Cuddly Too: Mai Patdo

Michael Mico “Mai” Patdo, is a 22-year old freelance model and nurse by profession. This cuddlesome young hunk from Tarlac City graduated from the Perpetual Help College of Manila, but he was previously proclaimed as Mr. University of Baguio in 2003. He has done the runways for Street Jeans, Page, Diadora, MyX, and Purple Box, according to his bio.

Fireball: Bembol Cabasal

He was the model who sported the feminine look before: long straight hair and gracious strides. Yet, Bembol Cabasal, now 28 years old and still winning bikini contests one after the other, has stayed in the business with his new more-manful look. He first appeared in 2004 when he joined the first Bikini Open: The Pageant, where he was one of the finalists. Eventually, he was the grand winner at the 2004 Mr. and Ms. Sexy Body Bikini Open sponsored by Sta. Lucia Mall. This year, despite the presence of younger and buffer contestants, he managed to land first runner-up at the Bikini Frenzy pageant [held at Golden Sunset Resort owned by famous hairdresser Ricky Reyes] and as finalist at the Beach Bodies Bikini Championship in Subic Bay.

Is John Harren Cuevas making a comeback?

John Harren Cuevas, the former member of the male group Viva Hotmen, seems to be getting visible these days. He joined Viva Hotmen when it was just about to split for good, so nothing much came out of his showbiz career at that time. Prior to his stint in the sexy male group, John Harren was the Mister Caloocan City 2002 and the Mr. Face and Body Bikini Open 2003 in faraway Cagayan Valley. In 2004, he became a member of the Metro Hunks, a song-and-dance group of men performing in comedy and sing-along clubs in the metro. The following year, he was the grand champion in Bodyheat Model Search, which title paved the way for his inclusion in Viva Hotmen. He did a couple of straight-to-video films such as Pinoy Kamasutra and Erotic Lapdance, produced by Viva Entertainment.

I Heart Joaquin Casado

At the recent Mister Philippines 2007 pageant, my heart went out to 25-year-old Cebuano stunner Joaquin Casado. Mean brat UPH thinks Joaquin is a bobby, but I guess he was just being sincere and candid beyond the usual pageant answers of peace, love and ending world hunger. Barely inaudible in answering the main question “Why he should win” [or something in that context], he said in broken Filipino that he just wants to help his family in the province and that he is putting up with this “job”, even if it is tiring and backbreaking. Aah, Joaquin Casado must have been doing uphill battles these days. And in the biz, he wants to come off. He breaks my heart. I really hope he makes good.

Benson’s Hills and Hedges

Benson Hill is a 24-year old part-time model and bikini pageant enthusiast, more on the joining part. He has won minor league contests, but still he has not taken on the national competitions. Ian Porlayagan was in a similar path years ago and now he is the Mister Philippines. Methinks, Benson Hill can go the same way. Remember how Miss India contestants would love to mumble about having a platform or a springboard when asked why they joined the pageant? Well, with Benson Hill’s experience, he has all the skidways and gangplanks towards the national competitions. Never mind the personality training and the education. After all, winning male pageants is not rocket science.

Cuddly: Jeffrey Surio

A surefire cure to that rainy day feeling would have to be Jeffrey Surio, 24 years old and a part-time model. Hot stuff but genial and cuddlesome, Jeffrey Surio was the winner at the Coolwaves Bikini Open last year. This Malolos City, Bulacan native has been modeling for minor league designers and local brands for quite some time.

Morning Workouts [plus Paolo Bediones]

With photos from two years back, conservative tv-host Paolo Bediones,
as the image model of Carter underwear briefs, gears up for the
C Show, an underwear show at the Big Dome.

J., I went to the gym early this morning and I don’t know if it’s a delight I did not catch a glimpse of your bulked-up sunny self. But just the same, I am truly enjoying early morning gym: the fresh towels, the less-smelly lockers, the absence of sleazeball cruisers in the showers, and the friendlier staff. And of course, the benefits of morning workouts! Early morning exertion through exercise is an optimum time to lose weight through means of cardio. Because we have no carbohydrates first thing in the morning, our bodies are forced to use fat stores for energy. Another advantage of early exercise is the ability to finish a workout prior to the possible complications of our day acting as an inhibitor. Exercising in the morning gets the blood flowing to your brain, circulating precious nutrients and oxygen-rich blood to your various organs. More oxygen to your brain gives you a mental boost, helping you to stay focused all day long. And I guess, J., I will be seeing you in the mornings at the gym , then. Without avoiding eye contact this time.

Film Company in need of Filipino models

I received this email recently, and while I am on up-and-up here on the matter, this could be worth the try for some models, who fit the qualifications stated:

Hello there,
I am KEN CHIANG, executive producer of KOOL CAMPUS FILM GROUP.
I have an artiste management division and we are seeking to manage a few FILIPINO models/artistes from the Philippines for film projects.
Can u recommend a few very goodlooking and young (in 20s) male Filipino models to us?
No porn stars as we are a serious film production company.
We want models who look like Borgy or Brent Javier.
Kindly check out our website
and we go from there.
Thanks very much, —
International Marketing Producer
Kuala Lumpur Mobile: +(6012) 684 3838
Bangkok Mobile: +(6689) 059 0078

It seems like the company needs chinito models, the Oriental mold. Someone like Michael Carlo Ganac, perhaps? The 5’9″-tall chinito is a graduate of BS Psychology from the Far Eastern University. A part-time model, he has been in and out of bikini contests for a time, most prominent of which was the Ginoong Filipinas-Metro Manila prelims to the national contest and the Zambales Bikini Open 2005

Whatever happened to Martin Jickain?

Photos of Martin Jickain during the Mossimo Bikini Summit 2005,
where he won first runner-up

Scanned from the papers, photos of a before-and-after Martin Jickain,
promoting slimming technology by Marie France for Men

Fortunately, erstwhile glam male model Martin Jickain has realized this early that, yes, although his former-actress-now-porcine-politician wife can eat a horse and a half, he does not necessarily have to go her gluttonous ways. Immediately after getting hitched to his dumpy wife, Martin Jickain shied away from the runway lights and helped his wife in her office’s obligations. Martin naturally gained weight, as he did not have time anymore to hit the gym. Now Martin is all over the papers promoting the non-invasive slimming methods of Marie France for Men. Thankfully, although he is still far from the 155-lb.-frame he had circa Mossimo days, his 164-lb.-frame would have to do for now.

Chunky: John Daryl Rose

At the 2004 MTV Fashionista Model Search, a then 18-year old John Daryl Rose competed against the likes of Rocky Salumbides [winner],Don Mendoza, AJ Winkler, Victor Basa, Alec van Dierendonck, Dennis McIrvin [of Provoq] and a host of other mestizos. It was such a bumper crop of male models competing for the top plum and right to represent the Philippines in the Top Model of the World competition. Unfortunately, John Daryl Rose did not win but said contest opened doors for this 6’3″-tall stunner. John Daryl has modeled for the top designers in the Philippines and has appeared in tv commercials and print ads.
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