Friday, November 30, 2012

Enjoy what's left of November! Hello, December!

Meet the sexy George Irineu. More soon.

Bonifacio Day: This is not a holiday for no reason

It’s Bonifacio Day today—and the country should take a moment to honor the legacy of Andrés Bonifacio who started the Philippine Revolution in 1896. This is not a holiday for no reason. When I was in high school, I joined this dance troupe in school and my first performance with the group was the winning 10-minute choreography about Andrés Bonifacio’s involvement in the Katipunan during this “Kundayan” dance contest, a project initiated by then Quezon City mayor Ismael Mathay. After winning the said contest at the AFP Theater, we went to showcase the dance masterpiece in several occasions including one at the Andrés Bonifacio monument in Balintawak (Cloverleaf). Being part of that little charade was one of the things I did to honor this national hero, but I hope I could do something bigger in the future for him, if not this year.

Watched the entire season of Survivor: Redemption Island

Yet again, the Survivor craze continued for me as I finished off yet another season—Survivor: Redemption Island. This season was shot in Nicaragua and featured two returning players: the notorious Russell Hantz and the master manipulator Rob Mariano, who ultimately won as its Sole Survivor. This would be the fourth full season of any Survivor versions which made it to my “watched” list after (1) Survivor: Tocantins, (2) Survivor: South Pacific and (3) Survivor: One World. Of the four, I liked Survivor: One World more and would love to see Kim Spradlin in any all-stars version of the show. I didn’t like this Redemption: Island thing and I hope it will never return in future seasons. Rob Mariano deserves this win!

Read this if you have a Multiply account

Powerboys, a pic I posted on Multiply in December 2008.
Multiply is CLOSING! Multiply was a social networking service with an emphasis on allowing users to share media – such as photos, videos and blog entries – with their "real-world" network. The website was launched in March 2004 and is privately held with backing by VantagePoint Venture Partners, Point Judith Capital, Transcosmos, and private investors. Multiply has over 11 million registered users. The company was headquarterd in Boca Raton, Florida but moved to Jakarta, Indonesia early in 2012 and recently announced intentions to switch to e-commerce, dropping the social networking aspect entirely. Quantcast estimates Multiply has 3.5 million monthly U.S. unique visitors. On Multiply, a user's network was made up of their direct contacts, as well as others who are closely connected to them through their first-degree relationships. Additionally, users were encouraged to specify the nature of their relationship with one another, making it possible to share content with their entire network of closely related people, or subsets thereof including friends, family, professional contacts, and so on. An official announcement by Multiply's CEO, Stefan Magdalinski, was made on August 9, 2012, that the social networking portion of Multiply would be discontinued, including hosted blogs, videos, photos and messaging, in order to focus solely on e-commerce.

Watch out for Bench Universe on Star World

Paulo Avelino at the 2012 Bench Universe denim and underwear show.

Raise your hand if you love Ryan Agoncillo

Ryan Agoncillo

Bench Universe is coming to Star World soon!

Diether Ocampo

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Raise your hand if you love Derek Ramsay

Derek Ramsay in 2008 for Men's Health

Foreign Hottie of the Day: Gabriel Aubry

Our Foreign Hottie of the Day is the controversial Gabriel Aubry, Halle Berry’s ex, who has been tangling in court with the actress over her request to move with their daughter Nahla to France, where Halle Berry’s current fiancé Olivier Martinez resides. Who is Gabriel Aubry? From Wikipedia: Gabriel Eugene Aubry (born August 30, 1975) is a French-Canadian male model. Born in Montreal, Quebec to French-Canadian parents, Aubry is one out of nine brothers and sisters. He has modeled for Tommy Hilfiger, Gianni Versace, Calvin Klein, DKNY, Valentino, Trussardi, Nautica, Exte, Joop, Massimo Dutti and Next. He is signed to Wilhelmina Models in New York City and Beatrice Model agency in Milan, Italy. He appeared in a Macy's commercial in early 2008 as part of an exclusivity with Calvin Klein alongside Mariah Carey, Martha Stewart, Donald Trump and Carlos Santana. He was the only male model to ever appear on the cover of L'Uomo Vogue while appearing in four different designers' campaigns at the same time, in the same magazine. Aubry has been listed on People Magazine's 'Most Beautiful People' List. He is one of the top earning male models in the modeling industry.

Can MMK pull off this gay relationship drama?


