New CamSur governor a former Cosmo hunk

Posted at 05/21/2013 8:49 PM | Updated as of 05/22/2013 1:30 PM

Photo from the Cosmopolitan magazine website

MANILA, Philippines – Camarines Sur governor-elect Luis Miguel "Migz" Villafuerte was once dubbed by a women's magazine as a hunk.

Two years ago, the then 22-year-old Villafuerte ruled a Cosmopolitan Philippines poll which named him its "hunk of the month."

He also agreed to pose without his shirt on for the magazine, which posted 46 sexy photos of the young man.

"Silent yet strong and sexy, our last summer hunk for 2011 made the season all the more memorable," the magazine said of Villafuerte.

"I think what makes me sexy is the way I carry myself. A lot of people tell me I’m intimidating, but I’m not; I’m actually a teddy bear deep inside. I think it’s just my confidence," he said in an interview with the magazine, where he described himself as "very sweet and caring."

He also said his motto is: "The best type of flirting is when the girl doesn’t notice it. But she’s actually falling for it.”

In an interview with Cosmo at the time, Villafuerte said he does not think he will be joining politics in the near future, but he did not rule out the possibility.

“Well, that’s a long time from now, a lot of things can happen. But if I was given the chance, I think I can do it,” he said.

“What changed my life is when my dad went campaigning, just giving stuff like hats, candies, and stuff, and making people smile--it's a priceless feeling."

The "hunk" believes his father, Luis Raymond “LRay” Villafuerte, is doing a good job, adding that it will be hard for him to surpass his performance.

“But I’m gonna try my best to match it and actually top it,” he said.

“All my life, I’ve been around politics; like my lolo, he’s been governor for like so long, and to my dad, it’s actually fun. At first I was like, ‘I don’t want to have a bodyguard! Ano ba 'to, I can’t have my privacy.’ But in the long run, it’s actually good because we were able to help people, make a difference on people’s lives."

“I don’t wanna be mediocre, I wanna be successful and great,” he added.

Asked if showbiz is part of his plans, he said: “Wala pa namang offer (laughs). Pero I don’t know, I also like trying things at least to once, everything in my life, so why not if the opportunity comes?”

In the recently concluded mid-term elections, the young Villafuerte won the gubernatorial race in Camarines Sur against his own grandfather, Rep. Luis Villafuerte Sr.

Despite the controversial and heated race, Villafuerte said he continues to admire and respect his grandfather, but he has yet to hear from the older Villafuerte since he won the May 13 elections.

Of the four Villafuertes who ran for public office in the mid-term elections, only the former Cosmo hunk came out victorious.

His father lost in the congressional race to incumbent second district Rep. Diosdado “Dato” Arroyo. while. His grandmother, Nelly Villafuerte, lost to Leni Robredo, the wife of the late interior secretary Jesse Robredo, in the 3rd district congressional race in Camarines Sur.