Four Naked Guys

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.

Winning Moments

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.

Ropy: Marc Joseph Ortega

The Valentino Magazine Coverboy Model Search held last summer was absolutely the most fearless male contest this year . Held at a big commercial venue [Metro Bar], outside the usual gay bars and small haunts, the contest featured more than 20 boys in flimsy pieces of cloth to cover their privates. The search was uproariously well-attended – and it went way up to 3 am for the finale, when the eventual winners were proclaimed. One of the contestants was Marc Joseph Ortega, a 20-year-old hopeful from Bulacan, who unfortunately didn’t get the top plum but got to get his 4-paged fame in Valentino magazine anyways.

Chiseled: Richard Lopez

Richard Lopez was the third-runner-up at the Valentino Magazine Cover Boy Search, held recently. The 26-year-old freelance model had the best bod from the motley group of contestants who competed in itty-bitty and out-and-out underwear. He was also seen at the Ginoong Pilipinas 2007 pageant, where he used the name Randy del Rosario representing San Juan, Metro Manila.