Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Dreamy Boy Next Door Leo Icaro won't disappoint at Cherry Poppin' - The 3rd Party

By Jean Natividad


Who says good guys finish last? Dreamy Boy Next Door Leo Icaro is first in our hearts. This banking professional and LoveYourself volunteer is ready to work his charm at Cherry Poppin' - The 3rd Party on February 25 at One Canvas Events Place in Makati (get tickets here: go.loveyourself.ph/cherrytickets).


Leo's interests are simple but never boring. He loves watching movies, surfing the net, traveling, eating (he has a weakness for sweets), and staying home to bond with his family and dogs. You can't go wrong with that, right?


For this cutie, quality is key. Dates need not be lavish, but it’s a must to show sincerity. Leo's dating and relationship no-no is cheating. Prove yourself worthy of his heart and he'll willingly introduce you to and make you part of his family.

"The sweetest thing I did for someone I liked was to introduce him to my mom and siblings as my partner, and I confidently brought him to family gatherings," he shares.

Now, isn’t that sweet? Read more about our fresh-faced auctionee below!

Describe the perfect partner for you.
He's someone who accepts me for who I am (from my silence to my craziest side), and someone who understands and is open to learning about my life and being with me through my ups and downs.


What's your biggest dream in life?
I want to be able to study and work abroad to give the best to my family, like a wonderful house where my mom will feel secure and comfortable.


In what ways can people help raise awareness and understanding of HIV?
There are lots of ways to raise awareness on the issue of HIV, but considering the growth of technology, I'll say it is simply by sharing helpful articles and infographics about it and, of course, getting tested.


What are you looking forward to in Cherry Poppin' 3, and what should the attendees expect during the event?
I'm looking forward to new experiences, being able to conquer my anxiousness, and getting out of my comfort zone. Expect a wild and crazy night. Let's have fun and help at the same time!


Try not to swoon when you meet the Boy Next Door himself at Cherry Poppin' 3 - The 3rd Party on February 25, Saturday, at the One Canvas Events Place, 2235 Don Chino Roces Ave., Brgy. San Lorenzo, Makati City. Party starts at 8 p.m.

For tickets, log on to go.loveyourself.ph/cherrytickets. For reservations and queries, you may contact 0917-860-8244. Proceeds from the event will fund the opening of a new community center by LoveYourself this year.



This Cutie Cosplayer will fulfill your fantasies at Cherry Poppin' - The 3rd Party

By Gello Ganon


Turn up the AC as this Cutie Cosplayer heats up LoveYourself's date auction event, Cherry Poppin' - The 3rd Party, on February 25 at One Canvas Events Place in Makati (get tickets here: go.loveyourself.ph/cherrytickets).

Still in his prime at 25, he works for a fine arts magazine. When he's not brainstorming ideas on sales and strategies, he lounges at home with a good movie and some popcorn. But he's definitely not your regular home buddy. If he's not breaking a sweat at the local gym to burn calories, he's out and about satisfying his guilty pleasure: travel.

His wanderlust for scenic places that tug at the heartstrings says a lot about this marketing manager. Out of all the places he has visited, Barcelona, the historic capital of Spain, tops his list. With its hurried yet relaxed atmosphere, historical sites, and grand display of art and architecture, Barcelona is a city that swept this Cutie Cosplayer off his feet at first sight.


So if you're scouting local romantic destinations for your date with him, why not consider Vigan's cobbled streets or Bataan's Las Casas ruins? How about an international destination, you ask? I'll let you in on another secret: He dreams of exploring the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu. Now, who wouldn't be won over by a guy who loves travel and history?

Despite his busy schedule, he was game when asked for a little "fast talk." Here's how it went:

Looks or brains?
- Sex appeal

Beach or mountain?
- Beach

Coffee or tea?
- Coffee

Shorter or taller?
- Around my height (FYI, he stands 5'10")

Lights on or off?
- On

Boxers or briefs?
- None! Haha. Para free.


