Upcoming hottie James Reid before he fell on the mosh pit around the ramp (Photo credit: Bruce Casanova)
Just when the boiling excitement over “The Naked Truth” of Bench was starting to die down, Cosmo Philippines immediately followed up with the annual Cosmo Bachelor Bash titled “Cosmo Tower 69” at the World Trade Center.
A purely male affair, there can really be no direct comparison to the grand event at the MOA Arena. Except for the endless show of flesh, that is. Celebrities like Paulo Avelino, Benjamin Alves, James Reid, Rafael Rosell, Geoff Eigenmann, Pancho Magno, Aljur Abrenica, Markki Stroem, Joseph Marco, John Spainhour, Neil Perez, Diego Furoni, Vince Velasco, LA Aguinaldo, John James Dy and Charles Sutcliffe trooped to the stage in varying stages of undress.
So was the Bash better than the Truth? Not really. But if the “almost-too-close-to-touch” affair was any indication, the lucky viewers at the venue definitely had more exposed ‘cheeks’ to the Naked eye. Check out some of the Bruce Casanova images below. You can see more HERE.
PBB All-In Big Winner Daniel Matsunaga and Misters of the Philippines 2014 Top Winner Neil Perez (Photo credit: Bruce Casanova)
GMA-7 hunks Benjamin Alves and JC Tiuseco (Photo credit: Bruce Casanova)
Markki Stroem fired white smoke to the audience, while Aljur Abrenica (rightmost) played brotherly splash on younger sibling Vin. (Photo credit: Bruce Casanova)
Mr. World Philippines 2014 John Spainhour and popular Brazilian model Diego Furoni stepped out to the endless shrieks of the audience (Photo credit: Bruce Casanova)
Compared to what they revealed in their respective Bench outings, Rafael Rosell (left) and Pancho Magno were definitely more modest, but still naughty in their turns. (Photo credit: Bruce Casanova)
P.S. Want to watch the fall (and rise) of James Reid during the show?
The festival will run from July 26-August 4, 2013.
In case some of you are wondering why I am giving a spot feature to the Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival, your blogger is also a self-confessed indie movie buff who enjoys watching flicks that have moderately off-mainstream appeal. This year, the line-up is particularly special with the presence of some big-name stars as well as plots that are both ground-breaking and innovative in appeal. Do check out seven of the more interesting opuses below:
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Vilma Santos stars in her first indie movie and Jeffrey Jeturian has the honor of directing her in this one. “Ekstra” (The Bit Player) is a socio-realist drama-comedy which follows a seemingly usual day in the life of Loida Malabanan (Vilma Santos) as she embarks on yet another shooting day of a soap opera as an extra. As the shoot goes on, we get a glimpse of the truth in the ruling system of the production as well as the exploitation on the marginalized laborers like her.
The project is made more luminous with the cameo appearances of Piolo Pascual, Marian Rivera, Cherie Gil, Cherrie Pie Picache and Pilar Pilapil playing their real selves.
courtesy of Christopher Ad. Castillo
The first directorial debut of Christopher Ad. Castillo (yes, he is the son of the late renowned director) takes pride in having Gretchen Barretto – another indie first-timer – in the lead. “The Diplomat Hotel” is about Victoria Lansang (Barretto), a popular news reporter who has been requested to mediate a hostage crisis. And in front of a national television audience, something horribly goes wrong and people are killed while Victoria suffers a mental breakdown. A year later, she’s eager to get back into the game but the only assignment she can get is to do a documentary on the last night of The Diplomat Hotel in Baguio City, a crumbling and abandoned building infamously known for its bloody past and its hauntings and has carved a place in Philippine ghost lore. Looking for redemption, she arrives there with her crew and they start filming. But as they get deeper into the night, the place starts to exert its will on them and they find out exactly what monstrous evil awaits at The Diplomat Hotel.
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What do you get with the combination of Cinemalaya favorite Eugene Domingo and Japanese actor Yuki Matsuzaki (who has starred in a string of Hollywood films like Letters from Iwo Jima)? Director Leo Abaya’s “Instant Mommy“!
In order to solve a personal predicament, Bechayda (Domingo), a wardrobe assistant in TV commercials, pretends to be pregnant.
