#129: Regine Angeles on FHM April 2011

Fresh from whatever hangover the 11th Anniversary issue (with Solenn, nonetheless) FHM gave us last month, here they are delivering us yet another issue filled with good stuff, nothing but good stuff.

Regine Angeles goes wet for FHM this April. For five months straight, FHM is featuring first-time cover girls. But what sets Regine apart from the recent ‘new faces’ is the fact that she has been on the list of the most requested celebrities to grace the cover for some time now. As a proof of FHM Nation’s adoration for Regine, she entered the 100 sexiest list of 2009 ranking at number 64, then a few notches up at number 55 the following year.

Let’s go down to business and dissect the issue. (If only book reports and school researches were as entertaining as this.)

COVER

I have to say (as much as it hurts me) that this month’s cover is better than last month’s. But this is not the year’s best so far, either. (I still think Misa Campo’s is the best to date.)

The good thing with the cover is that they chose to have a photo ‘with movement’. The running water did the trick. The downside (I think), is that there was too much light. I don’t know. I’m not a photographer. I just think that more shadows would look good on this one.

COVER GIRL

Regine Angeles, finally!

This cover appearance has been long overdue. Every one who keeps an eye on FHM-worthy girls on the industry already saw this one coming, but nobody thought it would take FHM this long to have Regine. But now that we have her, we are still willing to take Regine with (our) arms wide open. Welcome to FHM Nation!

Regine’s 17-page feature with 20 photos almost made up for the time she made FHM Nation wait. Almost.

I think Regine fell short on her facial expressions, given that her body is a knockout.  Her poses were a bit lazy, for lack of better words. BUT her stares can make anyone melt. She has this mysterious look in her eyes on the first few layouts. Her photos on pages 56 to 62 are my favorite. The layout has this very calm and mysterious vibe.

I hate it that FHM made Regine wear stuff that are less revealing than what we see her wear on her Bench ads. I know this shoot was done to showcase another side of Regine, but I honestly think that smaller clothes flatter her body better.

I enjoyed reading her interview, though. She answered the questions with class and sass. Intelligent, honest, reserved and witty all at the same time. Just my type of girl. Perfect mix of humor and class.

I remember talking with a fellow FHM-enthusiast friend about FHM photographers. We agreed that Xander Angeles is one of the better photographers FHM teams-up with. This shoot is not his best but this is one is not bad either. Considering that the weather was gloomy on the day of the shoot, he still managed to produce well-lit photographs with a summer sunset vibe. Kudos to that!

FEATURED GIRLS

Oh, the girls. I think the girls (and their photo shoots) on this issue are better than those featured last month. If they featured the April babes last March and vice versa, the 11th anniversary issue could have been better and this month would be perfect for the Bikini Special.

It still bothers me that they trimmed back the number of the photos of the month’s GF to two. This month, they feature Daniella Jose. Yes, two photos are not enough, but lo and behold, check out Daniella’s online feature with 120 photos of her in various degrees of undress. And wetness. On the beach.

Also featured this month is Kate Necesario. This model capitalizes on her lengthy legs and oozing confidence. Her confidence is so sexy, but she doesn’t dig cocky guys.

Other girls featured this month are GMA 7’s Comedy Bar mainstay, Given, Brazilian babe Yara Marinatto who made wearing sneakers with white bikinis look oh so lovely, starter babe Ronila Rodir and PBB alum Princess Manzon wet in a tub. With floating synthetic flowers, nonetheless.

FEATURED READS

I think FHM made major mismatches this month and last month. This month’s featured reads would’ve made last month’s issue better. In short, this month’s articles are way better.

Featured this month is today’s hottest sports item on the country, the Philippine Azkals. Their interview was good because they featured the less known members of the team. The interview has no showbiz fuss whatsoever. It’s solely about the team’s rise from obscurity. From being unknown to rousing our country’s knowledge about the sport. Although being overrated is not far from the picture, they talked abut how they are enjoying all the attention they are getting.

A myth-buster article is also featured this month. FHM explained the truth behind the relations of the proportions of our body part. Here, they dismissed all the wrong things being said about the relationship of our shoe sizes to our manhood and the size of our fingers to our tool. Yet another informative write-up, something FHM is surely good at.

Also in this issue is an article about the downside of eating too much ‘pulutan’. They provided figures on the nutritional facts of your favorite bar chows (sisig, crispy pata, calamares, buffalo wings etc.) and healthier alternatives (would you like some steamed fish with your beer, sir?).

The best read this month is FHM’s guide to hosting an A-list house party. This highly-produced ‘research’ gives us pointers on what to do and what not to miss on preparing a house party, from planning to cleaning. (Hangovers necessary)

REGULARS

I enjoyed the article on the ‘Funny Money’ on the Starter section. Manuel Roxas sure looks funny when he ‘makes faces’. The feature on Michael  Cacnio’s ‘Musterpieces’ in his collection called ‘Erotica’ was amusing.

