Cosmo Bachelor Bash 2012: Cosmo Men Unite

First of all, I would like to send my love to Summit Media and my friend, Allan, for giving me VIP access to the event.

I’ve been watching Cosmo Bachelor Bash since 2007, and I never missed a single show since then. And last night was probably the biggest turnout of attendees. The VIP area was jam-packed and the regular area was extremely crowded. When we get there, all seats were already occupied so we had to find the best place to stand. We were really lucky because our spot was right beside the runway allowing us to see every bachelors up-close.

Since I am also an Event Director, I can’t help but comment on some things. First, I love the multi-level stage that was utilized all throughout the event. I also love the runway and its side extensions. Some segments were great, while some needs more rehearsal time and proper execution. Lighting was good too!

I would like to share some of the  photos (taken by me) from the event.

JM De Guzman

JM De Guzman: Hunk from within

Semerad twins

Double Trouble: Semerad  Twins (Anthony and David)

Mikael Daez

GMA 7’s next leading man: Mikael Daez

Fabio Ide

The Fab: Fabio Ide

James Blanco

Still Hot: James Blanco

Markki Stroem

Singing Sensation: Markki Stroem

Alden Richards

Future A-lister: Alden Richards

JC Tiuseco

Survivor JC Tiuseco

Cosmo Bash

Century Tuna Superbods Winner- John Spainhour

Vince Ferraren

In-demand Model, Vince Ferraren.

The Teaser Award goes to Ian Batherson, for trying to win the crowd with his dance moves and by showing what a naughty cop looks-like.

Adam Levine for Bench

Adam Levine Philippines

 

Adam Levine is the Newest Endorser of Bench


Maroon 5’s frontman and The Voice coach, Adam Levine, is the newest addition to the growing number of Bench International Endorsers.

Adam Levine is expected to arrive in the Philippines in time for his meet-and-greet on September 17, 2012 at the SMX Convention Center. However, he will not be part of the Bench Universe Fashion Show happening this September 14 and 15.

I would like to guess the campaign of Bench featuring Adam Levine. It will be:

Adam Levine rocks Bench

Nico Alcedera

Cosmo Centerfold 2012: New Faces

Here are some of the Bachelors to look forward to.

Alex Anselmuccio circumcision

 

Former PBB Teen Edition housemate-Alex Anselmuccio

Vince Ferraren Model

 

Model Vince Ferraren

Hot Seaman

 

Hot Seafarer Aldwin Esteves (One of the hottest for me)

Carlo De Leon

 

Student Carlo De Leon (He will eventually become a Professional Model, I’m pretty sure)

Mark Peckson

 

Baby-faced Mark Peckson. I had to look at his age twice. Can’t believe that he’s 32 already.

June Mac Cosmo

 

June Macasaet is one of the most in-demand runway models nowadays.

Mike Robert

 

Mike Robert has a huge resemblance with Harry Shum Jr. He’s cute!

Migs Gonzaga

 

Miguel Gonzaga is a perfect model for me. He’s tall, exotic-looking, charming, and has the perfect mysterious glance.

Samir Ayeb

 

And finally, my hottest pick for this year’s 69 Bachelors- Model and Hairstylist Samir Ayeb!
(Last year, my top pick was Sebastian Castro)

Cosmo Centerfold 2012: Paulo Avelino

Paulo Avelino leads the Cosmo Centerfolds and 69 Bachelors of Cosmo Men 2012.

Paulo AvelinoLast year’s Cosmo Men issue (left) and this year’s issue with Paulo Avelino on the cover (right)

I once told my friends that Paulo will be this year’s Top Cosmo Bachelors and my prediction was right.
Well, after joining the Kapamilya network, being included in one of the network’s highest-rated show, and appearing on various sexy billboard for Bench, there’s no reason for him not to top the list.

I had a chance to work with Paulo Avelino during the 10th year Anniversary Party of Mossimo Philippines. I approached him and we started having a quick-talk. At the backstage, I remember him taking a photo of us with his camera. And i also have a snapshot of us.

