tall part-time model, represented Pangasinan province and won in the 2002 Ginoong Pilipinas male pageant. He went into modeling after grabbing the Ginoong Pilipinas title before he was cast as one of the members of the now-defunct VHM group. To date, not much has been heard of Jayson Colis.

Top Man: Gary Dulatas

At 30, Gary Dulatas maybe too old for modeling. Yet, this tall and swarthy chunk from Meycauayan, Bulacan, is always the top choice of designers and fashion companies to man their ramp shows and commercial adverts. By day, the 6′-tall pro model is a mechanic at his father’s car repair shop in his hometown. At night, he blazes through runways, neon-lit billboards and TV commercials in the metro. Arguably, Gary Dulatas, who was my first post in this blog as the Filipino male apotheosis, is the top male model in the Philippines.

Jon Mullally signs up for Star Magic

Well waddya know J.? Jonathan “Jon” Mullally is now the newest Star Magic, Inc. talent and will be known as Jon Avila. Star Magic, Inc. [ABS-CBN Talent Management and Development Center], formerly ABS-CBN Talent Center, is teevee giant ABS-CBN’s network-based training and management program. I’m not so sure how he will be packaged by the network but maybe, just maybe, he can be like Andrew Wolff – you know, lose the Estuary English accent, speak fluent Filipino, show some butt, and punch girls and boys alike in the face.
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