Dreamy: Rich Vergara

His real name is Richard Somes and he first came into the she-stuff consciousness in November 2003 as The Bachelor in the now-defunct reality show on GMA 7, Extra Challenge. This looker has stacked up a bit of appearances in TVCs for products such as Tanduay, Greenwich, Vaseline Lotion and Jollibee. When he went full-time in showbiz, the story goes that Kris Aquino [yes, her!] suggested to his manager that he change his name to Rich Vergara as it sounds awfully familiar to Richard Gomez. And then he performed in that driveling excuse for a male version of the Vagina Monologues, the stage play Penis Talks. Despite his good looks, Richard’s career is still in the nether regions of showbiz.

The Brothers Canizares

[ Joe Vince, left, and Joe France Canizares]

Here’s another story of progressive genes working out for siblings. A year apart and roughly the same specs and stats, Joe France [the older one] and Joe Vince [the younger one] are model brothers from Cebu. Descendants of a prominent architect dad and a socialite mom in Cebu, the brothers both entered modeling at an early age. However, their career paths took different turns. Joe France has limited his modeling for Cebu’s top designers and has pursued other vocations [he is an Engineering grad] such as, engineer, model, host and entrepreneur. On the other hand Joe Vince went on to excel in Manila’s fashion runways and eventually, in Singapore. In the Lion City Joe Vince ruled the fashion catwalk as well as the TV and print ads. Meanwhile, Joe France has signified his intention to help in the family business and become an entrepreneur with modeling as an aside. Oblivious to the long-standing legal quarrels of his family with Cebu’s Lofgrens, Joe Vince has decided to proceed with his modeling career in Manila and Singapore, while Joe France has decided to help his family in the business.


[Kryven Lacson]
[Harold Montano]
While UPH and I were talking over the phone he called my attention to the video of that GMA 7 expository show Imbestigador [see videos at http://gayboynextdoor.blogspot.com/ ] wherein two guys cried foul as a fake movie producer wanted them to strip down to their jockeys in the auditions. The guys, Harold Montano and Kryven Lacson [bit actors in the skimpy-briefs movie Twilight Dancers], who are seasoned, er, strip-for-pay guys were all over tv unabashedly declaring that they were exploited and abused. While I have no dripping sympathies towards the fake movie producer [who had tons of naked guy pics on his computer and mobile phone, gawd! ], I’m not hyped either towards the two guys’ sentiments. Just look at the photos above, where manifestly, they were paid, however paltry.

WITWI Joshua Diaz

Where in the world is Joshua Diaz, that cute twink ages ago who went from comely to cocky? He was in the cutesy teen series Click [with a then-prepubescent but already irritating Maui Taylor before she got her twins] in GMA 7, as one of the cuter and nicer guys. Suddenly he switched image [apparently upon the prodding of his father-manager who wanted easy stardom for his kid] and went to town in his speedos, starring in a sexy comedy, the forgettable Ang Tipo Kong Lalaki, with the crazy singer Mystica as his love interest. Nothing much happened after that, notwithstanding the beefcake photos that came out in the magazines. Last I heard from my friend UPH [http://ultimatepinoyhunks.blogspot.com], the guy’s in one of the call centers in Makati, still looking good.

Dick-A-Day: Enrico Contreras

So you have probably seen these pictures already when his naked pics came out on the bookazine Rice, which photos were taken by photog Raymond Lontok. Enrico Contreras first came into the scene via the raffish Ginoong Pilipinas male pageant way back. Then he was cast as a bit player in the movies, mostly the sex-and-copula kind. When the production of sexy movies waned, his so-called career also dimmed. Next thing we know he was posing for a magazine, with all his shortcomings. Bit of back-fence talk: Apparently he went up to Baguio and was seen consorting with a top executive of a Manila-based conglomerate with developments in that cold city. I was working then for that happy executive.


[l-r, Alizon Andres, Larry Bril, JoeVince Canizares]

[l-r, Pierre Niccolo Fabi, Jerome Ortiz, James Zablan, Raphael Kiefer]

Summer is really here guys. The body-in-a-bikini contests are in town. One of which is the relatively new Century Tuna Superbods, which is held in Boracay. On 28 April, 12 guys and 12 girls go for the Php 500,000 prize as well as a modeling contract as the exclusive image model of the tuna product. Photos above are some of the male finalists:

Alizon Andres has been joining all modeling and bikini contests ever since he wanted to join showbiz. The guy won as Page Jeans image model, and all he got were billboards in Baclaran and Santolan. He twice joined the auditions for Starstruck, that GMA 7 reality-based show for new actors. He didn’t make the cuts. Lately, if you notice along EDSA he is one of the boxing guys in that Alaxan billboard. And then there’s model Larry Bril, who at 25 could be the oldest in the batch. This 6′ guy has appeared in TVCs and on the ramp. Veteran model and Cebuano Joe Vince Canizares is in it too. He is probably taking a hiatus from his modeling in Singapore, where he is the toast of the town there along with Rocky Salumbides and another Cebuano, Ezra Blu Freeland.

Model Pierre Niccolo Fabi, who is singer Lance Raymundo’s very dear friend, is also in the finals. I think he also entered last year when Jon Mullaly won. Jerome Ortiz, of course, everyone will remember him as the buffed god who won Mossimo Bikini Summit last year. All along I thought he went back to Cologne, Germany to pursue his sports journalism career. Then there’s former-FEU-baller-now-model James Zablan with the ripped bod and the prominent nose. Raphael Kiefer, that kid model then who beat Brent Javier in an MTV-sponsored model contest, is also in the competition, this time buffed, bald and burnished.

Who is your bet?

[Thanks to the nice guy who sent the photos to my email. I will not mention your name here as you might have issues with that, but you know who you are. As for your requested posts, will try to look for those pics. With gratitude.]

Vote for Haroun!

Guys the Mossimo Bikini Summit 2007 [Take it Underground!] is up again this year, which event will be held in Manila on 21 April at an undisclosed location [organizers must be having a hard time looking for a venue to their so-called reggaethon party-contest]. One of the finalists is Haroun Morales, all grown up now [see pics above, as opposed to those below, which were taken 2 years ago]. Please vote for him by text message in the following format: MBS07 [space] M02 to 2366.