Tropical Bodies

Hmm, so these are tropical bodies? I recently got on my mail this picture from and I thought it will be worth reposting. These are the winners of the Tropical Bodies 2007 held at Lips Bar, the one near the MRT J. Ruiz station, along Aurora Boulevard in Quezon City. I do not have any idea as to where these boys came from except the one in the middle who has been figuring lately in that bikini-or-none-at-all show of late. His name is Xavier Manahan, who seems cute. First runner-up’s name is Emmanuel Villa and 2nd runner-up is Ivan Maxwell. And before I forget, summer fashion will be gossamer and gauzy underwear, to flaunt one’s ready assets.

Lustful: Jay Villanueva

Twenty-one year old Jay Villanueva has a degree in Automotive Engineering and is a part-time model. This Angeles City native who stands at 5’10” is relatively new in the biz as he was only discovered recently in his biggest ramp project yet, the Rough Rider Jeans fashion show. He also has plans of entering the circus otherwise known as showbiz.

Vote for Vince Canizares!

Despite the bad press and the appendectomy scar, I’m still rooting for this Cebuano model in the 2007 Century Tuna Superbods Beachfest. Vince, who is 23 years old and stands at 6’1″ has been modeling for 6 years now, and I think this will be the first time he has joined a looks-and-brawn contest. Log on to to cast your votes.

How is Edward Mendez doing?

Then [photos above] and Now [below]

At the first Mossimo Bikini Summit in 2002, one Filipino-American boy stood out because of his distinctly boyish looks and eloquence. Although Edward Mendez did not win in the contest [Winner was Carlo Maceda and 1st RU Jordan Herrera], he got offers from talent casters to do commercials. He appeared as resident pinup boy of Cosmopolitan Philippines magazine and has also graced the runways for top designers in Manila. For a time he was the it boy of the Manila modeling world, until he invaded the movies too [his last one was called Pinay Pie with a Assunta de Rossi and Aiaidelas Alas]. Suddenly he disappeared and next thing we know, he is back in his native Maryland – buffed, ripped and roaring.

Inviting: Alvin Fortuna

Alvin Fortuna aka Alvin Marquez is a part-time actor who was last seen in Marina, that mermaid series on ABS-CBN some seasons back. At 5’11”, he also modeled for Cinderella Department Store and Bank of the Philippine Islands TVCs. Some dish: He was on tv last year defending his minor actor-friend who goes by the distinct name of Criselda Volks, who was said to be pregnant. He denied being the father of the child. Ms. Volks denied the pregnancy and when asked about Mr. Fortuna, the woman just rolled her eyes up with a perverse grin. And we all got her answer well. Such a fag hag this woman!

Winsome: Charles Oliva

Twenty-three year old Charles Boyer Oliva is a part-time model and “part-time bodybuilder”, according to his resume. [I wish I could be a part-time bodybuilder, too. Seriously. Yes, I do.] This 5’11” guy graduated with a BS Hotel and Restaurant Management degree from the University of Santo Tomas. As a trainee with Segafredo Zanetti in Greenbelt, Makati City, he was approached by a talent agent to try doing the rounds of VTRs in casting agencies. His first job was the September 2006 catalogue model for Hang Ten. He used to work for a call center [Convergys], but now that he has resigned, he says he wants to “concentrate on modeling.” Natch!

Paco Arespacochaga is up again!

I had the most peculiar crushes when I was younger. One of them was Paco Arespacochaga, the lead drummer in the then-popular band Introvoys. Paco left the Philippines in 2001, several months after he and singer Geneva Cruz separated. Their marriage was annulled long after that. On the strength of an extraordinary-ability visa, Paco is now a green card-holder and legally a US citizen, along with his wife Tiny. Paco quietly slipped into town a few weeks ago to celebrate the 11th birthday of his son with Geneva Cruz, Heaven. Apparently, Introvoys [see] has also regrouped as most of the band members are all based now in the US. Pic below is Paco as he looks today.

Brent and Kiko, Who?

I did not see the movie, I must admit, but the guys’ photos are somehow worth posting. Brent Lee is the guy with the bad hair while Kiko Montenegro is the somehow sallow one on the right. They are in the indie movie called Pantasya which was produced by Viva Entertainment, which movie was screened only at the UP Film Center, if I’m not mistaken.

