Sons of a Preacher Man: The Brothers Jickain

by: rddantes March 17, 2007 | 1 Comment |

The tales of the two model brothers who made it big in Manila’s fashion runways are quite different. Sons of a [French] preacher man to a Filipina, 23-year old Martin is older and shorter than Luke. The younger one though was the first to enter modeling. Martin later came into the scene by entering the Mossimo Bikini Summit in 2004 [won by Italian model Marco Grazzini] and again in 2005 [runner-up to Tarlac City boy, the Swedish-Filipino Einar Ingebrigsten]. From then on, designers and commercial casters took notice of Martin’s mestizo looks as opposed to Luke’s dark and lusty bearing. And then the pansy-ish Martin, who associated in the company of a gay city councilor in Quezon City with a pink posse, got introduced to one-time-actress-now-councilor Aiko Melendez. After a much-publicized marriage, Martin is now happily maintaining a family with one child, sometimes pinch-hitting for his wife in public occasions. Meanwhile Luke is still hitting the runways and TVCs. Outspoken model Wilma Doesnt lately commented on radio that the model with the biggest appendage is Luke. [Refrain] The only one who could ever reach me Was the son of a preacher man The only boy who could ever teach me Was the son of a preacher man Yes he was, he was, ooh, yes he was (yes he was).

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Comer: Clutch Marquez

by: rddantes March 16, 2007 | 2 Comments |

Fresh-faced Clutch Marquez stripped his way to fame in one of Quezon City’s more famous gay bars. He was one of the most popular dancers in that club, until he suddenly disappeared from the limelight. Most people in his workplace say that he left for Japan to seek greener pastures. Apparently, the guy’s married with kid[s] and living somewhere in Tondo or Kalookan City.

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Redux: Roy Rodrigo

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I’m betting one reader requested Roy Rodrigo, not Juan Rodrigo [Although I believe there are also salacious pics out there of Nora Aunor’s beloved JR, when he appeared in the 1982 opus Moral]. Center photo was taken during Roy’s last few months in the biz, before retiring to oblivion.

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Cocky: Richard Guebar

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He now carries the name Richard Guebar. He was another seasoned bikini contest aspirant. His latest career episodes ranged from playing one of the mermans in the GMA 7 fantasy series Atlantika, an archer also in GMA’s Encantadia, and a henchman in Captain Barbell. He claims to have done a porn flick which was exclusively released in Europe [will look for it on 8th Ave. soon]. Three years ago, when he was still a bit on the heavy side, he was bolder…….

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Naked Guy Alert!

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His name is John Paul Mercado, then 19 years old when the pictures were taken. He was a member of the strip-and-dance group Cover Boys that did the rounds of gay and sing-along clubs in the metro. For a time, he also appeared in various gay mags and minor ramp shows.

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Entrancing: Terence Baylon

by: rddantes March 15, 2007 | 1 Comment |


Cute boy Terence Baylon once appeared in the movies as the bawling autistic child of Vilma Santos in Ipagpatawad Mo. He disappeared from the scene after that, and last year he starred in the depressing males-in-briefs film, Twilight Dancers, as a young exotic stripper.

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Nude Dude: J-van Roque

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Okay, test shot guys: this will be the first penis shot. It’s about another bump-and-grinder alum from Gigolo, that hot gay spot in Quezon City. J-van Roque aka Joel Roque was the mestizo looker in the club. He became [in]famous for crying foul when a local gay magazine published his naked pictures. He shacked it up with a former Miss Gay Philippines, got separated and nothing much has been heard about this guy. Sayang.

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Tom Babauta??? WTF!

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I couldn’t stop laughing when someone requested pictures of Tom Babauta. Yes that gay icon of a hunk in the 80s, who was imported from Hawaii to star with teenage actress Snooky Serna in Stranger in Paradise, apparently to match the Maricel Soriano-Danni Vanni [another hot import who got famous locally in a TVC mixing his Sarsi cola with egg, for crying out loud!] tandem.
Tom Babauta in local gayspeak means “I’m hungry” apparently a take on gutom [hungry] . But in the 80s Tom Babauta was a person, a B-list actor famous for that urban legend about his schlong. For years, nothing much has been heard about Tom. Apparently he was the toast of Manila in 80s showbiz for having, well, a big moa kākala or manu kamaāina. Rumors abound that he was the male model in that big painting in the abandoned Film Center about that naked Filipino in the myth Malakas at Maganda, with Coca Nicolas as the female counterpart.
[To digress a bit, Coca Nicolas was one of the three softdrinks beauties then who lorded it over at the Experimental Cinema of the Philippines. The three, Coca, Pepsi Paloma, and Sarsi Emmanuel starred in the disturbing sexploitation flick Snake Sisters, which was remade years later with Sunshine Cruz as one of the sisters. Snake Sisters told the story of three cloistered and skimpily-clad mountain maidens who competitively fornicate with the visiting lowland hunk, to the point of murder. Plausibly, this movie spawned the Tagalog idiom inahas which meant inagaw as in Inahas mo asawa ko!]

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Bonny Boy: Ron Peralta

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Ron Peralta is a nursing student from St. Jude College of Manila. He also models when school’s out. He was a member of the group Hot Guys, a song-and-dance boy group that performs in those smoky comedy sing-along bars in Quezon City. If he looks awfully familiar to Government Bar patrons, this Marinduque province native was 2006 Man of Government [which meant he had to wear a scrimpy yet chromatic Zon7 swimwear inside the bar, scanned and scrutinized by a hundred happy patrons].

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