Dingdong Dantes and other hunks go back to basics for the 2007 Cosmo Bachelor Bash

by Jocelyn Dimaculangan
Sep 7, 2007
The sensual Dingdong Dantes, now known as Sergio in the GMA-7 telenovela Marimar, fulfilled the island fantasy of fun, fearless ladies for the 2007 Cosmo Bachelor Bash. He was one of the eight celebrity centerfolds who took part in the festivities last night, September 6, at the NBC Tent.

What would you do if you were stranded on a deserted island with hot, hot hunks? Fun, fearless females would grab the opportunity and party until the wee hours of the morning. That is exactly what Cosmopolitan readers did during the 2007 Cosmo Bachelor Bash held last night, September 6, at the NBC Tent at the Fort, Taguig City.

Eight of the ten celebrity centerfolds took to the modeling ramp-cum-island paradise during the event, which was dubbed as "Flight 69."

Dingdong Dantes, Paolo Paraiso, Derek Ramsey, Luke Jickain, Bruno Folster, Joem Bascon, Marvin Raymundo, and Jon Avila were all half-naked as they proudly walked down the U-shaped ramp set up in the NBC Tent.

Unfortunately, Jake Cuenca and Alfred Vargas were unable to share the limelight with the other celebrity centerfolds because they had tapings scheduled that night.

The program, which started at 9:30 and ended at 11:00 p.m., consisted of six naughty "in-flight" games and had dozens of well-built men strutting down the catwalk in all levels of undress. This year's edition of the Cosmo Bachelor Bash was hosted by Menchu Antigua.

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Three-time Cosmo centerfold Paolo Paraiso told PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) that it felt good to be one of the hunks handpicked by the Cosmo team this year. "Overwhelmed kahit na third time ko ‘to. Ang sarap ng reaction ng crowd! Unang-una ako lumabas kaya pressured ako," recalled Paolo.

The star of the indie film Casa heated up the crowd since he was the first celebrity centerfold to bare his assets that night. "It's an honor to be one of the top ten centerfolds sa Cosmo. Lalo na nga kasi [I was part of] the first batch, nakita ko kung paano magsimula. Small event ito dati at ngayon, napakalaki na. Ang sarap ng feeling na nakasama uli ako."

He shared what he and the other gorgeous hunks were talking about moments before they bared themselves to the public: "Yun nga pinaguusapan namin nina Dingdong na nakaka-addict pala ang feeling na ‘to."

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Paolo's ex-live in partner Mylene Dizon could not contain her giddiness over his daring number. "Kinilig ako! Kinilig ako! Actually, natuwa talaga ako. To think, na minsan siyang naging akin," said Mylene Dizon, with a laugh.

Since Mylene celebrated her birthday that night, September 6, she was asked what gift she received from Paolo. She then pointed out the firetruck-red shoes that she was wearing that night and said that it came from Paolo.



BACHELORS GALORE. Aside from the celebrity centerfolds, this year's 69 hot, new bachelors were given their fair share of attention during the Cosmo Bachelor Bash. The macho men confidently bared their torsos and exposed their well-developed muscles for the benefit of the ogling public. The island natives wore intricate tribal accessories and carried primitive weapons such as spears and crossbows.

The mythical land of Virgins' Island is occupied by dangerous pirates that engage in sword fights and hand-to-hand combat. A fortress is set up onstage, serving as a stronghold for the hunky inhabitants of the island. There is even a huge spider web where several hunks hang upside down a la-Spiderman.

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See the select bachelors plus the celebrity centerfolds in the special supplement that comes free with the September 2007 issue of Cosmopolitan. The magazine's acting editor-in-chief Zo Aguila shares that they drew inspiration from the drama-adventure TV series Lost when they were conceptualizing the "back-to-nature" shoots for the special supplement. Cosmo shuttled the bachelors to tropical hotspots such as Antipolo, Pagsanjan, and Subic in order to shoot their yummy photos.

According to the show's director Robbie Carmona, the idea for "Flight 69" struck him when he boarded a flight from Paris, France, recently. "My inspiration was from my last trip from Paris. I was in the plane and...[I thought] what if I experienced a water landing and I land in an extraordinary place filled with men who want to touch my body and to eat me. What if they do it with all the ladies in the plane? That was my concept," he explains.

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As the 2007 Cosmo Bachelor Bash came to a close, multi-colored confetti fell on the bodies of the half-naked men of Virgins' Island. Judging from the shrill shrieks and thunderous applause from the jampacked crowd, "Flight 69" just might be one plane ride that nobody wanted to end.

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The sensual Dingdong Dantes, now known as Sergio in the GMA-7 telenovela Marimar, fulfilled the island fantasy of fun, fearless ladies for the 2007 Cosmo Bachelor Bash. He was one of the eight celebrity centerfolds who took part in the festivities last night, September 6, at the NBC Tent.
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