BAGUIO CITY, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Obscure men and women become instant celebrities with just one snapshot posted on the Internet. That’s what happened with Chris Kohrs, the ‘hot cop of Castro’ after an admirer snapped a picture of him while patrolling the gay Castro Street in San Francsico. The post went viral, and the rest is history.
Now, an unassuming man from a farming family in Sagada, Mountain Province — north of Baguio City — is the new darling of the Internet.
The vegetable farmer was photographed carrying a load of carrots by a Facebook user, Edwina Bandong. Netizens around the world went crazy. Many have said he was a lookalike of very prominent Korean actors like Jan Geun-Suk.
His name is Jeyrick Sigmaton, and he is living proof that it doesn’t take multiple postings of your selfie photos for you to become famous. You just need to be at the right place and right time, and be around someone with a good eye for beauty, and of course, a camera. Or smart phone.
San Francisco, California (The Adobo Chronicles) – It’s been a while since fans last saw Chris Kohrs, the ‘Hot Cop of Castro‘ whose Internet photograph showing him walking the streets of Castro Street went viral, prompting the setting up of his own Facebook fan page and making him a hit in local LGBT and other fundraising charity events. He recently decided to keep a low profile and even took down his Facebook fan page (although it is now back up).
No matter. He has had his time.
Now it’s Alex’s turn to shine. Alex of Target. Yes, that Target.
A photo of this handsome young cashier bagging purchased items at a Target store was posted on Twitter and it immediately went viral. It even spurred many memes. Still, others dared to impersonate him, to no avail. His is now officially known as Alex of Target, or the Hot Cashier of Target.
The Castro resident who set up Kohrs’ Facebook fan page wants to do the same for Alex. Ellen DeGeneres wants him as a guest on her TV show. Apple wants him to model its new Apple Watch. Abercrombie & Fitch is dying to sign him up for its fall and winter collection.
Even The Adobo Chronicles wants to do an exclusive interview with him.
So Alex, if you’re reading this, please call. We are also offering a $50 Target gift card to anyone who can provide us with Alex’s email address or phone number.
Washington, D.C. (The Adobo Chronicles) – It was just a matter of time. The Hot Cop of Castro finally accepted the Ice Bucket Challenge and the ALS Association is not happy. In fact, it is suing Chris Kohrs and the San Francisco Police Department for “infringement of an idea” and for “donation laundering.”
The Ice Bucket Challenge is the viral social media campaign aimed at raising funds for ALS, better known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Thousands have accepted the challenge by dousing themselves with a bucket of ice and posting a video on social media. They then challenged others to do the same within 24 hours or make a donation to the ALS Association (or both).
Kohrs had himself doused not once but five times with a bucket of ice at a fundraising event to benefit a memorial fund for the San Francisco Police Department. The event was held at The Cafe bar in the Castro, the city’s gay district.
Upon learning of the fundraising event, the ALS Association filed a lawsuit for infringement and laundering, claiming that the hot cop stole its idea to raise funds for a different cause.
Attorneys for the SFPD responded that the ALS Association does not own the trademark for the Ice Bucket Challenge. A quick check by The Adobo Chronicles confirmed that there is no such trademark or pending trademark application with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
The ALS Association is now considering an out-of-court settlement where the proceeds from the Castro event will be split 50-50 between the Association and SFPD.