Soap S[t]ud: Troy Reyes

by: rddantes May 23, 2007 | Add Comment |

The American fiction writer Betty MacDonald once said that “too much scrubbing takes the life right out of things.” In the case of Troy Reyes, above, I wouldn’t mind most the “too much” in the scrubbing since definitely, as can be seen in the photos above, it does not take the life right out of things. Or myself, for that matter. Fancy having hand-washed clothes by a 5’9″-tall model from Quezon City who has participated in most bikini contests in town. That would be swell. Anyways, Troy Reyes’ recent win was 1st runner-up in Bar Uno’s Mr. Aura, won by a daring Andrew Morgan aka Kerk Vincent.

Vice-Mayor Isko Moreno

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The new vice-mayor of Manila is Honorable Francisco Domagoso aka Isko Moreno! Isko Moreno won overwhelmingly over his rivals, which included a 3-term congressman, an actress clone of the Corpse Bride, a fellow teenshow alum and a butterball from the ruling administration party. Prior to his candidacy for the second-highest position in Manila, Isko Moreno took refresher courses in law and local governance. Reputedly, he took up law subjects while serving his third term as a Councilor in Manila’s First District.
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Speaking of underwear…

by: rddantes May 22, 2007 | 1 Comment |’s the hole-in-one [piece] bikini! At the recent Ginoong Pilipinas male pageant, some of the candidates were prompted to wear a white swimsuit with a hole right up there in the crotch area. I always thought that the lacuna was there by accident or maybe some waggish costume designer put it there. I tend to believe the latter as it [the hole] was part of the design, regardless of aesthetics or utility. Of course, you know the problem [if you are wearing such] or delight [if you are looking at someone wearing that] with such eyelet? Say, peephole to the shaft? Model above is Ace Romeson Bernal who represented Pampanga province and who landed as one of the runners-up in said contest.

New Bench Campaign

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I think Bench is the new Visa. You know, ‘you can’t leave home without it.’ And ‘it’s everywhere you want to be.’ You see, the billboards are all over the metro again. Bench, that ubiquitous company with giant signs and posters all over the city [by the way, they opened shop recently at Westfield, Eaglerock, CA], has newly put up its new underwear posters in major streets in Metro Manila. This I presume is in lieu of their summer campaign, OJ Summer [as summer is about to end]. Model above is reader J.’s favorite patsy and whipping boy, Jonathan “Jon” Mullally.

Seventeen years ago….

by: rddantes May 21, 2007 | 1 Comment |
Zoren Legaspi looked like this, in a promotional shoot for his teen movie Island of Desire, with scorned-wife-of-the-moment Ruffa Gutierrez. Zoren is now married with kids and happily working still as an actor. Too, he is currently the director of Fantastic Man on GMA 7. Zoren, who took a crash course in filmmaking under the renowned director Peque Gallaga in Bacolod City, explains his career shift: “Directing has always been my passion. I’ve been wanting to be a director for eight years now, I think now is the time. It started back in the States where my family lived for about five years. I was 15 then and we had a videography business called Father & Sons because it was ours, my father’s and my brothers’. I remember I had a grand time manning the business because you know naman how big the Filipino community is in Chicago. I was really the one tasked with shooting weddings, baptismal up to editing materials.”

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Iron Man: Jeffrey Pineda

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He has always carried this reputation as a guy who is exceedingly meticulous. People knew he irons his own clothes before he goes out. He’s got these very domesticated ways about him. He is a button-up guy about everything in his life: his nutrition, his exercise, his diet, his clothes, his cleanliness. Everything about him is very well-organized and crisp and clean. I’m making this all up to fill in the page. Here’s Jeffrey Pineda, a 24 year old part-time model from Mabalacat, Pampanga. Jeff stands 5’11 and is a Civil Engineering student.

Some issues on Chris Friel

by: rddantes May 20, 2007 | 1 Comment |
From Oliver Carnay of, I received mail remarking on recent posts about Chris Friel. L.A.-based and seasoned photog, publicist and reporter Mr. Carnay, who chronicles Philippine and Hollywood entertainment news and events in the widely-read, has published an open letter to Chris Friel in the website, which letter reads in part as:

“In this business, I have accepted that many people are very ungrateful. But I told myself I will not be like them. I hope, Chris, that you’ll learn to give credit where credit is due and you’ll appreciate what people have done for you. Sometimes, just a little “thank you” is even enough. I was not asking for any money for the things I’ve done for you. I was just asking for a little respect. Just a little respect!

At this last pageant, during the rehearsal, you were asked which country you would represent, and you replied, “I have to get back with you on that!” You mean, after winning the title Ginoong Pilipinas USA, you are not sure yet of which country you will represent?

You have lied to me and to some people I know. Up to this point, you haven’t appreciated the Filipinos around who took care of you. Are you really the Filipino you are claiming you are? “

For the complete letter of Mr. Carnay, follow the link.
This would now be the time when I do my tsk-tsk-tsk: Looks like Mr. Friel has a lot of explaining to do.

Encantar! Alfred Guevarra

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The trouble with most male models who want to make it big these days is that they have the exceptional ability to always remain in the background, that is, they are always just there. Not distinctly noticeable or individually important. In the case of Alfred Guevarra, a 22-year-old model, one wonders why he still has not shot to good fame, despite his admirable looks and bearing. He was a finalist in the 2004 Man of the Year Search, and not much has happened to his supposed-to-be glitzy career, except some minor appearances in ramp shows and strip tease playacts for gay mags. He deserves to be big, if you ask me.

How to sell one’s self…

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I meant, as a commercial model. Or an actor. Iffy Harold Montano, who figured recently in a sex-bust on tv [see related post], is determined to make it and how. Uncomfortable wearing clothes, Harold Montano is doing what he loves best [i.e. stripping, i suppose] to make himself known. He goes around with a resume that could have worked wonders for him in the mid-level corporate world: a degree in Business Management from La Consolacion College in Bacolod City and a “rich-clan breeeding.” Apparently he also owns a bar called Ang Kab Grill, with capital from “my rich aunt.” It was in that bar where he was discovered by movie writers, dancing with a slithery snake to cover his member. From then on he has appeared in countless shows, as the main attraction with his, uh, snake. His publicists have touted him as the next Zuma, the famous boa-garbed [I meant big snakes on the neck] Filipino comic-book character being developed by GMA 7 as a new series. So far, the tv network has not yet announced plans for such series.
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