To V., I’ll Settle This With A Dickinson

by: rddantes July 12, 2007 | Add Comment |
[Model: Richard Guebar]

After great pain, a formal feeling comes
Emily Dickinson

After great pain, a formal feeling comes –
The Nerves sit ceremonious, like Tombs –
The stiff Heart questions was it He, that bore,
And Yesterday, or Centuries before?
The Feet, mechanical, go round –
Of Ground, or Air, or Ought –
A Wooden way
Regardless grown,
A Quartz contentment, like a stone –
This is the Hour of Lead –
Remembered, if outlived,
As Freezing persons, recollect the Snow –
First – Chill – then Stupor – then the letting go —

I am fully aware you read this so-called blog, somewhere in the recesses of your offices, when everyone’s gone. Is it cold there? Let me start by stating that I had no strategy of sentiment. Apathy is not big in my dictionary, so pocket your thoughts on inadvertence or even dispassion on my part. Besides, you were not able to convey either. I am just wondering, Was it all about vulnerability you just did not wish then to express? But then again, you always let your guard down whenever we were together. Those were happy episodes [although I remember them now with a smile and a twitch somewhere]. The thing is, I am regretful. Stupidity is one of my greatest virtues. The philosophy of our self-styled relationship just made it difficult for me to express how I equitably felt. And as things stand now, I am helpless to reconstruct the mess of emotions and feelings left from that talk last night. This will be my last piece on the subject. Your books and shirts shall be sent to your office.
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Fireball: Bembol Cabasal

by: rddantes July 11, 2007 | 4 Comments |

He was the model who sported the feminine look before: long straight hair and gracious strides. Yet, Bembol Cabasal, now 28 years old and still winning bikini contests one after the other, has stayed in the business with his new more-manful look. He first appeared in 2004 when he joined the first Bikini Open: The Pageant, where he was one of the finalists. Eventually, he was the grand winner at the 2004 Mr. and Ms. Sexy Body Bikini Open sponsored by Sta. Lucia Mall. This year, despite the presence of younger and buffer contestants, he managed to land first runner-up at the Bikini Frenzy pageant [held at Golden Sunset Resort owned by famous hairdresser Ricky Reyes] and as finalist at the Beach Bodies Bikini Championship in Subic Bay.

Slinky: Jeric Lacap

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Jeric Lacap, now 28 years old, was a freelance model before he joined the Bikini Open 2003 [I think it was Zsa Zsa Zaturnnah’s Lauren Novero who won that one]. Jeric Lacap also posed for the gay mags of his era – Cover Boy and Valentino. He even had a full monty photo shoot, and I think I got one photo somewhere in my files….

Posted under bikini open, Jeric Lacap

Is John Harren Cuevas making a comeback?

by: rddantes July 10, 2007 | 2 Comments |

John Harren Cuevas, the former member of the male group Viva Hotmen, seems to be getting visible these days. He joined Viva Hotmen when it was just about to split for good, so nothing much came out of his showbiz career at that time. Prior to his stint in the sexy male group, John Harren was the Mister Caloocan City 2002 and the Mr. Face and Body Bikini Open 2003 in faraway Cagayan Valley. In 2004, he became a member of the Metro Hunks, a song-and-dance group of men performing in comedy and sing-along clubs in the metro. The following year, he was the grand champion in Bodyheat Model Search, which title paved the way for his inclusion in Viva Hotmen. He did a couple of straight-to-video films such as Pinoy Kamasutra and Erotic Lapdance, produced by Viva Entertainment.

It’s raining all the time..

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There’s a Jack Johnson song [Banana Pancakes] that goes: “Pretend like it’s the weekend now/ And we could pretend it all the time/ Can’t you see that it’s just raining/ There ain’t no need to go outside.” I just wish. It’s only Tuesday and the week’s not even half-through yet. It must be the rains again, I’m getting the blues. Model is Lyndon Montecarlo.
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I Heart Joaquin Casado

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At the recent Mister Philippines 2007 pageant, my heart went out to 25-year-old Cebuano stunner Joaquin Casado. Mean brat UPH thinks Joaquin is a bobby, but I guess he was just being sincere and candid beyond the usual pageant answers of peace, love and ending world hunger. Barely inaudible in answering the main question “Why he should win” [or something in that context], he said in broken Filipino that he just wants to help his family in the province and that he is putting up with this “job”, even if it is tiring and backbreaking. Aah, Joaquin Casado must have been doing uphill battles these days. And in the biz, he wants to come off. He breaks my heart. I really hope he makes good.

