THE NAKED TRUTH, STRIPPED: Exclusive Backstage Photos & Interviews

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Photography by JL Javier

While everyone seems to have an opinion about the Naked Truth, only its bearers have the body of evidence. To dig up the reality behind the glitz, B/BLOG sent photographer JL Javier backstage to capture the show stripped and vulnerable moments before the onset of thumping house and the gleam of overhead lights.

We also got down to business, asking Benchsetters and backstage crew a body of questions that included “Who is best in boobs?” and “Who is best in bulge?” Now, can you handle their truth?

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SOLENN HEUSSAFF

Best in butt: “Ellen [Adarna] ‘cause I just saw her butt.”

Best in boobs: “Me—chos! No, I’m just kidding. Best in boobs, F…George is definitely not best in boobs (laughs). Max Collins.”

Best in bulge: “Paulo [Avelino].”

What did you have to sacrifice for this show?

“Just no carbs. And then very small portioning of food and boxing every day.”

What are you eating after the show?

“I’m gonna have a burger and pizza with figs and Parma ham.”

What the hell are you wearing on your head?

“I have no idea. I’m a Maleficent person. I’m scared to poke someone with this.”

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Paulo Avelino

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Jessy Mendiola

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Martin del Rosario

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Pancho Magno

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BORGY MANOTOC

Best in butt: “Oh my God, my girlfriend. She is well-endowed, it’s beautiful. I love women with hips.”

Best in boobs: “My God. I’m gonna keep it close to home—Solenn.”

Best in bulge: “Guy bulge? Let’s go with whatshisname…the guy standing next to me. Arnold Van bah bah bah, the basketball player. I think he’s German, so…bulge (laughs).”

What would you rather be doing right now?

“Eating. Eating a steak and drinking some red wine and a beer. All at the same time.”

What did you have to sacrifice for this show?

“You know, the show for guys is not as stressful. For those of us that live an active life, it’s not really a big deal, but the one thing you can’t do, I guess—I like drinking (laughs). No beer to bed.”

Will you be at Finder’s Keepers right after? 

“Yes, you know I will. And I will be drinking a Beergarita.”

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Arnold Van Opstal

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SAM CONCEPCION

Best in boobs: “Oh, Ellen Adarna.”

Best in butt: “Solenn?”

Best in body grooming:Ah, yung malinis? Georgina?”

What would you rather be doing right now?

“I know a lot of people say eat but I’m naturally skinny, so I’m okay with eating anything. Being in the audience watching. Just appreciating—the beauty.” 

What’s the strangest thing you’ve seen all day?

“People randomly undressing in front of everybody. Like, whoa, take it easy, boy.”

What are you drinking now?

“Champagne.”

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Rayver Cruz

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DOMINIQUE COJUANGCO

Best in bulge: “Best in what!? I don’t know, I only know [Markki] Stroem!”

Best in boobs: “Ellen Adarna. There’s no competition.”

Best in butt: “Ooh! Ellen Adarna?”

What would you rather be doing right now?

“Nothing. I was meant to be in Japan right now but I chose this show, so nothing in the world.”

What will you eat right after?

“Shakey’s pizza.”

What did you have to sacrifice for this show?

“Nothing. Is that sad? Maybe two years from now, I’ll sacrifice something.”

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XENG ZULUETA

Best in bulge: “John Spainhour.”

Best in butt: “John Spainhour also, sorry.”

Best in boobs: “Anthony Semerad. He has bigger boobs than me—man boobs.”

Best in body grooming: “David Semerad. He shaved his whole body but kept his facial hair because he’s bigger built than his twin brother.”

What’s the strangest thing you’ve seen all day?

“Outside the jock, suspenders to lift the balls and enhance the butt crack. John Spainhour’s wearing them.”

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JOHN SPAINHOUR

How do those jock suspenders feel? Would you wear them on a date?

“No. I mean they’re a little too tight for my preference.”

The Iggy Azalea-J.Lo booty video just came out. Are you a butt or boob guy?

“More of a butt guy but I don’t like big butts. I like nice and toned ones. If I had my phone, I could show you ‘cause I have photos. I don’t like the one of Nikki Minaj—‘Anaconda.’”

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VINCE FERRAREN

Best in boobs: “Me (laughs).”

Best in butt: “The acrobats, for sure. ‘Cause they’re all gymnasts. I’ve been watching.”

Best in body grooming: “Allison Harvard, I saw her legs. They’re beautiful.”

What will you be eating right after?

“I have dessert waiting for me in the freezer. It’s graham crackers, condensed milk, and chocolate on top of it. And I have been dreaming about it all week. I wanted to eat it yesterday, so I was heartbroken that the show was cancelled.”

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Allison Harvard

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ANTHONY & DAVID SEMERAD 

Best in boobs: “Solenn.” – A.S.

Best in butt: Marami! Isabelle Daza!” – D.S.

Best in bulge: “John Spainhour.” – D.S.

Have you seen the new J.Lo x Iggy Azalea video? “Yes!” – A.S. & D.S.

“He watches it all the time—the bouncing part.” – D.S.

J.Lo or Iggy? “J.Lo!” – A.S. & D.S.

What did you have to do to get this body?

“I shaved everything with a Philips electric shaver. On the itlog, it snagged a bit, but it’s okay.” – D.S.

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ANDRE PARAS 

Best in butt: “John Spainhour.”

Best in boobs: “Ellen Adarna.”

What are you eating right after the show?

“Twister Fries ’cause they’re back na.”

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Catriona Gray

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JOEY SAMSON

Best in boobs: “I don’t look at girls (laughs).”

Best in butt: “The male models, especially the ones from New York.”

Strangest thing you’ve seen all day?

Pwede bang yung totoo? Yung mga feeling. Feeling that they look hot but they’re not, ang dami. Or trying to be cool but they’re not.”

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Sarah Lahbati

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KathNiel

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ELLEN ADARNA

Best in butt: “In this room? I think George and Solenn. These two.”

Best in bulge: “Me (laughs).”

Best in boobs: “I have to say me because endorser ako ng boobs for Belo so I have to plug that (laughs). But it’s fake, but whatever, it’s fine.”

What would you rather be doing right now?

“Fucking drinking. I’m drinking Patron right now. It’s because I haven’t drank in two weeks (laughs).”

What’s the biggest thing you’ve had to sacrifice for this show?

“I had to cut salt. And no water today. But at least now I’m drinking, so it’s fine.”

What are you eating after the show?

“Well, I actually ate yesterday. I gave up already—nawala na yung spirit ko and I ate lasagna. But today, I’m gonna eat ramen.”

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Enchong Dee

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Jake Cuenca

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Geena Rocero

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TomDen

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Marian Rivera

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B/SEEN: Scout Editor Cai Subijano
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