Cacnio's The Tinkerer

Also, FHM hit a notch higher as they change (permanently, I hope)  their art for the True Stories section.

The feature on how to decipher a woman’s Facebook profile on the Lounge section was very informative and fun. Imagine, psychologists studying how your lady behaves on her online profile and how it translates to the real world.

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This issue is a good one. It made up for whatever was lacking last month (good articles, mostly).

Hopefully, next month’s issue delivers too. I heard they would feature a first-timer yet again, which is good. I heard that she has been a part of the sexiest list for three consecutive years. I also heard that the theme of the pictorial is ‘summer on the beach’, which is overused. For more info on the the things that I heard, go here. No, don’t put your ear on the link. Click it. 🙂

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You can now vote for the Philippines’ Finest for 2011. Go and vote for your favorite.

*images courtesy of FHM.com.ph

** ‘The Tinkerer’ photo from Google

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#128: Solenn Heussaff on FHM March 2011

It is March and we know what this means, it’s FHM’s anniversary. They are turning 11 this year, like a kid experiencing puberty had the magazine been a real person. We all remember that phase in our lives- awkward voice, things popping out of our skins, hair growing here and there, and some skin and blood being moved out of our systems and all that jazz. But FHM is not like us humans. And this 11th year marker of this magazine is anything but awkward.

What do we have here? Oh, it’s a lucky horse kissing this month’s cover muse, the multi-hyphenated (READ designer, make-up artist, model, singer, Survivor finalist, painter, product endorser, movie star, soon-to-be TV star, It Girl….) Solenn Heussaff. The timing for her much anticipated FHM appearance couldn’t have been more perfect. After her stint in Survivor Philippines, she has captured the hearts of the Filipino masses despite the ‘socialite’ tag given to her by the said reality show. The public asked craved for more of Solenn. Although she has been a hot item for the longest time now, it is the mass appreciation brought about by Survivor Philippines that made her the next big thing on the local tinsel town.

COVER

I think this is the second time that the magazine used translucent color for their logo. (the first one was for Ehra Madrigal’s ‘white’ cover for June 2008)

That’s my only observation (MML). You be the judge.

LAYOUT

There are minor changes (or is there only one?) on the layout. Thankfully it’s the table of contents that they changed. It is less confusing now. (Wait, who reads the table of contents anyway?)

COVER STORY

Lucky horses. Lucky, lucky horses. Solenn, being the refined lady that she is, smoldered on the pages of FHM. Her shoot made up for the (somehow) lack of spark of last year’s anniversary issue cover shoots. Kudos to the photographer, the stylist and the make-up artist for the classy photos we are enjoying. Kudos to the FHM team for yet another classy photoshoot. Solenn was indeed polished to perfection for this one.

I can’t help but smile while reading Solenn’s interview. I can imagine her speaking whenever she was quoted in Filipino. She talked about her career plan, her Survivor experience, her passions, her life before the stardom and she managed to clarify some misconceptions about her and her lifestyle.

She truly heated up the 11th year of FHM with her cowgirl/equestrienne themed photos. She managed to show enough to ignite our thoughts while keeping some to tickle our imaginations. Plus her tattoos are hot.

Check out some of the behind the scenes photos of her pictorial:

PS. I have a strong feeling that Ms. Heussaff has a BIG chance of topping this year’s sexiest list. LET’S DO IT!

*I love the transition from Solenn’s warm hued photos to Paloma’s photos in cooler hues. It’s rad.

FEATURED BABES

It is March and we know what this means, it’s summer time. Aptly so, FHM did their Bikini Special this month (they did last year’s on their May issue). I liked this year’s Bikini Special because they featured girls with tanner complexions (some of them are Filipinas). Last year, the bikini special featured more white chicks  (although I have nothing against them, it’s just that bikinis look better on tanned skin).

I also commend FHM for doing the photo shoots around the Philippines. They shot FHM favorite Paloma and car show model Shanna Solideo on the shores of Baler in Aurora Province. The shores of Subic, Zambales became witness to Australian-Pinay Richelle Prickett’s and Brazilian Model Ana Corado’s bikini-clad bodies. Jenny posed along the shores of her hometown Davao and Cebu’s  Aireen Estel, in her bikini, posed in one of the Queen City of the South’s A-list resorts (Maribago Blue Water Beach Resort). Not to forget Australia’s bet, Half Filipina Shiralee Coleman.

Other girls featured were Incoming babe, Lae Lusung and March GF Janna Tiangco (it’s kinda disappointing that they reduced the GF’s photos to two, again.)

PLUS Sam Pinto’s San Mig Light ad is there again. 🙂

FEATURED READS

Among the featured articles this month are 60 driving tips, Extreme Sportsmen, Vanity for Men, Dog Breeds and the Death of ‘Pinoy Rock ‘n Roll.

