Did you know that the Warm Bodies post was the most viewed post this month? Here’s a new set of boys from the Old Pictures File, stacked more than six years ago, when the gay mags were having their heydays. These are the Valentino magazine boys of yore. Find anyone interesting?
The four naked guys above were contestants at last summer’s nuts-and-bolts see-through extravaganza – The Search for Valentino Coverboy. They failed to win any of the top prizes but they got to pose anyways for the magazine for their 15-minute of pulp fame. JP Aquino [upper row, left] is 21 years old from Marikina City; Miller Terrobias [upper row, right] is 19 years old from Pasay City; Vicente Icain [lower row, left] is 23 years old from Pasay City; and, Alfred Fernandez [lower row, right] is 22 years old from Quezon City.
Haroun Morales seemed resigned to runner-up status, as he locks arms with
winner Carlo Guevara at the Be Bench Grand Finals.
At the Valentino Magazine Coverboy Model Search, ultimate winner JV Roxas
feigns surprise as his name was called. Runner-up Andrew Morgan hugs him anyways.
Runner-up Aljarreau Galang tightly embraces winner Andrew Smith at the
Mossimo Bikini Summit: Take It Underground Finals, while dazed John Lopez
as second-runner-up wonders whether the judges really did their math.
What is it about the human touch that reassures and validates us in every occasion? In sad times, it is called comforting or consolatory. In happier occasions, it is celebrating or congratulatory. This is expressed in the embrace, where the arms close in poetic motion to, in some sense, solemnize the moment. The closeness of the bodies create an intimacy, where solidarity is shared. There is where memory, longing, hope, celebration, reconciliation, and healing spring forth.
Romnick Peria was one of the spunky candidates in the shocking-in-a-good-way show, Valentino Coverboy model search. He is 19 years old from Albay, Bicol Province but now based in Las Pinas City in Metro Manila. Romnick Peria aka Nick Bautista in the contest, claims – as a PR slant, that he is still a virgin.
Disrobing. Marcus Aboga is a 22-year old gay mag fodder from Cavite province. Marcus Aboga has joined countless bikini and male personality contests, most recent of which was the Valentino Magazine Coverboy search. He did not get the top prize.