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Monday, November 20, 2017

Brian Faugier: In Formal Wear

Name: Brian Faugier -Country: Mexico-State Represented: Nuevo Leon -Pageant Joined: Mr. World 2018, Mister Mexico  2017- Winner, Mister Model Nuevo Leon 2017 - Winner  -Photo Credit: -All photos are copyright to its rightful owners.

Faith Landman: In Gown

Name:  Faith Landman -Country:  Netherlands -Pageant Joined: Miss Earth  2017, Miss Earth Netherlands  2017 -Photo Credit: All photos are copyright to its rightful owners.

Juan Castellanos: In Fashion

Name: Juan Castellanos -Country: Colombia  -Pageant Joined: Mister Ocean 2017, Mr. Model International 2016 -Photo Credit: All photos are copyright to its rightful owners.

Karla Victoria Aponte: In Swimwear

Name: Karla Victoria Aponte -Country: Puerto Rico -Pageant Joined: Miss Earth 2017, Miss Earth Puerto Rico 2017 -Photo Credit: All photos are copyright to its rightful owners.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Pageant Finals: Miss World 2017

The winners of Miss World 2018 are from left to right: Andrea Meza- Mexico -First Runner Up, Manushi Chhillar- India- Miss World 2017 and Stephanie Hill- England- Second Runner Up. The pageant was held in Sanya China last November 18, 2017..

Tovar Suarez Anderson Jose: Shirtless

Name: Tovar Suarez Anderson Jose  -Country: Venezuela -Pageant Joined: Manhunt International 2017 -Photo Credit: All photos are copyright to its rightful owners.

Bench: Under The Stars

Some of the stars seen at Bench Under the Stars : 1, Iniego Pascual  2. Diego Loyzaga 3. Derrick Monasterio 4. Enrique Gil 5. Richard Gutierrez

Natividad Leiva: In Gown

Name: Natividad Leiva -Country: Chile -Pageant Joined: Miss Universe 2017, Miss Universe Chile 2017- Winner, Miss Earth 2015- Top 8 -Photo Credit: All photos are copyright to its rightful owners.

Jaime Betancourt: Close Up

Name: Jaime Betancourt -Country: Venezuela -State Represented; Miranda -Pageant Joined:  Mister Universo Venezuela 2017- Winner  - Photo Credit: All photos are copyright to its rightful owners.

Daniel Azurin: In Swimwear

Name: Daniel Azurin - Country: Philippines -Pageant Joined: Manhunt International  2017-Photo Credits: - All videos are copyright to its rightful owners.

Kelly van den Dungen: Crowning Glory

Name: Kelly van den Dungen -Country: Netherlands -Pageant Joined: Miss Grand International 2017 -Photo Credit: All photos are copyright to its rightful owners.

Sam Hashimoto

Name:Sam Hashimoto -Country: Guam  -Pageant Joined: Manhunt International 2017, Mr. Guam 2017 - Winner -Photo Credit: - All photos are copyright to its rightful owners.

Lais Berte: In Cocktail Dress

Name: Lais Berte -Country: Brazil -Pageant Joined: Miss Reina Hispano America  2017, Miss Eco International 2016 -Photo Credit: All photos are copyright to its rightful owners.

Hadrian Kim Bueno and Thamara Pacursa

Name: Hadrian Kim Bueno  and Thamara Pacursa  -Country: Philippines  -Pageant Joined: Super Model Universe 2017- Winner, Super Foto Model Universe 2017- Winner  - Photo Credit: All photos are copyright to its rightful owners.

