#130: Rich Asuncion on FHM May 2011 + FHM 100 Sexiest 2011 Partials

I know, it’s better late than never. I wasn’t really all giddy about buying this issue. Maybe it’s due to the mixed reviews I read about this one from the FHM bullboard. But I bought it, anyway. And it wasn’t really a knockout. Part of this judgment is due to the fact that I bought books along with this magazine. I’m more excited with the fact that I have new books.

I was actually hinting about Rich Asuncion gracing FHM for May on my last FHM post. Her camp released publicity reports of her doing an FHM shoot in Boracay. Oh, well.

COVER

The cover is stunning. It has the same effects as Misa Campo’s- simple, crisp, clean. This issue’s good as far as the cover’s concerned. Yes, better than last month’s cover.

COVER STORY

May is the last month of summer and FHM decided to end summer on a beach, with Rich Asuncion, nonetheless.

Rich is beautiful, no questions about that one. She actually looks like a much younger Dawn Zulueta.But the concept used on her is overused and bland. Her poses are redundant. There are girls who can pull-off a good beach pictorial, but Rich didn’t. Her photoshoot could have been better, a-la Jackie Rice’s FHM cover. Sayang lang.

I get that they chose colorful articles of (non)clothing and a calm back drop to get a mabango and malinis effect. They achieved that. I just feel like Rich is not well-motivated. I mean her poses and facial expressions are bland.

Her interview’s fine. She knows what she has and what she can do with it. Rich also knows what she want. I have always admired her wisdom. And yes, she’s talented- more talented than her Starstruck contemporaries Kris Bernal and Jewel Mische.

It wasn’t really that bad, it’s just that they can do WONDERS with Rich. Again, sayang. Hope she’ll do FHM once more to make up for it.

FEATURED READS

One for the Donaires, one for basketball, one for OPM and one for vegetables.

I never thought I would enjoy reading about the Donaires, but for some reason, I did.

Nonito is a good boxer. Intelligent boxer nga daw. He and his wife has good communication skills, evident to some TV interviews they had.

FHM did well on covering not just Nonito’s boxing life, they also presented him as a photography enthusiast. It’s just saddening that his issue with his family was blown out of proportions.

The basketball article was good, as well as the vegetables. Those article were accompanied by nice illustrations. It’s fun to know more about the bahay kubo.

The one about OPM songs was almost good. They should have given that one more space. The lay-out of the article itself was a bit tacky. Warren Espejo, on the other hand, did well on the collage. He’s responsible for the good artworks on spot.ph.

FEATURED GIRLS

These girls own a star on this issue. Their photoshoots are better than the cover girl’s. It would’ve been better had FHM made Rich do a concept like any of these girls’ photoshoot.

Jinri Park, oh Jinri Park. She is just lovely. Chinita, silky smooth skin, nice lips. Plus she’s a full-blooded Korean with Filipino values, like radio and tv godesses Sam Oh and Grace Lee. Lovely.

I think she appeared on GMA’s Comedy Bar. She’s one of those ‘beer-gins’ who sheds clothes before serving food and drinks to live studio guests.

FHM veteran Nika Madrid made a splashing comeback on this issue.

Need I say more? I really hope that FHM do a cover with this kind of concept. It would be amazing even if the cover girl would want some ‘cover’ on.

Other babes featured are Bench Body model Barbara Baretto and Tahiti Cora as the May Girlfriend.

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It wasn’t really a good issue, not also a bad one. It’s the type that won’t make you really worried if you failed to purchase. The featured girls are the best part of this issue.

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It has been almost two month’s since FHM opened the voting for the 100 Sexiest for 2011. Unless you are living under a rock, you probably know that FHM releases updates every week via their newsletter called the Bullpen. Showbiz news reports also uses the same FHM updates to inform non-FHM readers and subscribers about the ongoing poll.

Here’s the rundown of the updates:

UPDATE 1

UPDATE 2

(Cristine Reyes takes the 3rd spot.)

UPDATE 3

UPDATE 4

UPDATE 5

It’s always a neck to neck battle on the top 5 of every partial results to date. It has always been the same names in there.

Angel Locsin grabbed the top spot  on the first update which covers the first nineteen days of voting. She has since failed to maintain her standing up until the most recent unofficial tally.