So much for our attempt to make him crumble under pressure. He just keeps on delivering with his quick wit. But when it gets down to it, he can be downright serious when he says he advocates HIV awareness. He acknowledges that by "being vocal and being more sensitive and accepting with an open mind," we can do so much to help put a stop to HIV and the stigma that goes with it.

Want more of this Cutie Cosplayer? Catch him on stage at Cherry Poppin' - The 3rd Party on February 25 at the One Canvas Events Place, 2235 Don Chino Roces Ave., Brgy. San Lorenzo, Makati City. Party starts at 8p.m.

For tickets, log on to go.loveyourself.ph/cherrytickets. For reservations and queries, you may contact 0917-860-8244. Proceeds from the event will fund the opening of a new community center by LoveYourself this year.


Monday, February 20, 2017

Sexy CPA Khalil Vera Cruz will get your numbers right at Cherry Poppin' - The 3rd Party

By Jean Natividad


You'll need to keep up with this sexy (not to mention sizzling) CPA. When Mr. Gay World Philippines 2016 2nd Runner-up Khalil Vera Cruz isn't crunching numbers like it's nothing, he's either training to sing and dance for the country's first Filipino gay band, exploring foodie hangouts, doing home improvement work, traveling, or binge-watching his favorite crime investigation shows. Catch him if you can at Cherry Poppin' - The 3rd Party on February 25 at One Canvas Events Place in Makati (get tickets here: go.loveyourself.ph/cherrytickets).

Here’s a tip: If you want to get his attention, be sure to flash your best smile and be willing to share your stories. This one’s a keeper - and a listener. Khalil’s dating dealbreaker includes irreconcilable beliefs and issues, but win his heart and he'll go the extra mile for you. He tells us, "I think the sweetest thing I have done for someone I liked was when I decided to return to Manila with a guy who was deported because he was PLHIV."

Be the successful bidder and get the chance to take Khalil out on his ideal date: a relaxing weekend on an island resort where you can explore the island during the day and have a lovely beachfront dinner come evening. "We will end the night lounging, listening to ambient music, and sharing stories until we fall asleep," he shares.

And would you believe this hot number eats three meals in the evening? Khalil gorges on his favorite fare before he leaves his workplace, when he reaches home, and an hour before bed. Looking at his awe-inducing physique, we say good job keeping fit! Can't get enough of Khalil? We've got more about him below.


Tell us about your most cringe-worthy dating experience.

My most embarrassing dating experience was when I made my date wait for three hours because I made a mistake in reading my ETA coming from India. We arranged our flights to have the same ETA, but apparently, I made a mistake and made him wait. It was supposed to be our first meet-up and date.

What's your biggest dream in life?

My dream is to reach out to more people and inspire them to embrace who they are. Our society is only tolerating the LGBTI; we still lack laws/guidelines/rights that will protect us. (I want to be able to marry my ideal guy, for example.) My dream is - we will all be accepted without any exceptions.

In what ways can people help raise awareness and understanding of HIV?

People can raise awareness and understanding of HIV if we openly talk about it with our friends and family. The more we share our experiences and thoughts about it, the more we will be able reach out and gain more understanding about it.


What are you looking forward to in Cherry Poppin' 3, and what should the attendees expect during the event?

I'm looking forward to gaining more friends and having fun.


Be the apple of this auctionee's eye at Cherry Poppin' 3 - The 3rd Party on February 25, Saturday, at the One Canvas Events Place, 2235 Don Chino Roces Ave., Brgy. San Lorenzo, Makati City. Party starts at 8 p.m.

For tickets, log on to go.loveyourself.ph/cherrytickets. For reservations and queries, you may contact 0917-860-8244. Proceeds from the event will fund the opening of a new community center by LoveYourself this year.



Naughty Model Kiko Arcilla gives us a taste for the danger in Cherry Poppin' - The 3rd Party

By Joma Ragragio

Outrage! Scandal!