Rachel Peters

Name: Rachel Peters-Country: Philippines  -Pageant Joined: Miss Universe 2017, Binibining Pilipinas 2017, Miss World Philippines 2015 -Photo Credit:  -All photos are copyright to its rightful owners.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Bench - Under The Stars


November 18, 2017 , Saturday- all roads went to Mall of Asia Arena, as Bench put another showstopper show as a part of their 30th Anniversary aptly named: UNDER THE STARS. As early as 5 PM, fans queued and line up to see what's in store for this year's fashion recipe. I have attended other Bench shows before "The Naked Truth" for one ... but this one tops them all - fan support, gargantuan  preparation, the gathering of the stars, best designers and craftsmen... not to include a handsome budget.
Bench did not put all stops just to make sure that this years show will succeed. They have commissioned and collaborated with 48 local celebrities, more than 10 beauty queens, a Tony award winning choreographer, 7 international performers and don't forget about the clothes - there were lots of spectacular pieces and costumes.
My doctor-friend  asked why Under the Stars? Well, a Bench die-hard explained it maybe because the company wants to showcase who's the brightest stars in the showbiz or modelling constellation. And he goes on further ... and deeper: "It was just a metaphor to show Bench meteoric rise, from a company that started selling basic underwear ... look at where it is now? The dreamy backdrop of this campaign showed models with trees, boulders and stars glittering behind, it mirrors how the Bench mania began from a small dream ... it has metamorphosed and blossomed into a brand that it is now.
Now the highlights and the lowlights: 
1. Celebrities that showed up: Daniel Padilla, Kathryn Bernardo, Enrique Gil, Inigo Pascual  Julia Barretto, Kim Chiu, Julia Montes, Coleen Garcia,Dominic Roque,  Diego Loyzaga, Anjo Damiles,  Ruru Madrid, Derrick Monasterio, Enzo Pineda, Rocco Nacino, Tom Rodriguez, Lovi Poe, Solenn Heussaff, Kathniel, Richard Gutierrez, Paulo Avelino, Albie Casino, Marco Gumabao, Addy Raj, David Licauco, Kiko Estrada, Ahron Villena, Bruno Gabriel,Mark Mugen, Bianca King,Beauty Gonzales,Max Collins,Pancho Magno, Ken Chan, Kim Domingo,Andrea Torres, Maine Mendoza, Miho Nishida,Gabbi Garcia,   athletes like MMA fighter Mark Streigl and a comeback for the Philippine Volcanoes.
2.Beauty Queens- Wynwyn Marquez, Bea Rose Santiago, Maxine Medina, Ara Arida, MJ Lastimosa, Joanna Eden, Gwen Ruais, Cynthia Thomalia, and Ali Forbes.
3. Beauty Kings- Andrea Biondo- Mr. Asean 2017, Paul Guarnes- Universal Ambassador Philippines 2017- First Runner Up.
3. International Models - Pietro Bosselli, Ivo Buckta, Trevor Signorino, John Spainhour
4. There were only two Beauty Kings I spotted. Andrea Biondo and Paul Guarnes. I was expecting the likes of Neil Perez,Sam Adjani,  AR de la Serna, Raven Renz Lansangan- Mr. International Philippines 2017 to further make a starry night. Oh ...  I almost forgot Mark Andrew Baron-Mr Real Universe 2015 finalist, Jhon Marlon Marcia- Men Universe Model 2013 and John Spainhour- Mr World Philippines 2014 were there. And so was Clint Karklins- Man of the World Philippines 2018.
5. Richard Gomez, Wendell Ramos and John Estrada were sorely missed. I thought this Bench show is all about Bench past, present and future.
6. When Inigo Pascual came out ... a portion of the audience pleaded: " Inigo bata ka pa ... whatever that means. Did they implied ... Under the Stars ... is for adult only show?
7. Ruru Madrid is developing too much bulk ... he almost look like an "incredible hulk!"
8. Wynwyn Marquez was the most applauded among the beauty queens. She dwarfed the applause given to all beauty queens combined.
9. MOA almost was blown to smithereens when the masked unidentified hunk uncovered himself and revealed it was Markki Stroem. Another thunderous applause ensued when he exposed his bubble butt to the delight and amazement of everyone. Somebody in front of our seat said: "It is a work of art."
10. Another thunderous reception was given to Pietro Boselli. He knows how to tickle the audience prime buttons, making him one of the most popular. 
11. The triumvirate of Albie Casino, Marco Gumabao and Kiko Estrada are still unripe for ramp consumption. Albie was goading the audience to clap and was given a lukewarm response.
12. Enrique Gil was in his best element. But the audience clamored: "Drop that pants" ... monologue.
13. I  dont know what happened to Tom Rodriguez. He looked too haggard when the night calls and demands an outstanding presence on stage.
14. The Philippine Volcanoes failed to erupt. Their comeback was lackluster.
15. The gymnasts provided a jaw-dropping entertainment throughout the show. There were at least 5 segments and they act as a bridge connecting the episodes in one unified whole.

