I Heart Joaquin Casado

by: rddantes July 10, 2007 | Add Comment |
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

by: rddantes | 3 Comments |

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.

Is he 7 enough?

by: rddantes July 7, 2007 | 8 Comments |
Known only as Steve, he was a regular model of the series of shows that started the nudist extravaganza of males in the skimpiest of bikinis [not necessarily worn, of course]. Dubbed the T Show, the series of thong-wearing men eventually evolved into dong-baring models, so bold and brazen, no one’s ever complained. Said show, which was usually held in regular theater bars, paved the way for other clones that subsequently took the parade of the naked amateur model outside the usual stripper clubs.
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Endless Sleep [plus Eric Santiago]

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When you are away/I move the bed closer to the wall/so your absence does not wake me.
You will never return/unless of course you do, as promised./Doubt moves in
sets up residence/and this knowledge of need,/the very need of you
straightens my back/against the wall till I sleep.
Te Ballard, Hard Unmovable Body

Sleep is my shield from life’s alarms. And so after a fatiguing week, I went to bed at 6 in the evening last night and woke up at 8 a.m. today [UPH, that explains why I didn’t make it to Blue Wave last night. And you didn’t wake me up, twerp!]. That’s about 14 hours of respite from the restless city down below. It was a sleep of endless lucid dreams and I could have gone apeshit from all those countless pleasures in those dreams. But then again I had to wake up , with a twitch of sadness somewhere, as sleep did not really hold any reality for me after all. [model is bronzed and brazen Eric Santiago]

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Wet Dream: Marko Maristela

by: rddantes July 6, 2007 | 5 Comments |



Marko Maristela, the 24-year-old model who won bikini contests after the other, has his head above water now. After boldly starring in one of the episodes of the infamous Manila Exposed series, Marko is back in the runways, for name brands and fashion designers in town. Although his 15 minutes of slop-slosh-and-stuff fame in the porn film did not make him famous-er, Marko Maristela is gradually making his mark again in the modeling biz.

Cuddly: Jeffrey Surio

by: rddantes July 5, 2007 | 8 Comments |

A surefire cure to that rainy day feeling would have to be Jeffrey Surio, 24 years old and a part-time model. Hot stuff but genial and cuddlesome, Jeffrey Surio was the winner at the Coolwaves Bikini Open last year. This Malolos City, Bulacan native has been modeling for minor league designers and local brands for quite some time.

The Rains! [plus Kryven Lacson]

by: rddantes | 1 Comment |

What is it about early-evening rain in July that is so depressing? Probably it is the lateness of the hour when the downpour starts. Probably it’s the ex’s birthday this weekend. Or my new shoes gone wringing-wet. Or being alone in the house, canceling dinner for some deadlines tomorrow. Whatever it is, it is such a formal feeling – dark, foreboding, and with some heebie-jeebies when the cold musky Makati draft comes my way. It is such a drag.

Here’s Kryven Lacson, who is just too glad “he took his coat off and stood in the rain ….. always crazy like that.”
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