Let’s not be too hasty! Social media starlet Kiko Arcilla may be bringing a hint of trouble to a lush lineup at LoveYourself’s date auction event for a cause, Cherry Poppin' - The 3rd Party, this February 25 at One Canvas Events Place in Makati (get tickets here: go.loveyourself.ph/cherrytickets), but we are sure to see him strip off his tough exterior on the rousing night ahead. This Filipino-Thai pilot-in-training and model is no stranger to any runway (nor to all eyes stuck on him), so we can expect Kiko to give us some sugar and a lot of spice at the party.

The twenty-one-year old may take the licking on his controversial Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter accounts, but is there a softer side behind this hard fa├žade? Surely Kiko can’t be that much of a bad boy if his sweetest gesture is to whisper to his special someone “I love you,” right? He keeps it smooth and easy, working hard at his fitness, watching flicks, and taking a rowdy romp through the internet. Take him out for dinner and a movie—Kiko just expects a great, ideal date to be simple and memorable.

That’s not to discount his naughty streak though: Kiko has a guilty pleasure of having sex with a guy, even if he doesn’t like him! And among his cringe-worthy dating experiences, Kiko asking his date if he wanted to have sex and getting the answer of "Depends on you!" takes the cake. Undecided, much?

But hey, don’t just take our word for it. Get it straight-up from Kiko himself:

Describe the perfect partner for you.
'Yung walang arte. Palaban. And sexy, smart, and attractive of course.

In what ways can people help raise awareness and understanding of HIV?
More people can organize events about HIV awareness. Also by sharing information to others (i.e through social media) and to friends, too.

What are you looking forward to in Cherry Poppin' 3, and what should the attendees expect during the event?
That it’ll be a great success. Everyone should participate and apply what we learn about HIV to our daily lives.


Get just a little rough with Kiko and the rest of our desirable auctionees in Cherry Poppin' 3 - The 3rd Party on February 25, Saturday, at the One Canvas Events Place, 2235 Don Chino Roces Ave., Pasong Tamo Extension, Brgy. San Lorenzo, Makati City. Party starts at 8 p.m.

For tickets, log on to go.loveyourself.ph/cherrytickets. For reservations and queries, you may contact 0917-860-8244. Proceeds from the event will fund the opening of a new community center by LoveYourself this year.



How to get to One Canvas Events Place in Makati for Cherry Poppin' - The 3rd Party

Only a few days left until our 14 gorgeous auctionees satiate your cravings. We'll be seeing you on February 25 at One Canvas Events Place in Makati for the ultimate beefcake buffet: Cherry Poppin' - The 3rd Party, LoveYourself's date auction for cause. Don't forget, party starts at 8 p.m. And your presence would mean loads of sexy fun, plus the opportunity to further HIV education and prevention.


For tickets, log on to go.loveyourself.ph/cherrytickets. For reservations and queries, you may contact 0917-860-8244. Proceeds from the event will fund the opening of a new community center by LoveYourself this year.




Exact address
One Canvas Events Place, 2235 Don Chino Roces Ave., Brgy. San Lorenzo, Makati City

By private car
- Using Waze or Google Maps to navigate, just search for "One Canvas Events Place" and follow the suggested directions. Here are few options:  
- Coming from South (Paranaque, Muntinlupa, Las Pinas, etc.): Traverse the South Luzon Expressway northbound lane and make a right when you reach Don Bosco. When taking the Skyway, take the Don Bosco exit. Turn right at Chino Roces, and drive straight until you reach One Canvas Events Place, which should be on your left.
- Coming from Quezon City: Take the EDSA southbound lane to Chino Roces. Turn right at Chino Roces and go straight until you reach One Canvas Events Place on your right. Other routes are C-5 to EDSA, and Quezon Avenue to South Luzon Expressway.
- Coming from Pasig area: Take C-5 and exit either through Taguig or Kalayaan Avenue until you reach EDSA. Drive to Chino Roces and alight at One Canvas Events Place. Another option is to take Ortigas Avenue to EDSA.

By Uber/Grab
- Using Uber or Grab, simply indicate "One Canvas Events Place" as your destination.

Commuting from EDSA
- Take either the bus or MRT headed to Magallanes (also called Mantrade). From the bus or train stop, walk to Chino Roces and ride the jeepney going to Buendia/PRC. Alight at One Canvas Events Place.  

