In the list of Zen Buddhist names, Kaisan means “Opening the Mountain” or more specifically “Founding a Temple” or “Founding Priest.” Whatever mountains are being opened in the process, twenty-year-old Kaisan Lopez is one fine young specimen who deserves a token shrine. An Engineering student from Bulacan, Kaisan has been appearing of late in tv soaps and series. He hopes to be a mainstream actor someday. More photos soon.
Don’t you just love them rough, juicy and fleshy? I’m not talking about a pear. I’m referring to men or legal-aged boys, for that matter. This year’s winner of the Mossimo Bikini Summit, 21-year old Andrew Smith maybe just that. This 5’9″-tall, half-Filipino, half-Aussie tennis coach pulled a chunky surprise and grabbed the title, beating Manila’s seasoned models and reed-thin hopefuls for the summer’s uppity skimpy skivvy open. Undoubtedly, Andrew Smith has a beautiful face, more luminous and classy than the other candidates. And that is more than enough.
The success of the Vagina Monologues male ripoff in Manila, aptly called Penis Talks, inspired the creative minds of the male leads’ talent managers to form a group for their wards. The group, resolutely named as Barako Boys, was then formed, which was composed of actors Jay Manalo [now 33 years old], Christian Vasquez , Luis Alandy , Reggie Curley , Carlo Maceda [30s], and Paolo Paraiso . The group came out with an album under BMG Records, which was a mild hit. After performing in tv shows and live concert appearances, the Barako Boys simply vanished and disbanded. Of course, some of the boys are still around in the biz, albeit no longer collectively. Jay Manalo is still acting in movies and tv series, usually in father roles. Christian Vasquez, the model turned actor, is also doing guest appearances on tv and his Liberated series for Seiko Films just didn’t get sequels anymore. Luis Alandy, who was launched originally by GMA-7 as one of its stable of actors but who eventually jumped ship to ABS-CBN, can be seen in tv soaps as a freelancer. Reggie Curley, Bodyshots 1996 titleholder, has disappeared and probably gone back to his native Angeles City. Carlo Maceda, Mossimo Bikini Summit 2002 grand winner, has married and no longer makes regular appearances in the biz. And Paolo Paraiso, one of the top PMAP models before joining showbiz, has recently separated from his live-in partner for years and is doing minor guest roles on tv.
Nick Santillan was a member of the calendar boy-group Naked Hunks of the Philippines. The group, which has long disbanded after the calendar was sold out to delirious queer-folks two years ago, performed in comedy and sing-along bars before. See related post on Naked Hunks.
Gelo is another one of those nameless boys featured in gay rags out there. What struck me most about this 18-year old boy is the promise of youth vigorously thriving, which somehow awakens our fascination with the beauty of that awkward age. This boy makes one fine Sunday gazing – sunshiney, fresh and sweet. Oh, such jailbait.
Will Sandejas, Kristian Tanfelix in the real world, is 23 years old and a fixture at bikini contests before joining showbiz. He dusky looker from Laguna finished a special course for caregivers and initially intended to work abroad until he can no longer ignore the lure of the kleig lights.
Will Sandejas was first runner-up at the Metro Bar Bikini Open and the winner of Fashion Quest 2006 held at the Pearl of Manila Hotel. Then he joined Upstyle Modeling Agency’s Style Eyecatchers Model Search, where he was declared as a winner in one of the editions of said search. Next came the movies.
[Will is in the middle, between Mike Hoo and Maico Eduria, aka Josh Ivan Morales]
Will, who was once the lead vocalist of Replay Band, was one of the naked miners [yes, miners] in the indie exploitation film Troika, which also came up with a limited edition magazine from which the images above were taken. He was last seen in another gay bare-for-all flick called Sikil with the boyish Ken Escudero [search previous posts].