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Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.

Jul 3, 2020


kokoy de santos as gavreel

KOKOY DE SANTOS has gained so many fans because of the hit BL (Boys Love) online show, “Game Boys”. He’s actually the top draw in the show because his character, named Gavreel, is such a charmer with his unruly curly hair and contagious smile.

He’s very open about his sexuality, has no inhibitions and Kokoy delivers all his lines so casually but with so much confident nonchalance, like saying “liligawan kita” or “selos ka na” to the object of his affection, as Cai.

Even the way he calls Cai “baby” can be so irresistibly cute. No wonder many folks are declaring their crush on him in social media.

His full name is Ronald de Santos Jr. and started doing TV commercials. He’s a graduate of Chef Boy Logro’s Culinary Arts Institute. Then he started acting on TV doing shows like “Futbolilits”, “Parang Normal Activity” and “Kidlat”.

He then did full length movies like “Tumbang Preso”, “Die Beautiful” and “Signal Rock” where he played supporting roles.

One thing with Kokoy is he has no qualms about going sexy as he has even done full frontal nudity in the acclaimed Cinemalaya entry, “Fuccbois”, where he played one of the two lead title roles.

Now, he’s so hot that iWant already got him to do another BL series for them.

But of course, he would have to complete first the run of “Game Boys”, which is originally meant for only four episodes but now that it’s a big hit not only locally but also abroad, it is being projected to run for ten episodes, with a plan to turn it later into a movie.

“Game Boys” is produced by IdeaFirst Production, the company of Direks Jun Lana and Perci Intalan. They now have plans to do a GL (Girls Love) series, much to the delight of lesbians who feel left out because all the shows being done now are BL.

The title is “Pearl Next Door”, actually a spin off from “Game Boys” where Pearl, the former girlfriend of Kokoy, is played by the perky and impish Adrianna So. This is no doubt quite a risk as they don’t know if the market for GL is as big as for BL shows.

With “Game Boys”, it has shown that it’s watched not only by male gays but also even by female audiences and we don’t know yet if girl viewers would be really receptive to girls romancing each other. We just hope they will get a good partner for Adrianna that will have a sexy but hilarious chemistry with her on screen.