Paulo Avelino Event

I am really happy that Paulo made it to the Top! He’s a very humble and hardworking guy. He’s also a good actor and he has proven his worth in the entertainment industry. I will forever support Paulo because that’s the only way i can thank him for the kindness and his genuine smile.

Nico Alcedera

Meet Nico Alcedera, Event Director

Hey Guys! I hope you can follow me on Twitter. I have a lot of stuff happening on my Twitter account so hope you guys can follow and be updated.

I am an Event Director from the Philippines. I do corporate, lifestyle, and fashion events.

Some of the events i handled were Converse Block Party, Nickelodeon Wishology, Nokia Nights, American Express Launch, Accenture BPOSH, and more.

You can check my profile here: Portfolio

and please do follow me on Twitter.

Twitter Account is Https://Twitter.com/NicoAlcedera or click this link to automatically direct you Twitter

 

Thanks!

Nico

First look!! Zac Efron for Penshoppe

Went to the office of Penshoppe for a meeting and i saw this newly posted print at the lobby.
This is the first print design for Zac Efron’s campaign for Penshoppe, which will be call #PenshoppeAllStars.

So it’s totally and 101% confirmed that Zac Efron is the newest endorser of Philippines’ global brand-Penshoppe!

I’m really excited to meet him on his Press Launch or Fashion Week Appearance (Rumor has it that Zac Efron will fly to the Philippines in time for Penshoppe’s show for the Philippine Fashion Week Holiday 2012 happening on May 22-27, 2012)

I was seated at the VIP during the recent Fashion Week Show of Penshoppe when they launched Mario Maurer.I am hoping to get another VIP invite for Zac Efron’s launch.

Soon we can tweet him: Welcome to the Philippines Zac!

Hong Kong: For First Time Travelers

December 2011

I was in Hong Kong last December 6-10 and it was my first time to visit HK. It was also my first time to travel alone. I’ve been to Singapore and Thailand before but with my classmates back in College, so my Hong Kong trip was really different and even more exciting.

Weeks before my flight, I started filling my itinerary with names of shops, museums, and some interesting places to go. I also got some tips from Mom and Dad, who travelled to Hong Kong a few times already, on where to stay and where to dine. Planning ahead really helped me not to miss some exciting places in Hong Kong. Plus, it also helped me maximized my stay.

At the Airport

When our plane landed in Hong Kong, the first thing I did was had my dollar exchanged to the local currency. I ended up having some regrets. I later realized that the conversion inside the airport was pretty low.

Tip 1: Don’t have your dollars exchanged inside the airport. If you really need some Hong Kong dollars, just bring out a small amount to be exchanged.

Tip 2: Grab yourself a Map. It’s for free!

I learned the map thing when I was in Thailand. The HK map was really helpful and easy to use. It even has some markings on where to find the shopping districts and tourist attractions.

After getting my map, I bought myself an Octopus Card. It’s a card that you can use for MTR, trains, and other things. Then I searched for the bus terminus and rode A21, bound for Tsim Sha Tsui.

Tip 3: The Airport Express and Taxis are pricey. I suggest you find your bus code online and take the bus. It even gave me a chance to see some beautiful places in HK.

Day 1: Where to Stay, Eat, and Go

I remember my Mom telling me not to book an expensive hotel because I won’t be staying inside most of the time. I can’t agree more; I only used my room to keep my things, take showers, and sleep.

Since I did not book any room at all, I ended up searching one place to another. I wasn’t looking for a hotel then; I was looking for a guest house.

I finally had a room at a certain guest house in Mirador Mansion. There were also guest houses in Chungking Mansion which is a block away, but I decided to stay in Mirador instead for HKD 300 a night. Mirador is situated right at the center of Tsim Sha Tsui, one of the busiest shopping district in HK.


The room was just simple, clean, air-conditioned, and it looks safe.

Tip 4: I’ve seen a lot of British, Japanese, and American staying in Mirador Mansion guest houses. Find HK guest houses online and book it. You don’t need an expensive hotel to enjoy Hong Kong.