The film is one summer’s journey with her as she reaches the fateful decision amidst a highly visualized world where the video screen not only reigns supreme but is also the frame within which a usually unsuspecting public accesses the content of image-makers.
courtesy of Joseph Israel Laban
This is going to be the most controversial entry for 2013, I reckon. Coming from one of GMA-7’s most prolific documentary filmmakers – Joseph Israel Laban – “Nuwebe” is inspired by the actual story of one of the youngest mothers in Philippine history. It follows the story of Krista who at the tender age of 9 got pregnant from the sexual abuse perpetrated by her own father. Her story is complex. Krista refuses to see herself as a victim.
With an almost documentary style, “Nuwebe” follows Krista’s story as she demonstrates a level of resilience uncommon to her age. Her mother on the other hand is torn between her love for her child and her love for her husband.
The movie stars TV child performer Barbara Miguel as Krista, with the support of Anita Linda, Jake Cuenca and Nadine Samonte.
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“Debosyon” is from Director Alvin Yapan and stars Paulo Avelino and Mara Lopez (yes, the daughter of Ma. Isabel).
Mando, a Bikolano devotee of Ina, Virgin of Peñafrancia, Patroness of Bikolandia, injures himself in the middle of the forest at the foot of the Mayon Volcano. He will be nursed back to health by a mysterious woman, Salome, living there. They will fall in love with each other. But when Mando invites her to come with him to the plains, Salome refuses, saying a curse prohibits her from leaving the forest. Salome holds a secret that will devastate Mando’s love for her. Mando relies on his devotion to the Virgin of Peñafrancia to lift the curse, making him realize just how inextricably linked are the virtues of love and faith.
courtesy of Jerrold Tarog
From one of my favorite indie film directors who has successfully crossed mainstream, Jerrold Tarog is bringing “Sana Dati (rough literal translation: Wish Before) to the festival. Lovi Poe, Benjamin Alves, Paulo Avelino and TJ Trinidad star in this one.
Andrea Gonzaga (Lovi Poe) has accepted her fate by agreeing to marry a man she does not love. But a few hours before her wedding, someone arrives to remind her of the true love she once had and lost. “Sana Dati” is a love story about bittersweet compromises and real-life decisions. It is the third part of Jerrold Tarog’s Camera Trilogy after Confessional and Mangatyanan.
Lastly for this group, there is “Quick Change” which is the second directorial effort of Eduardo Roy, Jr. who brought us the memorable “Bahay Bata” a couple of years back.
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This movie is about the life of Dorina a middle-aged transsexual looking for his niche amidst the complexities of the world he is in. This is a story of suffering, acceptance and hope.
“Quick Change” casts newcomer Mimi Juareza in the role of Dorina. He is joined by Miggs Cuaderno and Junjun Quintana.
Cinemalaya 2013 (Philippine Independent Film Festival) will run from July 26 to August 4, 2013 with the main venue at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) plus simultaneous showings at select Ayala Mall cinemas. If you’re up to it, then better plan on buying tickets to the more anticipated movies (like Ekstra, Instant Mommy and The Diplomat Hotel) ahead of time so you don’t have to get stuck in long lines for the same.
Do watch out for it, and let’s keep on supporting the local indie filmmaking industry! 🙂
The Cosmopolitan Bachelor Bash 2012 was successfully staged last night at the World Trade Center. Hot male specimens – both celebrities and models alike – took to the stage and elicited endless shrieks and applause from the audience made up of adoring females and clapping gay men. While most of them were disappointed that Paulo Avelino was a no-show (the guy is in the U.S. for some ABS-CBN shows), the rest more than made up for the absence. And how!
Here are some photo grids from the event.
(L-R) Mikael Daez, Ian Batherson, the Semerad Twins
(Clockwise from top) Fly-in models, Daniel Matsunaga, Hideo Muraoka, Markki Stroem
(L-R) JC Tiuseco, Carlo Gonzales, Tom Rodriguez
All photos courtesy of OPMB Worldwide/Jory Rivera.
Want to see more pictures of the CosmoMen? Click HERE.
Paulo Avelino, main man for Cosmo Bachelor Bash 2012
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! 😉
For the 2011 Metro Manila Film Festival, Regal Entertainment presents the only full-length drama in the roster of movies this year. “Yesterday Today Tomorrow” is a star-studded production which, according to Director/Scriptwriter Jun Lana, is “…about what happens to a family when faced with a tragedy and how it changes each and every member and how they deal with the tragedy that befalls them.”
