courtesy of Mercator TVIn cooperation with Bluewater Day Spa and Spyder Philippines, the talents of Mercator Artist and Model Management have prepared a hot summer video ad campaign which sizzles with the participation of such familiar pageant faces like Venus Raj, Shamcey Supsup, Kimverlyn Suiza, Mariel de Leon and Cassandra Naidas plus showbiz personalities Benjamin Alves, Daniel Matsunaga, Fabio Ide and Wynn Marquez. Of course, some of their models – Kevin Redder and Ann Casas – are also in the vid.
Coffee Prince will premiere. The original version of the hit Koreanovela was aired in Korea back in 2007, and the Philippines a year after. Since then, talks of a Philippine remake circulated throughout various fansites and message boards. Finally, it all came together and with the loveteam of Aljur Abrenica and Kris Bernal playing the lead roles of Arthur and Andie, respectively. Lending major support to the two are Benjamin Alves as Errol and Max Collins as Arlene – two important characters in the series.
courtesy of GMANetwork
Directed by actor Ricky Davao, Coffee Prince takes pride in assembling an impressive cast to make the romance-comedy more appealing to the masses. There are senior artists Leo Martinez, Celia Rodriguez, Tessie Tomas, Ronnie Henares and Ces Quesada, together with Boy2 Quizon, Fabio Ide, Sef Cadayona, Steven Silva and Kim Komatsu.
Watch Coffee Prince on GMA Telebabad. It will start at around 9:30PM. 😉
Mercator Artist and Model Management, Inc. is to fashion, entertainment and beauty pageants as MercatorTV is to virtual and visual appreciation of the outstanding talents that the company has to offer. The new website takes things two steps forward by proudly putting together the past and present achievements that define how far its services have evolved as the ‘go-to’ specialists in the highly competitive sectors they have flourished in.
Celebrity-models? or Model-Celebrities? How do you categorize thee? Consider the names Venus Raj, Shamcey Supsup, Mikael Daez, JC Tiuseco, Benjamin Alves, Daniel Matsunaga, Fabio Ide, Akihiro Sato, Benjo Leoncio, Lemuelle Pelayo, Ervic Vijandre, Kerbie Zamora and more. You see and hear them on the boob tube or the big screen. And if that’s not enough, the company makes playing field of the country’s three big networks – ABS-CBN, GMA-7 and TV5. They have representative personalities in each station which only goes to show that the seed of trust has already been planted in its’ talents. In the film industry, Regal Entertainment signed up quite a number of them to star in both commercial & indie movies. Most notable are Venus Raj in “Pridyider” which opened this week, Benjamin Alves in the recently-released “Guni Guni” plus JC Tiuseco/Fabio Ide in the soon-to-open “Ride to Love” and Mikael Daez in last year’s “Temptation Island” remake.
The catwalk and glossy pages of fashion magazines reign supreme here. Be it for high-profile fashion spreads, mainstream TV commercials or well-placed print advertisements, Mercator provides the best possible models to fill in the project. What sets them apart is the fact that crossing over to show business or beauty pageants has become a continuous option for individuals initially molded as photographic subjects and/or skilled ramp gliders.
Aces & Queens
I must admit. Aces & Queens is my personal favorite among the three branches of MercatorTV. I’m a pageant blogger, after all. Truthfully, this is where the people at Mercator pour their labor of love. Plucking raw and unpolished ladies and turning them into gems of world-class beauty standards is not the easiest thing to do. But train hard they continue in the efforts of coming up with Filipinas who can make us proud in the international stage of competition. As a result, their track record for more than one decade now is nothing short of enviable – eight (8) Miss Universe representatives, four (4) Miss World delegates and two (2) Miss International entries.
Things can only get better from this point for Mercator. Aside from becoming more aggressive in building its pool of talents, Mercator Artist and Model Management, Inc. is ready to diversify their interests in the years to come.
See, read and watch what the fuss is all about. 🙂
After Bench Universe last week, the Cosmopolitan Bachelor Bash 2012 will take centerstage tonight at the World Trade Center. The only difference is that only the hottest men this side of the planet will walk the ramp in their sexy outfits.
Names like Paulo Avelino, Alden Richards, Mikael Daez, Daniel Matsunaga, Hideo Muraoka, JM de Guzman, Fabio Ide, the Semerad Twins, and a lot more will sizzle and set the ramp on fire as they parade in different stages of undress.
So if you’ve got the tickets to tonight’s event, then consider yourself very lucky! 😉
As I have told Mercator head Jonas Gaffud in my congratulatory message to him last Saturday, he planted good seeds to insure a bountiful harvest. Now is the time to reap the rewards for a job well done.
