Fil-Am contender for Mr. Asia USA

Photo: Cezar Leoncio

Sam Milby look-a-like Cezar Austria Leoncio is a strong contender for the Mr. Asia USA 2008. Born in Philadelphia and raised in New Jersey by both Filipino parents, Cezar moved down to Atlanta, Georgia at the age of eighteen to pursue an engineering degree. He was spotted by an agent and immediately signed up as an Elite model.

Throughout college, while taking a B.S. degree in Industrial Engineering, Cezar had also been busy booking several commercial works and national prints, including ads for Coke, Regal Cinemas, Wal-Mart, and Arby’s, among others. He was handpicked to walk the runway for music moguls Russell Simmons and Sean John for their respective clothing line Phat-Farm and Sean John collections in Atlanta during the time the hip hop industry was taking off. Cezar rounded off his modeling career by traveling to Europe for six months to build his portfolio.

The very sports-minded Fil-Am, whose hobbies include camping, hiking, and mountain-biking, is currently residing in Venice, California, and is also pursuing his first passion, which is acting. He had studied acting techniques with Margie Haber and Nick Conte, and hopes to land his first big role in television and movies. (Oliver Carnay)