[l-r: Lester Quijano, Arnel Valencia, Anton Reyes,
Anthony Torres,Horace Rivera and Christian Medina]
Béton Brut literally means “concrete in the raw’, that is, concrete left in its natural state when the formwork is removed [The term gave the name Brutalism to the style of modern architecture in which exposed concrete is exploited as a feature]. It’s an architectural term that first came to mind when I saw these sweaty muscular young men in a construction area. Probably it was a stylist’s [and photog’s] fantasy to feature young men in scenes of figuration and erection, with all the contours, cuts and casts. Lovely, indeed.
Cebu’s top male model is arguably Harold Dee. The half-Filipino, half-German Cebu native has been modeling for years in the Queen City, mostly for top brands and major designers in the region. Last year, he appeared in the Bench Fever underwear fashion show in Manila. Although he was a headturner in a sea of models at the Bench show, he was largely unknown to most Metro Manila fashion watchers. In Cebu, he is a member of the MAC [Models Association of Cebu], which most probably is the equivalent of the influential PMAP in Manila. Although Harold Dee is now 29 years old, he still does the rounds of ramp shows and major campaigns in Cebu. Easily the most-liked model there because of his good looks, bearing and proper attitude, not a few are wondering why Harold Dee has not invaded Manila’s savage modeling biz.
Last seen in Boracay Island where most celebrities go during the Semana Santa,
Andrew is back and still ripped and roaring. He was spotted in the company of native girls during his stay in the not-so-pristine-island, and no, he didn’t bring a girlfriend along. For a time, Andrew disappeared, said to be back in Birmingham, England to continue his studies. But now he is back in Manila, where he is much welcome, bad-boy image or queer-bait model that he is.
Andrew in Boracay Island during the Holy Week.
Frankly, he does look ordinary to me but there’s something about Dante Balboa, or Elmer Anisco, that makes him tick in the sex-o-meter. Dante Balboa was a former runway and print-ad model and member of the Professional Models Association of the Philippines (PMAP). During his heyday, he was the Mr. Young Philippines and 2nd runner-up at the Manhunt Philippines search. For some unfathomable reason, he was named by showbiz writers as ‘educated hunk” and “brainy boldie.” It must be because of the fact that he majored in Architecture at the University of the Philippines aside from also attending special courses in Computer and Landscape Architecture, B.A. Film and Audio-Visual Communication and B.A. Philosophy at the State U. He was also an instructor on philosophy, language, and literature at Far Eastern University (FEU). Quite a feat for an actor who strip-bared in Seiko Films’ skin flicks of yore.
Ariel Morales is now 31 years old, a former ramp and commercial model and part-time stage actor. He grew up in Valenzuela City but graduated with a degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management from the Colegio del Sagrado in Iloilo City. He was discovered at the Boracay Bikini Open 1998, which subsequently paved the way for modeling assignments in Metro Manila. Aside from modeling, Ariel also went into theater, the most memorable of which were his portrayal of the national hero opposite Chinchin Gutierrez in Mi Ultimo Adios
and in Lahi [Kami ay Pilipino]
at the Centennial Show in Clark Expo Filipino.
The local edition of Big Brother recently announced on the show that on 19 April, “Basketball Hunk” Bruce Quebral will board a plane to Slovenia and room in with that country’s BB edition. Bruce, who knows nothing about the swap until he boards the plane, will be in Slovenia for a week. Methinks that would be awfully traumatic; imagine, of all horrors, being told that you will be thrown into where-the-heck-is-Slovenia when you are already on the airplane! According to the Slovenian Big Brother management, they selected Bruce for the inter-country swap [one Slovenian girl, Tina, will join Pinoy Big Brother] because of his good looks as there are not enough handsome guys in the BB house. Here’s hoping a more liberal
Slovenian house will show Bruce in more ways we can imagine.
The Chlorella Growth Factor [CGF] must have worked wonders on this kid. Now that he is of legal age, we can now feature Michael Seifert, erstwhile model of the Cherifer [with taurine and CGF] growth and weight promoting vitamins for children. At the recent gala night of the 2007 Philippine Fashion Week, many were wondering who the hunky model was. Apparently, he has bulked up and, er, grown. He is half-German, half-Filipino [mom is from Bacolod City], and a former child commercial model [together with his sister, Sandra – cohost of that midnight show on GMA 7, Walang Tulugan]. Michael went to Brent International School-Manila and speaks four languages fluently – German, English, Filipino and French.
When I posted photos of Reynald Llanes in a free gallery site a couple of months back, many were asking about the 411 on this guy. Reynald Llanes is 22, 5’9″ tall and a student of Nursing at the South East Asian Colleges. He does modeling part-time and has appeared in Fila fashion show, Street Bodies 2006, Bikini Watch, Campus Face 2006, and Makati Shangrila formal designers fashion show. According to the interview he did for Male Revue Magazine, he swears he will never “bare in a movie.” Guys, he said movies. Movies not magazines. And heck, there’s a lot of difference in there.
He has the most number of aka
labels so far. Alvin Asuncion aka Ken Escudero aka Alvien Cano aka Ken Silverio, is 20 years old and the 2006 winner of the annual Ginoong Pilipinas male pageant. He was also the Mr. Photogenic in the recently concluded Mister International Pageant held in Singapore. Although he looks barely legal, Ken Escudero, as he is known now, has appeared as the lead in the gay indie flick Sikil,
where he gets to show some skin.
Incidentally, Cavite-born Ken graduated with a degree of BS Marine Transportation from the Asian Institute of Maritime Studies in Pasay City.