There’s something about Christian Bautista’s singing…

by: rddantes April 1, 2007 | 1 Comment |

… and it’s starting to bother me. I think it’s the nasal quality. I used to like his single The Way You Look At Me, which incidentally was a big hit in Malaysia and Indonesia. I’m such a sucker for sappy songs, but then again, Christian Bautista’s inflection seems to be coming from the nose these days. Just listen to his new singles. Not that I’m more than bothered, though. No, I’m not. [And what were you thinking, sir, posing like that for photog Frank Hoefsmit to promote Bench cologne?]

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Derick Hibaler. Designer.

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At the recent gala night of the Philippine Fashion Week 2007, one of the designers in the program was billed as Derick Hibaler. I thought it was a namesake of that ripped male model from Pangasinan who lead a colorful life. When the time came for the designer to come out, it was really Derick the model. His collection of denims, mostly the slim-fit-and-skinny jeans type [reminds me of Chip & Pepper’s 5-pocket skinny jeans], was lauded by the media and fashion watchers. It seems like this guy is now going places, I mean, switching trades, or whatever you call his career shift. Wise move.

Sorry for the grainy shot of the pic above. That was taken 14 years ago, during the Ginoong Pilipinas 1993 pageant, where then 20-year-old Nestor “Derick” Hibaler competed as Mr. Pangasinan. At the pageant, he had a sad tale to tell, as he was then supporting his siblings by cleaning his aunt’s taxicabs. He had to stop school as life was hard then.
The 6’1″ upstart did not win any of the awards, but he got noticed by the D-list fashion designers and talent managers who were ogling at the fleshfest. [That year, a Bulacan province representative, who went by the name of Carmelino “Gandong” Cervantes won the pageant. He was the same guy with the funny hair, over-the-top acting, and who delivered his lines in a sing-song manner in Sibak, a movie about three brothers who strip-danced for money. Incidentally, his first runner-up, Luis Cortez was also in the flick.]

Derick Hibaler readily grabbed the showbiz offers after the pageant. However, he soon noticed that the only exposure he got were photo shoots for the gay magazines at the time. At one time, he was even asked to pose with only neckties [yes, how contempo] covering his privates. He disappeared and left the biz in disgust. He soon re-appeared as a model for minor designers in the city. Soon afterwards the bigger designers took notice and cast him in their shows. He has since done Cosmopolitan Philippines Magazine’s annual Bachelors’ Bash and top-brand modeling assignments.

Derick [pics above were taken in Paris], has since moved on. In his resume, he lists his job as “product development consultant, model and stylist.” And now he is a designer. The hard-up Pangasinan boy, who still looks good in his slim jeans, has overcome adversity and grabbed fickle Fortune firmly.
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Wet and Wild: Jayvee Cepeda

by: rddantes March 31, 2007 | Add Comment |

Twenty-two year old Jayvee Cepeda was the winner of Bar Uno’s Wet and Wild bikini show held recently. A native of Borongan, Samar, he is also a member of a university-based dance group in Manila. Incidentally, Bar Uno, which is located along Timog Avenue [beside the Korean convenience store], has been producing bikini contests ever since its inception. Among the notable winners of the the sing-along bar [which boasts as hosts a funny gay guy who admits that he was formerly an exotic dancer in Gigolo and a transvestite midget!] are Ian Porlayagan, who recently competed in Mr. World-Philippines; Troy Gomez, a veteran bikini pageant contestant; and, Andro Morgan, the scene-stealer at a recent sheer underwear show. For Richard Guebar fans, go to Bar Uno, as he is sometimes featured there as one of the dancers.

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Papi Chulo: Jon Romano

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Jon Romano used to be a stripper and a “guest relations officer” in one of the gay bars along Timog Avenue in Quezon City. Since the life span of a bump-and-grinder in gay clubs is rather short, he ventured into the movies and television and got cast as one of the extras. His manager, the director Maryo J. de los Reyes, never fails to give him projects, however small the role. He was last seen in the movie So Happy Together [the Kris Aquino-Eric Quizon movie] and as a bit player in TV soaps.

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Gino!

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Okay, I’m giving in. Here’s Gino Antonio, that actor in the mid-80s who made a lot of skin flicks, not just the ornery ones but the real deal with all the penetration shots. To those born in the 80s and later, who were too young to understand at the time, Gino Antonio was one of the go-to guys then [together with Mark Joseph, Tony Martinez, Bobby Benitez and Michael Alfers], in the era of the Pene Films, so-called because of the actual showing of the act of intercourse onscreen. Unlike his contemporaries, however, Gino Antonio got cast in mainstream films, albeit with a little showing of skin, in such movies as Private Show, Tayo na sa Dilim, and Rape of Virginia P. Gino Antonio was last seen in the 2002 Visayan soap Kapalaran and in the 2004 Nora Aunor-movie Naglalayag as one of the bit players. He has since aged.
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Sexy-Lean: Marvin de Alban

by: rddantes March 29, 2007 | Add Comment |

Exotic model Marvin de Alban stands 6’1″ and is an AB Political Science graduate of the Far Eastern University in Manila. This 23-year old pro model once joined the Sta. Lucia Mall Generation East Model Search and the Mr. Campus Face Philippines 2005. Although he has not won any modeling competitions [yet], he was immediately hired and signed as a model by top agency Mercator Models of Manila.

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Wrapped Tight: Joseph Kidwell

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Firm and taut Joseph Kidwell, of mixed Filipino and American parentage, won the Man of the Year 2005 model search and his modeling career has since kicked in. This 5’10” tall guy, from Oriental Mindoro, is also a student of BS Tourism at the University of the East in Manila. Lately, he has been appearing in various TV commercials and fashion shows in the metro.
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The comeback of an exotic dancer

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Several years ago, he was gay-magazine stud-fodder. He was once part of the Cover Boys, a group of bare-all dancers who did the rounds of Manila’s gay bars then. Rusty Elizalde, as he was once known [photo below], has since hopped from one bar to another as an exotic dancer. He was also Malate district’s token go-go boy in the annual White Party and Gay Pride events. Now, he has resurrected and has taken on the name Kalvin [see photos above].

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Sexy Xeno!

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One-name model and actor Xeno is 20 years old and was once signed as one of the Philippine models of Elite’s Men’s Division Modeling Agency. This 5’10” tall guy also appeared as a boxer in the flick Manny Pacquiao: The Movie and as a provincial lad in the gay movie Bilog.
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Then and Now: Perry Escano

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Perry Escano was only 18 years old at the time the picture above [red photo] was taken. Several years later, he is back in the movies, most notable of which are Twilight Dancers [promotional pic shown above, the one in the bamboo] and Compound [pics below]. Apparently he has gone back to theater, while the movie offers waned then.

From his resume: Perry Escano started as a performer on Philippine stage. He played the lead role of Lapu-Lapu, Philippine’s first hero, in Mactan 1521. Other credits include El Filibusterismo, Laro, Florante at Laura, Silang Magigiting, Pangarap sa Isang Gabi ng Gitnang Tag-araw, Ang Tahanan ni Bernarda Alba, and May Isang Sundalo. Perry also played roles in the Philippine independent films Sitak and Kazuma vs. Amuzak.
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