Expect a "naughty nautical" theme when viewing the sexy photos of this year’s batch of Cosmo hunks.
Phil Younghusband was chosen to be on the cover of the Cosmo Men supplement that is included in the September issue of Cosmopolitan Magazine. The famous football player shows off his well-toned body while posing in front of yachts anchored near a port.
Meanwhile, American reality TV star Kim Kardashian is on the cover of the regular issue.
Why did Cosmo choose the Fil-British striker of the Azkals to be on the cover?
"This is the time of the Azkals," declares Cosmo editor-in-chief Zo Aguila. "Considering that Phil is really the biggest name for the team, we felt that it’s very timely that we choose them to headline this year’s Cosmo Men supplement. Add that to the fact that he is highly requested by a lot of Cosmo chicks, we really felt that the timing was perfect."
Aside from Phil, his brother James, and fellow teammates Anton del Rosario and Aly Borromeo also made the cut as centerfolds.
Completing the ten centerfolds are ABS-CBN actors Paulo Avelino, Ejay Falcon, Enrique Gil, Ahron Villena; GMA-7 star Enzo Pineda, and Brazilian-Japanese model Hideo Muraoka.
The Cosmo Bachelor Bash is slated to take place this Thursday, September 15, at the World Trade Center.
COSMO HUNKS. This marks the second time that Ejay bared his body for the magazine since he posed as a celebrity centerfold in 2009.
During the September 6 presscon at the Eastwood Richmonde Hotel, Ejay told the press, "Mas excited ako ngayon kasi alam ko na kung paano...nagawa ko na ito dati. Mas okay ang katawan ko ngayon. Pinaghandaan ko talaga ngayon kasi dati nahihiya ako."
Enrique Gil, who is currently 19 years old, sheds his teenybopper image for a more mature look.
Paulo Avelino says that at the time of the Cosmo pictorial, he was "floating" or undecided whether to transfer switch networks or not.
Azkals Neil Etheridge and Simon Greatwich were also featured in the pages of the supplement.
Singer-actors Jaco Benin, Geoff Taylor, Markki Stroem and Vincent Bueno bared their muscular bodies for the publication as did other celebrities such as Benedict Campos, Rodjun Cruz, Mike Tan and Manuel Chua Jr.
SEXY PICTORIALS. According to Cosmo editor-in-chief Zo Aguila, they had difficulty scheduling the pictorial of the Azkals since they were busy training for their football games.
PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) asked the centerfolds about their sexy pictorials and the hunks candidly narrated anecdotes about their experience.
Ejay shyly said, "Ako medyo kinabahan ako kasi towel lang ang takip at si Doc Marlon [Pecjo, the photographer], medyo binababa niya. Hinihila niya pababa...pero nung nakita ko ang photos, maganda!"
Enrique’s pictorial features him partially submerged in a swimming pool. He recalls, "Super kinabahan ako kasi first time kong mag-pose na topless or anything sexy. I’m used to posing for Candy for Candy Cuties pero first time for Cosmo so medyo may pagka weird ang feeling. Pero okay naman. Nahirapan lang ako kasi ang shooting ko, nasa swimming pool ako tapos super lamig. E, ang mukha dapat fierce pa rin so ang hirap."
Paulo bared his muscular torso and posed with a towel covering his private parts. He admitted, "Sa akin kakaiba kasi they made me wear underwear then after choosing, we were about to shoot when they told me, ’O, dapat hindi kita, ha.’ It’s something new and exciting and a more daring thing to do."
Meanwhile, Ahron used a lifesaver to cover his manhood. "Nagulat talaga ako sa shoot kasi akala ko magbo-board shorts ako," he revealed. "Sabi sa kin, tanggalin mo na ’yan [shorts]. Sabi ko, ’Sigurado ka? Naka white briefs ako.’ Sa shoot na yun, salbabida lang ang nakatakip sa akin. Nakita ko naman ang resulta, maganda."
For Hideo, he described the experience as "very nice."
IDEAL GIRLS. Ejay, Enrique, Paulo, Ahron and Hideo Muraoka were also asked to reveal the qualities that they look for in a girl.
Ejay: "Hindi na ako magpapaka-plastic...siyempre, maganda saka mabait and loving. Maganda, sexy at naiintindihan ang trabaho ko. At tanggap ako bilang ako at matalino."
Enrique: "Ako gusto ko malambing at marunong mag-Bisaya kasi ang mga Bisaya malambing. And gusto ko kalog, super nakakatawa, kengkoy."
Paulo: "Gusto ko someone simple, not too flashy, kumbaga hindi masyadong eye candy. Makukuha niya ang attention ko, siguro pag hindi masyadong skin na bine-bare."
Ahron: "Simpleng tao na lang na kayang intindihan ang trabaho ko at kung ano ako at handa akong mahalin."
Hideo: "For me, I think I want someone to have good conversation with coz I think communication is very important. I don’t care about looks...either short or long hair or skinny."