Commuting from Buendia
- From Exportbank Plaza in Buendia (also called Gil Puyat) corner Chino Roces (in front of Petron and Caltex): Take the jeepney with the "Mantrade" sign. Alight at One Canvas Events Place.  

Landmarks
One Canvas Events Place is near the BPI Pasong Tamo-La Fuerza branch.

Google Maps
Search for "One Canvas Events Place" on the Google Maps app or website to get a detailed map of the vicinity.

TestMNL X Cherry Poppin' - The Third Party is presented by Bliss, Vasst Exchange Int'l Inc. (Stella Rosa), and Victoria Court. In cooperation with MAC Cosmetics, Jack Daniels, Sip & Gogh. Supported by Aramesh Spa & Wellness, Art & Style Events Management and Production Design, Ground Zero, LeMiel Cafe, Nectar Philippines, One Canvas Events Place, Sparta Philippines, Tambayan and Regency Grand Suites, and The Menu Group (Splice, Sobremesa, SASA and Sangkap).


Friday, February 17, 2017

Twitter Alter King @BiggieXXL69 bares just a little of his heart for Cherry Poppin' - The 3rd Party

By Joma Ragragio


From the mysterious Twitter alter underworld, one brave soul rises and will stand erect before us. BiggieXXL69 joins the ranks of our other delectable offerings up for bidding at LoveYourself’s date auction event for a cause, Cherry Poppin' - The 3rd Party, this February 25 at One Canvas Events Place in Makati.

The twenty-year-old student’s face will be kept in the dark though, and will only be unmasked to the lucky date who manages to snatch him away at the party. If a count of 51 thousand followers is anything to go by, it’ll definitely be a heated fight for this boy.

But don’t be fooled, there is quite a bit of substance to the social media star. Biggie loves to finger the keys on a piano, slap a shuttlecock around at badminton, and go at it hard with nine other guys over online multiplayer game League of Legends. If those aren’t enough, food factors very much into his equation of romance. Biggie enjoys discovering new places to eat, and a romantic candlelit dinner at a fancy restaurant is very much the ideal date. For a good time with him though, try to avoid clinginess and attitude. And how does one tickle Biggie’s fancy? Join him in traveling, his guilty pleasure.

Biggie hopes that his Twitter fame can help raise awareness and understanding of HIV. And LoveYourself is glad to have him! Here are a little more revelations from the underground celebrity.
What's the sweetest thing you ever did for someone you really liked?
I made a surprise and brought food he loves to eat.
Describe the perfect partner for you.
Someone understanding, kind, selfless, thoughtful, loyal, and faithfulsomeone to have great sex with, and can be my food buddy. He must have goals in life where I am included, and he has to be stable and should make time for me!
What are you looking forward to in Cherry Poppin' 3, and what should the attendees expect during the event?
I'm looking forward to something that will make me smile that night and make my lasting impression fun and memorable.

See BiggieXXL69 a bit more exposed than his usual on the night of Cherry Poppin' 3 - The 3rd Party on February 25, Saturday, at the One Canvas Events Place, 2235 Don Chino Roces Ave., Brgy. San Lorenzo, Makati City. Party starts at 8 p.m.

For tickets, log on to go.loveyourself.ph/cherrytickets. For reservations and queries, you may contact 0917-860-8244. Proceeds from the event will fund the opening of a new community center by LoveYourself this year.



Thursday, February 16, 2017

Let Brainy Beefcake Jonathan Serrano educate you at Cherry Poppin' - The 3rd Party

By Jean Natividad

It's time to get an education, and our “Brainy Beefcake” auctionee Jonathan Serrano proves he's got both the brains and the brawn to teach you a thing or two.


Let Jonathan blow your mind at the third installment of LoveYourself's date auction for a cause, Cherry Poppin' - The 3rd Party, this February 25 at One Canvas Events Place in Makati (get tickets here: go.loveyourself.ph/cherrytickets).


When this 24-year-old graduate student isn't burning the midnight oil, he can be found watching his favorite TV series, reading inspirational novels, or breaking a sweat at the gym. If these sound appealing to you, be sure to keep an out eye for him at the event.


