#137: Sam Pinto on FHM December 2011

She’s back! Sam Pinto is back on the cover of FHM! She is back seventeen months after her debut on the cover of FHM. She is back five months after she was voted as the Sexiest Filipina. She is back to end the year that was 2011 the right way!

A model, a reality TV star, a product endorser and an occasional actress, Sam Pinto’s FHM debut on July of 2010 came in as a pleasant surprise to everyone. Nobody thought that Sam would be doing FHM shortly after her PBB stint. And as her cover tagline then says, “Sam Pinto, Knocking on Stardom’s Door.”

She then jumped networks for a broader career opportunity. After that, endorsements came flowing in, bit roles on TV and movies also ushered in. From then on, mainstream success followed.

Everything went crazy for Sam Pinto after she nailed the top spot on FHM Philippines’ 100 Sexiest Women in the World campaign 2011. She became the poster girl of the new breed of sexy. Classy, charming and very natural. She has, somehow, gone a long way with just over a year in the showbiz industry.

And now, after stardom has opened its door for her, all we could see is “Sam Pinto: To Infinity and Beyond.”


This cover is much better compared to her July 2010 one. Although this is not the year’s best. Sam looks younger this time because on her 2010 cover, she looks very regal and serious (hence, the older look.)

July 2010

And I guess the deal with people doing the cover of magazines several times is out doing the previous one. And FHM did what needs to be done with Sam Pinto.


Juxtaposed. Sam, being her classy and elegant self, was shot on the lahar ruins in Pampanga. Her shoot may be a representation of the Mayan belief that the world would end on 2012, and Sam is the last babe standing. It may also represent the diamond in the rough phase Sam went through before she became the precious gem that she is today. This shoot may also showcase Sam’s versatility – from her ‘sheltered’  2010 spread to a more extreme and uncontrolled setting. Either way, or all the way, Sam’s beauty radiates with whatever the story was behind this shoot.

It has been said that Sam brings in the new breed of sexy to the next level. And I was expecting Sam to not be very daring (much to my dismay). At least she didn’t try to fool us into believing that she wore or didn’t wear this and that.

Xander Angeles was Sam’s photographer for this shoot (and also during her previous cover). Sam’s photo went from very futuristic during the first few layouts to dramatic and sultry towards the last few layouts. The composition of the photos were amazing. Sam’s allure shone with the magnificent backdrop.

The interview was good and entertaining. Sam surely has gone a long way. And she may be in it for the long haul.


The photo shoots for the girls on this month’s issue were all commendable. Their beauties are an eclectic mix of breed and personality. We have Kristine Santamenta, Camila Sales, Jackie Clanton and Mia Gray. We also have blonde Starter Babe Laurisha Marie and Girlfriends (yes, plural) RRJ girl Kates Ocampo and Zandra Lee of Boracay Rum.


The one I find really interesting is the one about ‘Act(ing) Your Age’.

There’s also one about the recent boom of condominium units around the metro. Also featured on this issue (and are almost regulars every December issue) are lists of cool bars and gadgets which may become very useful this season of debauchery and gift-giving.

The Noche Buena recipes on the Upgrade section look very delicious and easy to make. And after the recipe comes the list of ways to prevent overeating and indigestion. Everything just in time for Christmas.


Sam Pinto surely is the star of this issue. What a way to end a very successful year for FHM and its readers. Our bells are jingling for 2012.

*cover images from FHM.com.ph


#136: Ornusa Cadness and Sanya Smith on FHM November 2011

When was the last time FHM featured real, working models on their cover? I mean, those days when TV stars don’t frequent the cover of this rag? The closest I remember was Misa Campo’s February stint, but I don’t think Misa is a “model-model”. Not the glossy one, I mean. Well, back in 2007, Brazilian babe Ariani Nogueira did FHM. She was here mainly for Eat! Bulaga, though. In 2006, Amanda Griffin appeared back-to-back with Karel Marquez on the cover. There. 5 years since a real-deal model did the cover of FHM.

Ornusa Cadness. Sanya Smith. Silver-ish. Naked-ish. Side-by-side.


It’s really refreshing to see these girls on the cover. It’s been a long time since we last saw something this raw on the cover. Although the comparison with Aubrey Miles’ July 2009 cover is inevitable, I can say that this one’s a bit different.

The cover layout was rocking, pretty much coherent with the attitude of the cover muses. And have you noticed that there have been no red-colored logo on the cover of FHM this year? WalaLungs.


Seeing these girls on the cover is a breath of fresh air since TV stars have been frequenting FHM as of late (since 2005, I mean). I believe models like Ornusa and Sanya will make better subjects when doing an interview since we only have little knowledge about their lives. Unlike those TV stars whose personal stories are almost always readily available.

This month also marks the return of Doc Marlon Pecjo as the main lensman after his June 2011 stint. I wonder why FHM rarely get him as the cover shoot photographer nowadays. I remember him doing 11 out of 12 covers back in 2009.

Also, it’s hard not to compare this month’s photo shoot to that of Aubrey Miles back in 2009 because of the utter similarities of the shoots’ setting. And yes, Doc Marlon did these shoots. The thing that’s almost always noticeable with Pecjo’s photos is its rawness.

And with the girls, the shoot is kinda underwhelming. I mean this is not Ornusa’s best FHM photos (although this one’s the one with the least articles of clothing) and Sanya should have more photos.


