Friday, April 18, 2014

The guy who loves summer

I think my 40-day travel ban is officially lifted, and by the time you read this post, I am most probably somewhere north of the country, enjoying a little sun time by the beach, much like JC de Vera here.

Seriously, what was I thinking imposing a travel ban during summer? Of course, you don’t know what I’m talking about here. You see, I imposed a sex ban and an alcohol ban (among others) for a period of 40 days which started on March 5th in time for the Lent season.

And now that I have proven that I can totally discipline myself, it’s high time to pamper myself. So, yes, since I can’t make the sun go away, why not embrace it and just enjoy the day?

God, I love summer!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

The Bonbon Series: Dominic Roque

The Bonbon Series began in 2007 and featured “ Simply Manila’s endless chain of sweet man candies.” Mostly, it features the first Simply Manila appearance of any Pinoy celebrity. Few days ago, I decided to bring this back just for fun.

Today, however, our newest bonbon has been featured here before as he is one of the cast members of the noontime soap Moon of Desire, but this post is all about him.

From Wikipedia: Dominic Karl Roque (born July 20, 1990) is a Filipino actor and model. He is known to his role in Aryana and May Isang Pangarap. He is under management of ABS-CBN’s Star Magic talents.

Dominic Roque was born and raised in the province of Cavite. He is the son of businessman and a company president. He is also a nephew of known actress Beth Tamayo. He attended college in De La Salle–College of Saint Benilde and took Tourism course.

Roque began modeling and endorsing several companies before headed into acting. He was a model for Cosmopolitan talents since 2008, where he modeled the Philippine clothing brand, Penshoppe.

In 2010, Roque debuted onscreen in the soap opera casting Habang May Buhay playing Mark. He later took his first major role in the fantasy-drama series, Aryana in 2012. He played the character Hubert, wherein he co-starred and paired to Ella Cruz.

While taping the series as career breakthrough, he did several guesting roles including Bandila and in the morning talk show Kris TV in which he issued in relating to Kathryn Bernardo.

Subsequently, after ended up the Aryana in January 2013, he signed his second major role in the noontime drama series May Isang Pangarap played as an arrogant Alvin. He paired with Erin Ocampo who also a newbie actress.

In June 2013, Roque had his movie debut in the film Pagpag, an MMFF entry for 2013. He co-starred with Daniel Padilla and Kathryn Bernardo.

Mr. World Philippines search launched

IT’S time for the men to stand up and be recognized.

CQ Global Quest Inc., the official Philippine licensee of Mr. World Philippines, recently teamed up with Ayala Malls in conjunction with its search for this year’s official candidate for the 2014 Mr. World pageant, to be held in Torbay, London on June 15 this year.

The partnership aims to strengthen the country’s bid in the biennial competition owned and managed by the Miss World Organization, the same governing body behind the Miss World Pageant.

In 2012, world-class Filipino athlete and model Andrew Wolff did the country proud when he won 1st Runner-Up in the 2012 Mr. World pageant held in Kent, England.  Colombia’s Francisco Escobar won the Mr. World title that year.

“The best part of winning is bringing honor and prestige to our country,” exclaims the 28-year old athlete. “We’ve done that with the Volcanoes, and it’s great to have done it again for a worthy cause. As the Mr. World organizers say, it’s all about ‘beauty with a purpose.’ It’s not just about beauty as such, or having the best abs or the prettiest face.”

Aside from the usual categories, which included Style, Sports, Talent and Extreme Sport, the 2012 Mr. World introduced a new category, Multimedia, where contestants had to earn Likes in their respective Facebook pages, and come up with an impressive multimedia presentation about a specific topic assigned to them.

Undoubtedly, the country’s participation in this year’s Mr. World competition is greatly inspired and fueled by Megan Young’s historic feat last year, when she made local beauty pageant history by winning the elusive and highly coveted Miss World crown.

Headed by Julia Morley as chairman, the Mr. World pageant is open to all men from ages 17 to 27, and attracts over 70 countries worldwide.

Still reeling from the success of last year’s Miss World pageant, CQ Global Quest chairman Cory Quirino expressed her optimism for this year’s batch of Mr. World hopefuls.