Learning two days ago that Joem Bascon and Carlo Aquino will play as gay lovers for the drama anthology MMK didn’t come as a surprise to me. In the past few years, Philippine television has shown grace consistently to the gay community through their dramas and shows. And from time to time, we see bolder moves like this, which goes to show how this country has embraced the idea of gay relationships, but beneath this social graciousness lays mockery from people who held more traditional values and backward attitudes. This makes coming out for some gay people like me so hardly rational. It’s appreciated to see these kinds of shows in television, but it’s hard to trust that these writers and directors can pull off a supposedly sensitive issue without unconsciously sending off the wrong message again. For all we know, this could just be a ploy to help the careers of the two straight actors. For the rest of you who would be watching the show, keep your eyes open and your mind wide open.

Remind me to get back to the gym this 2013

November is coming to an end, and in retrospect, I have realized that I haven’t been on my foot to take care of my aging body. No, I’m not getting fatter by the minute, but after I got sick (see: pneumonia-like coughing) last week, I thought it might be clever to get back to the gym. When Men’s Health was introduced to the Philippines not too long ago, I started collecting them and reading through its “100% Useful” stuff, which definitely piled up some knowledge in my head. Mentally, I’m fit. Physically, I’m not so sure of. It’s definitely not enough to sit on your couch and read things to convince yourself you are off to a good start. Progress is what I need, and it starts when I drag my lazy ass off and get to the real deal. So come 2013? Hello, gym!

Sam Milby and Bea Soriano on the cover of Metro

It gives me a smile whenever I see a local magazine cover that takes on the world. Only a few magazines can really pull it off, but to name a few, I’ve seen one or two from Garage, Cosmopolitan, Mega, FHM and Metro Society. Is Metro Society and Metro different / separate? Metro’s December 2012 cover features Sam Milby and model Bea Soriano with New York as its backdrop. So how do you like it?

Raise your hand if you love June Macasaet

I just love June Macasaet. He is so gorgeous. What do you think?

Paulo Avelino joins army in new film

MANILA, Philippines -- After earning raves for his portrayal of the "psychotic" Nathan in ABS-CBN's top-rating series "Walang Hanggan," Paulo Avalino will don a soldier's uniform in his upcoming big screen outing. In an episode in the fourteenth installment of the long-running horror film anthology "Shake, Rattle & Roll (SRR)," Avelino will star alongside Kapamilya teen star Ella Cruz, and actors Martin Escudero, Makisig Morales and Dennis Trillo. On its official account on social networking site Facebook, Regal Films shared Monday a "first look" image (above) of Avelino as a soldier, muddied and in full gear, as he appears in "The Lost Command." (Source: ABS-CBN)

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Let's know this Cris Lomotan some more

It’s just amazing that Cris Lomotan seems so down-to-earth in this interview with a blogger. In the opening part of the interview, he said he “started modeling last 2007. I was a call center agent that time and a friend introduced me to her sister who’s a model … I tried going … got in. Then a modeling agency spotted me in a fashion show (Quiksilver and Rip Curl Fashion Show), then it all started there. I got projects, etc…” If you want to see more, click here.

Foreign Hottie of the Day: John Abraham

Who's up next? John Abraham (born December 17, 1972) is an Indian actor. After modeling for numerous advertisements and companies, Abraham made his film debut with Jism (2003), which earned him a Filmfare Best Debut Award nomination. This was followed by his first commercial success, Dhoom (2004). He received two Filmfare Award nominations, for his negative roles in Dhoom, and then in Zinda (2006). He later appeared in the major critical success Water (2005). He was nominated for a Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor for the film Baabul (2006). In 2012, he produced his first production Vicky Donor which was a critical and commercial success. He then established his own production house, John Abraham Entertainment. See more pictures after the jump.

On Men's Health: The first Abrenica star

Yet again, Aljur Abrenica appears on the cover of Men’s Health Philippines. In the very small world of showbiz in the Philippines, a reality star search like StarStruck can really make a true star. Though in essence, I see it as a setback for having too little competition in the entertainment industry. For a very populous country like ours, it’s kind of surprising to see only two networks dominating television. And ABS-CBN could even singlehandedly fill the list of Top 10 Most Watched Daytime/Primetime TV Shows, so sometimes, the littlest of trick could do and a superstar is made. Who would have known that Aljur Abrenica existed without StarStruck?

Fahrenheit's Look of the Year 2012

Fahrenheit, a popular gay guy destination, is making an impression to me now. I’ve only seen this one picture but just as the same, I think this bar (or café or night club or dance club or whatever it is) is ready to make whatever it takes to lure more clients. And for that, they deserve a little credit. Apparently already on its seventh year, Fahrenheit’s Look of the Year is an annual event that guarantees its winner PHP15,000.00, a year of free entrance to this night club (I honestly thought it’s a bathhouse) and “a memory that last for a lifetime.” Well, if you’re curious and all, you may text 0918-917-8168 or visit their website. Please care to share your feedback.

