What’s happening with Don Mendoza?

by: rddantes April 4, 2007 | 1 Comment |

Male model Roldunne “Don” Mendoza’s going jelly-belly. During the gala night of the Philippine Fashion Week at the Rockwell Tent, the 6’1″-tall Roldunne “Don” Mendoza was one of the featured male models and it looks like he is getting rather pudgy in the middle. The Philippine rep to Manhunt 2007 has definitely been gaining some sandbags ever since he went from struggling startup to top model status. I mean, look at the photos above as compared below [which were taken when he was just new], Don Mendoza must be following the footsteps of his please-explain-why-he-is-a-model friend Austin [AJ] Walker, who is also, sadly, now a bit chunky for a male mannequin. It must be the food at the rented Dasmarinas Village house of his hefty mentor-friend.
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Carlos Bernardo Santos Concepcion

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He holds a hyphenated title as long as his name. Model-entrepreneur-singer-dancer-designer Carlos Bernardo Santos Concepcion has been getting a lot of buzz lately. Easily the most controversial in his group, Take 5 – that boyband that performs every 1 pm on the Sunday show SOP, Carlos has remained unscathed. In fact he has admitted to the photos that circulated in the net recently [see post ]. Still, his person remains a mystery as to his lineage [apparently an heir of the Concepcions of RFM, but isn’t Joey Concepcion the heir of the empire?], his school [DLSU or Benilde?], his real occupation [he listed “designer” in the last Metro Magazine body calendar]. All I know is that his mother is a prominent Santos of Cebu, that he has a big vacation house with a big pool somewhere south of Manila, and that he walks as if he’s floating. I’m not making the last one up, but he does look nice doing that; imagine his heels not touching the ground, that is how he does it. Just watch SOP every Sunday and see for yourselves. It is awfully cute. And then again, let’s give the good kid a break. He is in the biz to earn a living and to enjoy his life.

Dennis Trillo, Recording Artist.

by: rddantes April 3, 2007 | Add Comment |
From an obscure actor in ABS-CBN, Dennis Trillo went over to the other side, GMA-7 and achieved fame. Now an A-list tv and movie actor, Dennis Trillo has also released an album under iMusic [owned by singers Regine Velasquez and Ogie Alcasid]. The self-titled album has for its carrier single Air Supply’s “All Out of Love” which was previously used in his sanitary napkin commercial. I’ve always liked this guy, not only for his good looks but also for his naturally shy demeanor. In person, he looks short and small, but what the heck, Dennis Abelardo Ho [his real name] turns up the appeal dial to the high levels. Go buy the album, guys. There are nice photos inside.
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Carlo David Scholz, Starbrighter.

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Remember the Starbrighters in the late 80s ? Yes, that talent variety show which went up against the then-formidable teen show That’s Entertainment. In that show, which was handled by talent manager Boy C. de Guia, teens who were goodlooking enough were made to sing, dance and declaim a speech [there really was a declamation part, for some]. Among the young hopefuls then was a mestizo kid who went by the name of Carlo David. Now 26 years old, Carlo David Scholz is into modeling. His only appearance then in a movie was in the feature film Mga Ulilang Anghel produced by Regal Films. He was a child commercial model for Milo, Purefoods, McDonald’s and Colgate. From 1992-2005, he went to the US to study [Animation Design at the Highline Community College in Des Moines, WA] and work [United Airlines]. And now, this 5’10”-tall guy is back in the Philippines for modeling and acting jobs.

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Exposed: Marko Maristela

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Marko Maristela was the male winner in the 2005 Mr. and Ms. Sexy Bodies contest. Prior to that he was in the Mr. and Ms. Bikini International-Philippines pageant, where he competed with the likes of Randolph Dungo, Ramon del Prado and Carlos Concepcion . Apparently he was also one of the male leads [together with Josh Ivan Morales aka Maico Eduria] in the must-see Filipino all-out porn flick Manila Exposed 1. The 6′-tall Marko, who graduated from Lucena City with a Criminology degree and despite the publicity in that movie, still models to this day for Manila’s fashion designers.

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Persistence has a name….

by: rddantes April 2, 2007 | Add Comment |

In the 1990s, there was a plain Jane by the name of Maria Sovietskaya Bacud [I’m not making this up, that is her name! Check out the March 2007 issue of FHM Philippines.]. She had dreams of winning pageants, so she started out from the small village beauty contests until she reached the bigger ones. First she joined the noontime show Eat Bulaga’s “She’s Got The Look” contest in the early ‘90s [she won]. Next stop, Miss Metro Manila [lost], the Binibining Pilipinas 1994 [semi-finalist], Mutya ng Pilipinas 1994 [semi-finalist], Queen of Clubs International 1994 [first runner-up], Miss Intercontinental 1995 in Germany [first runner-up], and again in Binibining Pilipinas 1996 [first runner-up]. That was quite a list. Which only goes to show that even if you are not that striking but if you really persist, you will, uh, somehow land within spitting distance from the coveted title.
And here are some pictures of Alizon Andres, a candidate in this year’s Century Tuna Superbods Image Model Search.
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Marvelous.

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There’s a polite, efficient and charming waiter at the Manila Peninsula Hotel who goes by the name of Marvelous. Quite unconventional for a guy’s name, that was how I remembered him. And suddenly it also came to me that he once posed in a shoot. His name is Marvin Villanueva, 22 years old and a BS Commerce [major in Tourism] graduate of Far Eastern University in Manila. This 5’10”-tall guy also joined the Man of the Year contest and the Handsome Guy of 2005 pageant but he was unsuccessful. Too, he did modeling for Hammerhead jeans and Flip Gear, to name a few. [And no, guys, I did not take the topmost pic as I do not have red curtains and faux leather couch in my house.]
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Del’s Buffing Up

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Rodel Felicidario has apparently toned up and lost weight in preparation for his showbiz career, or whatever comes his way. This student from Adamson University has definitely gone a long way from his Kalookan City origins, ever since he joined [and immediately got eliminated from] the toothpaste model search. He has done Bench underwear and BPI commercials, of late. For more photos, link here.

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Naughty: Dave Devon Rebolledo

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The word just came to thought, naughty. This innocent-looking guy maybe naughty or nice, but he is sinfully sexy and appealing in person. Dave Devon was one of Cosmopolitan Philippines Magazine’s 69 most eligible bachelors for 2006. This 25-year-old medical representative, who does modeling on the side, stands 5’10” and has appeared as one of the featured contestants in Style Eyecatchers Model Search.

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Redux: Hermann Gerhard Weber

by: rddantes April 1, 2007 | Add Comment |

Organizers of the 2007 Mossimo Bikini Summit [Take it Underground] have finally raised the money for the venue. It will be held on 21 April at the NBC Tent in Bonifacio Global City. So all the fuss and mystery about taking it to an underground venue to accommodate a “reggaethon” was just plain puff to hide the real prob. All’s well for now.

I’m putting here not-in-any-set photos [sent in by a good friend who shall remain anonymous for now but do visit his site at http://malephotography.multiply.com/photos for more] of my favorite at last year’s contest: Hermann Gerhard Weber, who eventually finished first runner-up to Jerome Ortiz. People can’t seem to get enough of him [as I do] but he has lately been holed up in his suburban Laguna house, unless there are good projects in Manila. His latest appearance was a photoshoot with Icon magazine [the Jon Mullally cover] together with fellow hotties Jon, John Lopez and Rei de Castro.

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