Where to eat? I actually had a problem filling my empty stomach since I don’t eat fish and vegetable. I am not even a fan of Chinese cuisine. I’m glad to find some coffee shops, pastry shops, and fast foods in HK. I even ate at McDonalds and KFC for a few times. There are some products in KFC that can’t be found in the Philippines so I ended up ordering their Flava Crava Chicken (My favorite!) and Chocolate Egg Tart.

But if you are not as complicated as I am, you can try some Chinese Restaurants along the streets of Hong Kong. They serve authentic Chinese cuisines and they are a lot affordable compare to those huge restaurants that serves the same thing.

But if you are really into restaurants, try visiting “The One Mall” along Tsim Sha Tsui, Nathan Road. Aside from being a great shopping mall, the building houses lots of restaurants.

Most notable ones are: Harlan’s, Star of Canton, and Joyous One. And even Happy Lemon and MiO MiKO sweets.

After eating, I walked along Tsim Sha Tsui towards the Hong Kong Museum of Art. I was even lucky enough to find a new friend there. He’s a German guy, travelling along just like me.

Having a new friend with me, we decided to spend the evening at the Avenue of Stars while drinking our expensive cups of Starbucks Coffee.

Tip 5: Make sure to be at the Avenue of Stars before 8:00 PM so you can choose the best place to watch “A Symphony of Lights”. Also, try to find the hand prints of Jackie Chan and Jet Li.

(To be continued)

Lola Aurelia and Lolo Luis: A Triumph of Social Media

Amidst the Facebook porn attacks and scam, a story emerged to remind us that social media will always have it’s positive side.

Here in the Philippines, a photo of an old woman searching for her husband became viral and was shared 50,000+ times on Facebook. The said picture shows the old lady sitting on the street with a picture of her husband pinned on her dress.

The picture was taken by a Facebook user named Reddie Js, who uploaded the picture for people to share and help the old woman find her husband. The user mentioned that the husband has been missing for two weeks.

After it was posted, more and more people started sharing the picture on their wall and even encouraged other users to do the same. The image caught the attention of some local news channel and it paved way for the reunion of the old couple.

After 58, 857 shares on Facebook, Lola Aurelia finally saw her husband.

Lola Aurelia’s love is unconditional and genuine. Her photo tells so much about that love and it transcends to the users of Facebook. Users became part of the quest and eventually turned into witnesses of this real love story.

Love always finds a way, indeed.

Their story is a triumph of love and of social media.

Mario Maurer at the Penshoppe Philippine Fashion Week Show

After the Philippine Fashion Week show for Penshoppe, a friend called and informed me about what happened outside the hall during the show. Apparently, there were people who have invites but were refused to enter Hall 2 and see the show. A twitter post explained that Penshoppe gave-out lots of tickets but the venue can only accommodate a small number of people. Maybe that explained why we had to exit at the delivery dock/ back area of the SMX. I was even telling my friend that it’s kinda weird that we had to exit at the back and not at the hall. Everyone were ushered to the exit, both regular guests and VIPs.

The show started past 8PM already. My friend and I have VIP invites so we never had a hard time entering the venue. While inside, we were able to choose the best seats and were even served with canapes and bottles of champagne. Markki Stroem was seated right next to us.

The show started with a video featuring Ed Westwick. Later on, models came out garbed in various colorful designs for the Spring/Summer 2011 collection of Penshoppe.

After all the models made their walk to the runway, VJ Utt came out.

Then there was a video presentation showing the BTS (behind the scene) of Mario Maurer’s pictorial for Penshoppe’s campaign. After the video, Mario was revealed and made his way to the ramp.

Mario was wearing a white polo top, dyed jeans, and mustard-colored shoes.

He was later on joined by the models, VJ Utt, and the Brand Director of Penshoppe.

More photos at my facebook account (Nico Alcedera). Album is shared publicly.

I forgot to bring my camera. Photos courtesy of my friend Marc S.