Heading the cast are Maricel Soriano and Gabby Concepcion in their comeback team-up for the big screen. Joining them are Dennis Trillo, Carla Abellana, Jericho Rosales, Lovi Poe, Solenn Heussaff, Paulo Avelino, Ronaldo Valdez, Agot Isidro and introducing Eula Caballero.
I love big family dramas and this being the only movie of the genre in the MMFF, I will surely queue during the long weekend before New Year.
Watch out for “Yesterday Today Tomorrow” starting December 25.
Regal Entertainment Inc. and Director Jerrold Tarog present “Aswang” starring Lovi Poe, Paulo Avelino, Jillian Ward, Albie Casino, Marc Abaya, Precious Lara Quigaman, Joem Bascon, Nina Jose, and Bembol Roco.
Regal Entertainment’s “Aswang” has started a unique movie promo where you stand to win two (2) tickets to the premiere night scheduled a few nights before the playdate on November 2, 2011.
Do you want lead actress Lovi Poe to bite you during the picture taking on premiere night? Or do you want to be the one to bite lead actor Paulo Avelino?
Then have a picture taken showing that part of your body you want to be bitten, with a sign saying “Kagatin Mo Ako, Lovi Poe!” or a picture showing where you want to bite Paulo Avelino, with a sign saying “Kakagatin kita, Paulo Avelino!
Afterwards, tweet the photo with a link and use the hashtag #ASWANG
Very easy, right? Especially if you fantasize about Lovi Poe biting you or biting Paulo Avelino! 😉
In the next two months, two local films of the horror genre will be released nationwide and they look very interesting enough. I’m a fan of scary movies, aside from the fact that the two directors – Jerrold Tarog and Yam Laranas – have proven themselves more than competent to come up with works that can make your skin crawl. Check them out.
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Jerrold Tarog caught my attention when he directed the “Punerarya” (Funeral Parlor) episode of Shake Rattle & Roll 12. He gave the same a look and feel that sent shivers to my bones. This time around, he came up with a remake that thrives in a rustic macabre setting which lends more authenticity to the folkloric origins of the flesh-eating creatures called “Aswang“. I’m excited to watch this one. Watch the teaser trailer above and you’ll see what I mean.
“Aswang” is presented by Regal Entertainment, Inc. Directed by Jerrold Tarog, it stars Lovi Poe, Paulo Avelino, Jillian Ward, Marc Abaya, Nina Jose, Precious Lara Quigaman and introducing Albie Casino. It opens October, 2011.
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On the other hand, Yam Laranas has been churning out mostly horror flicks ever since he started making a name for himself in the biz. In fact, he remade one of his earlier works – 2004’s “Sigaw” (Scream) – into a (straight-to-video) Hollywood production that starred Jesse Bradford and local actress Iza Calzado. His latest offering is “The Road”, an intriguing ghost story that delivers less of the gore and more of the build-up scare tactics – all rolled into an excellently-photographed production that makes me want to watch the whole thing.
The Road is presented by GMA Films and director Yam Laranas. It stars Rhian Ramos, TJ Trinidad, Carmina Villarroel, Marvin Agustin, Barbie Forteza, Alden Richards, Louise delos Reyes, Derrick Monasterio, Lexie Fernandez and Ynna Asistio. It opens November, 2011.
Support Filipino Films. Let’s all watch “Aswang” and The Road. I’m pretty sure we won’t be disappointed. 😉
Tonight, the 11th edition of Cosmopolitan Bachelor Bash will unfold at the World Trade Center (in Pasay City) in a nautical-themed event that is sure to fire up the ramp with all the male celebrities in attendance, plus 69 of the hottest young men your eyes can feast on! The 2011 Top 10 Centerfolds are Azkals Phil Younghusband, James Younghusband, Anton del Rosario & Aly Borromeo, Brapanese hunk Hideo Muraoka, actors Paulo Avelino, Ejay Falcon, Enzo Pineda, Ahron Villena and Enrique Gil.
Here are teaser pics of 8 of the Top 10 centerfolds (courtesy of www.rddantes.com)
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