Yummy Filipino Men
When I was in Manila a few weeks ago I picked up a copy of the gay magazine Icon. Correction: I think it was the magazine that was screaming for me to pick it up, what with the hot, hot, hot cover photo of aspiring actor and model Rafael Rosell, whose flawless body screamed out for attention as I walked by a newsstand to meet some friends for dinner in Makati.
Apart from an interesting interview with Rosell, in which we learn that he was born and raised in Stavanger, Norway, by Filipino parents, there were equally interesting articles on Rafe Totengco, a bag and shoe designer in the US since 1989, and who counts Paris Hilton, among many other celebrities, as his client; an article on Noel Alumit, the Fil-Am writer of the novel “Letters to Montgomery Clift”, which I have read and found good in patches, and finally an interview with the Fil-Am filmmaker Q. Allan Brocka, who just happens to be the nephew of the late Lino Brocka, whom I consider to have been the greatest Filipino filmmaker ever. (By the way, his nephew admits to never having met the great Lino, which just might prove that artistic talent is indeed inherited.)
The Bench underwear model Rosell (remember the huge billboards of him clad in only underwear that must have caused many an accident on EDSA?) reveals that Filipinos (surprise, surprise) are much more emotionally open than Norwegians: “Norwegians don’t open up as much as we open up here,” he tells Icon. “In Norway you do that, and they say ‘Are you gay?’ ….With my Filipino friends, it’s much easier to say, ‘Dude, I love you man.’”