Last Friday night, he was recognized at the Philippine Fashion Ball as the winner of Best Model Management Award – a precious honor symbolic of his outstanding efforts in running an artist and model management company that has grown in leaps and bounds during the past eight years. Popular for bringing us beauty queens (Venus Raj, Shamcey Supsup, Janine Tugonon and Queenie Rehman to name some) we all love and adore (via Aces & Queens), he extended his reach to the handling of some of the country’s top-notch fashion and commercial models such as Brapanese hunks Hideo Muraoka, Daniel Matsunaga, Akihiro Sato & Fabio Ide. He also continued his foray to the world of showbiz when he started landing one contract after another for his wards who are now showbiz personalities like JC Tiuseco, Mikael Daez, Benjamin Alves, Ervic Vijandre, Kerbie Zamora, Lemuelle Pelayo and the upcoming Artista Academy hopeful Benjo Leoncio.
The guy is simply unstoppable. And to think that nearly a decade ago, all of these were but dreams waiting to happen. I remember our time together when Mabuhay Beauties was still an active pageant-loving group. It never crossed our minds that he will someday be looked up to as the famous beauty and talent connoisseur he is right now. 2004 was his first turning point because that was the year Mercator Artist and Model Management was born. The rest is continuously running history.
And so, I doff my hat to the one and only Jonas Gaffud. May you continue to bring us more world-class beauty queens, more gorgeous Film/TV idols and more fierce models on the runway and glossy pages of fashion magazines. My heartfelt congratulations once more!
Below is the trailer of Venus Raj’s program on MercatorTV – ‘The Queen’:
Courtesy of MyMercatorTV
Mercator TV is the brainchild of Beauty Queen maker and Mercator Artist and Model Management Head Jonas Gaffud. The concept is to showcase the company’s popular entertainment, ramp and commercial talents by way of online programs that delve on a variety of topics such as beauty and lifestyle (Venus Raj), health & fitness (JC Tiuseco – with photo on left), reality TV (Benjamin Alves), travel (Lia Andrea Ramos), showbiz (Ervic Vijandre & Alizon Andres), brapinoy comedy (Giselle Sanchez, Fabio Ide & Daniel Matsunaga), fun and games (Jovic Susim, Benj Bolivar & Geron Lontoc), interesting personalities (Nicolette Henson), male talk (Kerbie Zamora, Bjorn Aguilar & Lem Pelayo), surfing (Luke Landrigan & Lui Villaruz), love/family (Hideo Muraoka) and more.
Below is the trailer of Nicolette Henson’s program ‘The Valedictorian’
Courtesy of MyMercatorTV
MercatorTV is something new. Something unique. Something that, unlike traditional TV itself, you can watch over and over again at your convenience.
Below is the trailer of Lia Ramos’ program ‘Travel With Lia’:
Courtesy of MyMercatorTV
Make it an online habit. Better yet, bookmark the site right now so you can regularly visit and be updated on what’s new, what’s cool and what’s trending in the world of pop culture and entertainment.
Below is the trailer of ‘Island Boys’ with Luke Landrigan and Lui Villaruz:
Courtesy of MyMercatorTV
MercatorTV. Its’ time has come. On your demands.
videos courtesy of tonysaikee
I won’t write about the party of the year – Cosmo Bachelor Bash 2011 – anymore so as not to distract your attention. Just watch the videos above. ‘Nuff said. 😉
Sizzling photos below are courtesy of Cosmo.ph:
If you want to see more (daring) photos and watch videos, click HERE.
Mikael Daez may be a relative unknown outside fashion circles at the moment, but not for long. The 23 year-old model and true-blue Atenean was just announced as one of actress Marian Rivera’s leading men in the upcoming epicserye of GMA-7 titled “Amaya”.
The handsome square-jawed six-footer is being managed by Mercator Model & Artist Management (big shout-out to Jonas Gaffud who heads the firm) which is responsible for the careers of Brapanese hunks Daniel Matsunaga, Akihiro Sato, Hideo Muraoka and Fabio Ide, plus Survivor Philippines standouts JC Tiuseco and Ervic Vijandre.
How was he discovered?
“Oh, I needed cash and my friend said, ‘Hey, it’s Fashion Week.’ I said, ‘What is that?’ He said, ‘It’s a fashion show; you can join and earn money.’ So I tried. That’s where somebody from Mercator saw me.”
A Capricornian (Jan. 6), Mikael is a six-footer who wears medium-sized shirt and briefs, and size-11 shoes.
How do you take care of your (model’s) body?
“I come from a family that’s very active, always on the go, a lover of sports. Being active is natural with me. It helps me maintain this kind of body. I work out at the gym three times a week. Sometimes, I run but I’d rather play basketball.”
What part of your body needs improvement?
“No part in particular. I just keep on improving my whole body.”
What part is most vulnerable?
And what part is your favorite?
“My jaw. It’s prominent. They say that it’s an asset in modeling.”
What part of a girl’s body do you look at first?
“The legs. If the legs are sexy, you can be sure that the rest of the body also is. Generally, I like girls who know how to take care of their body, one who doesn’t slouch and who is active.”
What else turns you on in a girl?
“She must be spontaneous and a good talker.”
And what turns you off?
“Girls who are indecisive.”
What kind of diet do you follow?
“Well, I’ve been going to a gym in Glorietta and right beside it is Subway which has a 100-bucks promo. I love the roast-chicken sandwich. I eat it before working out and eat it again after working out. That’s usually my breakfast because I go to the gym early in the morning.”