Raise your hand if you miss Dennis Trillo

Is there any particular reason to miss Dennis Trillo? Well, I am a self-confessed TV ignoramus so I miss him because I haven’t seen him in movies recently. I think his last movie is My Neighbor’s Wife—a box office disaster. Filipino actors have very limited options. They can’t really pick roles because only a handful gets the opportunity to do a movie. If they’re picky, they’ll end up penniless and worthless. They would rather choose to be a part of an indie film and accept all roles thrown at them to stay alive in the showbiz industry. No matter how trying hard their movies appear in the end, what’s important for them is they earned from it. But not seeing Dennis Trillo in movies lately probably just means no one has offered him to do a movie yet, and not because he’s looking to play yet again a new and challenging role like the one he played on Aishite Masu 1941 (Mahal Kita). Too bad for him, it looks like the Philippine movie industry is stuck in its old habits.

Now Watching: Survivor: Redemption Island (2011)

I have seen four episodes of Survivor: Redemption Island already, ten to go and I’m done with this season. I’ve read somewhere that this is one of the most boring Survivor seasons, and as early as now, I can see why. Those contestants in Rob’s tribe are mostly followers—almost afraid to make big moves which made seeing these people gone so predictable. Even the contestants in the other tribe looked like idiots, too. Pardon my French, but they really just bore me. This is where the ‘redemption’ part of Survivor was first introduced, where once a person is eliminated by his or her tribe, he or she will be sent to Redemption Island and wait for the next person voted out to arrive for their duel.

Raise your hand if you love Taylor Lautner

No need for captions. Besides, I'm speechless right now.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Fil-Am fighter Mark Striegl is sexy and he knows it

Meet the sexiest man in sports this year. More soon.

Folded & Hung's black and white holiday collection

I don’t spend much time in a mall but it has become a personal ritual of mine to check out what Folded & Hung got in store for me every time I’m heading out of town. It’s just for me the cheapest alternative but at the same time ultimately classy and universally in. Pick a checkered shorts and pair it with a plain shirt from F and H and you can travel to any province outside Metro Manila without looking overly dressed, still you can pull off the city boy confidence. From time to time though, you’ll find yourself looking at some disappointing pieces, and, yes, I’m talking about those board shorts which looked really gorgeous in pictures on Alden Richards from their 2012 summer collection but in real life, the prints hardened the fabric and made them pretty painful and awkward to wear. I hope it ain’t the same for this holiday collection, especially that our theme for this year’s Christmas party at Sofitel is black and white. There’s a big possibility that I will consider those chic blazers. But pictures can be deceiving, so…

Foreign Hottie of the Day: Daniel Henney

Who's up next? Daniel Phillip Henney (Hangul: 다니엘 필립 헤니; born November 28, 1979) is an American actor and model. Daniel Henney was born to a Korean adoptee mother and an American father of Irish descent. Henney started modeling in the U.S. in 2001 and worked in France, Italy, Hong Kong and Taiwan while attending college. After his debut in South Korea with an advertisement for the Amore Pacific's cosmetic "Odyssey Sunrise", he became a spokesperson for commercials with Jeon Ji-hyun for Olympus cameras and Kim Tae-hee for Daewoo Electronics's Klasse air conditioners. Despite speaking no Korean, Henney became a household name through the South Korean hit TV drama, My Name is Kim Sam Soon. He played the role of Dr. Henry Kim, a surgeon who is devotedly in love with Hee-jin (played by Jung Ryu Won) He later learned the language and appeared on a few variety shows, such as Family Outing. Henney was a part of an academic scandal in which many sources stated that he had an Economics degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago to bolster his image, while in actuality he had no college degree. In 2009, he portrayed Agent Zero in the film X-Men Origins: Wolverine. In the fall season of 2009, he is playing "Dr. David Lee" in the CBS television drama Three Rivers. In 2010, Henney returned to South Korea television for KBS2's The Fugitive: Plan B, alongside Bi Rain and actress Lee Na Young. Henney is signed with DNA Models in New York under the celebrity-division. See more pictures after the jump.

On TV: Bench Universe on Star World (Southeast Asia)

From Manila Standard Today: Training the international spotlight on Filipino creativity and talent, Starworld is premiering the Bench Universe 2012 Denim and Underwear Fashion Show on Dec.8,  making it the first entertainment production in the Philippines to be broadcast on pay TV throughout Southeast Asia.

