While we’re on the topic of Mossimo, the 2009 Mossimo Bikini Summit was a merry mix of runners-up. The winner Jiro Shirakawa, of course, was expected as it was buzzed around even before the finals night then that he’d get the top prize. What was interesting was the proclamation of two first runners-up. Dancer Angelo Cacciatore [above] was declared first runner-up during the contest.

Model and varsity baller Geron Lontoc was not named as one of the runners-up during the contest. [He was reportedly seen bawling back stage right after the proclamation, as he was promised a slot in the winners circle]. A week after the finals night, in a post-pageant party Geron was subsequently proclaimed by the organizers as the first runner-up. Angelo was not present at that time. So that made two first runners-up in the competition.

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The frontrunners in the Mossimo Bikini Summit Ecosomething contest are cute chinitos Renzie Ongkiko [top] and Nelson Banzuela. Renzie is a tv host, model, athlete and past winner of the Century Tuna Superbods competition. He has a degree in Mass Media from the De La Salle University [DLSU]. As for Nelson, who’s apparently new in the scene, any 411 on him guys?


He used to be known as Marc Anthony Patiag when he competed in the Mossimo Bikini Summit 2006 won by a hunky Jerome Ortiz over the cute chinito Hermann Weber. Now, he is known as Marc Jacob, lead actor in the Cinemalaya movie Latak [Residue]. Twenty-two-year-old Marc was born in the Philippines but he grew up in Canada. Before Mossimo, he decided to take a break from college in Canada to come home and re-discover his roots. He has since stayed. Latak is his first movie, which will be shown from 18-24 November 2009 at the Robinsons Galleria. The trailer looks appealing in YouTube.

Harold the Dauntless

Boyish Harold Oide has come a long way from his Ginoong Pilipinas days when he was a fledgling model in Manila fresh from La Trinidad, Benguet. In the 2007 edition of Ginoong Pilipinas, he placed second to eventual winner Denver Olivarez. Then he joined the newly-resurrected Body Shots modeling competition in 2008. He didn’t win that one, though. That year, he was included as one of the 69 hot bachelors of Cosmopolitan [Phils] magazine. Recently, he was one of the chosen few who made it as one of the contestants in the Mossimo Bikini Summit. And, though we all know who won, the contest opened doors to this cute 21-year-old in the modeling world.