X-List: Local Celebrity Crushes
I won’t make some complicated and convoluted excuse for it: I am very showbiz. Whenever I have nothing better to do, I keep abreast of local showbiz news, or ogle at billboards. Some people chalk it up to repression, but I’ve been following local showbiz for so long now that I think (italicized, boldfaced, and underlined) I can have a career in being a showbiz intrigero.
I was talking with a friend the other day about how difficult it is to name ten Filipino male celebrities who would make it to a top ten list of crushables. There are three problems with this scenario:
- I’d have to be a girl or be gay to have an opinion on that (no offense).
- You would automatically have an opinion that a male celebrity of any nationality is very probably gay (it’s easy to name ten local celebrities who have had the gay card played against them).
- The bulk of our local male celebrities strike me to be dockworker macho (OMFG).
That idea got me thinking into making this week’s completely subjective X-List of my local celebrity crushes. Pictures are linked as source… and no, this has absolutely nothing to do with politics.
10. Donita Rose
It’s kind of hard to argue with the fact that Donita Rose looks a lot – and I mean a lot – like Audrey Hepburn. What I particularly like about Donita is she managed to retain her very wholesome and fun image for years. Donita was a superstar at a time when just about every pretty face out there has either gone bold, is already a bold star, or is a hot ticket for the next wave of man-magazines.
Besides, she’s the kind of celebrity who seems to be very fun to be with. One of the reasons why I stuck with MTV before – no matter how poor the cable signal was, was because of Donita. While I don’t know when she’ll make her movie comeback or be a helluva lot more visible on TV or in the movies (please do), she’s still up there in my X-List of local celebrity crushes.
9. Dawn Zulueta
OK, under normal circumstances, it’s kind of difficult to say that you’re crushing on women who’re pushing 40, are 40-ish, or are around twice your age. When you hit that number, you’ll probably rush on over to a cosmetic surgeon and look for the Fountain of Youth or the Picture of Dorian Gray. Not so for Miss Dawn Zulueta, who’s number 9 in my X-List of local celebrity crushes.
Dawn has proven herself to be a very versatile actress who’s more than a pretty face, with dozens of movies to her credit. But even with that under your belt, Dawn is still blooming. I don’t know – and I certainly could care less for – Marie France or glutathione or plastic surgery or botox or whatever local celebrity madams use to keep themselves looking pretty at their age, but that certainly does not hold true for Dawn. No wonder she’s on all those billboards; for me, she’s the perfect combination of elegance and grace that, like fine wine, only gets better with age.
8. Angel Locsin
Here’s the cinch: any token top ten list on local celebrity crushes made by any Filipino male blogger should – and in this case, does – include Angel Locsin. She’s the object of almost every man’s fantasy, ranging from the wholesome and, in the case of some of my friends, the downright carnal.
I loved Angel in “Darna,” but she really showed her acting talent in “Lobo.” Yet I’d be lying if I said that I heart Angel solely for her acting talent. I mean, man, she really looks good. Say all you want about boosts and retoke and almost everything that explains lifts (in many senses of the term), but if it makes you look good, do it. Compared to many other Filipina celebrities, Angel Locsin is a girl-next-door type who has very witty and intelligent answers to intrigue. This is why I can see Angel years from now being a pillar of the Philippine entertainment industry.
7. Nikki Gil
Ever since her appearance in that classic Coca-Cola commercial, I was immediately drawn to Nikki. In this day and age of glutathione-enhanced celebrities where a white makes right (OK, that was foul and racist but it’s true), Nikki is a very exotic beauty. Not only is she beautiful, but she is a very, very good singer. It’s very rare to find that beauty and that voice in one complete package.
What really rivets me to Nikki is her fashion sense. She’s chic and classy and elegant, but not to the point of kikay types who really, REALLY irritate me. The last time I saw Nikki was at SM Megamall, where she was dressed in this terrific black outfit that made her sexy and pretty, and she’s also one of those celebrities who really look good wearing a hat. Oh, and did I mention she’s a total performer?
6. Katrina Halili
Say what you will about “bold stars” and cover girls for magazines we menfolk like to keep under our beds and closets, but Katrina Halili is one hell of a local bombshell.
If you win FHM’s Sexiest Woman of the Year more times than a non-FHM fan is willing to count, you must live up to your reputation. From character roles to product endorsements to magazine covers, Katrina Halili makes it sixth in my personal top ten list of celebrity crushes.
