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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
James Mark Banzon, the dishy gym instructor at Slimmers World Megamall, is well on his way to queer éclat, thanks to his recent photoshoot with a local mag, Red Hot. The hunky dreamboat, who has done the rounds of bikini contests in town, has plans of entering showbiz as an action hero or a drama actor. He is an only child, but he lives independently now in Mandaluyong City away from Los Banos, Laguna where his folks live.
Last seen at the Bench Fever concept show in June last year, British-Filipino Jon Hall has gone a-missin’ from the scene. Prior to that, he was one of the favored models in the Bench mansion. Lately, however, not much has been heard or seen about him. The 6′-tall model, who spent his first seven years in Cebu and the next decade in Florida came back to the Philippines with hopes of joining major basketball leagues. However, after talent casters discovered him, Jon Hall has blazed the runway in major ramp shows for top designers and brands. He also did two adult movies [Xerex and Sinful Nights].
The American fiction writer Betty MacDonald once said that “too much scrubbing takes the life right out of things.” In the case of Troy Reyes, above, I wouldn’t mind most the “too much” in the scrubbing since definitely, as can be seen in the photos above, it does not take the life right out of things. Or myself, for that matter. Fancy having hand-washed clothes by a 5’9″-tall model from Quezon City who has participated in most bikini contests in town. That would be swell. Anyways, Troy Reyes’ recent win was 1st runner-up in Bar Uno’s Mr. Aura, won by a daring Andrew Morgan aka Kerk Vincent.