MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles) – Move over, AlDub. Make way for a new Pinoy (Filipino) rock star and idol. His name is Justin Trudeau. Yes, the same Justin Trudeau who is prime minister of Canada.
The young world leader wowed Filipinos — women and men — with his youthful good looks during his Manila visit to attend the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit. He was mobbed by adoring fans wherever he went, and his photograph wearing the traditional Filipino men’s attire, the barong tagalog, put the Philippines’ top models to shame, literally.
One of the country’s top film production companies, Viva Films, has reportedly offered Trudeau an exclusive contract to appear in at least three Filipino movies in 2016 — opposite actress, TV host and presidential sister Kris Aquino.
The first film is about a woman (Aquino) who falls madly in love with a visiting foreigner who happens to be a married man (Trudeau).
The prime minister is reportedly seriously considering the offer.
NEW YORK, New York (The Adobo Chronicles) – In less than 24 hours after revealing its choice for 2015 ‘Sexiest Man Alive,’ People magazine revised its verdict and made it a three-way tie.
Earlier, People named former soccer star David Beckham to this year’s much-coveted title. But as the magazine cover featuring the 40-year-old global superstar was about to go to print, two international celebrities, both heads of state, caught the eyes of the editors: Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
Nieto, 49, and Trudeau, 43, were seen Wednesday night in Manila where they are attending the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit meeting, garbed in barong tagalog, the traditional formal attire for Filipino men. The two leaders became an instant sensation, with the media and Manila’s fashion afficionados commenting that they wore the barong much better than Philippine President Aquino himself.
The barong brought out the sexiness and youthful look in them, many commented.
People’s editors agreed and so they revised their decision and opted to name all three — Beckham, Nieto and Trudeau — as this year’s sexiest men alive.
Meanwhile, barong designers and vendors in the Philippines reported a sharp increase in orders for the male attire — from Paris to Hollywood and from Beijing to Sydney. The barong business may have been the one Philippine economic endeavor to benefit from the APEC meeting, thanks to the sexy duo from Mexico and Canada.