Bench Universe 2012 is not only a remarkable entertainment presentation but also a mind-blowing showcase of Filipino talent in fashion, featuring the collections of Bench and other designers, like Ezra Santos, Joey Samson, Cary Santiago, Val Taguba, Rajo Laurel, Albert Andrada, Randy Ortiz, Furne One, and Michael Cinco.

Starworld viewers will be treated to behind-the-scenes footage of the fantastic production, giving them access to get close to the celebrity models of Bench Universe in their most unguarded moments.

The Philippines’ biggest entertainment production is set to wow audiences in the country and throughout Southeast Asia when Bench Universe 2012 on Dec. 8 at 9 p.m. on StarWorld (Sky Cable Ch48 or Ch172 on HD, Cignal Ch50 or Ch100 on HD, Cable Link Ch28 or Ch310 on HD, Dream Ch16, and almost 400 cable operators nationwide.)

On Slumber Party: The return of Archie Alemania

When I bumped into Archie Alemania at a bar along Tomas Morato Avenue last month, I suddenly thought of how this guy is doing. He’s still cute and all but he blended in the crowd like a regular partygoer and manginginom, holding a bottle of beer in one hand and enjoying the company of everyone else over beer pongs and cigarettes. I thought his artista life could be just over and a thing in the past, until I saw his familiar face in one of the lamest teasers I’ve seen for a gay movie—that scene with him and three others parodying the YouTube video sensation of four gay guys screaming on top of their lungs upon the announcement of Venus Raj’s inclusion in the Top 15 during the grand coronation night of Miss Universe 2010. It almost felt like a coincidence seeing him in person for the first time when I thought he’s down and out of it and finding out few days later that he still breathes life into his waning showbiz career. I think that this movie has an interesting cast ensemble for many other reasons.

Bench's deo cologne for men by Coco Martin

More than these deo colognes, I love Coco Martin more, and that’s why I’m posting this behind-the-scene footage from Bench. Isn’t his smile infectious? Soon I will be releasing Simply Manila’s Most Desirable Hotties 2012, and every appearance of any hot guys in this blog earns those guys points. I love Coco Martin and I would love to see him again on top of the list, so this is more points for him. (Being featured in this blog is only one of the determining factors though, and there are other categories.) And besides, this is the first time that I’ve seen this video, so I’m sharing it all out to other Coco Martin fans out there. Are they called Coconians or Coconatics?

On last week’s stats: It’s inspiring to see these numbers

Last week is probably one of Simply Manila’s most successful weeks in terms of number of visits and page views. For Saturday alone, the total page views of this blog is over 7,500—probably setting a new record this year. It’s inspiring to see these numbers; it motivates me to keep going, and, at the same time, I am excited to see where this blog is going. I’m not positive that my aptitude in writing developed in the past years spent on blogging (and I honestly think it even diminished), so what I have in mind at the moment is to explore more on creative writing as I enter my seventh year as a blogger. If you share the same passion as mine, I am still on the hunt for interested contributors. Do you know anyone who wants to blog, too? Or do you have anything you wanted to share? I am interested to publish anyone’s input on anything under the sun, and even more interested for a long-term partnership. If you want to be a temporary or permanent Simply Manila blogger, please email me at simplymanila (at) hotmail (dot) com to discuss anything. In the meantime, see the top posts, search keywords and visiting countries from last week after the jump.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Foreign Hottie of the Day: Fernando Carrillo

Who's up next? Fernando Enrique Carrillo Roselli (born January 6, 1970 in Caracas) is a Venezuelan actor. Fernando is most known for his telenovelas, such as María Isabel and his most popular, Rosalinda starring with Mexican superstar Thalía. Carrillo was part of a music band in Venezuela along with 2 siblings. Born in Venezuela and educated mostly in London, Carrillo returned to Venezuela and attended the Universidad Central de Venezuela. He has recently relocated to Los Angeles where he hopes to pursue a crossover career in American television. Carrillo was married to fellow Venezuelan actress Catherine Fulop, whom he met on the set of Abigail, one of the most popular South American soap operas of the 1980s. Carrillo met Fulop in 1988. They wed in 1990 and divorced in 1994. He has a son, Angel Gabriel, born November 2008. Carrillo and his brothers released a CD in 1998 called NueveDosDe Algun Dia. See more pictures of him after the jump.

Raise your hand if you miss Onemig Bondoc

Where is Onemig Bondoc now?

Does the name Anthony Marquez ring a bell?

Not too long ago, I created a little hunt. I guess the answer is still hidden.