Is that all for breakfast?
“At home, spam and egg with rice. My whole family grew up on spam and egg. Kung may garlic fried rice, bonus na ‘yon.”
“Japanese food preferably. Chicken Teriyake.”
“Nowadays, I keep my dinner light. Maybe just a sandwich. If I do a lot of work during the day, sometimes a little rice with ulam.”
“Just fruit shakes.”
How much water do you take per day?
“More than eight big glasses.”
“Only when I eat pizza.”
What vitamins do you take?
“I should take some but I always forget.”
Do you take hard drinks?
“Very rarely, only on certain occasions. Ordinarily, only beer.”
Do you smoke?
“No, I don’t.”
How do you cope with stress?
“I hang out with friends.”
What about massage?
“Too expensive. I would love to have it if I had the money.”
Outlook in life?
“I’m an optimist. Life is good and I look at things from a bright side. Life isn’t measured by the number of breaths you take but by the number of moments that take your breath away.”
How much sleep do you get per night?
“Six hours but I try to get more. I take naps between shoots or shows.”
“Basketball shorts and a comfy shirt.”
How many pillows do you sleep with?
“Four. One under my side, two on either side and one I hug.”
Do you snore?
“No, I hope not.”
Do you talk in your sleep?
“I don’t think so. Ask my friends.”
Do you sleepwalk?
“I really hope not!”
Last thing that you do before you go to sleep?
First thing that you do when you wake up?
“Try to get more sleep.”
How’s your love life?
“No girlfriend at the moment. I take my time looking for the right person. I enjoy meeting new people. I’m in a new industry, you know.”
How’s your sex life?
“I’d rather keep it a secret. Hahahahaha!”
“If I told you, it would cease to be a secret. My friends know where it is — a resto in Salcedo Village in Makati.”
Name three women you think have nice bodies.
“Jessica Alba. Miranda Kerr (Victoria’s Secret model). Alessandra Ambrosio (a Brazilian Supermodel).”
And three guys you think have nice bodies.
“Brad Pitt. Hugh Jackman. Kobe Bryant.”
Using only body language, how would you make a woman know that you admire her?
“I follow her.”
Below is Mikael’s TV commercial for Jollibee Champ:
video courtesy of juliatemplo
Mikael is a graduate of Business Administration from the Ateneo de Manila University. On top of print ads and fashion shows, he appeared in a string of TV commercials like Jollibee Champ, Dole and SM.
Following GMA-7’s press release of Mikael’s selection for “Amaya”, he will get his initial baptism of fire with Marian Rivera as her leading man first in the network’s new horror-comedy show “Ang Spooky Mo Presents Bampirella” before heading to more physically (and emotionally) demanding stuff once the production of “Amaya” gets underway.
Watch out for Mikael Daez because he is going to be popular within the next couple of months. 😉
Tonight is the night for Cosmo Bachelor Bash 2010 at the World Trade Center. Gorgeous hunks. Rock-hard six-pack abs. Half-naked celebrities. What more could a girl (or swooning gay man) wish for? Yes, the annual event is intended for a strictly female audience but who’s to stop the rest when it’s the latter who can make sensational coverages (in print or online) of the same. But the question is, have you already scored tickets for the much-awaited fashion party of the year? Don’t ask me back because I’m still waiting for mine to arrive at the last minute! LOL! 😉
Aside from the image above of hot cover girl Andi Eigenmann with the Cosmomen supplement showing a shirtless Sam Milby with a live tiger from the photoshoot held at Zoobic Safari, here’s a preview of the other celebrities who will grace the catwalk at their sexiest…
There’s going to be a lot more from where these guys will be stepping out from. So if you want to catch them in the flesh (pun intended), head over to World Trade Center tonight for Cosmo Bacleor Bash 2010. Just make sure you have tickets in hand! 😉
Images above (except the Cosmo and Cosmomen covers) are courtesy of rddantes.com
It really looks like the Philippines is a favorite country for Brazilian models to try their luck in modelling and showbiz. There’s Akihiro Sato, Daniel Matsunaga, Fabio Ide and Hideo Muraoka to name a few, plus, of course, Daiana Menezes on the distaff side. There’s another one who will grace the small screen via a TV commercial (quite unusually for a soy sauce) that will make most everyone wonder….who is that handsome guy?
Well…he is Luciano Stranghetti. He is 19, the reigning Mr. Sao Paulo (Brazil) and a runner-up in Mr. Brazil 2008. His looks are unmistakably Brazilian, but he also has an exotic quality that will endear him to Filipino audiences. The first time I saw the teaser commercial yesterday, I immediately got intrigued because I’m familiar with Luciano as just another Brazilian model wanting to score projects in the country. But to land a very mass-oriented TVC this early in his career locally, he must be a growing force in commercial modelling to reckon with in the months to come.
Do watch out for that new TV commercial of Datu Puti Soy Sauce “Marica” toyo-serye which will feature Luciano as the long lost husband of Marica.
Below is the first Datu Puti Soy Sauce commercial which will spin off the appearance of Luciano Stranghetti in the next days (and weeks) to come.