Benson’s Hills and Hedges

by: rddantes July 9, 2007 | 1 Comment |

Benson Hill is a 24-year old part-time model and bikini pageant enthusiast, more on the joining part. He has won minor league contests, but still he has not taken on the national competitions. Ian Porlayagan was in a similar path years ago and now he is the Mister Philippines. Methinks, Benson Hill can go the same way. Remember how Miss India contestants would love to mumble about having a platform or a springboard when asked why they joined the pageant? Well, with Benson Hill’s experience, he has all the skidways and gangplanks towards the national competitions. Never mind the personality training and the education. After all, winning male pageants is not rocket science.

Winner: Ian Leonel Porlayagan

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Twenty-two year old Ian Leonel Porlayagan, was the big winner at last night’s Mister Philippines 2007 pageant. The 5’9″-tall part-time model and farmer from Nueva Ecija finally made it to the top of the pageant crop after his stint at the Mr. World-Philippines 2007 search. Much to the delight and appreciation of the sparse crowd, Ian turned up his voice and stated that he is a proud farmer from Nueva Ecija. UPH and I couldn’t suppress a giggle when two old guys behind us commented in disbelief that maybe he overdosed on Metathione [one of the sponsors], that skin-whitening pill, prior to the contest. Real farmer or not, here’s hoping that Ian Leonel Porlayagan will make it in Mexico City as the country’s representative in the Mister International 2007 pageant. By the way, nice chintzy house.

Mister Philippines 2007 Winners!

by: rddantes July 8, 2007 | 13 Comments |
L-r: Carsten Engel [nd RU], Nino Sazon [Mister International Man-Phils],
Ian Leonel Porlayagan [Mister International-Phils], Michael Raymond Lim
[Mr. Expoworld-Phils], and Michael Koegel [1st RU]

Amidst the understandable birth pains [low turnout of audience, minor sponsors, bad production] of staging the first ever Mister Philippines pageant, the male contest just declared this evening the upstanding winners. Ian Leonel Porlayagan was the main winner, who will represent the country in Mexico City for the Mister International pageant. Cute chinito Michael Raymond Lim, way past his Provoq Men days, is the Philippines’ rep in the Mister Expoworld contest in Guatemala City, while Nino Sazon from Canada will go to Jakarta, Indonesia for the Mister International Man pageant. The runners-up were the dashing guys from Germany.

Ian Leonel Porlayagan who spoke Filipino throughout the contest’s interview and Q&A, declared that he is a farmer using manual labor and heavy equipment down in the plains of Nueva Ecija. What he failed to mention though was his penchant for joining bikini contests in Manila [the last being 2nd RU to Andro Morgan in Bar Uno’s Mr. Aura 2006] and a thank-you guy in Mr. World-Philippines. Fortunately this time, his new farmer-boy PR strategy and booming voice [think barrio politician in a speech] paid off.

I’ve always liked Michael Raymond Lim, not because of his cocky and ballsy photos with Provoq, but he is just so charming. He is now into commercials and modeling with clothes on, with Posh Models Modeling Agency.

Nino Sazon, the beat-boxing Mr. Talent from Canada, was the shortest [is he the oldest too?] but he still managed to land in the top three. If you ask me, he is another John Lopez clone, that is, contrived and conscripted.

The two Fil-German boys, who were young, tall and dreamy, only managed to grab the runner-up positions. Probably the judges felt that natural-born Filipinos should go to the international competitions. That is so unfair, though.

Completing the finalists were Jose Gerardo Roa from Cagayan de Oro City, who was surprisingly eloquent, and Joaquin Casado [see previous post], who was more like making an appeal to the judges instead of having fun [“I joined this contest because I want to help my family, even if I’m having a hard time”]. Too bad, Ginoong Pilipinas winner Dennis Barrion aka Denver Olivarez did not even make it to the top seven finalists.

Bikini photos – blurry, hazy and red- will be uploaded soon.

Buck: Andro Morgan

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Early last year, he was known as Andrew Llanillo, an eighteen-year old upstart, doing bit roles in GMA-7’s primetime fantasy soaps. Growing impatient perhaps with his 15 minutes of instant fame, he changed name to Kerk Vincent and went on to pose for the gay rags in all his naked glory. Reverting to his original name, Andro Morgan also won Bar Uno’s Mr. Aura, a bikini contest. Soon, thereafter, he was seen in Hataw Superbodies Bikini contest this year and a stint at the T Show, where, of course, he went comfy and got buck-arse naked in publicity photos and onstage.
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