Whistles were handed out to guests who entered the NBC Tent last night, September 10, during the 2009 Cosmo Bachelor Bash. In line with its theme "Cosmo Cell Block 69," spectators were supposed to help capture the "bad boys" by blowing on their whistles when they see them coming. Special guests were given water guns so they could spray their favorite hunks.
All was set for the eagerly awaited annual Cosmopolitan Magazine (Philippines) event where young, good-looking, muscled, and expectedly virile men appear before a crowd of well-dressed but screaming women and men. (Cosmopolitan Magazine is published by Summit Media Inc.)
However, when the 69 Bachelors and Celebrity Centerfolds appeared in their underwear—their half-naked bodies in full display—the audience ended up simply ogling the muscular men and their photo shoots and videos.
Fun, fearless females had the chance to see men acting out life behind prison bars—the fights, the power struggles, and more.
Around 8:30 p.m., host Joey Mead started the show by conducting naughty games sponsored by various companies. By 9 p.m., she was interrupted by a loud alarm, signaling the arrival of the "bad boys." Handcuffed guys entered the ramp, eliciting cheers from the well-heeled crowd.
"Jail warden" Joey Mead ordered the men to hit the showers and some of them did—practically naked! Some hunks had their back to the audience as they "showered" onstage. Women and gays shrieked when the buff men turned around, each holding a white towel over his private parts.
But the highlight of the evening was still to come. This came with the introduction of the "Most Wanted Criminals," a.k.a. this year's Celebrity Centerfolds.
A short video showed excerpts of the pictorials of the 10 gorgeous hunks handpicked by the Cosmo team. The top ten hunks were charged with various offenses that all had corresponding "punishments."
Case File No. 10 was The Notorious Runway Teaser; No. 9, The Bedside Bandit; No. 8, The Love Drug Dealer; No. 7, The Duke of Delirium; No. 6, The Sensual Cassanova; No. 5, The Sexy Offender; No. 4, The Lone Survivor Pirate; No. 3, The Cyber Peeping Tom; No. 2, The Thief of Hearts; and No. 1, The Mastermind of Desire.
Kapamilya star Gerald Anderson was the last to walk the ramp and he certainly got a lot of cheers and applause from the audience. Wearing a striped prison jumpsuit like the other Celebrity Centerfolds, he pulled this down to reveal his well-developed upper body. The matinee idol then walked quickly from centerstage to the end of the ramp.
"Binilisan ko talaga ang paglakad, nakakahiya, e," he told the press backstage right after the Cosmo Bachelor Bash. He had been preparing for this event for the past two months. He revealed that onscreen partner Kim Chiu wasn't able to attend that night because she had work.
For his jail sentence, Kapuso hunk Aljur Abrenica was ordered to dance, dance, dance! He smiled broadly when he saw loveteam partner Kris Bernal seated in the crowd, taking videos of him and spraying him with water. The young star almost stole the show when he took a mineral-water bottle and drenched his whole body with its contents.
Two Brazilian-Japanese models made it to the ramp this year: Akihiro Sato and Daniel Matsunaga. This marks the second time that Akihiro has been chosen as a Celebrity Centerfold, which was why he was very comfortable onstage. He will be in the latest edition of GMA-7's Celebrity Duets, so women going crazy over him will still get their fill of the fellow.
Soccer player turned reality-show contestant Phil Younghusband walked the ramp confidently with his handcuffed hands placed above his head. He maintained his air of mystery until he took off his mask as he reached the end of the ramp.
First Pinoy Sole Survivor JC Tiuseco teased the crowd when he stopped in the middle of the ramp and put his hands on the zipper of his pants. And then he smiled and wagged his finger as if saying that part was off-limits!
Katorse stars Ejay Falcon and Xian Lim also showed off their well-toned bodies during this event, which ended at around 10:30 p.m. Unfortunately, Sid Lucero and Joem Bascon, two more Cosmo hunks, were unable attend because of work.
Celebrities who watched this year's edition of the Cosmo Bachelor Bash were Carla Abellana, Kris Bernal, Maxene and her sister Saab Magalona—all of whom were first timers to the event.
PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) also spotted IC Mendoza, Ana Capri, and talent manager Maryo J. de los Reyes. Direk Maryo directed Aljur Abrenica and Kris Bernal in their upcoming film Nandito Ako...Nagmamahal Sa 'Yo.
Among the 69 Bachelors who walked the ramp were Mark Bautista, Carlo Guevarra of Be Bench fame, Eri Neeman, as well as Pinoy Fear Factor participantes Manuel Chua and Jose Sarasola.
Mark exuded a lot of sex appeal when he walked the ramp. He even surprised people when he lowered his pants slightly, much to the delight of the crowd.
As the show ended, confetti rained down on the "bad boys" who were now all free to unleash their naughty side!
The September 2009 issue of Cosmopolitan is now available with Carla Abellana on the cover. It comes with the Cosmo Men supplement containing photos of the 69 Bachelors and the 10 Celebrity Centerfolds.
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