16. Richard Gutierrez came out from an avalanche of colorful umbrellas fully clothed and a fan can't help but verbally announced his disappointment when he said " .... Ay wala man lang tinanggal?"

17. Maine Mendoza stole the thunder right under Wynwyn Marquez nose when she made a grand entrance carried by 5 men making her looked like a queen (a Cleopatra of sort). I thought Wynwyn was the queen (having been crowned Reina Hispano Americana 2017). But to Maine's credit, the rowdy crowd joined the chanting bandwagon making her the darling of the night.

17. It is quite amusing to see Paul Guarnes and Andrea Biondo battling for position when 15 male models advanced to escort Maine Mendoza to the front. It was a race among these men and the winner will be given the chance to sashay side by side with Maine and be in the spotlight. Paul was fast and quick,(he should have elbowed his opponents)  but despite his fervid efforts his co-models outlive him. In the end the only thing Paul can do akbayan ang kasama niyang male model otherwise he will be left behind..

18. Andrea Biondo on the other hand doesn't have a clue. Chase Dasalla need to tell him that when in the Philippines, you have to do what Pinoys do. If the scene calls for models to walk side by side with Maine, then make the effort to be in front even though there's fifteen of you. Otherwise you will be relegated to the back, and nobody will see you ... and that's what exactly happens to him.

19. In the same group of Paul and Andrea was Mark Andrew Baron who also stood up, being the only moreno. "Ay ... ang ganda ng kulay niya ..." a lady fan was heard swooning. I told her, " Mark Andrew is my friend ... " She craned her neck and told me, "Ok ... from now on ... I will be your friend too!"

20: I am sorry but Bianca King and Beauty Gonzalez looked like they're too old to be included in the show. As one fan said, "they are already out of the league ..."

21. Derrick Monasterio on the last thread came out and was meet with silence. There was no screaming and no funfare so unlike the others. No Derrick fans in the audience? Or there was silence because everybody had their tongue tied or their jaw dropped ... admiring his totality.

22. And just like previous Bench shows. there were models who resorted to gimmicks loaded with sexual coloring to get attention.  For one, Addy Raj grabbed his crotch and everyone was in cloud nine and Paulo Avelino enticed the audience  if they want him to jump out of his jumpers. Rocco Nacino showed he is "gifted"... and has a chubby cuteness nobody can't ignore. There were more similar instances recorded in this show that if I am going to write them one by one, I will loss count.

All in all, Bench Under the Stars will come down in  history as another successful Bench campaign.  Done biennial, we can't help but look forward to what tricks and gimmicks they will come up in their sleeves in the next two years.

Markki Stroem: Bench Model

Name: Markki Stroem -Country: Philippines -Pinoy Actor, Singer and Model  -Filmography: Ang Hapis at Himagsik ni Hermano Pule, Doble Kara, 10,000 Hours, Kapamilya Deal Or No Deal, Maalaala Mo Kaya, Raketeros, Amor Y Muerte, Dyesebel, Wako Wako, Kung Paano Ako Naging Leading Lady, Carrie: The Musical, MMK: Seven Days, Slumber Party, Camp Rock: The Musical, Luv Crazy, Next to Normal -Photo Credit and Source: -All photos are copyright to its rightful owners.

