|THE AD THAT HAS COME BACK TO HAUNT YOU. Rez Cortez was already in his|
30s and a father when he became the signature model of Wysser Brief, a short-lived
male underwear brand.
Rez Cortez (b. 4 Jan. 1956) was an electronics and engineering student when showbiz beckoned. At the University of the East, this Bicolano from Buhi, Camarines Sur, had been a popular campus figure, often appearing in stage plays that required him to show of his stocky physique and dancing prowess. His terpsichorean talents took him to the Cultural Center of the Philippines where he became a resident dancer. Egged on by showbiz friends, Cortez appeared in his first movie--"Daigdig ng Sindak at Lagim" (1974), followed by "Kung Bakit may Bilanggo sa mga Anak ni Eba?". In both movies, he died.
Apparently, many found his curly Afro hairdo and dancer's body very appealing. His stock improved when he was cast in Brocka's movie "Insiang", which swung his career in the black. Soon, Cortez was doing "Mga Hayop sa Damo", "Si Amihan at Hagibis" (1977) "Mga Tinik ng Babae (1978"), alongside sultry sirens Tricia Gomez, Liz Alidnogan and Alma Moreno. He did not exactly become a romantic lead, but left his mark as a sought-after character actor.
|WOULD YOU BE CAUGHT DEAD IN THIS OUTFIT? Rez Cortez, for Wysser Brief, |
Atlas Sports Weekly Magazine, 1987.
|REZ CORTEZ TODAY, Source: facebook account photo|
Of late, Cortez has not only forayed into directing,but also into politics--running unsuccessfully for a congressional seat in his own province of Camarines Sur and now a Grace Poe for President stalwart. His bikini brief-wearing days may be over, but these days, Cortez continues to be a visible sight on both the big screen ("Bwakaw", "Hari ng Tondo" and TV ("Temptation of Wife", "Villa Quintana", "That's My Amboy"),