The trouble with most male models who want to make it big these days is that they have the exceptional ability to always remain in the background, that is, they are always just there. Not distinctly noticeable or individually important. In the case of Alfred Guevarra, a 22-year-old model, one wonders why he still has not shot to good fame, despite his admirable looks and bearing. He was a finalist in the 2004 Man of the Year Search, and not much has happened to his supposed-to-be glitzy career, except some minor appearances in ramp shows and strip tease playacts for gay mags. He deserves to be big, if you ask me.
I meant, as a commercial model. Or an actor. Iffy Harold Montano
, who figured recently in a sex-bust on tv [see related post
], is determined to make it and how. Uncomfortable wearing clothes, Harold Montano is doing what he loves best [i.e. stripping, i suppose] to make himself known. He goes around with a resume that could have worked wonders for him in the mid-level corporate world: a degree in Business Management from La Consolacion College in Bacolod City and a “rich-clan breeeding.” Apparently he also owns a bar called Ang Kab Grill
, with capital from “my rich aunt.” It was in that bar where he was discovered
by movie writers, dancing with a slithery snake to cover his member. From then on he has appeared in countless shows, as the main attraction with his, uh, snake. His publicists have touted him as the next Zuma
, the famous boa-garbed [I meant big snakes on the neck] Filipino comic-book character being developed by GMA 7 as a new series. So far, the tv network has not yet announced plans for such series.
I confess a predilection for models of the Chinese-looking or dark-skinned [bordering on the nigrescent] varieties. As I’ve had my post recently on the former [see Ernesto Calopez
], here’s another example within the other spectrum of my preferment – the dark brooding alpha male. His name is Abel Jimeno
, a 21-year old model from Paranaque City [originally from Tabaco, Albay in Bicol Province]. He’s no ordinary model-wannabe as Abel Jimeno came from good schools – San Beda High School and Mapua Institute of Technology [taking up Mechanical Engineering]. Born in Saudi Arabia, the 5’9″ tall Abel has done ramp shows in between school break. With modeling merely as a part-time job, he is determined to finish his course and be a licensed Mechanical Engineer soon.
aka DJ Alvey, Channel V International’s newest kid on the block – who hosts Arcade and Popparazzi, is sorely missed in Manila. During the Holy Week holidays, the erstwhile Manila model breezed through Boracay and had a sexy romp on the beach with fellow models and celeb-friends. Prior to that, he spent a vacation Down Under, as a respite from his busy sched in Channel V [controlled by Star Group Ltd. from its Hongkong offices]. DJ Alvey [real name: Alvin Pulga] is now back in his job, and hopefully, we’ll see him soon in Manila.
While we are on the matter of Ginoong Pilipinas, here’s Arjay John Mones
, the Pandi [Bulacan] native who was the 2005 Ginoong Pilipinas grand winner. Easily the most controversial in his batch then, he first appeared as one of the contestants on Bodyshots 2004 [won by Dennis Dizon], together with his fresh-off-the-boat friend, a very young Maico Eduria aka Josh Ivan Morales.
Next came the opportunity for showbiz, so he appeared as Mr.September and October for the 2005 Calendar Boys, where he was snapped in a naked romp in a grassy field, dong-a-dangling. After winning the Ginoong Pilipinas title, Arjay John Mones disappeared for a while from the limelight, concentrating on work in Saipan. Now he is back, obviously with a bit of weight [although he still looks good]. He is seen regularly as one of the male leads in Channel 7’s Daisy Syete,
that seriously-titled kitsch of a show by the Sexbomb dancers.
James Mark Banzon is a certified gym instructor and a “staunch advocate of healthy living.” An only child, James stands 5’9″ and was born and raised in Los Banos, Laguna. His resume indicates that he is a graduate of Mass Communications at the College of St. Benilde although sometimes he lists his school as Philippine School of Business Administration [PSBA] with a BS Business Administration diploma.
With his well-chiseled bod, the part-time model has done the rounds of bikini contests, such as Kawasaki Hunk 2006 [winner], Slimmers World Great Bodies 2006 [Top 5 and Texters’ Choice], Kourus 2006 Male Model Search [3rd RU], and Mr. and Ms. Sexy Bodies 2007 [finalist]. James is currently a full-time instructor at the Slimmers World gym in SM Megamall. With a fetching and calm face coupled with an astounding physique, James Mark Banzon is well on his easy way to tinsel town.
If my sources in the ad agency are quite precise with the dope, Zanjoe Marudo’s tv commercial will be released today, synchronically in all tv stations. It’s a soda commercial for this lanky 24-year old underwear-model-turned-comedian. Zanjoe Marudo, who shot to fame in Big Brother [Celebrity Edition] has a tremendous following among the Great Unwashed. Probably this could be due to the fact that they have identified or empathized with his oafish and unpolished ways [inside the Big Brother house, his boorish manners often got Big Brother’s ire and attention]. Regardless of such, Zanjoe Marudo has gone a long way from a struggling model to an actor and product endorser.
Tonight will be the Finals of the Ginoong Pilipinas 2007 at the Clamshell 2 PTA Tent, Intramuros, Manila. Hataw Superbodies Bikini Open
winner Kish McBride
[representing Metro Manila] is drummed up as the next winner, judging from the exposures he’s been getting in the contest [aside from the fact that he’s one of the few gorgeous candidates in said annual search]. But then again, he deserves to win rightfully, if you ask me, while looking at this year’s bumper crop, rather mishmash of wannabe models, dancers and provincial-lads-promised-instant-fame candidates.
l-r: Randy del Rosario [San Juan City], Jachin Delovieres [Pangasinan]
and Harold Oide [Baguio City]
l-r: John Almorfe [Pasig City, Denver Olivares [Cavite]
and Patrick Rivera [San Juan City]
Another most-likely-to-win is Jachin Delovieres of Pangasinan, which province has produced most winners in the annual contest. The other candidates worth noting are those featured above, who might just pull a big surprise over the cocksure Kish McBride. However, as in the past, knowing how screwy the judging can get, any candidate – including los candidatos feos – might take home the title. Otherwise, the all-too happy judges will take them home.
The jewel of my heart has come, rosy with the hues of love.
Bullah Shah, Punjabi poet
Bob Dhaliwal, 20 years old and 5’10”-tall was a standout candidate in the Hataw Superbodies Bikini Open held recently. Born and raised in Punjab, India [he only arrived in Manila at the start of his university education], Bob is graduating this year with a degree in Business Management at the Far Eastern University. This goodlooking Punjabi is quite a refreshing sight, indeed.
Rafael Quimpo Rosell IV
, the 25-year-old actor and Bench underwear model who was born and raised in Norway [to Filipino parents], will be the new host of the reality show Hollywood Dreams, now renamed as American Dream. The show, which aims to send one Filipino celeb to Hollywood with his/her own SAG card, will also be seen now in GMA 7’s sister station – QTV 11. Despite being identified with a rival network [ABS-CBN] where he also plays a major role in a fanta-series called Rounin
, Rafael was allowed by his home studio to host the new edition of the reality show [he is an alum from the first season] in a rival network.