What's Jonathan's ideal partner like? "He's understanding, caring, and comfortable with complex guys and confrontations. Most of all, he should be honest even with the little things," he shares. Bid for this hottie for a chance to experience his saccharine sweet side. He told us: "I once surprised someone in Alabang (I'm from Cubao) and gave him a charcoal portrait of the two of us for his birthday."

It's clear by now that this one's a hottie with substance. But he's got a big heart, too. Jonathan's ultimate dream in life is "to build, or at least contribute significantly and regularly, to a specific charity institution for the homeless." Doesn't he just tick all the boxes? Get to know Jonathan a bit more below:

What's your ideal date like?
I like a classic and romantic dinner date with us having spontaneous conversations. It would also be nice if he can drive me home after. Also, if it is to be really ideal, no sex and torrid kissing and momols of any kind.

Tell us about your most cringe-worthy dating experience.
He brought a girl officemate with him, and he didn't have anything to say or do except to look at his phone, scrolling all night. And after that, his texts implied he was looking out for our next date.

In what ways can people help raise awareness and understanding of HIV?
By spreading legitimate and accurate articles online. Everyone spends so much time on social media, for sure it'll reach a lot.

What are you looking forward to in Cherry Poppin' 3, and what should the attendees expect during the event?
I'm looking forward to a fun and thrilling event, maybe even find "someone in the crowd," but most of all, find it as an opportunity to help other people. After all, this is for a good cause. I think they should expect the unexpected. I just bet that all the auctionees have a lot to offer to them.

Satisfy the sapiosexual in you by catching Jonathan at Cherry Poppin' - The 3rd Party on February 25, Saturday, at the One Canvas Events Place, 2235 Don Chino Roces Ave., Brgy. San Lorenzo, Makati City. Party starts at 8 p.m.



For tickets, log on to go.loveyourself.ph/cherrytickets. For reservations and queries, you may contact 0917-860-8244. Proceeds from the event will fund the opening of a new community center by LoveYourself this year.



Corporate Crush Ken Uy mixes both business and pleasure for Cherry Poppin’ – The 3rd Party

By Joma Ragragio
Loosen your ties and roll up your sleeves, gentlemen! It’s no work and all play for corporate manager and LoveYourself volunteer Ken Uy as he joins the company front lines of this year’s top date auction event, LoveYourself’s Cherry Poppin' - The 3rd Party this February 25 at One Canvas Events Place in Makati (get tickets here: go.loveyourself.ph/cherrytickets).

A great head for solutions, service, and performance will affirmatively attract clients to this handsome chinito up for the bid. But touch base with this young professional and you’ll learn more about Ken’s bigger, better assets. While he’s certainly a strong and independent talent in one of the largest companies in the country, he can leverage on the sensitive, sweet, and vulnerable side of his personality.



Ken’s prime interests are going at it hard at the gym--boxing is a favorite--and enjoying a great party, whether out in the beating sun or at the hottest nightclubs. Good looks are a competitive advantage that Ken looks for, of course, but so is good conversation. Interfacing with individuals is Ken’s strong suit, so much so that his big dream in life is to run his own firm, a service-related company providing office solutions to a multitude of clients.



If ambition isn’t sexy, what else is? Surely all of Ken’s other strong suits are. Hear them from the man himself!
What's your guilty pleasure?
I really couldn’t resist eating chips before, until I reached 170 pounds. Now, I need to focus and make sacrifices to lose weight. So eating chips is really a luxury for me. I can finish a bag in one sitting. Lol.
In what ways can people help raise awareness and understanding of HIV?
People should be educated first about HIV. If we then educate the people around us, everything else will follow.
What are you looking forward to in Cherry Poppin' 3, and what should the attendees expect during the event?
I expect that Cherry Poppin’ 3 will be a fun-filled night, full of beautiful people all one in raising HIV awareness through an exciting party and a lot more.