Marian Rivera grabbed the lead from Angel on the next update which covered an additional 10 days after the first one. She has maintained her lead up until the 4th update.

Cristine Reyes, although considered a strong contender, has yet t grab the top spot on any of the updates.

Sam Pinto has shown a strong potential during the first four updates. And she even grabbed the top spot on the most recent update. Kudos to Sam and her fans.

Solenn Heussaff (and her fans) seems to be a little quiet about this poll. She peaked at number 4 during the 3rd update but she holds the 5th spot on the other updates. I hope her fans would pull off a surprise and provide more votes for Solenn on the weeks to come.

Jennylyn Mercado has been on the sixth spot for four consecutive weeks until Valerie Concepcion grabbed the spot on the recent update. I am still surprised that Valerie has been on the top 10 for three weeks now. I never knew her fan base is that strong. It helps that she’s appearing on two TV networks.

Ellen Adarna is considered as an underdog on this list. She is well known by FHM readers and netizens but not  by the greater mass. Still, she holds a firm position on the top 10.

Katrina Halili‘s fans still love the two-time sexiest woman, although not with the same flare as before. She has been on the bottom of the top 10 for 3 weeks but still holding on, while contemporaries Iwa Moto and Ehra Madrigal figured in on the 29th and 24th spot, respectively, on the third update. (Ehra figured in on the 10th spot during the first update)

Non-FHM cover girls Rhian Ramos, Anne Curtis and Lovi Poe also figured in on the top 10 at some point. With Rhian staying on for three weeks, peaking at number 7. Anne Curtis entered the top 10 on week 2 at the ninth spot and has yet to appear on the updates that followed.  Lovi, on the other hand, holds the ninth spot on the two most recent updates.

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I am glad that Sam Pinto grabbed the lead this week. That opened up the opportunity for someone new to be the Philippines’ Finest. I mean Angel, Marian and Cristine are sexy in their own ways but it’s about time to have someone new up there. Enough of making history like three-time sexiest, two-time sexiest without posing for FHM and the like. I am still for SOLENN and SAM. They might pull off a surprise in the weeks to come.

Voting is open until June 15th. Yeah, vote wisely.

**images from FHM.com.ph and FHM’s Facebook

Partial and Predictions (FHM 100 Sexiest 2011)

So here’s the first of the many updates FHM would be giving with regards to their 100 Sexiest poll. (You have to subscribe to the FHM Bullpen to have the updates delivered to your e-mail.)

As the partial results show,  this year’s front runners are the very same girls we have seen lead the list for several years now. Voting ends on the 15th of June, so anything could happen. I’m glad that 5 girls whom I’ve been voting for (via FHM.com.ph) everyday made it to the top 10.

Will Angel rule the list again?

Will Cristine or Marian reclaim the crown?

Will someone ‘new’ claim the top spot this year?

It’s too early to tell, right?  Who knows?

While we’re at it, allow me to give some predictions for this year’s 100 sexiest list. I’ll add more predictions as FHM updates us with more partial results.

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PREDICTION #1: Jennylyn Mercado will still be the sexiest mom…

that is if nobody else keeps a child from the public. I mean, she will still hold the highest rank among the moms on the list. She is on the 12th spot last year and the mom nearest her rank is Valerie Concepcion at number 26. Based on the partial tally above, Ms. Mercado shows no sign of being dethroned as the sexiest mom.

PREDICTION #2: A lot of ‘new entries’ will hold a spot on the upper half of the list.

See, new timers Solenn and Ellen made it to the top 10 during the first serving of the partial results. And they’re fans show no sign of letting their idols down. Let’s not forget Bianca Manalo, Jef Gaitan, Carla Humphries and Misa Campo who made their own impact to the FHM Nation with their cover appearances.

PREDICTION #3: Some ‘regulars’ might drop from the Top 10.

I’m thinking about Iwa, Ehra and Katrina (not the three of them all at the same time). They have been on the top 10 of this list for quite some time now and it wouldn’t hurt that much if they fail to earn a spot on the higher part of the list. Add to that the fact that they are not among the top guns of their network as they used to be, hence the lack of exposure. Plus the newer FHM babes have stronger chances this year.

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You can still vote for your favorites. Just go to FHM.com.ph, register and vote for your top 10 once a day, everyday.

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*images courtesy of FHM Philippines and Google Images

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