HBO-induced insomnia

When we were kids, there was no Internet or video games, so everyone pretty much watched the same TV shows in the ’70s and ’80s—from Man From Atlantis to Knots Landing.
For the next 20 years I practically stopped watching TV. There were other things to do, like work, and then the Internet came along.
Not too long ago, I discovered the joy of watching TV again via iTunes. Even better when my dad introduced me to and the convenience of torrents.
Now I can follow five TV shows at a time and watch them at my convenience—usually in the wee hours of the morning when the whole house is asleep.
The downside is, I’ve turned into an insomniac at night and a zombie in the daytime.
As I type this, my eyes are droopy and my body is tired.
Last night I watched my last four episodes of How To Make It In America. I don’t even remember where I read about it. I downloaded Seasons 1 and 2, started watching and got hooked.


I would say this and Awkward are the best TV shows I have seen this year. It makes Gossip Girl and all those other shows I was watching so lame and stupid.
This is the first male-centric show I have ever followed. Based in New York, I can relate because I went to college there and have an inkling about how the fashion industry works.
The story revolves around Ben Epstein (played by Bryan Greenberg) and his friend and business partner Cam Calderon (Victor Rasuk) who are trying to launch their own clothing label, Crisp.



With no money and no business plan, all they really have are Ben’s fashion sense and creativity and Cam’s guts and connections. They have no option but to borrow money from Cam’s ex-con cousin and thug, Rene Calderon (played by Luis Guzman). Jeroen loves this actor, but personally I want to fast forward all his scenes.


When this fails, they fall back on Ben’s former schoolmate, David Kaplan (at left, played by Eddie Kaye Thomas) who is Wall Street-rich but desperate to become cool and get laid.

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Lake Bell plays Ben’s ex-girlfriend, Rachel Chapman, whose lifestyle goes from not bad to sad as a consequence of her decisions.


When her relationships fall apart, she hooks up with a dog walker/drug dealer Domingo (L) who has some money business with Cam. (I hate his parts too. I don’t get why these people think he’s attractive.)


There are many other characters, such as Nancy Frankenburg (played by Gina Gershom), a powerhouse New York PR/cougar who gets involved with Ben in so many ways.


Basically everyone in the show is either a whore or a druggie. I am shocked how they openly show nudity (male and female) on HBO and how times have changed. So I would not recommend the show to kids.
Tell you frankly, I got hooked because of Bryan Greenberg. I have not seen a present-day actor who is so beautiful, expressive and angelic, even while playing a man whore. He carries clothes so well, I just love seeing his outfits.
He is, what Grace would call, a tall glass of water (refreshing) and easy on the eyes.

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Lets not forget the cool soundtrack.
I finished two seasons or 16 episodes (25 mins each) in just three days, and am wondering when Season 3 comes back.

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Cosmo’s 8 Sexiest Models

Cosmopolitan Philippines revealed this year’s 8 Sexiest Models in a party held last November 8, 2011 at Palladium, New World Hotel, Makati.
The party also celebrated the return of editorial director Myrza Sison to the Cosmo family and welcomed fashion director Ana Kalaw, beauty director Agoo Benzon, and lifestyle editor-at-large Kissa Castañeda.

L-R Joey Mead, Myrza Sison, Jessica Yang, Bea Soriano, Ana Sideco, Vanessa Matsunaga, Samantha Lewis
L-R Joey Mead, Myrza Sison, Jessica Yang, Bea Soriano, Ana Sideco, Vanessa Matsunaga, Samantha Lewis

Honored at the party were Jasmine Maierhofer, Jessica Yang, Vanessa Matsunaga, Pauline Prieto
My creation

Wendy Tabusalla, Ana Sideco, Bea Soriano, Samantha Lewis
My creation

It was a homecoming for the women who were part of Cosmo’s 8 Sexiest Models in 1999, 2002, 2004 and 2005. Among them, host Joey Mead King, Phoemela Baranda, Bubbles Paraiso, Ornusa Cadness, Nicolette Bell, and Ruru Kiram Ferriols.
Also spotted were Cosmo centerfolds Daniel Matsunaga and Fabio Ide, John Paul Ang, Onemig Bondoc, Derek Hubalde, Marc Nelson, Hans Montenegro, Danica Magapantay, Rhian Ramos, Bianca Valerio, Sara Black Patty Betita, and Maggie Wilson with husband Victor Consuji.
Cosmopolitan‘s November issue with Carla Abellana on the cover is now available in newsstands, bookstores, and supermarkets nationwide.

Carla Abellana

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Kenkoy x Solo online model search extended

The search for the next faces of Solo 2012 has been extended due to popular request!
Submission of entries is until November 30 and Voting ends on December 2, 2011.
Solo’s Online Model Search gets bigger on its 3rd year as the clothing brand celebrates the beloved comic character, KENKOY, created by the Father of Philippine Cartoons, Tony Velasquez.
After successfully launching Jaggy Tallada and Jhonna Flor as 2010’s grand winners and Mehran Khaledi and Phoebe Rutaquio as 2011’s grand winners, Solo is now searching for two new faces to be officially unveiled in 2012.