Suit up and join the company of Ken and other hot bachelors in Cherry Poppin' 3 - The 3rd Party on February 25, Saturday, at the One Canvas Events Place, 2235 Don Chino Roces Ave., Brgy. San Lorenzo, Makati City. Party starts at 8 p.m.


For tickets, log on to go.loveyourself.ph/cherrytickets. For reservations and queries, you may contact 0917-860-8244. Proceeds from the event will fund the opening of a new community center by LoveYourself this year.



Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Luscious Lensman BJ Pascual captures the light (and our hearts) for Cherry Poppin' - The 3rd Party

By Joma Ragragio

So few artists of the millennial generation have had the white-hot shot to fame and success that BJ Pascual has achieved to date as arguably Manila’s most talented and most recognizable young photographer. Over just a few years, BJ has built a staggering oeuvre punctuated with the most vital names and institutions in the fashion and media industries.

With such a prestigious claim to his name and a truly sexy dedication to his craft, BJ makes for one of the hottest dates at LoveYourself’s Cherry Poppin' - The Third Party this February 25 at One Canvas Events Place in Makati (get tickets here: go.loveyourself.ph/cherrytickets).


While most professionals his age worked at becoming multi-hyphenates, BJ started from college, studying in art institutions abroad and building a weighty portfolio around the one thing he knew he could be amazing at: photography. Soon enough, his hard work and perseverance paid off as BJ got big covers, editorials, campaigns, and subjects to shoot for magazines and labels, all the while gaining his own legion of fans inspired by his work. Now “BJ Pascual” is an industry name—really, mention any important publication or fashion figure in the Philippines, and his stunning photos will be among their pages and lookbooks.

It is no wonder BJ himself gets to be in front of the lens and spotlight as well. He’s been an ambassador and spokesperson for brands such as Human, the SM Store, and Uniqlo, and even starred as a guest photographer and guest judge on the hit international television series, Asia’s Next Top Model. So it is a thrill for LoveYourself to have this photographer’s dashing good looks (and dazzling talent, of course) for the exciting third edition of its date auction party.

And it’s not BJ’s first time helping the advocacy either. The fashionable artist always finds time to give back, and when he produced his “first exhibit of new work” in a show and auction of provocative imagery called “Come Close” in April of 2016, BJ chose to donate the proceeds to LoveYourself in support of the cause.

“It’s going to be my first time, so I honestly don’t know what to expect!” mentioned BJ, but surely partiers at Cherry Poppin’ can look forward to an unexpected sort of charm and interest from the wunderkind. From what anyone can tell, photography, music, fashion, and art reside in BJ’s heart of hearts, but he never misses out on the finer pleasures in life: binge-watching the Netflix series Forensic Files and shopping online, two of his guilty pleasures. And what matters to BJ is faithfulness—cheating is a deal breaker in his book. What else can we tease from the mind of this brilliant artist?


What's the sweetest thing you ever did for someone you really liked?
As a birthday gift to someone abroad, I made a website containing a playlist of songs that reminded me of him. I ordered flowers online, and the only thing written on the card was the link to the website.

In what ways can people help raise awareness and understanding of HIV?
We live in a very conservative country, and from what I notice, people are generally afraid to talk about HIV—save for the occasional “ang chismis he has AIDS daw!” There's a stigma attached to it, so people are afraid to get tested, or if positive, seek treatment. So I think just by simply discussing HIV-related topics matter-of-factly instead of pure gossip, even among friends, would help in raising awareness and understanding, thus helping destigmatize HIV.

What's your biggest dream in life?
Secret! I don’t want to jinx it! Haha!


Maybe we can find out BJ Pascual’s biggest dream (and aim for a date with this “Luscious Lensman” and many other suave bachelors while we’re at it) and join LoveYourself in Cherry Poppin' 3 - The 3rd Party on February 25, Saturday, at the One Canvas Events Place, 2235 Don Chino Roces Ave., Brgy. San Lorenzo, Makati City. Party starts at 8 p.m.

For tickets, log on to go.loveyourself.ph/cherrytickets. For reservations and queries, you may contact 0917-860-8244. Proceeds from the event will fund the opening of a new community center by LoveYourself this year.