JC Tiuseco and Venus Raj for Gold's Gym

JC Tiuseco and Venus Raj for Gold's Gym

Watched the entire season of Survivor: One World

Survivor: One World made it to my I-watched-the-full-season-of list, making it the third Survivor I’ve watched entirely after (1) Survivor: Tocantins and (2) Survivor: South Pacific. I’m on my way to watching Survivor: Redemption Island and hopefully I get to finish it before Survivor: Philippines ends. In Survivor: One World, the two tribes were divided into men and women and were initially camped on one beach, and after switching and merging tribes, the two groups were separated momentarily but were united together on the same beach up to the end of the game. It was Kim Spradlin who was awarded the Sole Survivor title, but there were other standouts in the game, which made it a fun and exciting season.

Watched Twilight's final movie: Breaking Dawn – Part 2

We, the love of my life and I, went to TriNoma last night to watch the screening of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part Two. I’ve read the entire book series years ago, so even with slight deviations, I kind of know how the story goes. I felt like I was there just because. I’m not here to talk about the movie, though. To be honest, in the past few months or probably years, I lost interest in going to malls to simply watch a movie. I hate long queues (though it wasn’t that crowded last night), the loud ambience or maybe just the mere sight of too many people—it’s just too much for me. But I wasn’t there for me; I was there to save my tainted 15-month relationship from completely falling apart. So even when I have this terrible cough that just won’t get away, I stormed the fucked up streets of Manila and wielded enormous hard work to look a bit optimistic.

I was off to a bad timing when we drove through Quirino Highway (in the Sauyo area) where Maynilad (yet again) occupied two lanes to fix their pipes during rush hours. I wonder if they’re deliberately taking their time because it obviously seemed to me that they’re not bothered about interrupting the daily lives of thousands, if not millions, of people every day. It’s not rocket science they’re doing out there. If these private companies or even government agencies are digging up to build tunnels or railways, I would understand the delay. They’re just laying pipes (“Dadaloy ang ginhawa” your face!) and it’s taking forever. Have they weighted the cost-benefit ratio or even considered buying newer equipment to make their jobs easier and faster?

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Foreign Hottie of the Day: Hayami Mokomichi

Who's up next? Mokomichi Hayami (速水 もこみち) (born August 10, 1984) is a Japanese actor and model. He debuted in 2002 with the television series You're Under Arrest, and came to fame with Gokusen in 2005. He has also acted in such shows as Densha Otoko, Tokyo Tower (as Nakagawa Masaya) and Zettai Kareshi (Absolute Boyfriend, as Night Tenjo). Hayami has appeared on CMs for Daihatsu Tanto, Bourbon Petit, Ban Deo Spray and au by KDDI. He is also the spokesperson for the brand Edwin. He is known for his cooking skills and has published several cookbooks. See more pictures after the jump.

On Miss Earth 2012: Tereza Fajksová and her crown

Congratulations, Czech Republic. She deserves to wear the Miss Earth crown.

Colombia wins Mr World 2013; Philippines is second

Mr World 2013, for me the sexiest male pageant this year, just wrapped up in Kent, England. After a series of sports challenges, which really looked harder than Survivor’s challenges even in pictures, the Philippines secured a spot in the semi-finals, and he was joined by Vietnam, Canada, Ireland, Croatia, Peru, Belgium, Colombia, England and Lebanon. After the next cut, only three men were left standing (Ireland, Colombia and the Philippines), but there could only be one winner, and it’s Colombia’s Francisco Escobar. A part of me hoped it’s the Philippines, as no one really remembers the runner-up, but Andrew Wolff seemed like he did his best, so CONGRATULATIONS, nonetheless. The live finale show was presented by Myleene Klass with Kamal Ibrahim (last year’s winner) and included a performance from Britain’s Got Talent runners-up Jonathan Antoine and Charlotte Jaconelli (collectively known as Jonathan and Charlotte).

Lebanon's Ali Hammoud wins Mister International 2012

Lebanon’s Ali Hammoud was just crowned as the newest Mister International in Bangkok, Thailand, while the Philippines representative went home with nothing on his head but memories of joining the pageant. Right now, I’m not sure if I just wanted to congratulate the Lebanese who won it, because I have a tinkling feeling inside that tells me to express my disappointment about Mister Philippines’ choices these past few years. But this is all water under the bridge and I can only hope for the organization to get itself really together and pick the right people next time. So CONGRATULATIONS to Ali Hammoud, you’re the man; you look sexy and hot, gorgeous, and I think you deserved it. See more pictures after the jump.

What's happening right now in Kent, England?

In the next few minutes, the newest Mr World titleholder will be announced.