I liked the article about the dogs because it gave everything an aspiring dog owner needs to know. From the behavior, health, intelligence, price and the impact it will give the ladies.

The article on the ‘Death’ of ‘Pinoy rock ‘n roll caught my interest even though I am not a big fan of the genre. It managed to tell how everything started, from underground to mainstream, the impact of NU’s downfall, the signing of indie bands for major record labels and how the genre is slowly losing pace with pop music, which is more appreciated by the majority.

EXTRAS

*or my queries*

  • So Pauline So is the ‘real’ Premiere Vixen. Whatever happened to Christine and Karen?
  • What is the font name of the ones used for the Bikini portion?
  • How about the one used for Solenn?
  • Why is this issue worth every peso spent?
  • Will I ever get answers to my questions?

*images courtesy of fhm.com.ph and Solenn Heussaff’s Twitter page

Because I can’t wait for FHM Philippines’ March 2011 issue..

 

FHM March 2011 teaser from the Bullpen

It is the last day of February and I was roaming the the nearest mall like a ghost (or anything you can relate to roaming, except cellphones *hwehwe*). Aside from doing some grocery shopping with my nanay, I always make it to a point to visit magazine stands/shops to check-out and buy the latest issue of FHM. I also check back issues just to get my hands on issues that I missed for some reasons.

My first stop on magazine-hunting moments is the magazine section of SM Hypermart which is situated on the entrance of the grocery. Then I check FILBAR’S, which is my favorite place to buy stuff. Maybe there is something with the feeling of being surrounded by printed words. On bad days, I also check Book Sale, National Bookstore and Watson’s (because they have the magazines earlier than the others). To cut this shit short, I failed to score the latest issue of FHM today. I wasn’t really disappointed because I already know that FHM 03/11 will be released tomorrow, March 1.

I shouldn’t be disappointed, but still.

Good thing I sc0red two back issues of FHM- June 2010 (#119) and August 2010 (#121)

FHM #119 (June 2010)

Max Eigenmann did the most for FHM for the year 2010. She was fearless. This issue gave Max Eigenmann ‘maximum exposure’. I commend the FHM team for doing a risky theme for someone whose name in the showbiz industry gives everyone a great recall. It was like Krista Ranillo‘s August 2008 FHM debut. Only riskier, braver, bolder and better (but less controversial).

We love the babes. (Ingrid Holm, Mic Salazar, Lisa Marie, Trisha Alvarez and Giane Sales)

We love the articles just the same. We have this guide on how to be famous in 15 minutes (Be Famous Now!), the explainer on El Niño and La Niña (Where Do All the Rain Go/Come From?), and an interview with TBLA participant Kevin Yue.

Here are some photos from Max Eigenmann’s cover story:

FHM #121 (August 2010)

This is FHM in 3D. Not really the whole magazine, but in some parts only. The good parts.

Priscilla Meirelles is this issue’s muse. Her photos were OK, so to speak. I find the shoot a bit bland although some of her black and white photos delivered. She is a Brazilian beauty queen. How can you go wrong with that? But the photos seem to be lacking of something, I just can’t put my finger on it. Maybe this is caused by some unfortunate events prior to their shoot.

Here are some photos of Priscilla from this issue’s cover story:

Other babes featured in this issue were Mocha Girls, Mae and Jhane, (it was really awkward typing the letter ‘H’. jejemuch) the Playgirls and Fil-Brit Margarita Hall.

Good articles in this issue are NSFW Pinoy Websites,  Life 2.0 or the guide on internet life and FHM duo SuperBonngg! and BA Borleo’s adventure to becoming male models good enough to make it to Cosmo’s Bachelor bash.

Did I mention that this issue (or some parts of it) is in 3D? Yes, FHM 3D-fied some of their hottest babes like Angel Locsin, Cristine Reyes, Katrina Halili and others. Check out some of the 3D-fied FHM babes below. *Click to enlarge. You know how this works.*

(more FHM 3D images from this blog)

But what made this FHM 3D thing a knockout were the 3D-fied Premiere Vixens in their wet nakedness. Check out the samples. (WARNING: the images are NSFW)

*NSFW IMAGES WERE REMOVED DUE TO SOME SELFISH REASONS*

BUT since I bought the back issue, there are no 3D glasses included on the purchase. BUMMER. No geek explosion for me.

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I hope these issues will be enough until I get my hands on FHM March 2011 probably on Sunday, after church. Plus each back issue costs 70 pesos (but Filbar’s sells their Max Eigenmann FHM’s for 90 pesos. I bought mine on Booksale) so these magazines cost like a current issue. Good deal, right?

UPDATE:

Here is Solenn Heussaff’s cover photo for FHM March 2011. I can’t wait to get my hands on her, er, FHM issue. Lucky horses.

 

Polished to Perfection

*images courtesy of FHM.com.ph