Pageant Finals: Miss Venezuela 2017

The winners of Miss Venezuela 2017 from left to right: Mariem Velazco- Barinas- Miss Venezuela Internacional 2017- Winner, Sthefany Gutierrez- Delta Amacuro- Miss Venezuela Universo 2017- Winner and Veruska Ljubisavljevic- Vargas- Miss Venezuela World 2017. The pageant was held last November 9, 2017 at Estudio 5 de Venevision in Caracas Venezuela.

Richard Gutierrez, Wynwyn Marquez and Maine Mendoza at Bench Under The S...


Name of Video: Bench Under The Stars  -Country: Philippines -Video Credit: All videos are copyright to its rightful owners.

Bench Under The Stars with GabRu, Julia Barretto, Inigo Pascual, Solenn ...


Name of Video: Bench Under The Stars  -Country: Philippines -Video Credit: All videos are copyright to its rightful owners.

Kiko Estrada: Bench Model

Name: Kiko Estrada   -Country: Philippines   -Pinoy Actor and Model  -Filmography:Alyas Robinhood, Magpakailanman: Nina Manika, Imbestigador: Bulacan Massacre, Pwera Usog, Wagas: Terry and Jonjon Story, Mulawin vs Ravena, Karelasyon: Utol, Maalaala Mo Kaya; Krus, Chasing Boulevards, Maynila: Sweet Summer Love, Dilim, Magpakailman: Gangwar Victim,  Sinungaling Mong Puso, That's My Amboy, Princess In The Palace, My Mother's Secret, Kailan Ba Tama Ang Mali?, Strawberry Lane, More Than Words, Yagit, Annaliza, Angelito: Ang Bagong Yugto, Dilim, Reel Love: Tween Hearts  -Photo Credits:-All photos are copyright to its rightful owners.

Demi Leigh Nel Peters: In Gown

Name:  Demi Leigh Nel Peters - Country: South Africa -Pageant Joined: Miss Universe 2017, Miss South Africa 2017- Winner -Photo Credits: - All videos are copyright to its rightful owners.

Kongnat Choeisuwan: Shirtless

Name: Kongnat Choeisuwan  -Country: Thailand -Pageant Joined: Manhunt International 2017, Manhunt Thailand 2017 -Photo Credit -All photos are copyright to its rightful owners

Bunga Jelitha: In Gown

Name: Bunga Jelitha-Country: Indonesia  -Pageant Joined: Miss Universe 2017, Puteri Miss Indonesia 2017 -Photo Credit: -All photos are copyright to its rightful owners.

Erika Parker: In Swimwear

Name: Erika Parker  -Country: Panama  -Pageant Joined: Miss Earth 2017, Miss Earth Panama 2017- Winner -Photo credit: All photos are copyright to its rightful owners.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Franco Hernandez: RIP

Being asked to give tribute to Hashtag Franco Hernandez is a privilege, but how can I start paying homage to this young man when tears are welling in my eyes and  a big lump started forming in my throat?

Framing my thoughts was a daunting task, I was literally groping in the dark. How can I find the right words to mark the passing of a good man when emotions runs high? Indeed it was difficult, especially when four weeks ago we were at the set of Showtime and Franco even manage to shake our hands squeezed it and then wave to us.(Was it his way of saying goodbye?)  Had I known the drowning incident I could have warned him not to go to Davao.

Remembering Franco, who could forget his innocent face on screen flustered when Vice Ganda put him on a noontime prank, and all he can do was giggle and giving the audience his signature impish smile. Being young he was not ready for comedy and humor using double entendre. And his participation in Cash-ya just tickle the little child in each and everyone of us ... that yes ... life is hard ... we have to play and horse around once in awhile.

But it was those short conversation we had that I will never forget. I watched him turned into a young man with so much enthusiasm and too many plans for the future. He talked about improving his craft and to better his contributions as Hashtag member. As a son I thought he was a gentle soul, tireless in his resolve and indefatigable in his desire to help his family.

