The Top 20 of 2011

It has been one whirlwind of a bikini-nekkid-cocky year! As the year ends, I’m listing down the top 20 stories based on the number of comments [figures in italics] that you posted. Nasty or polite, fantasy or trite, your opinions are all there. Here we go –

1. WTF! It’s Neil! Hysteria on Neil Etheridge’s first take as an underwear model. 187
2. Return To Temptation, Aljur’s refusal to wear white briefs on a movie revival. 165
3. Terrence Baby, about a varsity basketball player’s exploits in showbusiness. 162
4. Boards Down, on the controversial board of the rugby players in Bench briefs. 156
5. ‘Told You So, a few days after Piolo Pascual was outed by the showbiz girlfriend. 142

6. Carry On, JR Cawaling as the face and body of varsity basketball and more. 139
7. Vintage Sunday, featuring the hot Guesande brothers and their huge assets. 128
8. Salvo, Gerald Anderson and Aljur Abrenica as the new breed of leading men. 127
9. Dayum!, on a varsity player, a suspect in a near-fatal stabbing of a director. 125
10. Aljur, Too, about a new shirtless photo of the guy, as featured in a magazine. 124

11. Swoon, featuring Aljur’s tender, juicy hotdog. 124
12. Psst, regarding Aljur’s caveman costume in Machete. 120
13. Wild Imaginings, Lemuelle Pelayo’s nekkid, raunchy past. 119
14. Posing 101, Piolo Pascual posing for a study of a statue. 118
15. Captain Barbell, on the merits of Richard Gutierrez in costume. 116

16. Lady’s Woes, about Piolo’s troubles in his relationship with a female. 114
17. On Being Gay, Prince Stefan’s denial as a happy homosexual. 110
18. New Paulo featuring Paulo Avelino’s big billboard for Bench Body. 110
19. You Are Also What You Drink, on the common traits of Dennis Trillo and Piolo Pascual. 109
20. Marked, introducing the newest briefs boy for Bench Body, Mark McMahon. 109

The Year That Was: Pfft

Aww c’mon! You know why I had to put them here. We all love these boys [except one] but then again, their careers didn’t quite take off in 2011 the way we expected. For some reason or another – manager’s problems, career shift, tired of showing penis in public, dad’s money won’t work anymore, gay scandals, falling in love – these boys didn’t make the successful cut this year. How about a vote?

The Year That Was: Breakthrough

The year 2011 saw some boys rise from being unknown to instant celebrities. These were the boys who made their marks in showbusiness – plucked from relative obscurity to the glaring klieg lights of the industry. From left: Mikael Daez was busy modeling before he was thrust into a major GMA prime time show, Amaya and a campy movie, Temptation Island. Neil Coleta did the highly successful tv ad for iced tea and became one of the easily recognizable faces in town. Mart Escudero moved to TV5 and worked with the veterans in showbiz as he got noticed in his solo starrer, Zombadings.
Of course, Paulo Avelino made leaps and strides in his career this year: Bench Body and ABS-CBN. Love him or hate him, Rocco Nacino is getting prime projects in GMA. Model boy Jome Silayan was touted as the next leading man in Amaya, until the deal fell through. He did snag a major appearance for a Bench Body campaign and a TV5 soap. Lastly, Tom Rodriguez was toiling in the sidelines until he was cast in a major production, Temptation Island, and everybody noticed how he could be the next leading man of his time.

Of course, we have the hunky sports boys – The Azkals and the Philippine Volcanoes. King Neil Etheridge [center] lorded it over with his jaw-dropping underwear ad for Folded & Hung. Team mate Aly Borromeo [3rd from right] followed suit in his Bench Body campaign. Fellow Azkals Phil Younghusband [3rd from left] Anton del Rosario [rightmost] and Rob Gier [leftmost] grabbed major endorsements and walked the runways for major fashion events. And then the Volcanoes erupted with their controversial Bench Body billboards on EDSA. Ken Stern [2nd from left] and Chris Everingham [2nd from right], along with other team members gamely posed in their underwear for the local brand and caused a lot of buzz [and trouble].

Dashing Derek

Just how tall is “box-office king” Derek Ramsay?

Sure he has the best abs.

Some bulges here and there

And the best chicken legs in town! Yummy!

But many are speculating on his height, which apparently is not on an impressive scale. Well, he sure looks a lot taller on tv and in the movies. But in real life? If he stands beside drop-dead gorgeous hunks Hideo and Benjamin, you’ll get the picture [Aside from the fact, of course, that he looks like a homely cousin of the two].

Hataw Superbodies Candidates

Here are all the candidates of the largest all-weather bikini contest, Hataw Superbodies Year 6. There are fresh faces in there, youngish with lots of potential. Watch the finals night on 6 September 2011 [Tuesday] 8:00 p.m. at the Metro Concert Bar in West Ave., Quezon City. For ticket inquiries, call 710.0352 or 0921.549 8931. You may also vote on the right hand corner of this site for your favorite to win a special prize during the contest. And no freakin’ flora jokes in the comments section, please! Who’s your best bet?

Boards Down!

The PRFU Volcanoes had a good run along EDSA. Yesterday the three ginormous billboards were taken down by the city government for being “offensive and inappropriate.” The orders came from the Mandaluyong city mayor, who made it clear that he’s not conservative and the main reason was that he received a lot of complaints, including those of the bachelor mayor of Valenzuela City. The boards will reportedly be replaced with more appropriate images of half-naked women. In photos: Filipino-Australian members Nicholas Perry [top] and Terrence Carrol.