Filipino-Japanese Chris Friel won this year’s edition of the Mr. Asia USA, besting 30 other Asian men at the Beverly Hilton Hotel last April 7. The event, endorsed by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation and sponsored by Thailand’s Katesart University, aims to give proceeds to the AIDS Temple, a hospice in Thailand. Also declared as winners were Mike Hake from Thailand (who has a quarter Filipino blood), receiving $700 cash prize for winning 1st runner-up and Filipino-American, John Andreas who was declared as Mr. Supermodel in said contest.
It must be remembered that the 5’11”-tall Chris Friel, won last year’s Ginoong Pilipinas-USA edition [photos above]. For winning the Mr. Asia USA 2007 pageant, Chris received a $1,500 cash prize and a free one-year acting class at MichaelJohn Studio in Van Nuys, California. Photo credits: Oliver Carnay from HollywoodFLIP.com
As I have mentioned before, Cebu is such a treasure trove of goodlooking half-breed [mestizos] models. Top Cebu model Cassidy Shun is virtually unknown in Manila, but he sure is knocking them out of their fashion wits in the Queen City of the South. The uniquely-named Cassidy Shun [I remember there was an American actor-singer who went by the name of Shaun Cassidy, he who sang “Da Doo Ron Ron” and starred in Hardy Boys series in the 70s] is a member of the Models Association of Cebu or MAC. Said models’ association is probably the Cebu counterpart of Manila’s influential Professional Models Association of the Phils. or PMAP. Cassidy is also an actor in ABS-CBN-Cebu’s Cebuanovela, called “Summer Sunshine.” The 22-year-old, 6’2″-tall model initially played for Samsung in the local play-for-pay basketball tournaments, before being discovered for the fashion klieg lights.
G-ford Lara, half of the bod-to-die-for brother-models team [the other being CJ Lara], is 28 years old and single. He has been modeling for quite some time now for A-list designers and brands in the country, most notable of which were assignments for Bench Underwear and Cosmopolitan Magazine’s Eligible Bachelors Show. CJ has also appeared in a movie, the unlamented Xerex Files Trilogy, where he played a deadbeat fiancée in the “O” episode of said film.