Franco is well loved by his friends and colleague and it is a testament to him how many of his fans are in spirit to bid farewell to this man whose potentials of being a matinee idol started to shape up.

Losing Franco is tragic and heart-rending,  his death jolted and jarred our senses. He was so young and so full of promise, I can't help but think of the what if's had fate been kinder to him giving him more extra time in his showbiz career.

Franco doesn't want us to grieve for so long. Rather, all he wanted I believe is for us to cherish the good times he has shared with us.

Goodbye my friend.  May you will rest in peace. You will live in our hearts forever! 

Rachel Peters

Name: Rachel Peters-Country: Philippines  -Pageant Joined: Miss Universe 2017, Binibining Pilipinas 2017, Miss World Philippines 2015 -Photo Credit:  Raymond Saldana -All photos are copyright to its rightful owners.

Mark McMahon: In Towel

Name: Mark McMahon  -Country: Philippines  -Pinoy Athlete and Model  -Photo Credit: Maven -All photos are copyright to its rightful owners.

Pageant Finals: Mister Universo Venezuela 2017

The winners of Mister Universo Venezuela 2017 from left to right: Andres Esteban Perez- Lara- Third Runner Up, Daniel Paredes- Trujillo- Mister Universo World Venezuela 2017, Jaime Betancourt- Miranda - Mister Universo Venezuela 2017, Victor de Freitas- Vargas- Mister Universo International Venezuela 2017 and Luis Alejandro Fernandez- Portuguesa- Fourth Runner Up. The finals was held at Teatro Principal de la Hermandad Gallega in Caracas Venezuela last November 15, 2017.

Christina Peiris: In Casual Wear

Name: Christina Peiris -Country-Sri Lanka  -Pageant Joined: Miss Universe 2017. Miss Universe Sri Lanka 2017 -Photo Credit/Source: All photos are copyright to its rightful owners.

Martin Reyes: In Swimwear

Name: Martin Reyes -Country: Philippines   -Pinoy Ramp and Commercial Model  -Photo Credit: All photos  are copyright to its rightful owners.

Aletxa Mueses: In Swimwear

Name: Aletxa Mueses -Country-Dominican Republic -Pageant Joined: Miss World 2017. Miss World Dominican Republic  2017 -Photo Credit/Source: All photos are copyright to its rightful owners.

Rocco Nacino: Bench Model

Name: Rocco Nacino  -Country: Philippines    -Pinoy Actor and Model - Filmography: Bar Boys, Alaala: A Martial Law Special,  Haplos, Magpakailanman: Losing Jeffrey, Finding Jason, Encantadia, Dear Uge: Ang Triplets Ng Tres Marias, , Beautiful Strangers, Las Amigas, Pedro Calungsod: Ang Batang Martir, My Lady Boss, I Love You Pare Ko, My House Husband Ikaw Na, Dear Uge: Second Mom Ko si Ma'am, Unforgettable, Titser, Bayan Ko, Makapiling Kang Muli, The Good Daughter, Amaya, Time of My Life, Mistaken Identity, Tween Academy, Ang Sayaw Ng Dalawang Kaliwang Paa, My Valentine Girls, My Lady Boss, Madaling Araw Mahabang Gabi, Magpakailanman: Alab Ng Puso, Karelasyon, Ang Lihim Ni Annasandra, Hiram Na Alaala, Ama, Ina Anak, Wagas- The Jiggy and Marnie Manicad Story, Akin Pa Rin Ang Bukas, Yesterdays Bride,Pluma Rizal: Ang Dakilang Manunulat -Maynila: Best Friends and a Girl, Maestra, Puso Ng Pasko, Koreana, Kaya Ng Powers, Gumapang Ka Sa Lusak, Bubble Gang, -Photo Credit: -All photos are copyright to its rightful owners.

