The Hottest Night of the Year
20 University Guys. One Steamy Party.
Hotlist 2016's Top 4: Luis Hontiveros, Emil Khodaverdi, David Licauco and Tanner Mata
These days, awarding ceremonies — although grand and collected in appearance — are traditionally weighed down by a suffocating air of self-seriousness. Vani Altomonte’s Hotlist however, poses a stark contrast against these tedious rituals we’ve all come to associate with them.
On the surface, the Hotlist presents itself as an annual ranking of the collegiate scene's 20 hottest college guys presented in a viral visual countdown. But make no mistake; this very same list is responsible for launching the careers of once mere university heartthrobs Alex Diaz, Jeron Teng, Axel Torres and Albie Casino into the showbiz limelight.
And in celebration of its biggest edition yet — its 9th banner year, the Hotlist has partnered with the country’s media powerhouse One Mega Group and its mobile TV channel — TV100, to create a completely revamped ranking methodology and rollout. With the reveal of its much-awaited ranking taking place in a steamy fashion show in one Manila's hottest nightspots, a far cry from its 8 previous editions.
The guests got the chance to interact with the Hotlist boys up close and personal
And on the 28th of July, on what seemed as another seemingly normal Thursday night, the doors of Prive Luxury Club opened for The Hotlist 2016. The invited guests, clad in their predominately black body-hugging attires, gamely posed for photographs with each other as DJ Rammy Bitong entertained them with his R&B set.
The 20 Hotlist boys, scantily dressed in their streetwear outfits by Folded&Hung, also welcomed the guests before the program began. If you’re wondering why the boys were already out and about at this point, it’s because beyond their perfectly chiseled physiques, this year’s Hotlist had also encouraged getting-to-know interactions between them and the audience members. Take that, Tinder.
The host for the night, Julz Savard, kicked things off by announcing the winners of Folded&Hung, EuphoriaMaxx and Wella’s best-of prizes. Afterwards, exciting games by BYS Cosmetics and BI-ES perfumes were played, amping up the collective vibe of the venue to a whole new notch.
Then came the much-anticipated moment of the night, the fashion show — with a high-octane introduction by Emmy Award-winning director, producer and TV100 Creative Head Mike Carandang. As the boys each took the runway the shrieks of the audience grew louder and louder, with them cheering for their top picks to enter the Top 4.
As soon as the boys finished lighting up the stage, Folded&Hung’s newest brand ambassador, Azkals player Misagh Bahadoran took the stage to a much-expected rapturous response.
Folded&Hung's newest ambassador, Azkals player Misagh Bahadoran walking the runway
Soon after, the Top 4 was revealed: David Licauco and Emil Khodaverdi from De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde, Luis Hontiveros from De La Salle University and Tanner Mata from Kaplan University. As a treat, the four boys were challenged to work extra hard for the audience’s votes by taking the time to go around and offer them shots.
Kaplan University's Tanner Mata posing for the cameras as he heads down for the final round
Tanner Mata and David Licauco working for the ladies' votes by sharing their drinks
De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde's David Licauco drinking to the top with audience members
Following a raunchy period of campaigning by the four boys, Hotlist founder Vani Altomonte took the stage to announce the year’s final rankings; coming in at #4 was Emil Khodaverdi followed by Tanner Mata at #3 and David Licauco at #2 behind this year’s #1, Luis Hontiveros.
The TV100 team posing with this year's winner Luis Hontiveros from De La Salle University
After exchanges of lighthearted banter and congratulations between the Top 4, Julz Savard delivered her closing remarks and signaled the start of the after-party. Although it might have seemed like the end, what came afterwards were the ecstatic looks on everyone’s faces in the venue, and the promise of a bigger and even better Hotlist as it continues to break the mold as each year passes by.