Multi-awarded actor and TV host Paolo Ballesteros graces the cover of Team Magazine, which primarily features news and stories for gay men in the Philippines and Southeast Asia.
The cover features Dabarkads Paolo with the headline that reads “Thinking Queerly.” The issue is entitled “The Freedom To Be Yourself.”
“TEAM tackles how gay Filipino men relate their identity, from fuckups to fantasies, to where to go for music you can actually dance to. We may not have proper rights in our country but we’re claiming some authority by getting our words and ideas on page,” the people behind the magazine said.
The magazine’s Instagram account posted behind-the-scene teaser of Paolo’s shoot. Although his face was not shown on the teaser photo, netizens were quick to recognize Paolo through his fashion style and accessories. Meanwhile, the magazine’s editor Victor Platon posted on his Instagram a copy of the magazine with Paolo on the cover.
Paolo recently won the best actor award from the 2016 Metro Manila Film Festival for his role as a transwoman and aspiring beauty queen for the film Die Beautiful. He also bagged the same award in the 29th Tokyo Film Festival for the said role.
Boy Abunda, BJ Pascual and Rep. Geraldine Roman have all graced the cover of the said magazine.
For long, people had been speculating on Paolo’s true gender preference.
However, there had never been a confirmation or a denial on his part. Paolo has a daughter from his ex-girlfriend now based in the United States, but often jokes about his sexuality in their noontime show Eat Bulaga. Can this magazine shoot a coming out celebration for the talented host?