Mariel de Leon: In Gown

Name: Mariel de Leon  -Country: Philippines -Pageant Joined: Miss International 2017, Binibining Pilipinas 2017, Binibining Pilipinas 2014 -Raymond Saldana -All photos are copyright to its rightful owners.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Vincent Jarina: Shirtless

Name: Vincent Jarina -Country: Philippines  -Pageant Joined: Mr. Ocean 2017, Mr. Asian International 2016, Misters of Filipinas 2016  -Photo Credit: -All photos are copyright to its rightful owners.

Manushi Chhillar: In Cocktail Dress

Name: Manushi Chhillar -Country: India -Pageant Joined: Miss World 2017, Miss India World 2017 -Photo Credit: All photos are copyright to its rightful owners.

Max Nattapol: Shirtless

Name: Max Nattapol -Country: Thailand   -Thai Actor -Filmography -Together With Me, Bad Romance, War of High School -Photo Credit: Attitude Thailand -All photos are copyright to its rightful owners., Bad Romance -Photo Credit: Attitude Thailand -All photos are copyright to its rightful owners.

Miss World Head to Head Challenge - Group 17


Video: Miss World Head to Head Challenge Group 17 -Pageant Miss World 2017 -Video Credit: All videos are copyright to each rightful owners.

Pageant Finals: Manhunt International Malaysia 2017

The winners of Manhunt Malaysia 2017 from left to right: Neoh Wee Ming- First Runner Up, Gan Kai Han- Manhunt Malaysia 2017- Winner and Lee Han Zhen- Second Runner Up.

Pageant Finals: Manhunt Malaysia 2017

The winners of Manhunt Malaysia 2017 from left to right: Neoh Wee Ming- First Runner Up, Gan Kai Han- Manhunt Malaysia 2017- Winner and Lee Han Zhen- Second Runner Up.

Gabrielle Vilela: In Swimwear

Name: Gabrielle Vilela  -Country: Brazil  -Pageant Joined: Miss World 2017, Miss Brazil World 2017 -Photo Credit: All photos are copyright to its rightful owners.

David Licauco: Bench Model

Name: David Licauco  -Country: Philippines  -Pageant Joined: Mr. Chinatown Philippines 2014- First Runner Up -Photo Credit: -All photos are copyright to its rightful owners.

Venus Raj

Name: Venus Raj   -Country: Philippines  -Pageant Joined: Miss Universe 2010- Fourth Runner Up, Binibining Pilipinas 2010- Winner  -Photo Credit: Ahleks Fusilero-All photos are copyright to its rightful owners.

Micah Munoz: Close Up

Name: Micah Munoz -Country: Philippines Filmography:The Greatest Love, No Filter, Please Be Careful With My Heart, Ben and Sam, Ang Pagsanib Kay Leah de la Cruz, All of Me, Maalaala Mo Kaya, Bala Bala,Maniwala Ka,  Pisay -Pageant Joined: Close Up To Fame 2007 -Photo Credit: All photos are copyright to its rightful owners.

Diana Croce: In Gown

Name: Diana Croce  -Country: Venezuela - Pageant Joined: Miss International 2017, Miss World 2016, Miss Venezuela 2016 -Photo Credit:  -All photos are copyright to its rightful owners.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Hadrian Kim Bueno: In Casual Wear

Name: Hadrian Kim Bueno  -Country: Philippines  -Pageant Joined: Super Model Universe 2017- Winner  - Photo Credit: All photos are copyright to its rightful owners.

Mariel de Leon: In Swimwear

Name: Mariel de Leon  -Country: Philippines -Pageant Joined: Miss International 2017, Binibining Pilipinas 2017, Binibining Pilipinas 2014 -Raymond Saldana -All photos are copyright to its rightful owners.

Daniel Azurin: In Casual Wear

Name: Daniel Azurin - Country: Philippines -Pageant Joined: Manhunt International  2017-Photo Credits: - All videos are copyright to its rightful owners.
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