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Our Cover Boy for today is easy, breezy, beautiful Harold Oide. He was among the 69 Cosmopolitan Bachelors this year, and stays up in Northern Luzon. He can be booked (as a model ha!) through Men’s Division.

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Here’s a series of letters I received from someone who calls himself “ILoveAlec” a Pinoy gay guy in Malaysia.

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Hi Migs,

I’m a big fan of your site. I always read whatever you put there. I’m the guy that hates drama hehehehe. I’ve been wanting to write you for the longest time but can’t find good story to share until yesterday Nov 8, 2008.

I’m currently in Malaysia for a short visit. Yesterday I went to see the Petronas out of curiosity because I’ve been hearing a lot of good words from people who see it and also from the movies.

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Here I go again, my perfunctory trip to the US. I’m writing this post while waiting for my flight to Los Angeles, California. I was a bit emotional leaving the house kanina, knowing I’ll miss my partner during the 3 weeks that I will be away. Haaayyy… and so just as I finished packing my stuff this afternoon, I went bloghopping. I found a treasure of a song, just right for the moment — it’s Kirsten Dunst singing Dream of Me. Beautiful song! I dedicate this to my partner, Marco. Why am I writing this very personal post? Well, I figured it’s just right for me to declare my love to the person who I have been with for the past 6 months — too bad I’ll be away when we celebrate our 6th monthsary. Mahal, in front of the 40,000+ readers of my blog, here’s the song “Dream of Me,” and I dedicate it to you. Advanced happy monthsary!

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[This is a contribution from MGG reader named Red. Posting it here, verbatim.]

I’d like to share my own experience, though too long for the viewers’ eyes. This is something unbelievable and could make for a good script for a movie that it could even rival the story of the Brokeback Mountain. Just to find release, I’d like to see it posted in no less than Migs’ site, so that others may be enlightened or inspired, or of whatever purpose it could serve to the readers. More importantly, my story opposes that of the twink-hungry and abusive PLU (gay) teachers’ usual portrayal by the media. Let me do it by way of using Southborder’s famous songs and the songs I’d love to listen to.

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Ain’t he just so cute? This is 22-year-old Elbert Alvarez, a nurse and model photographed by Chris dela Cruz.

What makes me say this guy is cute?

His beautiful smile.
His captivating eyes.
His prominent nose.
His youth.
His lean body.
His color.

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Anyone can be anyone if he so chooses, as long as he owns up to his choices, and takes responsibility for them. I do not believe in being just completely black, or completely white. I like the rainbow — it has so many colors, in fact the whole spectrum — it is beautiful and yet it does not have to be just one color. One thing I like about the community that has gathered around MGG is that it allows for different views among its members. There are certain things I strongly believe in, yet even as the blog owner I do not feel the need to impose; I do not feel that my strong beliefs should be anyone else’s strong belief as well. Thank you all for your openness and understanding.

Every day is so wonderful – And suddenly, it’s hard to breathe – Now and then, I get insecure – From all the pain, I’m so ashamed – I am beautiful no matter what they say – Words can’t bring me down – I am beautiful in every single way – Yes, words can’t bring me down – So don’t you bring me down today

To all your friends, you’re delirious – So consumed in all your doom – Trying hard to fill the emptiness – The piece is gone left the puzzle undone – That’s the way it is

You are beautiful no matter what they say – Words can’t bring you down – You are beautiful in every single way – Yes, words can’t bring you down – Don’t you bring me down today…

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Early this month I attended the Mr. International Philippines Finals Night in Makati City, upon the gracious invitation of Mike Lee, head organizer of the pageant. That night I was with my Canon SLR camera and a big stout zoom lens, just clicking away on what I thought was beautiful. Frankly not everyone on stage was click-worthy, but I found one guy particularly handsome. His name is Ian Leonel Porlayagan.

Ian was last year’s winner, unfortunately the organizers then (not Mike Lee) were not able to send him to Mexico where the international pageant was held. This year, with new organizers, he tried out again, hoping to be the country’s representative to Taiwan where the international pageant will be in November 2008. Sadly, he did not even make it to the top 3 slots. That’s heart wrenching. Typical Gulong ng Palad story.

When I was reviewing the photos I took, and I took a lot with Ian in it, I noticed a certain sadness in his eyes even while the contest was going on. Made me think, did Ian know deep inside that while he was the title-holder last year, this year it wouldn’t be him?

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How can one define the Filipino man’s natural beauty?

To answer this question is quite tricky. Attempting to answer it would mean going against the oft-repeated adage, “Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder.”

But I’ll answer it anyway! Hahaha!

A beautiful Pinoy man is… clean – mabango – mukhang maginoo pero medyo bastos – able to woo you with his suave moves but equally capable of wild, fiery action when called for (especially in bed!) – a tinge of angas – makinis without being photoshop porselana – confidence from capabilities and not from other externalities – … and maybe you can add more?

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I know you love beautiful people, so…

Were you at Cosmo’s Bachelor Bash 2008?

Cosmopolitan Bachelor Bash 2008
A.Venue Hall, Makati Avenue, Makati City
September 11, 2008
*Photos Here Soon*

Photo credit: Vince Lopez