I remember quite clearly the first time I saw Christian Vasquez
. It was at the defunct Latino bar at the corner of Orosa and Remedios Streets in Malate District, the de facto
home of the queer population in Manila. Christian Vasquez was then starting out in modeling – tall, young, mestizo and fresh. He was always in the company of this biggety designer [Paul C], who, when drunk with tequila and attention, always boasted that he was the first one who got into Christian’s pants. Much to the envy of the other patronizing guests at the time. Of course, Christian went on to become the toast of the modeling world, then tv commercials, before he leaped towards tv soaps, movies and theater [as one of the jockeyed cast of Penis Talks, a Vagina Monologues-male clone]. He even ventured into singing, as part of the late unlamented group Barako Boys
. After taking on buffoon roles in the movies, Christian Vasquez has apparently gone to showbiz la-la land. Good thing his underwear billboards and ads are still up – to remind us that once, there was a fresh-faced hunk with a charming Southern accent who brought us thrills and chills.
..it’s the hole-in-one [piece] bikini! At the recent Ginoong Pilipinas
male pageant, some of the candidates were prompted to wear a white swimsuit with a hole right up there in the crotch area. I always thought that the lacuna was there by accident or maybe some waggish costume designer put it there. I tend to believe the latter as it [the hole] was part of the design, regardless of aesthetics or utility. Of course, you know the problem [if you are wearing such] or delight [if you are looking at someone wearing that
] with such eyelet? Say, peephole to the shaft? Model above is Ace Romeson Bernal
who represented Pampanga province and who landed as one of the runners-up in said contest.
I think Bench is the new Visa. You know, ‘you can’t leave home without it.’ And ‘it’s everywhere you want to be.’ You see, the billboards are all over the metro again. Bench, that ubiquitous company with giant signs and posters all over the city [by the way, they opened shop recently at Westfield, Eaglerock, CA], has newly put up its new underwear posters in major streets in Metro Manila. This I presume is in lieu of their summer campaign, OJ Summer [as summer is about to end]. Model above is reader J.’s favorite patsy and whipping boy, Jonathan “Jon” Mullally.