The girls, being fashion models, are known to be high-fashion but their photos are very relatable.  At first, I thought they would have very editorial-like photographs and poses but they toned it down to be suitable to the men’s magazine reading masses. Their interviews are very entertaining, too.

 It’s also a plus to know that we have girls doing their poses like they mean it. I mean they know how to work with he camera well, thus the good-looking photos we have on the magazine.


The girls could use more photos. I believe they have more photos worthy of being included in their spread.

 And they should have included more variety with the photos of them together.

 And yes, this could be their last men’s magazine appearance.


I would say that Sanya Smith delivered better photos. Her lines are rockin’ and her eyes are just so tantalizing. Add to that her sexy jaw line. Ornusa’s still a big crush of mine, though. I just hope that FHM featured Sanya as much as Ornusa.


The only one I found worth reading is the comedy feature.

The first part includes Ramon Bautista with other comedians of different styles giving advice on laughing your way to a girl’s heart. It was entertaining on most parts. I just hope that Ramon did more talking.

The second part has comediennes doing a photo shoot, the FHM style. We have there Chariz Solomon, KitKat, Rufa Mi and Tuesday Vargas.

Some of the interviews were bland, though some of their photos delivered. I have always admired Tuesday Vargas, though. She knows how to do her comedy while taking herself seriously. Plus slapstick has grown old and distasteful for me.

Who am I kidding? The one about the Philippine Dragon Boat team looks interesting, too- although I haven’t read it yet.


We have Zo Duro and a girl named Ally. Nothing really note worthy.

This issue’s almost a winner. The cover girls are enough to enjoy this month’s release.

*cover image from FHM.com.ph

#135: Daiana Menezes on FHM October 2011

I have to say that this month’s cover star has got to be the most Pinoy among the many Brazilian imports making their names on local entertainment industry. How can we not adore these Westerners? They are undeniably good-looking. Almost god-like. Just the right amount of  ‘mestizo’ most (but not all. I tell you) Filipinos are looking up to.

What sets Daiana Menezes apart from her kababayans is her surprising Pinoy appeal. It helps that her career jump-started via Eat Bulaga!. I mean, what can be more Pinoy than Eat Bulaga when we talk about the entertainment industry? And in case you haven’t noticed yet, she speaks our language like she has been using it all her life. She even sounds more Pinoy than other full-blooded Filipino.

Her humour is also undeniably that of the masang Pilipino. Loud and animated. She’s one bubbly character.

And if things stay as they are, I believe Daiana is in it for the long run. Undeniably mestiza features, cute Filipina accent, doll-like appearance, masa appeal and all that jazz made her win the hearts of every dabarkads.


The FHM covers for 2011 looks better compared to that of the yesteryears. The cover looks good although this one’s  not the best.

The cover photo itself looks over the top. Add to that the awkwardly positioned texts.


Daiana’s interview is short and sweet. I can say that she has totally embraced the Filipino culture, even the people, yes.

Her photos, are a bit disappointing, though. Her assets were not emphasized well. I mean her well-defined rear end was not, uhm, put into good use.

The photos with the silk cloth looked better compared to the latter layouts.

It wasn’t really that bad, it’s just that FHM has set the bar high with their previous issues and they have been out doing themselves more often than not as the year unfolds.

And I repeat my sentiment last month: put EB Babe Saida on the cover.


I have nothing much to say about the girls this month. Their photos look better compared to that of  last month’s. One thing noticeable though is the decrease of the number of photos for the girls’ spreads.

My favorite girl has got to be Chiaki Morita followed by Erika Bacani. The other girls are Kaiyar Trinidad and Mariel Sorino.

Jerico Montemayor and Paul Ticzon are among the newer FHM photographers I look up to. They have been doing an amazing job in presenting the girls. I’m just wondering why Jay Tablante has yet to do another cover shoot as of late. His last cover, I guess, was with Ehra Madrigal for the June 2008 issue.

This month’s incoming babe is named Barbie and the GF’s a cat lover named Apple.

This year’s Premiere vixen search is nearing its conclusion. I have to say that last year’s girls are better. I mean, they have made some sort of impact to the readers and their bunch is more diverse. Last year’s photo shoots for the Vixens are more impressive.

Ayumi Sogawa, Dorina Groh and Linda Persson are the top three Vixens of this year’s Premiere search. I thought Kyoko Amano would be the runaway winner, but I guess I’m wrong. I’m for Linda Persson. Or Ayumi Sogawa. Dorina Groh’s poses are amateur. And her body looks… yeah… Go last year’s Vixens!


This month’s reads are a mixture of entertaining, useful and mouth-watering.

The one about the Pinoy monsters (supernatural and fictional characters of terror) is very entertaining. The write-up is good and the illustrations are amazing.

The (very) useful one is about future-proofing one’s life. I haven’t read that one, otherwise I wouldn’t be blogging this one anymore. Yeah. The future can wait.

The mouth-watering one is about pizzas. Enough said. The visuals on this article are very, very convincing.


This month’s issue can qualify as one of those issues you may not purchase. It’s beautiful but not really special. But still, all of the covers for this year, so far, look promising. And Daiana is one lovable and funny girl. Lucky director, that director guy.

**cover image from FHM.com.ph