While Katrina has long been stigmatized (at least by the bulk of menfolk) as another pretty face with a pretty body, she can play character roles perfectly. You can make Katrina act as props and you’ll still notice her. I think that’s what sets her apart from many so-called “sexy actresses” is her uncanny ability to get noticed, which is the hallmark and the trademark of any good actress.
5. Angelica Panganiban
I got three words for you: SCARLET DELA RHEA.
Had I been writing this five years back, then I would have had every reason to probably ditch Angelica for being too girl-next-door, and too tweetums, for my taste. Then again, thanks to Iisa Pa Lamang and her role as the knock-out biatch (in many senses of the term), Angelica Panganiban absolutely rules for me these days. While I don’t like Banana Splits one bit, she’s very versatile, and not to mention a total knock-out I would take any insulting one-liner from.
While almost everyone would have something to say about a Photoshopped body or whatever “special effects” there are on Angelica’s magazine pictorials, Angelica is still on any man’s list, and any man’s fantasies. Here’s one to wit, sarcasm, great acting talent, and one of the truly beautiful actresses of our generation.
4. Rhian Ramos
What I particularly like about Rhian – besides her name, which is the exception to the rule of unnecessary H’s added to a name – is her overall coolness. It’s hard to look for cool celebrities these days, who mix a sense of chic and élan with a healthy amount of playfulness and good cheer. There’s also Rhian’s very infectious smile; you can’t help but smile whenever you see her in a billboard.
For more kick-my-ass moments; when I still lived in Diliman, one of the more effective stress-removers during the long commutes were Rhian’s billboards along East Avenue and Araneta Center. Rhian really does cheer me up, whether it’s in a billboard or if I get home or on the bus just in time for an episode of “Lalola.” She’s definitely one of the newer celebrities to get here, but she’s one bound to stay here.
3. Shaina Magdayao
For all intents and purposes, I’ve been ridiculed more than once for having a celebrity crush on Shaina Magdayao. OK, she didn’t hit 18 before, but I suppose I couldn’t be blamed or made fun of now that Shaina’s “of legal age.” While more guys my age and beyond would be crushing on her sister Vina Morales, I’m sticking with Shaina for now. Besides, her face is very familiar.
OK, I don’t know about rumor mills and insider reports, but it’s kind to argue with the fact that Shaina is one of the awesomest-looking Filipina celebrities out there. If you’re a billboard fanatic like myself, one of the first faces that you’ll be drawn to would definitely be Shaina. Plus there’s the fact that she has TERRIFIC acting talent, and she’s also very well-versed in her dance steps. Heck, even Rayver Cruz has a lot of catching up to do. While there was a time that Shaina topped my own list of celebrity crushes, well, there are crushes that you do outgrow. Then again, she’s still here.
2. Maja Salvador
I don’t know what’s with me and girls who look very much like the girl-next-door types. Maybe it’s the Elisha Cuthbert movie, or that it’s my personal taste in girls, or maybe it’s because I have Maja Salvador at the back of my head.
Like many of the celebrities I’ve already listed down, Maja Salvador is a versatile type of celebrity. She’s more than just your average run-of-the-mill mall-going pretty face. She can act, she can dance, and she can probably sing, too. It’s not very difficult to appreciate Maja because she strikes me as a playful sort of celebrity; she’s a perfect example of everyone’s girl-next-door. She can be as chic and as elegant as she wants, but what I really like about Maja is how cheery and bubbly she is. No room for unhealthy and annoying emo for this girl, no matter what the challenge in life is. Maja, to me, is a good example of wholesome fun; something that’s too rare to come by in a world of celebrities.
1. Anne Curtis
I didn’t like Anne so much when she was in her kid roles, but she really bloomed and blossomed when she grew up. Never mind that she can be a tad irritating at times, but Anne Curtis is always a woman to me. If there’s anything I want to happen at least once in this blog, it’s an interview or a date or a night out with Anne that, at the very least, I can blog about.
Anne is photographic and cinematographic perfection; there’s just no way you can make her look bad. I’m not the type of obsessed fan who would keep track about her birthday or her favorites, but I have a very deep fascination and admiration for her. Who knows that one day, maybe Anne will eventually be a for-real crush? We just don’t know, we’ll never know, but in the celebrity world of The Marocharim Experiment, there’s always Anne Curtis.
I think that makes a celebrity crush: that you know they’re celebrities, working in a simulated reality. But at the same time, you know they’re real. At the end of the day, when all those billboards are replaced with some other things, or those movies and soap operas are replaced with other things, it’s the memory of their images that are relatively permanent.