And more Brent and Kiko:

Whatever happened to the Powerboys? [or some updates on the guys]

The radio’s fault actually. There was a Backstreet Boys’ song that was played and all so sudden I remembered the Rexona deodorant commercial. Yes, that commercial where five cute guys in white towels were singing in the showers, lipsynching to BB’s I Want It That Way. Immediately after that, they were cast as a singing group, getting slots in noontime shows [ABS-CBN’s Magandang Tanghali Bayan and teen shows [ABS-CBN’s Berks]. After their meteroic rise, came the sudden fall. Some attribute it to the popularity of Meteor Garden , that Asian series of the hot F4 guys [think Vanness Wu, and I’m not sure how you spell it]. Whatever happened to the guys? Here’s some update I gathered:

Jordan Herrera

Real name Jordan Hermogenes, he was the most popular in the group. He was a 2nd year Hotel & Restaurant Management student at the St. Jude College in Manila when he became a product of bikini contests, the most legit of which was the 2002 Mossimo Bikini Summit [1st Ru to a huge Carlo Maceda in tight Mossimo bikini]. As the most controversial in the batch [ he was linked to a rich g-a-y benefactor], Jordan went on to star in Viva Films’ bold flicks, latest of which was Lupe where he went nude outdoors. Last I heard he is now in the cast of Pedro Penduko, ABS-CBN’s fantasy series about the Filipino myth, as one of the bit players. Yet, one will not recognize him there as he was cast a merman, the one with the prosthetics on his face. He has also taken in some weight, as can be seen in the pic below, which was shot on location for the series.

Greg Martin

He was the hunkiest in the batch, I guess. Greg Ronquillo Filipovich, half-Serbian and half-Filipino, was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY when he came here to try his luck in modeling. Before he got cast as one of the leads in the Rexona TVC, Greg was a practicing Emergency Medical Technician in NY, a martial arts expert and a breakdancer. In Manila, Greg enroled himself at the now-defunct Thames International School in a Business Administration course. After the demise of P4, he went to Thailand and Singapore to try his luck at modeling. Apparently he is back in NY. If you want to see how he looks like now, watch the video of Bebot by the Black Eyed Peas, where he was selected as a “background talent.” [As an aside, the mother of Apl.De.Ap there was played by former Eat Bulaga comic Louella Albornoz.]

Jay Salas

The cutest, for me, Jay Tugas was an established DJ in Wherelse Disco before he got cast as Rexona boy. With Spanish-Filipino blood, this cute guy was a graduate of St. Benedict’s College with a degree in BSMB Entrepreneurship. He is now based in Brooklyn, NY employed with a company that sells baby couture. Pictures below are fairly recent and he has not changed a bit.

Frank Garcia

The vain one. Frank Taunenbaum, half-Dutch and half-Filipino first appeared in TVCs as the charming guy in the Sarsi cola commercial. After P4, he went to Thailand to do some modeling. When he came back, he did the cough-and-colds series of commercials, which re-established him in the advertising market of talents. He has also done TV appearances. Photo below was taken at a mall show this year with singer Lance Raymundo and fan.

Geoff Rodriguez

His real name is Geoff Briz, half-British and half-Filipino. Born and raised in Sydney, Australia, Geoff came into the scene when he was used as the body model for the first Mossimo Bikini Summit. The P4 exposure made this curly-haired hunk quite famous. Often seen in the company of Marc Nelson, he is now being linked to Tisha Silang, a Bb. Pilipinas alum who was dethroned when she won the right to represent the Philippines in the Ms. Universe pageant a few years back. They are always in Boracay Island as Tisha does business there. Last time I saw him a few weeks ago, he was relatively gaut and gangly, so unlike his form a few years back. Photos below were taken last year for a commercial with Marc Nelson and Ms. Earth 2004 [the one from Brazil].

Dark and Mysterious: Ronnie Magallanes

Ronnie Magallanes is only 20 years old and he was a Computer Science student at the Columban College in Olongapo City when he was “discovered” to join bikini contests. He first joined Beach Bodies 2004 in Olongapo City, and although he did not win, he got offers for minor modeling stints in Manila. He finished 2nd RU at the Campus Face 2005 [won by multi-racial Spark Ding]. He wants to be an actor, so he took up courses in acting with the GMA Artist Center.