She says, “Mr. World is all about brains, brawn and personality, and I am confident that this year’s representative will keep up the Philippines’ winning streak in the global arena.

For his part, ALV Events International president Arnold Vegafria as the Chairman of Mr. World Philippines 2014 Search and Production believes that it’s only a matter of time before this prestigious global quest for exceptional males will be just as popular and trendsetting as the country’s annual beauty pageants.

He affirms, “As a country known for its beautiful women, I think that it’s only fitting that we focus the spotlight this time on our distinguished men who not only look good and carry themselves well with pride and dignity, but also uphold the traits and values that embody the resilient Filipino spirit.”

Ayala Land is a top real estate developer in the Philippines that owns several residential and commercial developments. Ayala Malls is one of its affiliates, offering exceptional shopping and leisure experiences in the communities they serve. To date, there are 12 Ayala Malls nationwide.

Interested applicants for the 2014 Mr. World Philippines competition may check out the Mr. World website www.mrworld.tv and click on Mr. World Philippines for more details.

The TV airing for the 2014 Mr. World Philippines pageant will be announced soon. [From Manila Standard Today]

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The Bonbon Series: Wilfred Placencia

I’m bringing back The Bonbon Series today, just today. Hehe.

And first up is Wilfred Placencia Jr. Have you heard of this guy? Maybe you have not, but in the world of male beauty pageants, he’s quite a name.

In fact, Placencia Jr. finished as a runner-up in this year’s Mister Global, held earlier this year in Thailand. (Myanmar, another Southeast Asian country, won the title.)

He’s 23 (as of March 13, 2014).

Monday, April 14, 2014

The guy who won back the favor of the boxing gods

For Manny Pacquiao, it’s just another day in the ring. For some of us, it’s the fight that will either make or break it.

At the end of the day, the Pacman prevails, and right now, we don’t care much if BIR will run after him. All we know is that this win is a triumph for the boxing champ and the Filipino people.

This is not the first time Pacquiao was feated against Timothy Bradley. In 2012, the first and only eight-division world champion lost to Bradley in a controversial split decision, scoring 115-113, 113-115 and 113-115 from the three judges.

The decision was booed by the crowd and criticized by many news outlets who were independently scoring the fight. However, Pacquiao was gracious in defeat and Bradley called for a rematch.

Following the decision, many analysts called the decision a corruption of the sport. ESPN.com scored the fight 119-109 for Pacquiao. HBO's unofficial judge, Harold Lederman, also had it 119-109 for Pacquiao. Most ringside media also scored the fight in favor of Pacquiao.

He’s 35 (born on December 17, 1978).

Friday, April 11, 2014

The hotness that is Mr World Philippines 2014

In 2012, the Philippines sent Andrew Wolff to compete for the title of Mr World 2013 in Kent, England, and he actually finished second to become Mr World first runner-up 2013.

While Wolff was simply handpicked to represent the Philippines, the representative to this year’s Mr World will actually compete first for the title of Mr World Philippines. Exciting, right?

Male beauty pageants enthusiasts will definitely love this.

Big names (in the world of pageants, that is) will be there to select the winner including Cory Quirino herself (the head of the local Miss World and Mr World franchise), Gwen Ruis (that freakin’ tall Miss World Philippines 2011 winner), and Wolff.

I wonder if Miss World Megan Young will be there to support the event.

They should totally aim for a back-to-back win.

Wolff is 28 (born July 13, 1985).

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Philippines’ tallest statues: Top 4

I recently discovered that the world’s tallest statue is the Spring Temple Buddha in China, and at the same time, discovered that there are so many freakin’ tall statues of Buddha in the world.

Sorry, I didn’t find a large penis statue if you’re searching for one, but here’s an equally interesting list for those of us who just love lists.

Ladies, gents and Pinoys, here are the four (4) tallest statues in the Philippines, and no, none of them depicts Jose Rizal with a book in his hand. (Or should it be “on his hand?” I totally suck in preposistions, but, hey, English is just my second language.)

But, I hear that the tallest statue in the Philippines is actually being built in Tagaytay, which depicts the Blessed Virgin Mary, and it will stand definitely taller than the Statue of Liberty without the pedestal.

Yeah, no news on the large penis statue.