Female Winner of Solo Online Model Search 2011, Pheobe Rutaq
Phoebe Rutaquio

Male Winner of Solo Online Model Search 2011, Mehran Khaledi
Mehran Khaledi

Visit the contest site and be part of this year’s search.
You may be the next face of Solo by submitting your creative photo entries or by taking part in supporting and voting for your fave entries.

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• Entries will be judged accordingly: 30% Voter’s Choice + 70% Solo’s Choice = 100%
• The highest scorers—10 Male Photo Entries and 10 Female Photo Entries—will be the finalists.
• The top 20 finalists will have a go-see and interview with the judges.
• Cash Prizes and gift certificates await the grand winners for Best Male and Best Female Photo Entries, as well as their partner Graphic Artist/Photographer.
• Prizes await lucky voters so keep your votes coming in and you might win Solo shopping GCs!

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It Girl

First it was Sharon, then it was Kris, today there’s Anne.
The great thing about being a celebrity in the Philippines, is there’s not much competition. A celebrity endorser can have work for decades until someone more relevant comes along.
I remember when Sharon Cuneta used to endorse everything until Kris Aquino replaced her, hogging all the billboards and hawking everything from corned beef to substandard electric fans (sorry).
While Sharon is hardly convincing these days (not even Marie France), Kris Aquino continues to rake it in, while Anne Curtis is ubiquitous,  peddling everything from Swatch watches to real estate.
But what makes Anne different from the two is, if she doesn’t try too hard to be fashion forward (read: underboob) or she doesn’t sing, she’s actually all right.
Manila’s favorite cover girl has nearly 2 million Twitter followers, and is followed by and tweeted to by Paulo Coelho.

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Hey I’m not a fan of Paulo Coelho, but if he tweeted me like that, I would brag about it too.
So today we formally opened the 7th Pepper Lunch branch in the Philippines at SM Megamall-A. I actually saw Alodia Gosienfiao last night at Pia Cayetano’s book launch—was gonna invite her to slice the ribbon, but was too shy.
Instead, we had Jeroen and Mich Dulce cut the vine.


Bitch Dulce was here.

Bitch Dulce bag

Meet the design team for all Pepper Lunch stores in the Philippines: Takatoshi Kimachi, Misty Floro and Geran Cunanan of Golden Eye Creative.


After lunch, we went to Swatch to pick up something for Mich—I insisted she get the Jeremy Scott Double Vision for practical purposes, since she’s all over the place.

Jeremy Scott Swatch

That’s where we had the first Anne Curtis sighting.


On our way back to Pepper Lunch, it suddenly dawned upon me that Anne was everywhere. I realized as Mich told me she copied her shoes and lipstick from Anne Curtis (read: effective endorser).
Here’s Anne number 2


Number 3


Number 4


Number 5

Anne and Mich

Number 6


Number 7


That’s not even counting the magazines at National Bookstore and the product endorsements inside the supermarket.
So if Megamall were an indicator, then Anne Curtis Smith is definitely the It Girl.

This is not a horror movie

You do not want to Lilia Cuntapay at the foot of your bed in the middle of the night. You do not want to see her walking around your house or in the garden wearing a long, white flowy dress.
Unless of course you are her relative and have to live with her or see her on a regular basis.
You may not recognize the name, but the face is one you would, if you have watched a Tagalog horror movie or two.
Lilia Cuntapay is the quintessential movie extra who’s always hired to play the aswang or some other apparition.
Put it this way, the makeup department doesn’t have too work hard to make her look the part.
Now, Cinema One Originals in association with Postmanila present Six Degrees of Separation From Lilian Cuntapay.
Written and directed by Antoinette H. Jadaone, the story follows the life of a “popular” bit player nominated for the first time in her 30-year showbiz career. Wanting to deliver the perfect thank you speech, she writes, re-writes, erases and re-writes again as her everyday encounters, pre-Awards Night jitters, and too many unsolicited advice overwhelm her mind.
On December 3, 2011, Saturday, watch Six Degrees of Separation From Lilia Cuntapay at the UP Film Center’s Cine Adarna. Starts at 7:30 PM.
Tickets at Php 100 only. Contact Rem at (0917) 901-2481 to reserve before they run out.

Special Jury Prize, Cinema One Originals Awards 2011
Best Screenplay, Cinema One Originals Awards 2011
Audience Choice Award, Cinema One Originals Awards 2011
Best Editing, Cinema One Originals Awards 2011
Best Actress (Lilia Cuntapay), Cinema One Originals Awards 2011
Best Supporting Actress (Geraldine Villamil), Cinema One Originals Awards 2011

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